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Sorry, I did not have a camera in my pack but, here is a pick when we got everything back to camp. Not much to the story I saw him the day before season and again on Sunday and with the very warm weather I could not find anything bigger I went to where I knew he was living and shot him when He brought his cows back to his hideout on Monday morning.

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Nothing wrong with that bull at all, I'd be proud to hang it on my wall. Congrats bullbuster!

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our hunting camp consisted of 12 hunters 3 of them were minors. We took home 3 bulls and a cow. The green horns missed 2 bulls and a vet missed a cow at 150 yrds. One of the bulls missed by one of the first time elk hunters was a 330 class standing at 30 yrds. I think a combination of bull fever and watching too much Outdoor chanel was the cause of the miss. He was waiting for the classic out in the open broadside shot instead of picking out something vital and letting a bullet fly. Chalk it up to a lesson learned.

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Nice bull, what area where you guys hunting in?

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Great job Bull Buster and nice bull. Yes

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Nice job on getting the bull. Sorry that we couldn't help with the weather for you or did you finally get some?

I managed to pick up a spike bull and a 22" 4x4 buck over in Utah so it looks like both of us did ok. Now I just need to wait until 4th season here in Colorado for my elk tag over here.

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Great looking bull!!

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camonick, 444 and 44. Lots of hunting pressure. Seemed like everytime we would get one down the jeeps and atvs would come out of the wood work to see what the shooting was about.

Critter, The weather was great for camping but, the elk didn't move after about 8:30. Didn't see that many elk and hardly any deer ( les than 10 for the week). I was talking to a local guy and he claimed that there was a huge poaching problem there. Have you heard anything about that. Last year I found an old bull (had curled up long toes) that had his head cut off right along the trail. At the time I chalked it up to someones cripple and a hunter before me had found it and claimed the prize. When I found him the bears had just started eating on him. May be he was a victim of a poacher. Congrats on the spike and the 4x4 muley.

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We have had an ongoing poaching problem in this area for the last 20 years. I use to have a small elk heard that you could take 2 or 3 animals out of it every year and not hurt it then a poacher found the heard and wiped it out in one winter. I even watched one poacher do his dirty deed. I didn't have a cell phone with me and it took me over an hour to get into a spot to get his license number off of his truck but I did and he spent a little time in the pokey along with a nice fine. There was another that tried to take 13 deer off of the hill in his truck at one time but the DOW was waiting for him at the bottom. Now since I am retired I can spend a lot more time on top of the hill watching the critters along with getting some rabbits and might see some more. I might not be able to stop it but I may be able to slow it down a little.

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Critter, are the poachers selling the meat, thrill seekers, or do they need the meat to feed their familes? Or all the above. The last several years there used to be a good size heard of eld down low by your town and for the last 2 years they have not been there. It could be that they are too assesable for the poachers. It sure seems that there is alot of shooting down there and this year I see they had to repair a power line pole because someone had shot it enough times that it was alomst shot into two pieces.

Its kind of sad. That is the kind of habitat that should support hundreds of deer and a big heard of elk.

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I personally believe that most of the poaching is done to feed the extended families that are living with the poacher witch they bring in from out of the country. (to put it politely) As far as the rest, this area use to have the reputation of big deer and there are some still here so that will bring the head hunters into the area. One of the biggest bucks that I have ever seen was just South of our airport. He was a big 5x5 with at least a 35" spread and real heavy. The last that I saw of him he was running up a hill after I got through throwing rocks at him.

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