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Archery Hunt Colorado done.

Just got back from unit number 14 in Colorado.  I spent a total of 8 days over a two week period archery hunting North of Steamboat springs.  I spent one weekend up there then drove home for work then drove back up last Friday to hunt for several days.  I got back yesterday.  One of the best hunts I have ever had.  I found elk every single day.  I had oppertunities at Big Bulls, small bulls, and Cows.  All though I didn't stick any elk I did sling an arrow and learned a ton.  To me I never judge a hunt by the kill but rather the time spent enjoying the outdoors.  I was able to take a good friend of mine up and call in some elk for him.  We watched a big bull and two cows cross the side of the mountain accross from us bugling his damn head off the whole time and we had a big 6x6 hang up at 60 yards from us but gave us a real nice show before he split.  The elk were hanging around 10,000 foot and I put many of miles on my boots.  I made a couple of new friends from New York who I know will be back next year as they have been hunting the same area for 20 years and had plenty of photos to show and great info to share.  It was awesome finding some hunters who were more interested in sharing information and having a good time and being respectful then being that guy who gets ticked off cause there is another hunter in "His area" on public land.   The weather was modest, not too warm and not to cold.  The rut was just getting going and it made it a bit tuff to work the bulls but cow calling with a little bit of bugling was fun.    The wind sucked as it was swirling all the time and I had a couple of smaller bulls bust out of there quick when they hit my wind.  I did manage to call in a couple of cows to 12 yards and not being ready was heart breaking and funny all at the same time.  I have never stuck a elk personally with my bow but I have brought many of elk in for others.  I guess I should have know that you need to be ready at all times.   As she bolted I was able to take a quick shot that sailed over her back.  I guess losing my arrow is the price you pay for things like that.   I know most people don't share what really happens on their hunt or where they hunt in fear that it will mess up their area in the future but I am someone who shares what happens with me.   I can tell you this though.  I did manage to talk to about 8 or 9 different hunters over the time spent in my area and all but one were having a tuff time finding elk.  I don't know if it was luck or my knowledge of elk that keeped me finding elk everyday.   But I tried to help everysingle person I came in contact get on the elk.  I didn't take a lot of pictures but here are soem of a really big bull, a cow, and 3x3 buck.  I get to guide for my girlfriend and son here in three weeks back in the same area.  They both have either sex first riffle tags so hopefully I can get them to take a nice elk which will be both of their first elk.

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Well, short of actually

Well, short of actually shooting an elk, it looks like your hunt was everything you hoped for!  It's funny, even those little encounters, like calling in the cows, or just shooting the sh!t with fellow hunters, are all part of a memorable trip.  It doesn't take a big 7x7 on the ground to have fun (But it wouldn't hurt Wink )

Congrats!  Best of luck during the rifle season with your girlfriend and son!

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Sounds like you had a really

Sounds like you had a really good time and I feel the same eay about hunting sucessm is what you make it.  For me just being able to spend time in the field with family and friends is sucess enough for me...the harvest is always a bonus.  It sure is nice to know that there are some really good hunters still out there willing to help out each other.  I too will give any ifo I know ofan area to another hunter.  Units are big and there is plenty of elk for everyone.  If I can help one hunter harvest an animal or atleast have a good time that is just one more sportsman out there fighting for our sport.  I hqve always looked at 14 as I have hunted right next dooe in 16, but have never had the time to get up and scout before hand.  Hopefully you can get it dome come rifle seson...good luck.

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Sounds like you had a great hunt and it goes to prove that you don't need to kill one to have a great experience.  Nice read under H2o.

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Good for you... You can't

Good for you... You can't beat having a bow in your hand with a bull screaming his head off!

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That's a great story and a

That's a great story and a great attitude. The experience is what makes the hunt more than anything. My dad and I have our elk hunt starting in a week and although I keep trying to look at it like a normal hunt many people have almost gotten my dad depressed about it. Unit 10 is a big deal I know, but my dad has nly taken one very small bull ever and everyone keeps telling him what not to shoot or not shoot until almost all the fun is being taken away or he feels like he can't go home unless it reaches a certain score. I keep telling him to just have a good time and shoot what ever looks big to him or if he likes it. That's what my plan is whether I get one or not and I really don't care what those "experts" think. 

I love the hunt and how it makes me feel, an animal on the ground or a fine trophy is just an added bonus.

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The DASH

hunter25 wrote:

That's a great story and a great attitude. The experience is what makes the hunt more than anything. My dad and I have our elk hunt starting in a week and although I keep trying to look at it like a normal hunt many people have almost gotten my dad depressed about it. Unit 10 is a big deal I know, but my dad has nly taken one very small bull ever and everyone keeps telling him what not to shoot or not shoot until almost all the fun is being taken away or he feels like he can't go home unless it reaches a certain score. I keep telling him to just have a good time and shoot what ever looks big to him or if he likes it. That's what my plan is whether I get one or not and I really don't care what those "experts" think. 

I love the hunt and how it makes me feel, an animal on the ground or a fine trophy is just an added bonus.

Just being able to hunt with your family is reward in itself.  I was able to have have my father with me as camp cook, dishwasher, and pick up man.  Last year he even helped me pack out my elk.  It's priceless to have those memories.  The best advice I can give you is this.  Take your dad out and tell him you love him and no matter what he kills or doesn't kill tell him your proud to be his son and you'll always remember this hunt.  I think to many people worry about the size of animal.  But remember its the size of the man that matters the most.   Especially the size of his heart.  Life is short, its expensive, and its full of what if's.  So make every oppertunity you have count cause when there gone there gone.   My father once told me that life is all about your DASH.   Cause when you die you get a head stone that has your birth date and your death date with a DASH in between.  So make that Dash count for something.   Best of luck to you and your father.

 

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That says it all !!!!!!!!

H2o,

Between your hunting story and what you have said right here "I salute you ! ". Top notch in my book and never loose that outlook on life and princables. Thanks for sharing your great hunt story and pics again this year.

I hunt every year with my father and would not trade it for the world. Whether or not we take something it is awesome just to be out there with him. He has made me the hunter I am today and I have told him many times "Thank You" !

hunter25,

You are more than likely going to have the most amazing hunt with your dad this year chasing those bulls and as said before shoot whatever turns your cranks. It will be awesome know matter what. Good luck !

Quinton 

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Just to clarify so no one

Just to clarify so no one misunderstands and thinks I was upset or anything. I hope and plan to shoot a very large bull and have spent alot of time scouting and learning the area. But everyone my dad has talked to seems to think if you don't kill a 380 bull in unit 10 you must have done something wrong. My hunt will not be spent trying to reach a magic score but just enjoying a great time until I see one that I like and want. The bigger the better but I will in no way be disappointed or upset if things don't work out that way. I love to hunt and share the time.

I truly believe I could take a record book bull today and then go out tomorrow and hunt a doe with the same enthusiasm and excitement. 

Living the dream every day of my life now.

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