Gone Hunting

KC

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Colorado Springs, CO
I'm at work now and it's Haloween. So everybody is wearing costumes. I'm wearing the costume of a guy who plans to leave to go hunting straight from work.


It's been warm and dry for most of the early seasons. But the weather is crappy now; cold and wet. The roads are icing up and it's snowing in the mountains. The weather forecast is for several more days like today. PERFECT!


Wish me luck.

KC
 

KC

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Jun 3, 2002
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Colorado Springs, CO
I'm back. Dropped off the animals at the butcher yesterday.

Filled my bull tag on Saturday morning. Nice rack but kind of small for a 6x6. No pictures. I slowly/quietly came over a gentle ridge and there were two bulls in a clearing about 100 yards away. Found a slot through the aspen trees and dropped the big one with a shot in the spine.


Pulling the trigger was like turning on a switch. It started snowing immediately and by the time I finished field dressing the bull, there was 2" of snow on the ground. A buddy was hunting with me and we were 4 miles from the truck in a blizzard/whiteout. Wandered in the blinding sleet for about an hour, navigating by compass towards a fence line that would lead us to the truck.
Finally sought shelter in a stock shed and waited out the storm. Four of us hawled him out the next day in backpacks.

I blew a chance at filling my cow tag on Monday morning. Just got so excited at cresting a rise and seeing +/- 30 elk before they saw me that I took a poorly aimed shot (+/- 300 yards) and they vacated the area. One would think that after hunting for 40+ years it wouldn't be all that exciting any longer. But I hope I never lose that excitement. It's why I hunt. But I also hope to minimize situations like Monday morning.

Snow flurries came and went for most of the season. On Thursday, I filled my buck tag with a small mulie. Ought to be good eating. He was small enough that I could drag him about a mile through the snow, down about 1,000 feet and through a willow marsh to the road.

Had a great adventure and good time with friends.

KC
 
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