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2nd Season CO Elk Tag Soup

Little delayed posting up, but came back from my CO 2nd Season CO elk hunt empty-handed.  However, it was still a great time!  I went with my Dad and one of my brother's.  It was my first elk hunt with my Dad.  We were able to use by brother's camper, so we had nice accomodations.  We covered ground like crazy, hiking ~40 miles over 5 1/2 days.  We saw elk every day but the last day.  

We were only inches from filling our tags several times.  Opening day, about an hour into the hunt, we hear a bull bugle near by.  That was the first time I had heard an elk bugle while I was hunting them.  We stop and listen, and he bugles, much closer this time.  We look uphill, and we see elk walking through the dark timber.  We move some to try to get a shooting lane on the animals.  They keep filtering past us until the wind carries our scent to them.  They turn around and file back past us.  We saw several cows in that bunch, a spike, and one legal bull.  We all had bull licenses, and none of us had an ethical shot on the bull.  Only a couple inches of better shooting lane or 5 inches of brow tine on that spike, and we could have filled at least one tag right there.  

The rest of the hunt went much the same way.  We only saw one more legal bull, but again no shot opportunity.  We saw lots more cows and several spikes, many times in shootable situations, just not enough bone to make them legal for us.  

Regardless, we had a great time together, and we have already been talking about what we need to do different next year in order to fill some tags.  Now we just have to hold out until next year.

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Same here too! I saw several

Same here too! I saw several elk but couldn't get close enough to shoot. Glad you had a good time though - there is nothing better than being in the woods with friends and hunting... except pulling the trigger on a nice one! I have some blue tag soup as well. Maybe next year!

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Very cool you got out with

Very cool you got out with your brother and dad. Getting out with family is great and sounds like the elk put on a great show for you. Too bad not a good shot opened for you but better to pass on a bad shot than take it.

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Sorry about the tag soup !

BUT, it sounds like you had a great hunt and got super close. My son had the same luck 1st season with one great close encounter, but to no availe !

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At least you got out there

At least you got out there and made an effort!  Always next year!

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I have found that over the

I have found that over the years that tag soup or salad is quite rewarding. Weather you boil it for soup or shred it for salad all you need to add is a little bit of humble pie and it will be great.

One thing that I have found over the years of hunting is that animals at times can be hard to find and that is why they call it hunting. I have doubts for my elk tag this year also. I have been scouting deer in my elk hunting area and have not even seen a elk track. My problem is that I know where they are at but a 3 mile pack out up hill is not my idea of fun anymore.

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