We were down around Pinyon Ridge. This was a tough year with no weather to run the animals out of the higher country. Even though the pictures look good, we had a pretty lean year 3/6 on bull tags and 0/4 on cow tags. We should have had another bull, the boy in the first picture is 12 and this was his first year with a rifle. He had three bulls come by him on opening morning, missed his first shot and in all the excitement his rifle jammed and he was unable to get another shot. It would have been sweet for him to have killed a bull, maybe next year. The most interesting thing about the year was that we did not see any cows. You would think that with 25 bulls per 100 cows you would be much more likely to see cows, but all we saw were bulls!
What's the word on the street in your neck of the woods about how the hunting seasons went this year? From what I've seen here, the harvest seems to be off somewhat this year. More elk next year
unit 11 is an over the counter unit. when we don't draw into the limited unit we apply for, we can buy bull tags otc for unit 11. Cow tags were from the leftover draw. picked my bull tag up at sportsmans warehouse on Friday before heading to camp. i've been hunting this area since the mid 90's and i'm finally getting all of the movement figured out. we see very few people in our specific area because there few roads, you have to climb the hills. keeps a lot of people away, just the recipe for a good area.
What's the word on the street in your neck of the woods about how the hunting seasons went this year?
Consensus seems to be that deer hunting was better this year during 2nd and 3rd season. 2nd season was warm, 3rd season was warm except for the second weekend. If the DOW had left the 4th season OTC for elk this year I think this would have helped the harvest. 4th season cooled down quite a bit...
Unit 11, 12, 13, 23, and 24 had lots of leftover cow tags. I don't think the DOW sold them all.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...