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#3252980 - 05/22/13 05:16 PM Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going?
tickweed
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Won't be long. Whos going? Guess I'm huntin the last ten days with Relentless. Sure hope he kills a bull this season, he's cried ever since last Sept., and I'm tired of it. Course if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes. lol

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#3254151 - 05/24/13 09:36 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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WY again for me this year (mule deer). Good luck to you, I might make it to CO but I am addicted to mule deer/antelope right now, though Im building elk points in WY.
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#3254542 - 05/24/13 09:53 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: AT Hiker]
tickweed
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Great! Ive took a really nice Mulie in Colorado, and a super Antelope in WY. Wyoming is a blast to hunt. I am going back soon.
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#3261378 - 06/04/13 01:35 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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I started crying when I read this.

This trip is for redemption!
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#3261483 - 06/04/13 04:45 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Relentless]
tickweed
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I cant wait to be camped in the Rockies again. I just pray your truck has some decent tires.
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#3262245 - 06/05/13 05:06 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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Yep. My dad drew a muzzleloader tag so I'll be chasin 'em with a stick and string during that season. Can't wait!
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#3264897 - 06/09/13 09:02 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: GOODWIN]
DMAG
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Im going September 1st with two friends of mine. I am pumped!!!! We will be about 40 miles north east of Moore.
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#3281193 - 07/03/13 04:56 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: DMAG]
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Last year was my first and now I'm hooked on it like crack! I'm rolling out for the first week of september.
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#3281793 - 07/03/13 05:41 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: ghosthunter]
tickweed
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we hunt the last ten days. no pressure, cooler, bulls bugling. Good luck

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#3285007 - 07/07/13 06:53 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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Will be there on Oct 9th for the first rifle. Can't wait!
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#3290049 - 07/13/13 12:57 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: hunter0925]
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Wish I was going this year with you-all and P.O. Cedar .
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#3294977 - 07/18/13 01:49 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Locksley]
kldeerkiller
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I sure do wish I was going. Ive been trying to plan a hunt to colorado for about 5 yrs now and can not get any of my buddies to go. Im about to load up and just go on my own.
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#3303447 - 07/26/13 09:58 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: kldeerkiller]
DMAG
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Hey guys I am going around meeker Co. for opening week in September. Would you guys care to give me advice on what clothing I should get to take?
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#3303459 - 07/26/13 10:08 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: DMAG]
tickweed
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about what you need here. good raingear, boots, will be warm during day, 80s or more, maybe 50s at nite. Good luck
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#3303822 - 07/27/13 01:15 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
DMAG
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what boots would you all suggest? I was looking at the Asolo 520, but I am open for what you guys recommend?
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#3303953 - 07/27/13 04:17 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: DMAG]
tickweed
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I wear insulated Redwings, as well as carry a pair of rubber boots. Make sure what ever you take that they are fully broken in.
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#3303971 - 07/27/13 05:00 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: DMAG]
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 Originally Posted By: DMAG
what boots would you all suggest? I was looking at the Asolo 520, but I am open for what you guys recommend?
ive got some asolo sasslongs they worked well in Montana last year

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#3304621 - 07/28/13 11:37 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: turk870]
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 Originally Posted By: turk870
 Originally Posted By: DMAG
what boots would you all suggest? I was looking at the Asolo 520, but I am open for what you guys recommend?
ive got some asolo sasslongs they worked well in Montana last year


I bought some lowa gtx hunter extremes last week. They seem nice so far. I did a water test today in a creek and the water beaded off of them as I hoped.
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#3304663 - 07/28/13 01:01 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: trealtree]
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Lows boots won't let you down. The two pairs that I have are well worth the price tag.

Look to shoebuy.com for them. They typically run some kind of sale all the time. Sign up as a new member and get an additional 10% off.
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#3305061 - 07/28/13 08:42 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: UPSman]
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 Originally Posted By: UPSman
Lows boots won't let you down. The two pairs that I have are well worth the price tag.

Look to shoebuy.com for them. They typically run some kind of sale all the time. Sign up as a new member and get an additional 10% off.


Exactly what I did. Coupon code "shoebuy" will get you 10 % without signing up. Then I talked the company I work for into paying 50 % because "backpacking" is health related..
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#3306838 - 07/30/13 05:31 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: trealtree]
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I went last year with new boots. Wore the hide off my ankles first day. The rest of the trip involved duct tape to keep it from getting worse. Good boots very important!
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#3306955 - 07/30/13 07:37 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Relentless]
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I had at least 40 miles in my boots before I left for the rocky mtn high.
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#3306972 - 07/30/13 07:48 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Relentless]
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 Originally Posted By: Relentless
I went last year with new boots. Wore the hide off my ankles first day. The rest of the trip involved duct tape to keep it from getting worse. Good boots very important!
Yea right, always an excuse.
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#3307114 - 07/30/13 10:03 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
DMAG
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Alright guys I bit the bullet and bought the 520 Asolos. It was hard, but I figured Il shoot one arrow hopefully and take 40,000 steps to sling that one arrow, so I went ahead and bought them. Thanks for your help
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#3307521 - 07/31/13 10:30 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: DMAG]
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What about the cabelas meindl
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#3308967 - 08/01/13 02:59 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: pseshooter300]
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Not sure about the Cabelas, but I do know for sure some other reputable company makes their quality boots for them. With cabelas reputation and customer service I dont think you could go wrong with them. Plus they are building one in Bristol, so you would be very close to it to go and try them on.
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#3321561 - 08/13/13 02:07 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: AT Hiker]
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I hope to go back this year. I got this guy last year in CO on a DIY, OTC, public land backpack bowhunt.


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#3323199 - 08/14/13 08:10 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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Wow!!! Very nice. Tell the story.
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#3323484 - 08/15/13 05:40 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: GOODWIN]
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 Originally Posted By: GOODWIN
Wow!!! Very nice. Tell the story.


I agree. He can't just throw a picture like that up and leave. We don't need locations, just a play by play on how it happened.

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#3323781 - 08/15/13 10:23 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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I actually wrote a story about it and got it published in Eastman's Bowhunting, the March/April 2013 issue.

I also re-posted it on my friends blog. The link is here:

http://seekoutside.com/be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

In short, I went out with a friend, packed in a couple miles with 1500 vert on day one, then he gets a phone call saying his MIL had a heart attack. We packed out the next day so he could travel home to be with his family.

I went back in solo, moved camp twice more, followed bugling till I found elk, was in them for 2-3 days and killed that bull on Day 5 with a 30 yard shot.

It poured on me during boning and packing. The packout SUCKED!!!! 3.5 miles with 2800 feet of elevation loss. Thankfully I had a friend out there who brought help after he got off work.

The hunt changed my life. I've been a backpack nut for years, but after the misery that my high dollar hunting pack created I decided that a better pack could be built.

So I teamed up with a partner who owns a gear company and we designed a new pack frame for hunting, filed a patent on the design, and I wound up quitting my day job.

It's amazing how small things like going on an elk hunt can change your life.

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#3323828 - 08/15/13 11:13 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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Wow, great story! Even though I've never done it, I think I could totally get addicted to that style of hunting.
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#3323895 - 08/15/13 12:32 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Poser]
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Backpack hunting is really the most efficient way to elk hunt. Most hunting pressure is within a mile of trailheads and roads with motorized access. Your best bet is to hunt deeper than a mile and no farther than 4-5 miles in so you can get one out (unless you have a lot of help or horses).

Walking in 2-4 miles morning and night from a truck camp at elevation will wear you down a lot faster than packing in and staying closer to the elk.

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#3324054 - 08/15/13 02:42 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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From what I've seen.... the packs are killer also.
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#3324064 - 08/15/13 02:55 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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 Originally Posted By: RockChucker30
Backpack hunting is really the most efficient way to elk hunt. Most hunting pressure is within a mile of trailheads and roads with motorized access. Your best bet is to hunt deeper than a mile and no farther than 4-5 miles in so you can get one out (unless you have a lot of help or horses).

Walking in 2-4 miles morning and night from a truck camp at elevation will wear you down a lot faster than packing in and staying closer to the elk.


Yeah, the idea of going light and free is really attractive to me. Are you packs out on the market?
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#3324078 - 08/15/13 03:15 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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 Originally Posted By: RockChucker30
Backpack hunting is really the most efficient way to elk hunt. Most hunting pressure is within a mile of trailheads and roads with motorized access. Your best bet is to hunt deeper than a mile and no farther than 4-5 miles in so you can get one out (unless you have a lot of help or horses).

Walking in 2-4 miles morning and night from a truck camp at elevation will wear you down a lot faster than packing in and staying closer to the elk.


I didn't put two and two together. I've been following your pack thread on another forum.

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#3324144 - 08/15/13 04:37 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Buzzard Breath]
tickweed
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That's what we do also. leaving mid Sept. cant wait. nice bull also.
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#3324790 - 08/16/13 10:25 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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Here's a Steve Rinealla clip on backcountry game retrieval: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3HOzXjeyrVg#at=180
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#3324901 - 08/16/13 12:26 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: DMAG]
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 Originally Posted By: DMAG
Hey guys I am going around meeker Co. for opening week in September. Would you guys care to give me advice on what clothing I should get to take?

A good friend of mine (and coworker) killed this one in early September last year in western CO. From his story, it sounds like a good rainsuit and a bow sling would be invaluable.


A group of guys here go at least every two years in early Sept. I plan on joining them in 2 years when I accrue 3 weeks of vacation.
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#3325622 - 08/17/13 11:00 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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 Originally Posted By: RockChucker30
I actually wrote a story about it and got it published in Eastman's Bowhunting, the March/April 2013 issue.

I also re-posted it on my friends blog. The link is here:

http://seekoutside.com/be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

In short, I went out with a friend, packed in a couple miles with 1500 vert on day one, then he gets a phone call saying his MIL had a heart attack. We packed out the next day so he could travel home to be with his family.

I went back in solo, moved camp twice more, followed bugling till I found elk, was in them for 2-3 days and killed that bull on Day 5 with a 30 yard shot.

It poured on me during boning and packing. The packout SUCKED!!!! 3.5 miles with 2800 feet of elevation loss. Thankfully I had a friend out there who brought help after he got off work.

The hunt changed my life. I've been a backpack nut for years, but after the misery that my high dollar hunting pack created I decided that a better pack could be built.

So I teamed up with a partner who owns a gear company and we designed a new pack frame for hunting, filed a patent on the design, and I wound up quitting my day job.

It's amazing how small things like going on an elk hunt can change your life.

Nathan


Fantastic! I have also been investigating those tents and stoves as well, I am a hammock person myself but the thought of a wood stove in the backcountry is also appealing.

Great read!
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#3325879 - 08/17/13 05:33 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: AT Hiker]
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Thanks guys! Packs are available, but not sure I should talk about them here as I'm not a sponsor...:)

I liked the Steven Rinella link, but I disagree with him on a few points. First, mesh game bags allow flies to lay eggs through the mesh. TAG, Caribou, or Alaska game bags are a better option IME.

Also, if you're a mile in the gutless method and deboning an elk makes more sense than gutting and quartering.

I'd love to get one of my packs on Rinellas back, but Outdoorsmans can outspend me by a wide margin. He is a cool guy.

Here are two videos Nate Simmons did on gutless deboning that are GREAT. Like 15 mins each, so very detailed.

Part I
http://youtu.be/DYfybuL442w

Part II
http://youtu.be/XmCPtlwXKZQ

AT Hiker, I used a BCS last year on my hunt and now have a full LBO setup so if you want to look one over let me know. BTW, what kind of hammock do you run? I've got a TTT Trail Gear Switchback 1.9 SL with an OES tarp and my wife uses a WBBB Blackbird with a Mambajamba.

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#3325927 - 08/17/13 06:45 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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I love my ENO hammock, I have looked into a Clark Jungle Hammock but since I purchased a Underquilt from Kickass quilts I can hammock in any temp with no worries. Im looking at upgrading my rainfly to a warbonnet.

The gutless method is ideal for sure, my only worry is getting the cape cool and keeping it in good condition. The meat is less sensitive than the cape IMO.
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#3325999 - 08/17/13 07:49 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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done it both ways. To me its much easier to pack the quarter than debone. Last one we deboned it was like trying to pack out a wad of jello, main load always trying to ride down real low.
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#3327594 - 08/19/13 08:13 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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I've never hunted out West or tackled an animal bigger than a Whitetail, but I do not see myself ever going for the gutless method. It doesn't take long, I want the heart and liver, plus, having the guts out allows you to take your time with the butchering.

I suppose that a criticism out West would be that the gut pile attracts more scavengers. On the flipside, though, I suppose that it would equally offer a "decoy" for said scavengers.

As far as packing, again, I've only done whitetail, but I prefer to pack out in quarters because it is faster and I want the bones for stock. With an 800 pound animal down, miles from relief, however, boning out on the spot makes the most sense. I'm guessing I would play that one according to the situation. If killing an Elk were a regular event, I'd probably bone out when appropriate. If it were my first Elk kill or a once in a life time hunt such as Buffalo in Alaska, I'd definitely go to extreme measures to pack out the bones. Game stock is more valuable, useful, nutritious & tasty than any single cut of meat on the animal, but, of course there are a number of variables with regards to backcountry hunting and packing bones out could mean 2-3 extra trips, which may not be feasible.
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#3327686 - 08/19/13 09:14 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser


I suppose that a criticism out West would be that the gut pile attracts more scavengers. On the flipside, though, I suppose that it would equally offer a "decoy" for said scavengers.
I'd probably bone out when appropriate. If it were my first Elk kill or a once in a life time hunt such as Buffalo in Alaska, I'd definitely go to extreme measures to pack out the bones. Game stock is more valuable, useful, nutritious & tasty than any single cut of meat on the animal, but, of course there are a number of variables with regards to backcountry hunting and packing bones out could mean 2-3 extra trips, which may not be feasible.


I would love to have a wolf come in to one of my gut piles, I would be packing another animal out! Now a grizz or mountain lion is another story, one is too dang big and off limits to shoot and the other is too dang sneaky.

The only bones I pack out are the antlers attached to a skull plate, I have not been spoiled on game bone stock so only the muscle taste good to me.
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#3327837 - 08/19/13 11:10 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: AT Hiker]
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I'll be out there in colorado 9/7 - 9/15
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#3328045 - 08/19/13 02:36 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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You will pack bones out one time....you'll never do it twice. A 100 lb backpack of boned out meat becomes personal when you're 4 miles from camp. I will be danged If I tote bones also.
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#3328287 - 08/19/13 06:04 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: UPSman]
tickweed
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To each his own. Packed out probably 30 plus elk on pack frames, some mine, others in our group. A Mule or Horse is the BEST way, but cant hardly get one into the bowl we hunt due to the steepness.
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#3328421 - 08/19/13 07:47 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
To each his own. Packed out probably 30 plus elk on pack frames, some mine, others in our group. A Mule or Horse is the BEST way, but cant hardly get one into the bowl we hunt due to the steepness.


I envy you because you have been on so many elk hunts, on the other hand it must have sucked to be you for a little while.
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#3328478 - 08/19/13 08:28 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: AT Hiker]
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 Originally Posted By: AT Hiker
 Originally Posted By: tickweed
To each his own. Packed out probably 30 plus elk on pack frames, some mine, others in our group. A Mule or Horse is the BEST way, but cant hardly get one into the bowl we hunt due to the steepness.


I envy you because you have been on so many elk hunts, on the other hand it must have sucked to be you for a little while.
Yes, you would be correct. I remember several times I had a ham on my frame, and approaching the last 500 yds below camp. This is a very steep climb, where you have to hold onto bushes to climb. I've been down on my knees crawling at times, and wondering if I was going to get out myself. I'm now 53, and am starting to get a little tired. I still love it. We have taken lots of Elk since the early ninetys out of what we call the bowl, but it is a very physical hunt. Got a young first timer going with me this time, I'm planning on breaking him in.
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#3328733 - 08/20/13 05:51 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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It's amazing how the pain fades from memory...

While you're suffering you swear you're nuts and you'll never shoot a bull in that spot again. Then the next year you can't wait to go do it all again.

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#3328875 - 08/20/13 08:09 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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Pain does fade from memory for sure, every time we backpack in crazy weather we say we will never do it again (Im talking being wet and cold for 3 days straight in the mountains) then a few weeks later we are back at it.

The spot we are mule deer hunting this fall has a canyon separating our hunt area, the canyon is almost 800' deep and has 3 "steps" that you climb to get out. Hopefully we can kill the deer on our side of the canyon but if not I am going across it. Its a 2 hour climb out with a light pack, so I have no idea how long packing a deer out is gonna be...then its 6 plus miles back to the truck. Its gonna be a demanding hunt if we cross the canyon but I am sure the reward will be worth it. We might be eating a lot of meat on the way out!
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#3336819 - 08/26/13 04:38 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
 Originally Posted By: AT Hiker
 Originally Posted By: tickweed
To each his own. Packed out probably 30 plus elk on pack frames, some mine, others in our group. A Mule or Horse is the BEST way, but cant hardly get one into the bowl we hunt due to the steepness.


I envy you because you have been on so many elk hunts, on the other hand it must have sucked to be you for a little while.
Yes, you would be correct. I remember several times I had a ham on my frame, and approaching the last 500 yds below camp. This is a very steep climb, where you have to hold onto bushes to climb. I've been down on my knees crawling at times, and wondering if I was going to get out myself. I'm now 53, and am starting to get a little tired. I still love it. We have taken lots of Elk since the early ninetys out of what we call the bowl, but it is a very physical hunt. Got a young first timer going with me this time, I'm planning on breaking him in.


A marathon runner looks to the next corner and says to himself "just make it to that corner", as he rounds the corner he looks down the road and says "just make it to that sign" and so on...

Climbing out of that bowl with a elk hind quarter on your back is similar. You tell yourself "If I can just get my knee to where my hand is..."
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#3339434 - 08/28/13 01:46 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Relentless]
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One more day and I'm Colorado bound! Maybe the stars will line up right for me. \:\)

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#3339706 - 08/28/13 05:26 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: ghosthunter]
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good luck
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#3340544 - 08/29/13 12:01 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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Good luck ghosthunter.
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#3340977 - 08/29/13 06:43 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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Tic Toc................

Last year was my first time and it was more than I expected. I actually got to hear buggling and I got to call one in for my buddy. I buggled that sucker right in and my little buddy sent it to its maker.
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#3340987 - 08/29/13 06:57 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: ghosthunter]
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 Originally Posted By: ghosthunter
Tic Toc................

Last year was my first time and it was more than I expected. I actually got to hear buggling and I got to call one in for my buddy. I buggled that sucker right in and my little buddy sent it to its maker.


Your officially addicted. There's no turning back. It's all you'll think about every waking moment. Welcome....

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#3341032 - 08/29/13 07:37 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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It wont be long, and I will be able to smell those Aspens again.
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#3347914 - 09/05/13 08:52 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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Bowhunting Bugling Elk is likely THE most exciting hunts I have ever been on! I haven't been in a few yrs now and cant wait to go back! My boys are now 12 and 15, couple more years and I plan to try and take them on their first Elk hunt!
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#3358383 - 09/13/13 05:06 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Winchester]
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leaving in four days. starting to get a little excited, gonna load the trailer Sunday evening.
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#3358962 - 09/14/13 10:23 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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Good luck tick! We didn't kill on this hunt but it was a great time. I think the year actually set us back a week early than from last year. They were just starting to get cranked up as we left. The weather to be honest was terribly hot, even at 9k feet, so the productive windows to hunt was very limited. I called a screaming bull in to about 30 yards and could not see the sucker through the thick brush. He eventually bedded down on me in the oak brush and I could literally hear him breathing. I don't know if they breathe that heavy cause they are such large animals or if he was trying to smell me. I actaully had that happen twice to me on this trip. Where we hunt has a lot of oak brush and those elk get right in the thick of it. Extremely difficult to impossible to stalk through that stuff. I wouldn't mind hunting elsewhere where there isn't any oakbrush. All in all it just makes me want it that much more for next year!
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#3359831 - 09/15/13 06:53 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: ghosthunter]
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I'm counting it down. I have 24 days now til we head out.
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#3359864 - 09/15/13 07:43 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: hunter0925]
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Ghosthunter, thanks for the update. That's the reason I am going the end of bow season. Also know a group who just got back, and said the bulls where just starting. Man, Ive got tons to get ready. I'll keep you guys updated.
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#3362250 - 09/17/13 05:50 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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Ready to go. Rollin at 3pm this afternoon. Reports are Bulls bugling good in the area we are headed to. Forecast is highs low to mid 70s, lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Very little rain thru all of next week. My fifteenth trip to Colorado. Only part I dread is missing my two girls, 11 and 8. Always this way at the last minute, but when I get in camp the hunt is on. My main goal is to get some meat. I'll keep you guys updated, and good luck opening weekend of bow season if I'm not back.
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#3367745 - 09/20/13 04:02 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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GL! rut's in full swing from the reports I've been getting. Had a buddy hunt the same unit I did, but during the following week. He got to within 80 yds of a satellite 6x, but wind shifted and he had to back out. The bull was apparantely screaming only 1/4 mile from an access road. the next morn he went back after him and found 4 or 5 other guys in there that the bull bugled up :). He ate tag soup, but had a great hunt except for all the rain. he got blisters on top of his blisters, just couldn't keep feet dry
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#3376520 - 09/27/13 09:26 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: megalomaniac]
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Im back, just got in this morning, 5 am after a 20 plus hour straight drive from Glenwood springs. I did take a nice bull on public land with my bow, I'll post pics and story after a little rest.
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#3376646 - 09/27/13 11:09 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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Sweet dude!
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