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Third Season

I know I am a little late but here is the up date on our hunting season. The hunting part was not good as between the three of us we saw one doe in 5 days of hunting and we did not get her. Never hunted the area before (unit 27/181 near Kremmiling) and never plan to hunt it again. Had to get left over tags due to the fact we did not know if I would be home from Iraq to even hunt this year. It was still better to get out than sit around wishing we were hunting.

 If it was not for bad luck we would have not had any. Got to camp on Thursday and it snowed and did not completely stop until sometime Sunday. It was way colder at night than usual so the 12-15 inches of snow was super crunchy. I swear I could have crawled thru 5 miles of broken glass and jumped into a pool of alcohol and been quieter than walking on that snow. Then the thermostat in the camper broke which led to frozen water lines. Next day woke up to a flat tire (4 day old tires) but was it a simple nail, hell no, it was a cracked rim. Had to drive all the way to Steamboat to get a new one. 4 days and $100 later we had a new rim. Then due to the the thermostat breaking we came back to a frozen lock on the camper. I guess it was warm enough during the day to melt some snow that dripped into the lock. Had to build a fire and warm up the key to thaw out the lock. Well 50 minutes later we finally melted the ice berg in the lock and got in.

To be honest the trip was still fun. The best part was being together with my wife and son, we did see 4 moose, 2 cows, one calf and one young bull so that was cool. For sure we all will be looking forward to next years hunts. Spring bear in Idaho, hope to draw our either sex muzzle loader elk tags and our second season deer tags. Snow is cool but I think we will stick to muzzle loader and the early elk/deer seasons in our normal areas.

 

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A comedy of errors, huh? 

A comedy of errors, huh?  Sorry you had all the trouble, but those are some of the things that make for a memorable hunt.  Too bad you didn't get an elk, and sorry the area turned into such a bust.  I guess you win some, you lose some.

Now you can get to planning your bear hunt!

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Even though the hunting

Even though the hunting wasn't that great, I'm glad you got the chance to get out in the woods with your family.  And I would agree with you about hunting earlier in the season.  I enjoy the Muzzleloader season too, mostly because the weather that time of year is usually very nice.  The earlier seasons seem to agree with me more.  Plus, your locks on the camper can't freeze when it barely gets cold enough to frost at night.

Good luck with next year!

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Sometimes those are the most...

Memorable hunts you can have is when everything goes wrong. It sounds like it was a very rough trip, but your family will look back on this hunt in a couple years and everyone will laugh when it is told around the camp fire. Yes

Good luck on the springt bear hunt and on the draws for your tags next year ! Thumbs up

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I think we have all had a few

I think we have all had a few hunts like that in our careers.  I had one of the worst years hunting this past season in my career, from a horrible experince in WY antelope hunting to a 2nd season rifle hunt where I saw elk every day and I juist could not find a bull to save my life.  Do not get me wrong I had a great time...I say horrible season as I just could not close the deal on the elk.

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Thanks guys and yes we all

Thanks guys and yes we all can laugh at it now. It was memerable and the worse year we ever had. I guess that makes the good years even better. Looking very forward to spring bear and it is only 175 days away but who is counting. Hope all have a great Thanksgiving.

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  An adventure for sure!  I

 

An adventure for sure!  I think enough happened for maybe three hunts.  Look at it this way - you are back from Iraq and with family now - and you were able to get out and hunt.  Definitely success all around.  The bear hunt will be here before you know it.  Glad you still had a good time.

 

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