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Old 05-19-2017, 09:55 AM
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It's looking like Idaho for me again this year. Still up in the air as to which unit or general area but like always it will be public, DIY .
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Wouldnt mind shootin off my back poorch either. Prolly eat about the same i reckon.

Speed goat jerky has been my pemican of choice for 30yrs. Good pack meat.
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I know just everything from Pagosa to Durango and have almost walked the Wiminuche from Pagosa to the top of Missionary above Durango to Tank creek.
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Coodster, The palmed horned one is the only one on closed land. The others are on the Rez and can be hunted during season. They have to compete for food with wild horses. I took the pictures while chasing horses. There are a lot of elk on the Rez, and they are hunted by Tribal members for sustenance and for funerals etc.. They are managed just like on any other land, except only hunted by Indians. The ones on my land are off the rez and I have never hunted them because I usually have cattle where they stay and I have the land posted. When I close land, I don't hunt there either. The only way I can hunt them is if they go across the creek and are Rez land during tribal season.
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Southeast Wyoming elk for me
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Think the biggest bodied elk we ever took were in Oregon in Timber Co land east of Astoria.
Have been that way since the 2000 millinium riots in Seattle. That was a hoot bringing in the Horse guard and seeing the terds get religion under a 1100lb quarter horse.

Its Idaho this season with bow. Later will chase in Mt. Can shoulder hunt till March 2018 there.
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Thinking and seeing big bulls while scraping some a Hedge Wapiti Slayers.

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I lived in Crested Butte Colorado for 11 years. For the longest time, the world record elk was taken there. It used to go on "tour" during the year. It finally got beaten, but it is a wonder. My hands could barely wrap around the base of the antlers, and I have long hands!!

I didn't hunt, but I spent every fall packing deer and elk out of the wilderness on horseback. Never lacked having plenty of either to eat.





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Big headed elk.

1st time i hunted the wnd of the Hiway in C Butte was 1987. Prolly only 100 buildings there then.

Jackson, Wy was great in early 80s. Could stay in motel for 15.00 a nite except 4th July week. When they extended that runway at airport the good ol days were gone for good.
So, we would all go to Driggs instead over the pass.
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That is a nice elk. I packed hunters and elk for over 20 years in the Upper Rattlesnake in central Washington. we would get an average of 3 per year with 6 points or better. Not that long and broad because they were in fairly dense timber. I never shoot bulls. Like eating cow elk better. When I've had to kill a bull because of no cow permit, I never packed the horns out. Nice to look at, but I'm not a horn guy at all. We charged 75$ a man. Pack gear in and elk and gear out and give the hunter a horse both ways. Could do it cheap because we only had to feed the horses during elk season. Andy Peaches and I would catch 2 truck loads of wild ones and haul them up in the mountains 10 days before season and tie them on long ropes to trees around a meadow. We would go up 5 days later and tail them all up and take them 6 miles into the creek and water them and bring them back out. Then we put a pack saddle on them and towed them every day until season opened. When the season ended we would take them back to the Rez and turn them loose.
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2013 sept 18, cheapest hotel was $350 a night.
We split the hotel 3 ways

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SW Colorado again this year. Went on my first solo backpack hunt last year. Got addicted!!
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Idaho with Weitas Creek Outfitters. Heard they had a really bad winter so will be interested to know the effect on the herds. Anyone have any info in that regard?
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I lived in Crested Butte Colorado for 11 years. For the longest time, the world record elk was taken there. It used to go on "tour" during the year. It finally got beaten, but it is a wonder. My hands could barely wrap around the base of the antlers, and I have long hands!!

I didn't hunt, but I spent every fall packing deer and elk out of the wilderness on horseback. Never lacked having plenty of either to eat.





I wish they had a human in the photo for scale.
Killed a Cow at the base of Mt. Marcellina in the mid 90's, several bears with cubs that year were in my face. Went to town and lots of Granola types there, beautiful country and easier to hunt than Missionary ridge above Durango but not as many Elk and hardly no Mule deer.
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Yep
Wood boogers took over many CO towns. I lived there two years in early 80s. We use to hunt with a kid whose family had a place on western slope near the old POW camp. Hunted near Montrose for elk and Muleys east of Denver on private sheep outfit. Giant Muleys then in that flat high prairie land.
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