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Location: Denver, CO
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I've got a couple hours to kill before I blaze out to Holyoke and chase pheasants. I was thinking about the year in hunting terms as it comes to a close.

2009 was awesome: First bull elk (bow none the less) and first turkey. May not sound like much, but considering I had to teach myself, and it taking several years, just feels like it's all coming together. Thumbs up

Anybody else have a kick a** year?

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Location: western co.
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started off great with a ton of ducks in jan. and a spring gobbler in may.An above average fishing year led into a big game season that left me with 4 unfilled tags and almost 100 miles of backcountry.snuck a fall turk in there and talked a buddy into getting a OTC tag and hiked him to a little raghorn he blasted and we split the meat in half(thank god).should be a good december for birds though.oh ya that was 5 unfilled tags,1 deer,1speedgoat,2 elk,and 1 bear.

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Been hunting since Aug first. Between my girlfriend and I, we had both a deer and elk tag (mine either sex and her's a cow tag). She missed a small 2x3 buck and we didn't see anything all season.

So we went 0 for 4 this year.

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been an average year for me. me and my dad went 2 for 5 big game with one more late elk season to go. we had archery elk tags and a rifle deer tag that we didn't fill. we both filled our antelope tags. we've been bird huntin twice so far this year. had a great time in south dakota. shot 6. then we went out to holyoke last weekend and we only shot 2

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The pheasant has been tough going for me, first year with a brand new dog. I just got back from Holyoke. Love the "Welcome hunters" sign with the rooster painted on it (next to a good looking cornfield too), only to have it posted "no hunting" right next to it Brick Wall,) .

In case you haven't seen it, it's on the south side of town on 385 I think.

We only got one up within gun range first thing in the morning, buddy missed. Saw about 200 birds flying from standing corn at sunset. Really cool to see that many birds, but they were way way out of range (and on private land).

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oh yeah lol i they have a sign like that on the west side of town too. i didn't even get to pull the trigger. i didnt have any in range at all. the problem is a lot of the corn is still standing. the majority of the birds we saw were on the edge or flying into/out of standing corn. when they get all the corn in i think the huntin will be pretty good

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I've eaten an elk tag so far and gonna try to fill my late pronghorn tag this week. My buddy has eaten spring and fall turkey tags, an elk tag and has a late antelope and late deer tags to try to fill this week.

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I don't know how it all panned out this year but it definitely did. I got my biggest turkey ever in the spring and filled my muzzy buck tag, my WY antelope tag and my 2nd season rifle cow tag. The last couple years were fairly dry, save my first bear and a turkey, so it was nice to have some serious success.

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lots of whackin and stackin. But i did bust my butt hunting hard all season.

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I was blessed with a cow elk and a doe whitetail this year. I also had a lot of fun with my kids this year on their hunts.

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I had me a pretty long year and struck out several times. I guess it isn't quite over with pheasants and geese.
Turkeys were interesting in Nebraska. It snowed almost the whole time, but the toms were still gobbling. Just couldn't pull one in.
In August I went out with two buddies on an early antelope doe rifle hunt on private land, then tried a little bowhunting for bucks on public after they filled out. We went home with the two does, never really expected to have a chance with the bow.
Doves, shot a handful around the house, probably less than 10 total.
I had an Idaho elk tag that I ended up eating tag soup with. Couldn't afford to go when it came down to the wire (sorry Dave).
Tagged along on a muzzleloader cow hunt and all we saw were bulls.
1st season cow hunt, the group of six only took 1 cow. Nice hunt, never saw a soul, but we didn't see many elk either.
Wyoming antelope hunt, took two does. 6 in total between us.
3rd season elk, took 5x5 bull, buddy lost a raghorn that I jumped from his bed two hours after wounding. Wish I had my gun with me, that won't happen again.
4th season deer turned down the only bucks I saw, just little forkies.
Goose last weekend we took 10 between Saturday and Sunday.
Haven't had a chance to take the dog out for pheasants yet, but probably will a couple times before season ends.

All in all it was alright and am already in the planning process for next year.

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