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Thanks SGM, My son drew that

Thanks SGM, My son drew that tag to hunt on the Chancellor Ranch east of Trinidad. The DOW officer said that he was very lucky to draw that tag. That was the only bull we saw in 5 days of hunting, he was with 15 cows n no other bulls. I have not seen that they even offer hunts on the ranch anymore.   

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Glad he got the chance and he

Glad he got the chance and he sure made the best of it with his bull. Not sure he will get another 6x6 in unit 55 but you should see plenty of elk and hopefully bag a cow or bull. Good luck and hope to see some more photos this fall. 

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My son that got the bull will

My son that got the bull will not be able get out collage this year. My youngest (14yrs) will be taking to the hills this year without his big brothers, he says he is going to hold out for a bull, but my guess that won't last long. I was looking at the 2010 and 2011 harvest from 55 and the bull kill was about the same, but the cow kill was down a fair amount from 2010. Do you now if that was weather related or are the numbers down?

 I see your from Cannon City. We were hunting just north of there on Saddle Mtn a few years ago, didn't see many elk, but saw some really nice bucks.     

   

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At least you will get a good

At least you will get a good hunt in with one of your boys. It will make this year a little more special for both of you. It will also make that first trip when you can all go again that much better too. I agree he might say he will hold out for a bull but that cow on the ground equals some really fine eating for the year. Those days of holding out have passed for me and my family. If it is legal it is down as we want the meat and passing on a cow opening day can mean nothing in the freezer. I looked at the cow harvest and it is down 45 animals. 2011 had 325 cows and 105 calves, 2010 had 410 cows and 65 calves. I guess it depends on your definition of a calf. I think weather played a small role as the elk seemed to be higher than usual in 2nd season per a buddy of mine. It also could be that less hunters decided to take a cow or less hunters had the opportunity to take a shot. I was deployed last year and did not get into the unit but my hunting buddies said they saw just as many elk as usual and one who did not have a cow tag said he saw more cows than normal. I guess it also depends on if you are in the right place at the right time.

I know the area around Saddle Mountain fairly well, in fact we did a little 4x4 riding up in the area this past weekend. Still a fair amount of snow that limited our access. The area has a fair elk herd with some great bulls but it is a tough hunt. The area does have some very good deer hunting and some real trophy class bucks. Having private land to hunt in that area is a big plus but you can do OK on the public land. If you have any more questions send me a PM and I will answer them for you.

 

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