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Another great scouting trip for elk

Had a great day scouting today. We only hiked about 3 to 4 miles but saw nearly 300 elk in an area I didn't even consider before and hopefully no one else will either. Saw saeveral bulls in 2 seperate herds with a couple of them going well over 300". The pictures I took are from 650 ranged yard but I did manage to find a couple of bulls after I blew them up on the computer, a little blurry up close but there's one over on the left and of course the one in the middle. These were not the biggest of he bunch though.

I'm getting very excited about this hunt now.

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It always is a surprise on

It always is a surprise on just where you can find those critters hanging out at and how good they can hide when they want to. 

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It looks like you and your

It looks like you and your dad are on the way to a very successful season. Good Luck!

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Glad you hear you had a good

Glad you hear you had a good scouting trip.  I would think that out of ~300 animals in one bunch, you should be able to find one that will make you happy.  Did you find your camera, or did you have to buy a new one?  Thanks for sharing the pictures.  

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I actually found my camera

I actually found my camera the third time I was in the trunk of my car getting my stuff out. I wasn't looking for it when I finally found it though.

Sometimes you can see more clearly when not in panic mode.

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That's awesome Hunter!  Just

That's awesome Hunter!  Just out of curiousity, is it normal to see that big of a herd this time of year? 

I have heard of bulls having a prety good harem with them, but to be this big, i thought that only happened when the snow started falling.

Good luck!!!!!

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To be honest I'm not usually

To be honest I'm not usually out looking for elk this early in the year myself. But in the past I have never seen herds this big until the snow pushes them down into the fields.  Usually I see groups of more like 5 to 20.

I would prefer to not see so many in one place as that's far too many eyes to try and avoid.

 

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Yeah, that's more like what I

Yeah, that's more like what I was thinking.  15-20.  But your first photo looks like a HUGE bunch of elk.

I agree though, more animals of any kind means more eyes to see you with.

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It is interesting on how the

It is interesting on how the elk herd up in different areas.  I was over in Utah the beginning of July and one herd that we found had over 80 elk in it.  Cows, calf's, and some bulls up to a couple of 5x5's.  Now the larger bulls in that area were still in the dark timber and would only come down for water but at that time there was water running all over the place. 

Where I bow hunt here in Colorado the largest bunch of elk that I have seen was 10-20 animals with no bulls in it. 

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I got another half day in

I got another half day in today but limited my hiking as I forgot that muzzleloader was open along with a couple of other seasons. It's amazing how many people were running around in the unit this weekend with ti being sucha limited draw area for everything. I decided to stay out of hte way and mostly did some glassing.

Here's the catch. I only saw one elk today a really nice bull on public land but due to the location you would have to give up half a day to hunt just this one spot. It's easy to get to but if he's not there it would take you awhile to get anywhere else. the public piece is small but I've been told he's been seen there many times for several years now. I'm just not sure if he's worth waiting for or not. Probably not the biggest one I've seen in overall size but it looks like a 7x8 including a couple of real nice kickers sticking out. Very unusual compared to most I've seen and I want him really bad.

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That's interesting in that

That's interesting in that you saw a lot of other hunters out there.  By my count there is only around 37 total tags in unit 10 for deer and elk combined for the archery and muzzleloader hunts. 

I was on top on 444 for a while this morning and all I saw was two camps and 2 blue grouse which are going to be dinner tomorrow.  My big problem is that I didn't even see a deer but did come across some fresh elk beds right on top of the mountain.  I just need to get the bigger animals to cooperate for my archery tag.  But those birds are tasty.   

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