Another scouting trip, more miles, more miles, more scenery, and more non-target species encounters. Don't get me wrong, I still had a wonderful time, and it is always exciting to find big game. However, I am running out of public land in this unit to find better deer numbers.
As for the non-mule deer encounters, I was walking along mid-day when I spotted 2 cow elk about forty yards away feeding in a small meadow. They spotted me and spooked while I was trying to get in a better position to take a picture. However, while trying to get a picture of the cow elk, I spotted this young bull at about 60 yards. You can't really tell in this picture, but he does have some tiny, tiny brow points (really only buttons at this time) that are trying to come in. After he walked away, I did continue walking that direction to see if there were more elk in the area. After walking only a little way toward where the elk were, another young bull spooked only five yards from me, scaring both of us pretty good. It was pretty exciting being in that close of proximity with some elk!
Later that day, I was retrieving my dad's game camera from the same waterhole where I shot a deer last year. On my way back to the vehicle, I spotted this young bull moose about 80 yards away. He stood there and let me take quite a few pictures before finally walking off. He is kinda funny looking with the drooping right antler. This was also pretty exciting since I have not had many moose encounters.
Over all, a very enjoyable and exciting scouting trip. Now I just need to find some deer, since CO archery deer season starts next weekend.