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Location: Denver, CO
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CO Archery sucess...

This was the second bow season I've hunted and it's been all self-taught, so I still don't really know what I'm doing. Worse yet, I've hunted solo for the majority of it. The first 9 days or so of the season was rough. No bugling, not alot of fresh sign, and I wasn't seeing the animals I saw all summer while camping/scouting.

Long story short: On Sept 9th I was stumped. I had hunted high, hunted low and was not seeing animals. I whipped out the topo and looked for the most obscure drainage I could find figuring the labor day weekend pressure would push them there.

I was still hunting a thin patch of timber adjoining a large meadow filled with oak-brush and a creek at 11,300 ft. I sat down to take a break, looked across the meadow, and a smaller 5X5 was feeding in the timber on the other side 100 yards across from me. Cow called and he ignored me and kept feeding.

Good wind and quiet ground from the rain. Got within 20 yards, arrow went through and through and he piled up 40 yards later. Small bull but I'm still stoked!

edit: It's not letting me post the pictures...I'll have to figure it out later. Packing the quarters, tenderloins, backstraps, head/rack out was everything they said it could be lol! It took me a full day and I was done...

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Re: CO Archery sucess...

Awesome!! congrats!!! cant wait to see some pics Thumbs up

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Location: Colorado
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CO Archery sucess...

Congratulations on your bull!!! Somthing is better then nothing, hope you are able to get those photos out.

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CO Archery sucess...

It's still not letting me post the picture. It says "Tried to upload an empty file." Hopefully I'll figure it out...

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Location: Fruita Colorado
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CO Archery sucess...

Congrats on a fine sounding bull! Thumbs up I hope to get to see some pics soon and any elk with a bow is a trophy.

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Location: Longmont, CO
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CO Archery sucess...

Right on RJ50!!!! I had been skunked every year for the past 6 years until 09/02/09. This years was my second season of bow hunting and I can tell you I won't be picking up a rifle to kill and elk again for atleast several years. this is where its at! I killed my bull real early this season (on my 2nd day). They were silent the whole time. I found a nice deep drainage and came up from the bottom. I found a good area right on the edge of the dark timber along side a small spring creek very little sign around it. I went in early afternoon, tucked in, ranged my surroundings, listened, prayed, slept (repeated this until the sun set). By the time the sun set I had not heard or seen anything. It was then I decided to let out a couple semi estrous mews. Within 1 minute I heart trees and branches breaking several hundred yards up the drainage. I waitid till he appeared. He was a young 5x6 that cautiousely came in at 20 yards. I was so overscome by the experience that I couldnt get my bow drawn! I was wobbling like a moron and he was looking right at me so I let it fly quickly thinking he was gonna run off. Big mistake... went right over his back at 20 yards. I cow called and he stopped right next to a tree that I had previoously ranged @ 70 yards. I had been practicing @ 75 religiously so I let go. He heard the string, squatted and ran! I immidiatly saw that blood spot apear and start globbing out blood. I cow called again, he stopped 50 yard away and fell over listing to me whispering those sweet cow nothings. After my first trip out I returned to a bear on the carcass so I only made out with the tender viddles and a boned out rear quarter. What a great solo experience! He was'nt for the books but he was my trophy>

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