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Blue Tag Soup and/or Salad?

I tried something different this year and did a 4th season Colorado elk hunt in unit 45.

I typed up a detailed account of the hunt 2X only to lose it when my curser was off to the side and accidentally hitting the touch pad took me to some Ruger advertisement.  So here is the quick story...

Day 1 - nothing but older tracks anywhere from 24 hours old to about 7 days old.

Day 2 - old tracks about a week old  Cold night - wife at the camp fire...

Camp Fire

Day 3 - tried the mountain range accross Hwy 24 and found approx. 60 elk feeding areas at 11,000 feet.

Elk Feeding Areas

The tracks went in 3 different directions.  Followed the westward tracks until we ran out of daylight and couldn't close the gap.  My wife decided after 2 days in a tent in 17 degree night-time temps it was time for a hotel room (thankfully!) so we got a room in Leadville... and a large pizza!

Day 4 - Returned the following early morning and followed the tracks that went up of the mountain top and down the other side.  Should have done that the day prior as I think we could have closed the gap on them.  Saw nothing more.

Day 5 - weather turned more ugly with high winds and blowing snow.  Saw nothing.

Bottom line - no elk and I'm eating the blue tag soup/salad again this year.  Now to plan for 2014.

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I have found that if you

I have found that if you sprinkle a little balsamic vinegar onto it after you shred it us a little it gives it that nice taste.  After 3 blue tag salids this year I have aquired a taste for it. 

I guess that is why they call it hunting and not killing, but I give you some kudos for getting out in that weather in a tend and with your bride is even better even if you did have to get a room with a soft bed and hot shower one night. 

One thing that I have learned when posting a story here on the forums is to type it up in Word and then cut and paste it over here on the forum.  That way if something happens you have a full copy that you can revert to. 

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Thanks Critter for the advice

Thanks Critter for the advice on salad dressing - LOL!!  Because of the tent thing this year and the cold weather My wife is now definitely in favor of Colorado hunting acreage we can put a cabin or at least a good trailer on... so in essence it was a successful hunting season.

The word document is a good idea and I will start doing that... after this response!

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Bummer Mark. I know it's

Bummer Mark. I know it's still fun to get out and hunt, but too bad you didn't get end up with an elk for the freezer.

I wish I had some blue tag recipes to share, but I've been able to fill my elk tags for the last 5 years.Big smile I better shutup before I jinx myself. I still have a late season tag to try to fill next month....

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Yes we still had a great time

Yes we still had a great time Brent - no doubt about that!  I still have quite a bit of SE Ohio whitetail hunting to complete in the next 4 weeks... but it is just not the same.  Next year I vow to start the same elk success run you have. I'll tell you good luck on your late season tag... but I know you will fill that tag too!  I look forward to your pictures and story!

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Hang your Tag

I have found if you hang your tag on the refrigerator for 10 days ,  it takes the gamey taste out and is more tender!!!

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LOL!!!  I already marinaded

LOL!!!  I already marinaded it in italian dressing and started the fridge for tendorization.  The darn thing still looks blue and has black writing on it.  I may have to do the marinade another week or two!

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Now that's a great idea!  I

Now that's a great idea!  I just took a meat tenderizer hammer to it but have pulled it back out of the marinade and hung it on the fridge.  Hammer

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As the story goes better to

As the story goes better to be out than at home and always great to spend some quality time with your wife. My wife and I cannot do the tent camping anymore so we got a pop up slide in camper for the back of the truck. Great for winter and summer. I really like it better than a pull trailer because I can still tow a boat or our 4 wheelers and still have a truck and a nice warm/dry place to sleep each night.

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Russ - absolutely right about

Russ - absolutely right about being better to be out than at home!  Nice idea for the truck camper.  We are getting a new truck in 2014 so if the cabin or trailer doesn't pan out this is a great option.

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Once you get to the point of

Once you get to the point of wanting more info send me a PM and will help you out.

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