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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Colorado elk hunt 2012

We had a terrific hunt in Colorado last week.
This is the sixth time that we have hunted with this RFW outfitter in the last 14 years.
With the drought and it was extremely dry, a good number of the elk had left the property in search of more moisture.

Bugling was pretty steady but not as intense as we have heard in other years.

At dusk on the second day, I took this great 6x while sitting on a water hole. Janie was a thrilled as I was.




He came in dogging a cow and gave me a nice 175 yard shot.

I had seen a few 5x's and a decent 6 earlier in the day but decided not to put a stalk on them as I had seen this guy in the spotting scope at over 600 yards that morning.

4 of the 5 hunters in camp took bulls, with 1 hunter holding out and not taking any of the 5 points he saw.

Here is the best bull takem scoring 344 by a guy from Utah

A young hunter and his first bull, a nice 5x
His dad was thrilled.

A fella from Georgia took this solid 6x just before we left


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Big country

Dry Dry Dry (antelope)

Going in after the 344
It was a tough spot, we all pitched in

All hooked up, They put some kind of harness on the bull's head to hook him to the quad and pulled him out after we cut our way into him.


The people who run the outfit are big on community service and all the succesful hunters and guides went down the local food pantry and helped unload a trailer of donated food. We also each donated a portion of our elk to help the needy.

It was a great hunt and Janie has booked her first elk hunt for 2014.

I'll be picture guy then.

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Re: Colorado elk hunt 2012

Awesome bulls. We are leaving on the 17th of October for our own colorado hunt. Were you anywhere near Hayden Co.?
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Re: Colorado elk hunt 2012

We were between Craig and Meeker near Axial.

The hard rut feels like it's gong to be late.

Best of luck to ya.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 12:39 PM
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Nice bulls!Congrats!
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I didn't realize it was rifle season out there already, I thought it was still muzzleloader/ archery. Regardless, nice hunt!

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Re: Colorado elk hunt 2012

It looks like they put a horse halter on the elk to strap him fast. Good idea
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Re: Colorado elk hunt 2012

Was this hunt on public land or private land??? Can you get over the counter bull tags in this area???
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It looks like they put a horse halter on the elk to strap him fast. Good idea
yep very good idea, a calf halter would probably work really well on a whitetail also.
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RFW=Ranching For Wildlife. It's private land and they get to set their own seasons. Therefore they can hunt with rifles during the rut.
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Congrats to all the hunters on awesome bulls! Great gesture on donating meat from your elk! AWESOME!
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