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#3349681 - 09/06/13 04:16 PM Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt
megalomaniac
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Just got back from opening week in Colorado high country.... still on cloud nine! Got my first bull, and my 3rd elk ever (in 7 trips). All unguided, do-it-yourself, public land hunts.

Missed opening day due to excess work in real life, but hunted Sunday. due to the rain and warm temps, I hunted some low meadows at around 10,500 ft. Old elk sign, nothing fresh, no bugles. Gave up pretty early and went fishing instead \:\)

Second morning, my friend and I went WAY up high to spots we had found elk in years prior. Sure enough, there was a herd of 10-15 animals at the top of the mountain, around 12,700 ft elevation. As we were glassing them, all appearing to be cows/calves, I spotted a bull about 250 yards away down lower. He fed his way toward us, may have spotted us because he locked up at 66 yards. My buddy was to shoot, he was standing behind me, and I was ranging without an arrow even nocked. The bull barked at us, I cow called and he tried to work his way downwind of our position without coming directly in. He worked his way through an opening 47 yards away that was clear to me only without stopping, but wouldn't stop in the opening further down for my friend to shoot. He worked back and forth between the openings 2 or 3 times without offering a shot to my friend, so I asked him if he minded if I nocked and arrow and shot him if he came back into the opening I had. Of course, he didn't mind, so I stood up when the bull was behind cover, nocked an arrow and got ready. The bull came back into the opening for the 4th time and looked right at me for 10 seconds or so.... when he turned his head, I came to full draw, rapidly settled the pin and sent the arrow. It was still too early to see the arrow hit, but flight looked perfect right off the bow. The hit sounded good, my buddy confirmed a good sounding hit, and the bull crashed off in a death run. We heard him fall and gasp a couple times and knew it was over. I found the back 12" of the arrow covered in muscle blood, but no blood trail. We went another 30 yards or so and found him piled up. The arrow had hit perfectly right behind the nearside shoulder and the broadhead lodged just under the hide through the offside scapula. He travelled about 80 yards from where I had shot.

We took pics, and then the work started \:\) Killed him at around 6:15 am or so at about 11,700 feet elevation. Those bulls are heavy!!!! I'd estimate he's 600-650lbs, 3-4 yrs old based on tooth wear. Not the biggest bull in Colorado, but for a complete DIY, unguided, bow hunt, he's still a trophy of a lifetime for me! And in a unit that averages 9-10% success either sex with a bow, I feel pretty good to have taken my 3rd elk in 7 trips!

The rest of the trip was a blast, my buddy got to within 17 yards of a small 6x and a small 4x, but couldn't get the right angle for the shot. He also got to within 75 yards of the herd bull (a 280"er or so), but never released an arrow. He still had a blast helping me pack my elk out \:\)







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#3349715 - 09/06/13 04:45 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: megalomaniac]
timberjack86
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Wow!! Congrats!!
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#3349819 - 09/06/13 06:25 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: megalomaniac]
mike243
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thanks for sharing
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#3349821 - 09/06/13 06:26 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: timberjack86]
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Mud Dauber
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Good work!
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#3349824 - 09/06/13 06:29 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: Poser]
easy45
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Congrats
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#3349825 - 09/06/13 06:32 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: easy45]
trealtree
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Awesome, congrats
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#3349879 - 09/06/13 07:22 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: trealtree]
Gravey
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Very cool. Congrats!
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#3350047 - 09/06/13 10:39 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: Gravey]
David
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Gotta be a great feeling. Congrats
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#3351949 - 09/08/13 07:08 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: David]
tickweed
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good job. leaving the 17th for the last of the season. cant wait
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#3352025 - 09/08/13 08:00 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: tickweed]
GOODWIN
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Congrats!!!! Lot's of good eatin there! Man I can't wait...headed out there in a few days. Dad has a MZ tag and I'm going OTC archery.

Much bugling or rutting activity?

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#3352307 - 09/08/13 11:17 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
megalomaniac
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Great bugling on 9/3... but that was only because the herd 6x and a satellite 6x were challenging each other from 800 yds apart.... each bugled about 15-20 times during the morn. Other than that day, it was still pretty quiet (typical for opening weekend).

I spent the weekend processing all the meat (and eating some \:\) ). I ended up with 30 lbs of pure deboned, ultra trimmed ground elk outta each ham. Another 10 lbs of trimmed backstraps each. The shoulders I sawed in half (for a picnic ham and boston butt) and just left them as whole bone-in roasts. I cooked one picnic ham and it completely filled a large green egg. Smoked the sucker at 225 deg for around 6.5 hours to 140deg internal temp. Was better than any roast beef I've ever had!

I pulled the pyramadilis muscle outta the ham this evening and made small grilled medallions that I sliced and topped over a green salad. I added a few wild mushrooms I picked up in the woods in Colorado to top it off and it was the best salad ever!

In total, I ended up with around 80lbs of steaks and high quality ground elk, another 3 lbs of tenderloins, and another 50lbs or so of bone-in shoulder roasts. Basically, one ham netted as much pure meat as an entire whitetail. Good eats for the next couple months!!!

Oh, and the bull ended up being only 2.5 y/o after I pulled the jawbone and boiled the skull. woulda been a heckuva elk in another 3 years :)... but no regrets, I'm still tickled pink no matter his age!

Already looking forward to next year's hunt!

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#3352310 - 09/08/13 11:30 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: megalomaniac]
hunter0925
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I will be there in a month! This has me excited! Congrats!
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#3352489 - 09/09/13 08:03 AM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: hunter0925]
AT Hiker
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Congrats man!
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#3352721 - 09/09/13 11:22 AM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: AT Hiker]
Outdoor Enthusiast
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That's an awesome story. Thanks for sharing. I would love an opportunity to do something like that some day.
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#3353326 - 09/09/13 08:13 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: Outdoor Enthusiast]
ChippewaPartners
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Well done. Congratulations on getting it done in the high country.
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#3355992 - 09/11/13 07:48 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: ChippewaPartners]
scn
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Congratulations!
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#3356022 - 09/11/13 08:03 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: scn]
Inkstainz
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Man that is awesome! Congrats!
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#3356152 - 09/11/13 09:10 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
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fine job. Congrats
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#3356279 - 09/11/13 10:45 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: rrhoghead]
AllOutdoors
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Awesome job! Congrats! Great story too.
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#3358526 - 09/13/13 07:50 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: AllOutdoors]
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Very cool man.
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#3358595 - 09/13/13 09:05 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
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Congrats man
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#3363168 - 09/17/13 05:25 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
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COngrats!
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#3367805 - 09/20/13 04:56 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
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Good deal, congrats
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#3371820 - 09/23/13 08:38 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
Recoil
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That's fantastic--you did what I've only dreamed!
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#3372434 - 09/24/13 11:21 AM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: Recoil]
tellico4x4
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Any bull with a bow is a great one - congrats!
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#3373483 - 09/25/13 07:55 AM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: tellico4x4]
RockChucker30
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That's awesome!
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#3417234 - 10/24/13 01:39 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: RockChucker30]
thetoolman
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Awesome story and congrats on the bull. 42% success rate is pretty good for public land DIY.
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#3417289 - 10/24/13 02:12 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
fairchaser
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Nice bull and great hunt. Thanks for the story.
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#3421790 - 10/27/13 09:41 AM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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awesome
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