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scouting trip

Saturday I hit the trailhead at 5:30am. By 5:45 I had spotted 3 elk up high crazing. By 6:15 I had found a pocket of trees in a valley holding 5 mulie bucks.

After watching the deer for a half hour I moved on to the top of the ridge. There I spotted a small her of elk about 2 miles away. I hiked over about a mile and a half to get a closer look. That small herd of elk turned into 2 herds about 20 each. I continued to watch them for the rest of the afternoon. I would say it was a productive scouting trip.

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Very good!

If I remember right, you had a buck tag this year? Keep an eye on those guys. Hope you tag one

Any pictures?

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The buck is decent looks to

The buck is decent looks to be only a 3x3. Maybe he will be larger by September. A last day of season buck perhaps. There were 4 more with him.

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Elk grazing. At one point I

Elk grazing. At one point I counted over 50

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Sounds like a very successful

Sounds like a very successful scouting trip! Another trip like that in season, and that sounds like meat in the freezer to me.

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Great scouting trip, just

Great scouting trip, just hope you can see them during the hunt.

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That is one of the amazing

That is one of the amazing things about hunting. You scout and find the animal that you want to hang on your wall. You are out every chance that you get to watch him, you think that you know all of his habits and then comes the hunt. You head into the hills knowing that it will be a quick hunt, you have watched him all summer long and he is always within a quarter of a mile from where you saw him the last time.

Now comes opening morning. You head out 3 hours before daybreak getting ahead of any other hunters. You find your spot that you have sat on all summer long, now you just have to wait until the sun comes up over the hill to the east. At daybreak you don't see anything, you just figure that he is just out of sight or by a group of trees, you wait. A hour later you have just seen a couple of does or cows but not the feller that you are after, you glass some more. You are getting nervous and want to move but you know better, he has got to be here. Noon comes and goes, you still sit. A couple of hours before dark you move your position figuring that the next rock is a better vantage point. Dark comes and off the hill you come, back to camp empty handed and wondering just where he went to all to start it over the next day.

Sound familiar? I have been there, done that. For some reason those bucks and bulls know just when to change their habits to throw a monkey wrench into your plans. About the only sure way that I have found to make sure that the opening morning is successful is to put the buck or bull to bed the night before and hope that he doesn't move too far during the night or that something else doesn't spook him.

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Last day?  I'll take him

Last day?  I'll take him first day, thak you very much..... Wink

Looks like a nice little walk in the woods......

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Once the herd bolted out the

Once the herd bolted out the back side there were 2 more larger bucks than the one in the picture. Hope they are still there in September. I am going back up this weekend to hopefully find them and keep an eye on them.

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