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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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First try for elk

I decided a couple of years ago that I was going to stop waiting on friends to do some of the things I wanted to do. Most of my friends have gotten too soft to rough it anymore. I made the decision to start doing some hunting trips and if I was solo, so be it. I have posted brief summaries of the trips but I don't think I ever got around to posting this one.

ARCHERY ELK HUNT 9/7/16 through 9/17/16



I got back from my hunt in Colorado. It was my first attempt and it was an OTC archery hunt on public land that I did solo. I did see 4 elk and other wildlife but I wasn't able to get within bow range. I did see a group who had taken a bull with a muzzleloader. The elk seemed to vanish as the week went on. It was public land with unlimited tags so there was some hunting pressure. The altitude got to me a bit and that surprised me. I thought I was immune to that kind of thing. I was camping at over 10,000 feet. Here's some pics:








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Elk:



coyote:







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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 01:10 PM
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Nice. Congrats. on the determination to go at it solo.
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Very nice. Where were you?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Can't be white river national forest no quads allowed. BLM land?
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I make my own rules.

(just kidding, it was Grand Mesa NF)
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You did what most will never attempt. That makes you a winner in my book.
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I had a family reunion up there a couple years back. Wonderful country!! The altitude will wipe a guy out quickly!! Congrats on a fun hunt.

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Thanks guys. It was a long drive - about 30 hours each way. It was a good learning experience and I intend to go back but hopefully with a friend.

I have been taking a lot of shorter trips too. I just wish I had more free time so I could do more.
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