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yes I would classify that as

yes I would classify that as a toad and definet opening day first hour shooter.  I really like how tall he is. I have seen some really nice bucks up that way and on public land but is is always in late december or early january when there is no deer season...go figure.

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just saw him last night

He was coming in off of Deer Ridge with that same group of bucks, going down towards Beaver Meadows.  Too dark to get good pictures.  Was mostly there to listen to the elk, and show them off to my girlfriend who had never really heard much for bugling before.

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Sounds like he didn't move

Sounds like he didn't move very far! Glad you got to see that monster. While working in the park this summer, I saw one other buck that was even more impressive than this guy. I'll try to track down the picutre that my supervisor took of it. He was also in upper beaver meadows.

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Here's that other buck from

Here's that other buck from upper beaver meadows... this is from back in July. I woke up an hour early 4AM in order to drive through the park and get a picture myself of this buck before reporting for duty. I never got to see the deer when I had a camera in my hand but did mangage to watch him for a while once during the summer. This picture was taken by one of my supervisors friends.

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I don't know Hawkeye, I might

I don't know Hawkeye, I might have to pass on that one.... Wink

:lol:  That's one heck of a buck!  Can't go wrong with that one!

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same buck

Velvet tends to magnify everything, so that may be the same buck.  Face seems a little different, but might just be a summer coat thing.

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very cool

Wonder what happened to him

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Can't wait til 2nd rifle too

I can't wait for 2nd rifle too.  My son has a cow tag for unit 201 for 2nd rifle.  That will be a bunch of fun trying to get him on some elk up there.  However, a good friend has a buck tag for the same season and we'll be working on getting a nice muley for him too.  We saw some really big bucks in velvet when scouting around late summer.  Hope they're still around when we get back there ready to take a crack one.

It never gets old looking at pictures like those you posted.  Thanks!

 

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They're definitely different

They're definitely different bucks... the first buck only has one extra tine on both sides' back fork and lacks the matching horizontal kickers that the buck from July has. I'd love to see these boys go at it... be quite the fight!

 

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  Well today's the 22nd so

 

Well today's the 22nd so all of you second rifle hunters - I hope you ran across several deer just like these and was able to harvest one.  I'm typing on this forum so obviously I am not hunting.

I think these pictures are absolute proof that RMNP needs some culling hunts.  I'll be the first to raise my hand and state I will do it for everyone's safety... and you don't even have to pay me!

Truly the one buck's antlers look larger than my elk?!?!?!  lol

All of you that are out there hunting now and those for 3rd rifle definitely have a great time.

 

 

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