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#2953682 - 09/23/12 09:00 AM 10 days in Colorado
Relentless
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Registered: 07/24/11
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Loc: Shelby County, TN

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Well, I just retuned from Colorado where I had the opportunity to archery hunt for elk on public land.

My "guide" Tickweed, who has successfully hunted Colorado for several years, put us right into the action. We set up camp on top of a tall ridge in some spruce trees (@ 9,500 feet). First evening we moved to a lookout point so he could show us the terrain. That evening before dark the bugling started.

The next morning we set off down the mountain chasing the bugling bulls. I got to within 75 yards of a 5 x 5, but was not able to get in bow range.

Day 2 I chased the sound of a bugling elk over a mile down the mountain. After a 10 hour stalk I was in bow range. I sent the arrow sailing into the side of the bull (a nice 4 x 4). The bull ran to about 50 yards and stopped, where I sent a second arrow into the bull. He crashed into a thick ravine. We tracked blood into the thicket. After searching for 2 days I had to come to the conclusion that I lost my bull. The thicket he ran into was brutal, much like the terrain there.

It was very disappointing to lose this magnificent animal.

The hunt continued. We saw many elk and mule deer (some very nice bucks). The mountains are beautiful. Tickweed killed a cow that we estimated to be about 500 lbs.

This was the most physically demanding hunt I have ever been on (even if we don't consider how exhausting it was packing out the cow up the steep slides along the Rockies), and I can't wait to go back.
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#2953768 - 09/23/12 10:29 AM Re: 10 days in Colorado [Re: Relentless]
LA man
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i wish i coulda been with yall.
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#2953922 - 09/23/12 01:33 PM Re: 10 days in Colorado [Re: LA man]
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Sounds like a blast! I will make that trip one of these days
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#2954380 - 09/23/12 08:00 PM Re: 10 days in Colorado [Re: tn droptine]
pseshooter300
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Registered: 04/03/11
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i cant wait to go
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#2954478 - 09/23/12 08:46 PM Re: 10 days in Colorado [Re: pseshooter300]
elkman
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Registered: 07/14/10
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my friend you now know why i bought me some mules
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#2954479 - 09/23/12 08:47 PM Re: 10 days in Colorado [Re: pseshooter300]
easy45
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Registered: 11/06/07
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Loc: Chester County

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Awesome
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#2954946 - 09/24/12 08:15 AM Re: 10 days in Colorado [Re: elkman]
Relentless
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Loc: Shelby County, TN

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 Originally Posted By: elkman
my friend you now know why i bought me some mules


Without a doubt. We talked about coordinating a "pack-out" with the local sheep farmers. It would be well worth some $ to use their horses! It was a great experience though.
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#2957535 - 09/25/12 08:45 PM Re: 10 days in Colorado [Re: Relentless]
tickweed
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Registered: 11/25/09
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Loc: medon,Tn.

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Was a great hunt. Pictures will never do those mountains justice.
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#2958006 - 09/26/12 09:02 AM Re: 10 days in Colorado [Re: Relentless]
elkman
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 Originally Posted By: Relentless
 Originally Posted By: elkman
my friend you now know why i bought me some mules


Without a doubt. We talked about coordinating a "pack-out" with the local sheep farmers. It would be well worth some $ to use their horses! It was a great experience though.


Where we hunt, the locals charge 250.00 to pack one out. That is with you having it cut up and ready to load when they arrive. Got to being too much money. Packing became not even an option, lol. So we bought some mules and horses and now we get to ride to our spot also. A win-win situation
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