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#3422066 - 10/27/13 12:27 PM CO elk hunt success
hunter0925
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Well my dad and I left for the 1st rifle season in units 21 and 30 on Oct 9th. The drive was a long one considering I work nights and we left as soon as I got off of work but we made the 25 hour trip all in one piece. We were using Mountain View Adventures and I could not be happier with their services that they provided to us. This was the trip of a lifetime for me and it was the first time that my dad and I have ever really spent much time together so I was thankful for that. My dad and I knew that this was a hunting trip so there was no guarantee that we would be succesful but our hopes were still high none the less. We arrived in camp on Thursday and tried to get some rest before the hunt started on Saturday. Prior to our arrival they had had a foot of snow fall and this pushed the elk around a bit but we still kept our hopes up. Friday night was a restless one but there was no stopping us from being ready for Saturday morning. We were up at 445 and ready to head out shortly there after. As we were hiking up the mountain with our guide we could hear bulls bugling in the distance and the mid 20 degree weather was keeping us ready to move. The guide left me waiting on the trail while he took my dad to a spot to over look a meadow. Shortly after he left I saw him come running back to me and we took off to where he dropped my dad. Once we got to my dad he told me a big bull had walked out as soon as they got there but it did not offer a shot so he wanted to wait to see if it would walk back out and if it may have another bull with it. After sitting until around lunch time and only seeing a few cows he decided to leave my dad there and take me back to another spot a few more miles in. I will say that I cannot judge distances out there at all. We sat up on a ridge side and I started ranging objects because they seemed like they were way out of reach from where we were at but they all turned out to be within my 500 yard max (I set that for myself). Shortly after sitting down we watched some cows feed along a gas pipeline at about 400 yards and could hear a bull bugling behind them but he never came out or presented a shot. The guide left to go back and check on my dad and I continued to watch a few cows a spike bull feed in front of me. About an hour before dark I saw a few cows feeding down the opposite side of the canyon and heard foot steps behind me from the guide returning. No sooner had he arrived, we saw a bull coming through the oak brush but could not tell how big it was and it seemed to dissapear. After what seemed like 15 minutes of glassing for the bull I finally saw it feeding behind a group of cows at about 350 yards. I told the guide I could see it but he couldn't so he asked how many points I could see. I told him six and that was all I needed to pull the trigger. The bull hunched up at the shot but did not fall so I put another one behind the shoulder. On the second shot he reared up on his hind legs and I put a third in him to anchor him in his tracks. The guide began bragging to me because he had insulated the ranchers house that had road right of way to the property that we were on and that we would be able to drive right up to the bull and take him out whole. No such luck!.... The rancher had went to a Denver Broncos game and we had no access through his gates! We deboned and caped the elk where it lay and had to pack it out on frame packs about 2 miles and over 3 different gates. That was a long pack out for me and my dad but was worth it. The following days the weather turned south and we had mixed rain and snow and very high winds. My dad did not get another shot at a bull but he thoroughly enjoyed the trip. While there we got to see herds of wild horses, monster mule deer, elk and pronghorn, along with plenty of coyotes. I do not have a photo bucket but will try to get some pics posted asap. The property was beautiful and the snow through the Rockies was more like watching a movie than actually being there. This is a trip that I would not give up and the memories made with my dad. Lord willing I will be back out there some day.
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#3422159 - 10/27/13 01:43 PM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: hunter0925]
tickweed
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great story. pics?
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#3422173 - 10/27/13 02:05 PM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: tickweed]
hunter0925
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MUP is going to post pics for me tomorrow morning...
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#3422190 - 10/27/13 02:20 PM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: hunter0925]
easy45
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Congrats
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#3422281 - 10/27/13 03:45 PM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: easy45]
thirdwilliam
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Registered: 11/19/07
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Loc: Middle, Tennessee

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congrats
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#3422553 - 10/27/13 06:46 PM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: thirdwilliam]
AT Hiker
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Awesome man, glad you got to enjoy the trip of a lifetime with your dad.
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#3422565 - 10/27/13 06:52 PM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: AT Hiker]
mathews338
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Registered: 11/05/09
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Congrats!
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#3422581 - 10/27/13 06:59 PM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: mathews338]
turk870
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Registered: 09/07/08
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Loc: centerville

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congrats,we are currently trying to decide on either a bow hunt in Colorado or gun in Montana as do it yourself hunt.
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#3423185 - 10/28/13 03:17 AM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: turk870]
tasaman
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I always put my boys in for the youth elk hunt. Hopefully one day we will know how you felt. Having never heard the sound of an elk bugle i imaginr it to be as exciting as my first turkey gobble. Sounds like one awesome trip.
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#3423191 - 10/28/13 04:24 AM Re: CO elk hunt success [Re: mathews338]
MUP
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Awesome animal Daniel! Congrats again buddy!

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