Got back home late Sunday after chasing the elk and deer for 9 days. Ended up with tag soup for the elk but can add in some venison with the soup as I was able to take a nice fat doe. Wife and I both had cow tags but really wish one of us had a bull tag or either sex tag. The short story is we had easy shots on 7 bulls of 4x5, 5x5 6x5 and 6x6 ranging 15-50 yards within the 9 days. Also had a few farther but as they where bulls did not pursue after them. Also had a spike (about 15 inches) come in and bed down within 10-15 yards of us. Bulls where talking more than I would have thought with the warm temps and much later in the day. Most of the bulls started about 7 to 730 and would sing until about 930 or 1000. Weather was warmer than usual with afternoon highs in the upper 70's to low 80's and only getting down into the mid to low 40's at night and we are at about 9200 feet. As for the cows, well we did see a bunch but never could close the deal. Seems we had the "No cow for you" cure on us this year. You name it, it seemed to happen so we could not shoot. Two cows standing right behind each other, trees or bushes blocking the shot, bulls or calves walking in front of the cow, got winded or just a bit to far out of range etc. etc. etc.. The cows seemed very spooky and only saw them in small groups. Even with the bulls singing only saw a few cows with the bulls. Most cows were with a calf or only in small groups of 3-5 animals. Oh well that is hunting and still had a great time in the woods. The aspens really changed in those 9 days and wish I would have taken a photo of the one stand each day to show the change. On Sunday the weather changed and the wife said she was not going out. I did and only saw two bucks as the thunderstorms started to roll in. A bonus for her was she got to see a fairly nice bull moose walk thru our camp while she was packing up a few last minute items. We got a few heavy thunderstorms that made leaving more interesting than I like. The road turned into a sticky, slippery snot bog which is no fun with the truck and camper and pulling a trailer. Made it thru fine but did have a few pucker times. Like I said still a great time and I still have a 2nd season cow tag so maybe the luck will change come mid October.
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Wed, 2014-09-24 09:12
Back from ML Season
Wed, 2014-09-24 11:26#1
Congradulations on the doe, I
Congradulations on the doe, I know what you mean on the cows. For some reason a lot of hunters are not getting into them during the ML season. On my hunt I only saw about a half dozen of them, but they have to be somwhere.
So where is the picture of the moose? Or don't you trust your wife with a camera?
Wed, 2014-09-24 12:01#2
Sorry to say she did not get
Sorry to say she did not get a photo of Bullwinkle. As she was doing some work in the camper she looked up saw him, fumbled for the camera, dog barked and he took off. Still pretty strange about the cows as we usually see way more cows than bulls but the same is true on deer. Saw about 50/50 bucks to does when it is more like 75/25 does to bucks.
Wed, 2014-09-24 13:33#3
At least I am not the only
At least I am not the only one that has that kind of stuff happen to.
Thu, 2014-09-25 08:40#4
That stuff seems to happen to
That stuff seems to happen to us all the time. Forgot to mention she knocked also over her soda and the can went rolling down the table onto the floor. I am sure you can guess the mess that made.
Wed, 2014-09-24 15:34#5
Congrats on the Doe.
It sounds like you had a fun week anyway.
Wed, 2014-09-24 21:11#6
Thats for sharing your hunt story.
Thu, 2014-09-25 05:39#7
Congrats on you hunt, those bulls will just be bigger next year. Totally off topic, I was in Canon City working a few weeks ago, actually is was working in Penrose right in front of the airport next to the skydiving place. I was staying at the house of the guy I was working for and was just wondering if there was good hunting in that area? Where I was staying was in Canon City up Oak Creek Dr and then up Forge Rd to that subdivision at the foot of the hills. I can't remember the name of the subdivision. Just curious to the hunting in the area. I have been off here for a long time because I have been working so much, if I had remembered you were in Canon City I would have hollered at you.
Thu, 2014-09-25 08:42#8
Thanks all, it is always nice
Thanks all, it is always nice to just get out in the woods.
Cowboy, I think you would have been in Dawson Ranch Sub-division. I live about 4 miles farther up Oak Creek Grade. Hunting in the area can be very good but access is the problem with most lands being private and what is public is very crowded since the area is so close to Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Usually takes a point or two (maybe more for non-res) to draw deer or elk and our unit is not an OTC bull unit. Now if you go an hour west or south you can get into some good hunting, easier tags and all the public land you want. If you have particular questions shoot me a PM.
Thu, 2014-09-25 14:49#9
Congrats on your hunt. Sounds
Congrats on your hunt. Sounds like a good time.
Fri, 2014-09-26 11:15#10
Sounds like a great hunt,
Sounds like a great hunt, minus the elk.....Congrats!