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Made it out shed hunting again !!!

Well I woke up early this morning and decided since it was such a sucky day I would go out and try to find some sheds. I went back to one of my better spots and I found that after the snow had melted that I was beat into the wilderness area by BIPOLAR MIKE on his atv again. ::mad1 

I did not find a single brown shed, but found all his atv tracks. I walked in 2 1/2 miles further than I ever had (which put me 8 1/2 miles in as the crow flies) and started picking up some older antlers. At least I wasn't skunked ! 

I took my dog in with me this time, because all the kids were busy or working today, so Bear kept me company today.

I found this big elk rub first.

Then I found this elk rub and noticed the first shed about 15 yards behind it.

Then I started finding them faster.

The biggest of the day.

A little 3.

Another rub.

Then I found this busted elk antler (the 5th and 6th).

I also learned that even sheds could be dangerous. I flipped it over to look at the other side and in the cracks of the antler (from the pressure of breaking off) this scorpion was hiding in the crack.

Some more really old ones.

 And Bear tuckered out.

And I have to share this awesome set. My buddy Chris found this set two weekends ago.

Enjoy !!!!! :thumbsup1:  

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Man, that really ticks me off

Man, that really ticks me off when those lazy SOB's on ATV's drive in the wilderness areas or off road in the BLM shed hunting Mad . There is nothing worse than hiking miles from roads into prime wintering areas just to find ATV tracks.

Thats a great set your buddy found. Are they year old or just light?

I have been out a few times and have done pretty well this year. Unfortunately my biggest finds have been 2 to 4 years old.  Cry they are just so much easier to spot when they are white.

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Very Angry !!

970TBONE,

Those sheds were a year old. I really upsets me when it is the same guy for the last 15 years and you can't get anyone to do anything about it.

Quinton 

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That's another productive day

That's another productive day in the books for you. And those elk sheds your buddy found are awesome. I'll be hoping to arrow a bull wearing a set like that this fall!

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good stuff

I like it.  

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Thanks guys !

Thanks for the great comments and I hope to get back out there soon. Yes

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Good looking sheds, I'm very

Good looking sheds, I'm very jelous. I havent had a chance to get out at all yet. I've been on call at work for 2 weeks now, my last day is wednesday, the only good thing is I have 120 hours of over time. then i have a seminar this weekend then maybe just maybe i can get into the woods the follwing weekend, Your buddies set is freaking awesome!! Congrats on your finds as well.

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Looks like a fun time had by

Looks like a fun time had by all!!!!! And, your buddy's rack is amazing..... Wink

 

 

lol

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How do you know it's the same

How do you know it's the same person that's doing it every time?  Also, are there restrictions on going in there on foot at any particular time of the year or is it just a no motorized area at all times?  I know Wyoming has a good handle on shed hunting now with closures of most of the winter range until after the animals are past the worst stress time of the year in late Winter/early Spring.  Some of the other states are following suit and there are now even shed hunting licenses that you have to purchase and a test you have to take to get them in Utah I believe.

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He has been doing it for over 15 years !!!!

This area has been a disignated wilderness area for over 40 years and is now turned into total wilderness last year (no wheeled anything in there). This particular pile of dung has been doing this for over 15 years now. The first time we ever met him he was down in there during archery season and we caught up with him and he played it off that he was from out of state and did not know any better. We have spotted him in the binos many times. but always to far away to catch up with him. He lives at the end of Kelso Mesa up there and thinks all of the animals belong to him. He has even been caught by the Escalante Cattle Company on there properties looking for sheds.  Two years ago he went into some guys's camp from Delta and told them not to shoot any big deer or elk because he picks ups the sheds every spring and they all belong to him.

There are no restrictions on when you can be in this area, but horseback and foot only. When I do catch up with him he will be walking home and he better have some money to pay for the helicopter to get his pos atv out of there. Mad

I have a feeling that Colorado will be not far behind the rest of the states when it comes to shed hunting.   

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If that's the case, I would

If that's the case, I would suggest that rather than taking the law into your own hands that you take some video or photos of him in where he shouldn't be and turn them over to the proper authorities.  If the authorities won't do anything even if you have the evidence I can understand why you would want to do what a lot of guys on another site calll an "ATV Tuneup", LOL!  Just be careful if you approach this guy because if the guy is flaunting the law like that he may be prone to resort to physical violence if he has to.  I agree that the Sate of CO should have a shed law like Wyoming.  That law has done wonders to eliminate a lot of people go into wintering areas and harrassing the animals at the worst time of the year when a little extra stress can kill them.  The F&G people are really enforcing the law from what I'm told by friends that live out there and from posts I've read on another site I frequent. 

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