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My good bud helping with some clean up work. He spotted the buck (bucks) for me this morning.

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Congratulations on the buck. That's nice country. I especially like the Williams Creek area going south from Greenhorn Peak down to Gardner. Never hunted it though. 3 of us have a cow tags for January across the valley at Wolf Springs. Think your weather was better than ours will be!

What kind of muzzleloader are you shooting?

I'm getting ready to go to North Park for a bull moose next week and really looking forward to that. Hard to beat southern Colorado for everything else though.

Again, thanks for sharing your hunt and the photos. Like you, I really enjoy those family hunting outings.

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SoCo great looking buck and those early season deer are some of the best eating. Congrats on great buck! Thumbs up Again thanks for sharing.

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SoCoKHntr wrote:
Makes me proud I come from such stock.

me too,nice post and pics!

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plainview wrote:
Congratulations on the buck. That's nice country. I especially like the Williams Creek area going south from Greenhorn Peak down to Gardner. Never hunted it though. 3 of us have a cow tags for January across the valley at Wolf Springs. Think your weather was better than ours will be!

What kind of muzzleloader are you shooting?

I'm getting ready to go to North Park for a bull moose next week and really looking forward to that. Hard to beat southern Colorado for everything else though.

Again, thanks for sharing your hunt and the photos. Like you, I really enjoy those family hunting outings.

Plainview, it's a TC Omega with a thumbhole stock, I love this rifle it's been a very good fit. I am very familiar with Wolf Springs, used to hunt Poison Canyon which was once BLM, but now is part of the Wolf Springs ranch. You should fill your cow tags for sure in there. Huge bulls in there but as you surely know high dollar tags for those. Used to hunt Williams Creek with my dad back in the early eighties I believe before you had to have points to draw a tag for 84. Great country loaded with game.

Thanks for the good words!

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Again thanks for the comments guys! We were hunting around 10,000 to 12,000 ft. The weather mucked up the first three evening hunts for us muzzleloaders there. Very wet and a few times extremelly bad lighting and thunder. Opening day had me hauling ass to the safety of camp around 3:00 in the afternoon due to lighting.

Last year every day we saw deer on the high slopes grazing darn near all day. This year didn't see em grazing the slopes at all during the day. They were there but hugging the timber during the day. You'd catch em early morning right as day was breaking heading into the timber or by getting into the timber and hunting slowly. My uncle busted two timber bucks one he said was near mid thirties in some ugly steep rocky and thick country. He said the big one offered him a Texas heart shot for about three seconds at forty yards as he was heading thru the trees but he won't take that kind of shot.

The only day it didn't rain was Thursday before I left for home. No bears up high either. Last two years everwhere but this year due to the abundant choke cherries they were low.

The elk were moving thru our area as evidenced by fresh sign on trails thru the timber and some beds found, but in small bands not large numbers and weren't bugling/rutting for the most part. I moved down to about 8,000 foot to hunt Thursday afternoon and finally heard a bugle and got him talking back to me at about 7:00 PM.

Good luck to all the archery guys still hitting it and the early elk only rifle season. The rut should be going strong for you guys hitting the first rifle season. Did talk to an archery guy last night who said the bulls were going crazy on the greenhorn in 84 the last couple of days so things are getting into the swing there.

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Congrats on a good hunt and a good buck SoCo. Sounds like you guys had a great time and that's what its all about! Thumbs up

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I thought that was a TC. I have an Omega in .45 but I've never really found a powder/bullet combo that it likes. Looks like you don't have that problem!

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SoCo, congrats to you and your Dad on your hunt! Thanks for sharing your photos, looks like you guys had a good time! Thumbs up

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SoCo, Thanks for the photos and story.

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