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Back from Muzzle Loading

Well the 9 day Muzzle loader season has come and gone and it was a good year. My son, wife and I did not end up taking an elk but we saw several and had a great hunt and time together. All of us ran into elk at less than 30 yards but unfortunately all had less than the required 4 points of head gear for bulls. Cows where already hung up with bulls and they did not seem to want to let them go. I did see 3 nice bulls (5x5 or better) but one was at 335 yards and just a bit too far for a shot with a ML and the other two played peek-a-boo through the trees and could never get a good clean shot. Same ran true for the cows playing peek-a-boo as we had either sex tags. On the cool mornings the bulls were talking but not a lot. They would start just about day light and stop within an hour or so. Very little to no talking in the evening or at night. Only once did we see elk in the open and the closest we could get was 335 yards. All the other times they were in the dark timber or extremely thick aspens groves. As for deer we ran into several everyday to include several nice bucks. I had 3 nice 4x4 bucks under 30 yards but as luck would have it none of us had a ML deer tag. NW Colorado is dry as a popcorn fart right now and as the Aspens start shedding their leaves it will not get any better unless we get some rain or snow. Water for the critters was not an issue as at least half the water holes and springs are still good to go and flowing, at least in my area. Good luck to all and hope you have a great hunt and bring something home.

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Oh well, still fun

It's always good to at least get into them and the aspens were pretty spectacular this year.

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Hunting in the Colorado

Hunting in the Colorado wilderness with family and seeing some elk is a great thing. Glad you had a great time.

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Being in the woods with the

Being in the woods with the family is great....seeing/hearing elk is better.....putting some big brown down might have been just a little too much to ask for on this trip :)  It will make the next one taste that much better!!

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Congrats on a great hunt

Congrats on a great hunt along with your family.

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Thanks for sharing your hunt

Thanks for sharing your hunt with us.  I know I really enjoy getting out hunting with my son too.

Enjoy the rest of your hunts this year.  Hopefully, you'll get some meat in the freezer too.

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Thanks to all, we had a great

Thanks to all, we had a great time and cannot wait to get back out into the woods again real soon.

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Dry as a popcorn fart???????

Dry as a popcorn fart??????? lol

Still sounds like you had a good trip!

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You were getting into em

That always beats not seeing em. Gets that heart pumping. Glad you still had a great time with the family the most important thing!

Cheers

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Very cool !

SGM,

It is always nice to fill a tag, but the hunt sounds like a good one to me. Congrats on getting out with the family and thanks for sharing your great story ! Thumbs up

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Having a good time is all

Having a good time is all that's important. Getting a kill is rewarding, but not the bottom line with me. Some of my most enjoyable hunts have been with no kill. Some of my most lousy hunts have been with a kill.

It's all in the attitude.

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