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Old 09-26-2022, 04:48 PM   #1
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Zach and I had a great hunt in southern Colorado last week. My main goal was to get him on his first bull elk. This was his 2nd time hunting elk. He had a cow tag in NM last year and filled it. This year he had a bull tag in CO, and he filled that one too.

We hunted 1,800 acres of private where we'd seen lots of elk on trailcams prior to the season. The guys that hunted the place in early September also saw plenty of elk. We got there just as the rut was firing up, and we were pumped. But the elk moved to a big ranch across the fence just about that time, where there were loads of cows. It was a freaking ghost town on our side of the fence. Dang it!

The 2nd day hunting we had several herd bulls with cows anywhere from 200 yards to a mile away from us on the other side of the fence. We were able to call a satellite bull in across the fence though. He came in a dead run from over half a mile away and stepped in just 5 yards in front of Zach. The bull spooked when Zach drew, but he got him stopped at a little over 40 yards broadside. He let the arrow fly and made a great hit through the shoulder. About 400 yards later, we found the bull dead in a stock tank. Had to drag him out (that was fun).

We hunted the rest of the week trying to get on another one for me. We had a few encounters with bulls, mostly on the wrong side of the fence. We couldn't get any to leave their cows to come to us, naturally. And the fences kept us from getting closer to the bulls. We did have one really nice 5x5 up on a hill talking to us one morning. He just wouldn't come down to us, and the cover was too sparse to allow us to get any closer to him.

It wasn't in the cards for me to kill one this year, but I couldn't care less. My main goal for the hunt was to get one called in for Zach. It was one of the most satisfying things I've been a part of. Elk hunting with a bow is such a team effort, and Zach and I have always been a great team. The memories we made will last our lifetimes. The elk steaks won't though, so we'll have to get back out there next year to get some more for the freezer!
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:03 PM   #2
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Very nice! Congrats to Zach!
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:04 PM   #3
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Beautiful country and a big congrats to Zach!
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:05 PM   #4
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Nothing better than team success ! Those are prety mlies too, and in a beautiful part of our country. Congrats !
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:07 PM   #5
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:09 PM   #6
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Good skilling a handsome critter.
Well done MrZach.
Well done MrShane.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:14 PM   #7
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Awesome, congrats!
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:18 PM   #8
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Way to go! I mule deer hunted in some country that looked nearly identical last year in southern Co.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:23 PM   #9
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Congrats to you both!
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:31 PM   #10
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Congratulations.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:34 PM   #11
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Great pics! Congrats to both of you on a great hunt
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:39 PM   #12
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Congrats. A Bucket List hunt for me that's for sure..
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:40 PM   #13
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Job well done
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:45 PM   #14
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Great job Shane and Zach! Congratulations!

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Old 09-26-2022, 05:45 PM   #15
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thats so fun!!! congrats!
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:56 PM   #16
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Very nicely done! Looks like it was a great trip in a beautiful place!! Congrats!!
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:02 PM   #17
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Congrats to y'all both, Shane!
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:48 PM   #18
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Congratulations to you and Zach…always enjoy the contributions that you add to the campfire.

Well done!


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Old 09-26-2022, 09:23 PM   #19
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Congratulations


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Old 09-26-2022, 09:57 PM   #20
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Congrats to the both of you! Its always rewarding helping someone else accomplish a hunt.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:05 PM   #21
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Good stuff…..
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:12 PM   #22
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Y'all returned from the hunt successful...with some fine eating, nice antlers, beautiful pictures of God's creations, and some wonderful memories. I would say, "job well done!"
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:15 PM   #23
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Congrats to you guys!!
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:16 PM   #24
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:36 AM   #25
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WTG!!! Congrats


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Old 09-27-2022, 08:00 AM   #26
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Congrats on the bull
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:03 AM   #27
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Congrats!!!
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:08 AM   #28
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That's about as good as it gets!

Congrats to Zach and you Dad.

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Old 09-27-2022, 08:10 AM   #29
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Good stuff Shane
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:20 AM   #30
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Great story and pics, congrats to the both of you.
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:34 AM   #31
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Shane you are a blessed man to be able to do that with your son. Congrats to both of y’all on a successful hunt.
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:34 AM   #32
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Nice work boys !!! Im sure that was a very special hunt. Congrats to the both of yall !!
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:41 AM   #33
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So good!!! Congrats
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:42 AM   #34
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Congrats to you both! I bet Zach was stoked to walk up on his first bull.

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Old 09-27-2022, 08:46 AM   #35
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Heck of a write up. That's what it's all about. Congrats all around .
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Old 09-27-2022, 10:27 AM   #36
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Great photos as usual Shane. It sounds like a amazing trip. Congratulations to you guys and thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-27-2022, 10:39 AM   #37
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Congrats, that’s awesome!
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Old 09-27-2022, 10:44 AM   #38
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Awesome!!
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Old 09-27-2022, 11:01 AM   #39
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Heck ya! Congrats gents.
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