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Location: Colorado
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Dang it!

Well the rut is starting to heat up here in CO!

This last weekend had a herd of about 30 come thru the lodge pole pines I was sitting and watching!. Heard the herd bull bugling like crazy and he was chasing a cow around pretty good. Blew my cow calls a few time and he could have cared less. Very nice 6x6 with good mass!! There was a good 5x5 trailing the herd....blew the hoochie mama a couple times and next thing I know he is headed straight towards me. Now this is my first year bow hunting and I must say I was shaking in my boots. he got to about 40 yds and stopped staring straight in my direction. I do not think he saw me as I was next to a pretty gopod sized tree. He turned to look down the hill as to where the rest of his kin were...at that time I blew the call again and he started forward again!! " Oh yeah here he comes" is all I could think!!! He stopped at 25yds still facing me straight on. He must have stood there for aleast two minutes...driving me nuts. He had stopped in between two trees and just sttod there not moving. My budd who was up hill from me a bit had a good angle at about 35 yds but as I said he stopped in between two tress...no shot all he could see was is hind quaters and his head. After the two minutes he turned and walked back the way he came. I did stop him again at about 45 yds as he looked back again for one more look.

Being that it is my year with a bow....I have to call the season a sucess not matter what happens from here.

Maybe next weekend!!!!

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Location: Idaho
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Ughhh ... I feel right along with you. Getting intimate with the game is a wonderful part of archery hunting. The difficulty of getting both archer and hunted in the same very small tract of land within archery range with clear shooting lane at a good kill zone, is, in my experience, still quite difficult. Brick Wall,)

Congrats on getting him in as close as you did. Maybe this next weekend is `your' weekend.

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Location: North Idaho, Steve
Joined: 07/14/2006
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That sounds very familiar. I've had nearly the exact same thing happen many times.
I have only been hunting elk for the last seven or so years, as I grew up hunting in southern Oregon with my dad and he liked deer hunting much more.
I have never been out with anyone who has any more expirience than myself so it has been a very long leaning period and virtually all I know has been self taught, via a few videos,and a TON of mistakes. The first few years were spent without seeing an animal the entire season, to seeing a few the next couple and then things started to fall into place. We are in elk thick every year, My hunting partner has shot two(both of which I was standing ten feet away and didn't have a shot)But sadly I have yet to connect. sad I have missed a couple and hit a few unseen branches, moved when I shouldn't have and many other preventable mistakes,but hey, when I finally do connect with one,I will have done it all on my own, and I can't help thinking that it is going to meen alot more to me than it will to others who may have one handed to them on a platter. So I for one don't mind the mistakes all that much(well after some time has passed anyway) and I will keep at it. Thumbs up Good luck to all you do it yourselfers out there.

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Dear Ssp ... well stated. My first year bow hunting we really got into the animals on opening day. We were hunting open-desert country with recurve and longbow. We saw probably 40 mule deer of 4 x 4 or plus caliber, oodles of other deer, and even got into elk. Even before I knew what I was doing (knew how to do it wrong), I made a perfect stalk on a magnificent 6 x 6 mule deer. The stalk was so perfect that I got to within point-blank range of him - but couldn't see him. He had somehow laid down under a bush right in front of me. Thinking he must have somehow left - I broke my stalk - and up he bounced. I would like to have another chance like that some day. My partner is able to hit running mule deer - but it was over for me. I have got a few deer with bow since - but nada like him (either bow or rifle). sad Brick Wall,) But, or so, that dream day will be sweet!

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I agree with you, Much more rewarding when you are learning from your mistakes. That's what makes us all better hunters year after year Thumbs up

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