Stick a fork in me - I’m done

cnelk

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Just returned home from spending 22 days of hunting the Colorado OTC archery elk season.

I never drew my bow.
This is the 4th time in 20 years that I didn’t punch my elk tag. So I’m still above average ;)

A week of that time, I had 3 NonRes buddies and my son in camp.
We had a good time chasing a just few bugles. It was a different year as far elk numbers tho. I called in a few elk but there seemed to be a tree in the way or too thick for a shot.
One morning, 4 of us had a bugling bull surrounded within 50yds. So thick he still slipped through without a shot.

We feasted well - fresh walleye, pulled pork, lasagna and a few cocktails.

Some things I learned this season where I hunted:

1- the wolves are a real issue in Northern Colorado. They kept the elk quiet and very dispersed. I talked to a nearby rancher on my out of the woods this morning and he said the wolves were seen chasing his cattle the other night.

2- ML hunters also have a real impact during their week. I drove over to the Owl Mtn area one day and was absolutely floored with the amount of hunters in that area. Definitely an area to stay away from!

3- Colorado OTC Archery Elk pressure is also a very real thing. Hunters damn near everywhere.

Next year is far away but after this year, I’m definitely going to reconsider some things.

I did bring home a moose shed tho!

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Maverick1

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Just returned home from spending 22 days of hunting the Colorado OTC archery elk season.

I never drew my bow.
This is the 4th time in 20 years that I didn’t punch my elk tag. So I’m still above average ;)

A week of that time, I had 3 NonRes buddies and my son in camp.
We had a good time chasing a just few bugles. It was a different year as far elk numbers tho. I called in a few elk but there seemed to be a tree in the way or too thick for a shot.
One morning, 4 of us had a bugling bull surrounded within 50yds. So thick he still slipped through without a shot.

We feasted well - fresh walleye, pulled pork, lasagna and a few cocktails.

Some things I learned this season where I hunted:

1- the wolves are a real issue in Northern Colorado. They kept the elk quiet and very dispersed. I talked to a nearby rancher on my out of the woods this morning and he said the wolves were seen chasing his cattle the other night.

2- ML hunters also have a real impact during their week. I drove over to the Owl Mtn area one day and was absolutely floored with the amount of hunters in that area. Definitely an area to stay away from!

3- Colorado OTC Archery Elk pressure is also a very real thing. Hunters damn near everywhere.

Next year is far away but after this year, I’m definitely going to reconsider some things.

I did bring home a moose shed tho!

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Sounds familiar! Maybe you should have gone deeper off the road? (Too soon?! ;)).
 

Indian Summer

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If you didn’t kill an elk things aren’t looking too good. Seeing a hunter like you not kill is a reminder that tag soup can happen to anyone. It makes me nervous! I’ve killed so many in a row the odds are not in my favor. I leave for Wyoming in a couple weeks. Hopefully I won’t come home a make the same post. Even in Wyoming it seems like there’s more pressure. I don’t really understand why since the number of licenses sold stays the same.

Good luck with the rest of your season.
 

cgasner1

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On my way home from being gone for 2 weeks on a moose hunt my partners archery season wrapped up while we where in camp seems odd to be coming home and my archery season is just about to start


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Gerbdog

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Yea hunting pressure was real this year... and i found the elk to be a little odd in their behavior also... i found herd bulls cowed up Sept 1st and i just finished my hunt this weekend on a group of cows with no herd bull and the spike was still around... hadnt been chased off by a bigger bull yet. Unusual.
 

Poser

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Hold up. Did I just read that a guy who hunts elk 22 days straight complains about the pressure impact of muzzleloaders?

What about the pressure impact you had while HUNTING 22 DAYS IN A ROW?
 
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cnelk

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Hold up. Did I just read that a guy who hunts elk 22 days straight complains about the pressure impact of muzzleloaders?

What about the pressure impact you had while HUNTING 22 DAYS IN A ROW?
Wrong. I said I hunted 22 days.
NOT IN A ROW
 

justin davis

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Sad to hear about the wolves. They aren’t even “here yet”. And we are seeing some issues already

Sucks
 

Dead Coyote

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We went 4 for 6 people in 6 days Public OTC. 1 cow and 3 bulls and yes we seen people and a lot of bears. One I stopped running to my son calling for me at 8 feet. A nice 300 pound Sow with Cubs. Things were a little hairy, but Thank God she turned and ran.
 

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