Glad you heard some. I was out all weekend north of DeBeque and didn't even see a elk and only 5 deer. The friend of mine that I was with couldn't figure it out but we came to the conclusion that the elk were midway on the mountain and not on the top like they usually are. But it looks like he may have his work cut out for him when he heads out on the muzzle loader hunt.
We did see tons of blue grouse (I refuse to call the dusky) with a lot of juvinals in the flocks. We also got a few pictures of bears and a mountain lion on his trai cam. I can say one thing that cat has been eatting well, he was a huge one.
Here is an inexpenive and effective deer feeder I made recently.
No batteries to go dead, no hoisting it up in the tree, plenty of capacity, very easy to fill - so far, I love it.
I have made two of these and they are easy to build.
An empty 55 gallon drum, some 2x4's, some PVC tubing and fittings, a little bit of hardware and some paint - and you are ready to go.
I designed it so you can stand on the lower rung and fill it - the top is about 6.5 feet above the ground.
It holds about 375...