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Quick scouting trip

I got in my first deer scouting trip of the year. I left the house at 4:15 am and was in my hunting area by 5:45 am. I probably could have left the house 30 minutes sooner to take better advantage of sunrise, but it still worked out alright. I hiked a bit over 4 miles and saw enough to decide that I will try hunting that area during hunting season. Besides some deer tracks, I also found a "massive" drop. Thumbs up I tried to bring it out with me, but it fell off my pack while I was hiking around.
Shortly after finding the drop, I came across two mature toms. They did not seem eager to pose for the camera, so I barely got a picture of one. After harassing the turkeys for a while, I stumbled across a deer bedded in some thick cover. Unfortunately, since the growth was so thick, I was unable to even see if it was a doe or a buck.
Later, I came across a basically brand new tarp bunched up next to a tree that must have blown away from someone's camp. I drug it over to the nearest vehicle trail and weighted it down with the intention of picking it up while I drove out. Unfortunately, by the time I finished my hike and drove my pickup back to that spot, someone else claimed my prize. Later on my hike, I did spot a nice buck, but again I was unable to get a picture.
After hiking that area, I drove around a bit more to look for access points to public land for my next scouting trip. While driving around, I met a Boulder County Sheriff. During a nice conversation, he recommended another area for me to check out that he found while elk hunting.
Finally, while driving out of the area, I came across a strange sight. Someone had laid out a pair of pants and a shirt in an intersection. I have not idea what that was all about, but I had to take a picture. I definitely knew that I was close to Boulder.
All in all, it was a good trip. I found a spot worth hunting come season, as well as a recommendation to check out another area. Now, although I want to get in a couple more scouting trips before season, this scouting trip really made me impatient for the season to start!

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good stuff

glad to see you getting out there and getting into some deer

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Sounds like a good day and

Sounds like a good day and hope it hold up for your season. Not sure what the clothing was all about either but you never know what you might see up near Boulder.

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glad to hear

Glad to hear you found some good areas.

Strange about the clothing you found.  May have been a marker of some kind, but generally people placing markers out aren't going to be so obvious.  Would have considered reporting that one to the sherrif. Boulder is a strange place, only place stranger is Ashland, Oregon. Boulder really isn't an area I'd like to hunt near these days.  It's close and all, but just too many PETA activists who if they see you will be on you with harrasment faster than the CDOW or local police can respond.  Though that type of harrasment is illegal. I just assume avoid a conflict with the anti types, especially when I'm the one who's armed.

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Funny that you mention the

Funny that you mention the hostile environment towards hunters in that area.  While I was talking to the Sheriff's Deputy, he asked where I was from.  When I mentioned that I don't live in the immediate area, he asked, after a bit of a preamble, why I would want to hunt that area, especially given all the issues that it has with Private Property and the general environment towards hunters.   Confused   When I explained that it was basically out of convenience while I build preference points for other hunts, he acknowledged my response.  However, the look on his face said that he still thought I was a bit crazy, and he might be right.   Whistling   I wish I could have talked to him longer to find out more about possible calls that he has been involved with regarding anti-hunters in the area harassing hunters.  Last year, I did not have any problems, but I also did not get anything and stayed basically out of sight of anybody else.  I did talk to another hunter in the area who had found nails positioned behind the tires of his pickup, so, it is not just a stereotype about the over-zealous anti-hunter crazies in the area.  

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interesting

WishIWasHunting wrote:

Funny that you mention the hostile environment towards hunters in that area.  While I was talking to the Sheriff's Deputy, he asked where I was from.  When I mentioned that I don't live in the immediate area, he asked, after a bit of a preamble, why I would want to hunt that area, especially given all the issues that it has with Private Property and the general environment towards hunters.   Confused   When I explained that it was basically out of convenience while I build preference points for other hunts, he acknowledged my response.  However, the look on his face said that he still thought I was a bit crazy, and he might be right.   Whistling   I wish I could have talked to him longer to find out more about possible calls that he has been involved with regarding anti-hunters in the area harassing hunters.  Last year, I did not have any problems, but I also did not get anything and stayed basically out of sight of anybody else.  I did talk to another hunter in the area who had found nails positioned behind the tires of his pickup, so, it is not just a stereotype about the over-zealous anti-hunter crazies in the area.  

Interesting conversation with the sherrif you had.  Though he does make a great point about the lack of public land in that area and the fact that all those progressive left wing liberals who seem to crowd that area get pissed when you rightfully harvest that deer or elk.  The residence in that area seem to think that all the wildlife in the area are their own personal lawn decorations or pets. 

Not suprised about that hunter finding nails under his tires.  I've found that once before while deer hunting in that area years ago.  Luckily having been a professional pilot has habitually conditioned me into doing a brief eyeball walk around inspections of my vehicles as well before I drive off. 

I was verbally rediculed once by a bird watchers while in a State Wildlife Area as I was jump shooting ducks in wet field.  She started yelling at me and said I was poaching.  I kindly and calmly explained the season, that I was licensed, that this area was designated for hunting and paid for my hunters and that her actions were unlawfully interfering with legal hunting and if she didn't believe me I would gladly call the sherrif who would issue a citation and she could have the judge explain it to her.   

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Very nice!  What is the bird

Very nice!  What is the bird in the next to last photo?  Some sort of grouse????

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From the size of the bird I

From the size of the bird I would say that it is a Blue or Duskey Grouse.  Very good eatting and a large one will be around 4 lbs.  I can't wait until September to start hunging them again. 

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I am glad that you had a good

I am glad that you had a good guess, because I had nothing.  The picture actually turned out better than what I felt like I could see in person.  The bird was backlit so much that all I could see was the profile, and really only long enough to get that picture.  

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Great Scout Trip

Sounds and looks like you had a great scounting trip. Your read definitely gets me excited for my hunts coming up. And be certain to check the ground behind your tires - typical Boulderites!

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Sounds like a decent trip !

Congrats on a great scouting trip and I hope to see even better pics after hunting season.

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