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falcon
10-05-2009, 09:18 PM
Right before opening day I asked that we all take some pics and share them, about time I held up my end of that.

The last two years with my new hunting pardner have been really great. He is the optimistic, HARD working, go getter that we all look for to share camp with. 99% of our hunting is solo and miles apart, but even on the few days no elk were even sighted, there was still enthusiasm and excited reports of other critters and scenery back at camp.

I'll say up front that I got a perfect shot oppurtunity and blew it. Since learning so much here and elsewhere and then learning our area and how the elk use it we've really upped our encounters. Only blunders and plain old bad luck have kept us both from tagging so many times. Oh well. Using trad equipment, I don't think it has cost us much, and we love it.

We started opening day and in just a few days found that they were starting to gather cows and bugling morning and night. Like to hunt the smaller groups and singles for awhile, but at least the bulls were giving us their locations.

DP had a thread about relics, tried to find some for pics.

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An old cowboy line cabin

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What's left of a wagon

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Partner

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I qualify as a relic

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/danielsluder/Colorado09034.jpg
Why so serious?

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Love this ridge

I got stung three times on this trip, there were bees everywhere, never seen them like that.

Scoutin' Wyo
10-05-2009, 09:30 PM
Great pics (minus the leg shots)!!

Thanks

elmbow
10-05-2009, 11:15 PM
Isn't there some kind of restitution law that let's us go after the descendants of whomever left that wagon to despoil the environment?

I love it when I see old bald guys with stickbows! Great pics, less the pasty gams, yuck!

Bushcraft
10-05-2009, 11:22 PM
Man I love those poplar stands you CO boys get to duck around in. Neat country. Thanks for sharing.

Scoutin' Wyo
10-06-2009, 06:34 AM
Man I love those aspen stands you CO boys get to duck around in. Neat country. Thanks for sharing.


Fixed it for ya Allen. ;)

Tim in Washington
10-06-2009, 07:23 AM
I like seeing those recurves in the feild,looks like a great hunt

falcon
10-06-2009, 08:27 AM
Even with our ample base camp, after spending two weeks up there, you start to feel like you live in it. So much going on in them hills, it sometimes seemed like elk hunting was secondary.

If we were close enough to make going back to camp worthwhile for lunch, shooting, shower, whatever, then we got to see it in daylight. Otherwise we were gone about 4-4:30 am and then back 9-9:30 pm or so.


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End of the road coming into Nat'l forest.


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That cattle guard is the NF fence line. This cabin has dates written in it back to the 50's

In the skyline pics earlier, we had gone in together one of the last mornings, he mistakenly wanted me to bugle for him. :) Real cool drama that A.M. when we realized the herd bull he had been chasing the previous two days had been kicked out by a bull I had bumped into the day before. After an exciting set of encounters and losing the race following them to their beds we took a break.

Looking at the map, he said "There's a peak 500 ft. straight above us that would make the morning hunt an even 1700 elevation gain, let's go see the view". Hard to argue with that.

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I guess everyone knows where we hunt now


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Stock corral by camp

DP
10-06-2009, 08:01 PM
Cool pictures, thanks for sharing. How do you like your Alaknak tent? I just bought a 12x12 but I haven't tried it out yet.

Ken
10-10-2009, 07:05 AM
Nice pic's Glynn.

It sounds to me like you guys have got things just about dialed. Next year could be the one.

Great report, thanks for posting. It's always fun to see/hear about others adventures.

Timberline
10-13-2009, 05:28 PM
Beautiful elk country! There may be no better place to be on the planet in September. Thanks for sharing.

And those recurve do look right at home.

GlennGTR
10-13-2009, 05:57 PM
Recurves and long bows put the arch back in archery. If I hunt archery thats the way I go . If not I just hunt modern firearm. Great pics and good story.