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Just found out I got drawn for my muzzleloader hunt in CO this fall!!!! AND it's my birthday to boot - Hell of present! smilies/biggrin.gif I'm STOKED!!!! Can almost taste those tenderloins 'a grillin!
Thanks for all the congrats!... and the Happy Birthdays! As was obvious, I was pretty excited!
This will be the 3rd time to draw for General Season Bull Elk muzzle-loader in CO. We hunt outside of Norwood, CO and have enjoyed a very high success rate in the past. Hopefully the trend will continue. I shoot a T/C .50cal Black Diamond loaded with 385gr maxi-hunters (?) pushed by 120 grains of Pyrodex. Been a good load for me that shoots well out of my gun. With iron sights, I keep my shots under 100yds - where I'm totally confident of my ability to put the bullet where I want it going!
Our trip is usually 4 guys. We go out a couple days early to go look over a bull or two prior to the hunt. Then it's up to the lake to catch some trout and a bucket full of the biggest darn crawdad's you've ever seen!!! Then a hog-fest on boiled crawfish and pan-fried trout... I can smell it already!!!!! After that, we're all about hunting the mighty Wapiti - from before daylight to after dark every day until we've all tagged out or out of time, whatever comes first!!!! Then back to the big drag called work smilies/frown.gif But then, if it weren't for the work part, I couldn't afford to chase elk! smilies/biggrin.gif Guess you gotta take the bad with the good.
We catch the crawfish using chicken necks or legs in a piece of ladies nylons with a rock in it tied with a piece of string. Just pitch it out in the lake and after letting it sit for 5 minutes or so, slowly pull it in and dip the crawfish with a minnow net before they let go a drop off the chicken. I know it sounds crazy, but we've been doing this for over 5 years and almost always come away with a 5 gal bucket FULL of huge crawfish! When I say huge - I mean it too... these things are 8" long from pinchers to tail! smilies/eek.gif
we use bacon here in missouri to catch our crawfish. put the bacon in a piece of pantyhose tie it on some fishing line and toss out in the water. pull it up slow and dip the crawdads before they let go.