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HOW MANY IS TOO MANY

Just wanted to see how many guys are in your hunting party. We normally had 6 which I thought was a good number. Over the years we have been fairly successful and we get different and more guys wanting to go with us. Our fearless leader has the more the merrier attitude and has never turned anyone who has wanted to hunt with us away.

Our camp over 12 years has a better than 80% success on elk so I can't fault the guys who want to go with us. Last year our camp grew to 9. Before we left I admit I wasn't too exited about the trip and all the extra gear of 3 more guys. We had to take another pickup, 3 more atv's etc. We had a great time everyone seemed to get along. We could all hunt pretty much where we wanted to with no conflicts if anyone esle in our camp.

Well it actully turned out to be a great week. We killed 3-6x6 bulls that were all over 300 inches 2 of them were right at 330. A 5x5 bull ,2-4x4 bulls and 2 cows. The guy who didn't fill his cow tag didn't hunt very hard and pretty much if it didn't just walk up to him was going to be pretty safe.

Well as the year passed so did the stories of all the elk we shot and all the ones we could of and you guessed it all of a sudden our camp has the potential to grow to as many as 13. Now 3 of the new guys are in high school and it will be fun to add their enthusiasum and excitement to the camp as well as some young strong backs will be nice to have around. My question is when is when does it become too many?

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Location: Pueblo Colorado
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Congratulations! That is incredible success, what state did you hunt?

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Location: Nebraska
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I did not intend this to come off as bragging. We hunt very hard and have learned the secrets of the mountain that we hunt and we are not afraid to go to no mans land to get what we came for. That being said without giving my hunting spot away we hunt the White River Nat'l Forest in Colorado. My intention of the post was that it seems the better year we have the more ppl try to push an invitation upon us and a few of them have learned that our camp boss has a big heart.

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Didn't think you were bragging, just wondered if it was in Nebraska, as I believe they have hunt-able elk herds there now. Yup, the White River area is great and just wondered the state didn't want GPS coordinates to your honey hole. Big smile

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Your success rate sounds awesome!! honestly if i was you, i wouldn't want as many people as you have now. I wouldn't want that many people knowing where my honey is, not to mention....out of 13 guys, you know they're not gonna keep their mouth shut about the spot you hunt. The more people you get in there, the more people will spill the beans about where you hunt and pretty soon the whole area will be swarming with guys and it's gonna suck. Iwe had 6 in our archery camp last year and that almost felt like too much so idk. That's just my thoughts.

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That was my thoughts exactly. I guess maybe I'm alittle selfish but, ppl do talk and everyone has other freinds and their freinds and their freinds freinds and you guys know how it goes. Yes it is a big mountain but, when you take a new guy and show them what has taken 12 years to learn and show them in 2 days and they show someone else soon the spot is burnt out and like hellomcfly said crawling with hunters.

Well I guess all I can do now is to make the best of the situation and not let it ruin my time. We leave in a week and I have way to much to do. I need to shoot my rifle 1 my time (more for confidence reasons than anything) make some chile, sloppy joes, and maybe some stew.

well good luck to all and keep your shots straight and true.

SoCoKhuter Nebraska does have a few huntable heards and have a very good chance to kill one that will score in the high 300's. This year a bow hunter killed one that green scored well over 400. That being said the downer is the bull tags are once in a lifetime. Meaning that once you draw you can never obtain a bull tag agian. Also most of the land is private some of the landowners are charging a premium price to obtain access to their land.
Not that I wouldn't love a chance at a B & C bull but, I think I get more satisfaction hunting public land and shooting the quality of bulls we are fortunate enough to take.

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Bottom line is you guys are are kicking @$$ and on public land. You have my respect! And yes, in these days you gotta protect your honey hole as they say loose lips sink ships. Willing to go to no mans land is the ticket as that definitely eliminates most competition and gets you into animals. That's what is likely to protect your spot as not many are willing to work that hard.

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I actually prefer only two. One truck, with room for gear inside and out. We can easily go where we want when we want. Means a lot more work, but has so many advantages IMO. No waiting for guys, no 'having to' wait for guys, helping everyone (especially those less knowledgable, which I do not mind, but it has to have some limits), less issues about who is hunting where, food & drink choices, cooking and work duties, sleeping arrangements, etc, etc...

Not to mention, in large groups there are always going to be guys who do not pull their own weight and or pay their fair share of things. Sometimes those little things add up over time. I am a patient , gracious & generous guy, but there is always at least one in a large group that will push things or take advantage of others a little too much.

My best example is from a movie of course!!!! I have to agree A LOT, with the way Robert Deniro's charactor acts in The Deer Hunter; when he would not loan his 'extra' boots to his buddy! Sure not really his prob, but that guy does need to learn to plan better, make that detailed list, and check it 100 times, cause you are still going to forget something!!! Brick Wall,)

JMHO. and FYI... last year I forgot my boots!!!!! Censored .... but only my 4th and 5th pair!