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Some elk

Probably shouldn't do this to myself on a year when I didn't kill an elk, but I went for a bit of a drive today to see what I could see.  Couldn't get pics of everything with the roads being so crappy, but you get the point... It was a lot.

Started in Rocky Mountain National Park, but it wasn't enough:

With two bulls that I could see:

It took a while but I found two more big herds, plus some scattered herds.  Couldn't stop for pics of everything on the icy roads though.

Next big herd:

 

 

Oh and sorry I haven't been around much, been pretty busy.

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Thanks for the pictures, it

Thanks for the pictures, it is always nice to be able to show those that had tag salad this last year that there are elk in Colorado. 

So, any reports on where you ended up working? 

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Nope

Still in limbo, 5 vets are looking at the job I'm interviewing for on Thursday.  So, if I don't get it, I've got to wait for whoever gets it to have their job go through the approval and transfer process.  Seems like it could take forever, but shouldn't be too much longer.  Sucks though, as of the 1st I'll be working out of Denver for the next couple of weeks, or so it appears.

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Hello Exbio

Those are some nice pics you posted. Some good looking elk herds and they look healthy.

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Nice photos. I noticed though

Nice photos. I noticed though that the only bulls I saw in the big herd photos were spikes, from what I can tell.  Have the big guys lost their antlers already, or do they just not congregate with all the "lesser" elk.... lol

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The larger bulls may of been

The larger bulls may of been on the parameter of the herd or they may of went back into a bachelor herd by them-selfs.

As for dropping their antlers, I have seen larger elk keep them into late spring. I remember one year seeing a 5 pt with one antler the first week of May. Either that or he only grew one antler at a time and was going to be a huge elk. A lot of the bulls will have a good antler growth started by mid April that I have noticed when out turkey hunting.

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Great photos, going up to

Great photos, going up to RMNP can make you sick when you see that many elk and some of the huge bulls. My wife and I try to get their mid to late September when they are in full rut. There are some true trophies hanging out in the park for sure.

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Photos

Great pics. If someone finds some bachelor herds let us know. I'd like to check out the qaulity of bulls around here. By the way is there a season at all for picking up sheds here in CO?

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To find some bulls you just

To find some bulls you just need to take a drive and once you find the herds with all the cows in them look on the edges and above them to find the bulls.

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Nice pictures, Thanks for

Nice pictures, Thanks for sharing.

Kevin