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tim
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look what i came home to.

this happens every year.  these hills green up before others and the animals are drawn in.

I am seeing so many elk right now, i don't even stop to look anymore.  Kind of neat and sad at the same time.

 

one pic is with a flash the other pic is without a flash.  350 yards from my deck.  Came home another night to sight a rifle in and they where there again.  Didn't bother them at the least to have me sighting in my single shot rifle.

got to love north idaho

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It's great when you can watch

It's great when you can watch the deer and elk right from your house. I split my time between two homes as I spend two days a week at my aunts house. Although it's rare to see anything during the day I frequently see game at night with my wife. We live right in the middle of a very large subdivision and only two blocks from the cities schools but still have elk herds sometimes work their way through late at night in the winter. The biggest buck I saw last year was under the tree in the front yard when I left for work in the morning. My aunt lives 20 miles away on three acres just outside of town and I can watch the wintering elk all day there and have bedded in the yard as all the neighbors homes are closer together.

It's nothing like living out in the hills alone but it sure is nice to see them.

Thanks for the pictures.

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Very cool!  that's my dream,

Very cool!  that's my dream, to win the lottery, and be able to buy a ranch and live somewhere, as hunter said, that I can watch animals from my deck.

Neat that you got to see that.  It's a good sized herd.  Any clue what the total number of elk was?

Just curious, if they are around your property, at this time of year, do you ever go out and look for sheds?  It looks like that would be a good area for antler hunting, assuming they are there for a period of time.

Thanks for the photos.

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don't you

Don't you just love watching all these animals?  I have people all the time ask me how I can love watching deer and then go out and shoot one.  I don't shoot the ones hanging around my house, but I sure don't have any trouble shooting the others I find.  I never get tired of looking at game animals.  If I see some, I always stop and watch for a while.  When they walk in my yard, I grab my camera. 

While living in Utah, I shot my rifles quite a bit at the local range.  That range was in the city limits and only about three or four miles from my home.  During the winter months, it was not uncommon to have herds of deer on the hillside behind the range and even on it.  I would be shooting high powered rifles with deer standing almost between me and my target.  Not a flinch.  I had some mighty big bucks within 75 yards as I was shooting.  How do these animals know when and where it's safe?

I could shoot deer with my bow all the time..... except during hunting season.  They just seem to know.  Thanks for sharing the pictures.  I don't have elk in my back yard but I wish I did.

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That's really cool! When I

That's really cool! When I see some of these pictures of the deer, antelope and elk out west, it makes me jealous. I live outside of town with a crop field behind us, but for whatever reason, the deer usually travel just the other side of a fence row that's about 200 yards away. In the 7 years we have lived here, we've only seen a few deer behind the house.

We have a family in our church that the woman grew up in Colorado. Every time she talks about it, she gets this far away look in her eyes - you can really tell she loved it. One of the things she really misses is the sun in the winter. Here in Michigan, because we are positioned with Great Lakes on 3 sides of us, it is cloudy much of the time (I should say "overcast" - much different from clouds in a blue sky).

How do these animals know when and where it's safe?

Oh, come on, flipper, you should know by now that they read the newspapers. They know exactly when the seasons start and end! Yes

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congrats on your spot!   i

congrats on your spot!

 

i wish i lived somewhere i could see that out of my back door!

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I  have been seeing 4 bulls

I  have been seeing 4 bulls for the last 2 nights.  it was neat watching the 6x6 pushing the raghorn around. 

you don't need a fancy ranch to see game.  I just happen to border national forest.  it is way cheaper to have a couple of acres butted up to millions of acres of public land.  I will let you pay the taxes for my backyard. 

 

yes i love idaho.  and our hunting sucks, atleast to the national magazines.  lol

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Very cool...I have always

Very cool...I have always wanted to leave were I would have deer and elk in my front yard.

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Very nice. Living on the

Very nice. Living on the front range sucks, if you see a deer you better write it down in a book. I've been here going on 11 yrs and I may have seen 100 deer.

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Thats very cool, I wish I

Thats very cool, I wish I could come home to some deer and elk in my back yard, I just come home to racoons, skunks, and yotes running through the neighborhood.

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