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Quick Spring Scouting run

I was on my way back from a trip through the Southwest (folks live in CA) and decided to make a quick detour through the areas I hope to draw this year. I was able to get surprisingly far up some roads right now. Didn't see any elk out, but enough sign to keep me interested, plus piles of deer. My deer and elk units that I'm hoping to draw are neighboring units this year, so it was failry convenient to hit both in one day. It looks like the elk are already a little bit higher than the deer at this point in the spring.
And it's beautiful out there with the grass greening up while there is still snow in the mountains.
Some pictures (after seeing that massive elk shed that elkkill06 found, it makes me wish I had a little more time to get out and run around!):



And I do love seeing large herds of deer just a few feet off accessible BLM!


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Re: Quick Spring Scouting run

Cool pics Ex. All you have to do is get out of the truck and take a little walk (just kiddin' neener! ). I also seen a ton of deer yesterday, probably around 400 or so. I also seen 42 elk and they were a tad bit higher.

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Re: Quick Spring Scouting run

Nice pics. Exbio. wish I could be out there to enjoy gods country all the time and all the critters.

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COOL Thumbs up

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Looks promissing! Yes

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Re: Quick Spring Scouting run

Hey Marty, did you do any scouting for that WMA turkey hunt or are you goiong in blind?

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WMA? Confused

That the limited tag I drew for James M. John SWA? If so, I actually cashed it back in for an OTC tag since my buddy couldn't go. I want to slap him, he actually blew 5pp on his tag when I drew it with my 2nd choice! Wacko He drew it not realizing that it was such a hike, he thought you could drive to a parking area! DOHHH! He also had some hip work done w/ a scope so it was out of the question for him.

Last weekend I actually tried an area I went to last year and had seen many hens & jakes, but the roads were still snowed in and no bird sign around at all. It turned into a fishing weekend instead. The fishing was great though and caught my first ever splake! ...and a few dozen more rainbows.

I am not sure that I can get back down again, so looking for some help on places closer to home here in northern Colorado eye roll Or even National forest areas west of Loveland/Ft Collins. I don't mind hiking, but I just do not know any areas up here.

You been having any luck on your adventures? Or made it out yet?

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Well, it looks like my buddy has secured access across a cult compound to get into the only place we know of with turkeys. The guy granting us access said he saw a lot fewer than normal this winter (about 50 instead of 200 the year before). I spent several weeks trying to find a way to access the National Forest there without a 3 mile hike, and none of those efforts turned up any additional turkey hot spots. So, I'm putting this in their hands. Probably also gonna tag a long with two buddies who drew an RFW tag for the first week of May. Otherwise, F those stupid things unless I get an easy crack at them. I'll stick to what I know.

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LOL! I will say again, those darn gobblers sure have my number so far! banghead ...I cannot wait till I can stick one with a broadhead! Evil!

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You know... I don't think the turkey populations here in CO are what the CDOW leads you to believe. Personally, I feel that turkeys here in CO are poorly managed. When I left California in the mid 1990's there was no T-hunting out there. Now it's ranked as one of the top ten states. Even when you find public land here that holds a few birds the CDOW usually comes in and relocates them. Out at the Ramah SWA east of Colorado Springs I see flocks all around there during the winter and early spring. The CDOW wardens tell me it's a really good place. But, if any birds come in there they always snag them during the off season. The COS CDOW office told me they trap birds there every year and relocate them to the western slope. Lot of good it does to scout for them only to find them all gone come opening day of Spring season. Censored Rather than snagging birds on public land they should go on private lands where they are far more plentiful. I wish I had a dollar for every turkey I've seen on ranches that won't let you hunt them. I wouldn't need to play the lottery.

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