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Colorado Cowboy
07-04-2012, 03:07 PM
Just got back from a trip to the area that I will be hunting in Sept (M/L cow tag). I was very surprised at the condition of the area. Lots of very green, lush grass and lots of water everywhere. The area is a little over 10K elevation. The areas down near 8K are definately a lot drier. Saw lots of fresh sign and it started to rain as we left around noon. Looks like the area has had lots of rain so far, hope it keeps up. plan on going back every couple of weeks.

Hope everything stays the same. Our monsoon season is just about ready to start, so I am really happy about everything here. Down near my homeplace, it is really dry, (elev is 6800) and hot! What a difference and less than 50 miles away!

xtreme
07-04-2012, 03:49 PM
Looks like chance of rain for the next seven days in unit 67 and on the Conejos, too. All reports so far seem to be favorable. I should be able to get into the high country the end of this month. I have a bear tag for rifle beginning sept 2 in unit 68. I will hunt unit 81 on that tag. The tag is good for 8 units, 68,76,79,80,81,681,682, and 791. I can walk from my house on the conejos to hunt bear or elk, for that matter trophy mule deer, just hated to burn that many points for a chance at so few good deer and an over abundance of hunters.
Any more news on the 257 wby?

Colorado Cowboy
07-04-2012, 03:56 PM
Any more news on the 257 wby?
I am down to 2 loads for goats with 100 gr Nosler BTs. Went to the range yesterday, but too windy, maybe tomorrow or Friday.

Old Hunter
07-04-2012, 05:26 PM
It's lush alright. Did you see this thread I made of my hunting area?

http://www.eastmans.com/forum/showthread.php/2897-Scouting

Colorado Cowboy
07-04-2012, 05:37 PM
It's lush alright. Did you see this thread I made of my hunting area?

http://www.eastmans.com/forum/showthread.php/2897-Scouting

Yes I did and where I was today looks just like that. I was up near the Lizardhead Wilderness & Trout Lake area.

Colorado Cowboy
07-07-2012, 10:14 AM
When I got up this am (@5:45) it was raining and had been for quite awhile. It is still raining and have not been able to see the La Platas (over 12,000') all morning. Looked at several other weather sites and it looks like rain all over the Rockies from Montana south. Hope so...we need it.

Muleys 24/7
07-07-2012, 04:30 PM
Are the fires out because the rain came in?

Colorado Cowboy
07-07-2012, 04:43 PM
Fires are out (or under total control)...not from the rain tho. Just lots of hard, backbreaking work by the firefighters. God bless them all!!

xtreme
07-08-2012, 08:32 AM
Nice country you are in Colorado Cowboy. I have a long history of hunting in the Lizard Head and have killed several elk and mule deer on Delores Peak. I went induring the start of the storm on TR634 Oct 10 1997 and that was the most dangerious storm I have been in. Trees were being blown down all around me and all nite long, it also snowed 2 feet during the night. Moved camp down the mountian and found a mule deer during the storm, dragged him to camp by myself as he had been above the road I was camped on, above cold creek.
Hunters got so thick, I moved on.

Old Hunter
07-08-2012, 08:47 AM
That's why I turned to hunting the muzzleloader season. My unit has 70 ML hunters for elk. We have 850 hunters during rifle season.

Colorado Cowboy
07-08-2012, 09:30 AM
Yep....this year I'm hunting ML too. The only thing I try to do is build enough points to hunt one of our local units (within 100 miles or so) that require a few points to draw. Not the 2nd or 3rd seasons which have OTC bull tags....too many hunters is right! I usually put in for points a my first choice and a ML cow tag as second or third.

Been here 12 years now since I retired and love it. I would have been here ( or Wyoming) sooner, but had to make a living which unfortunately in my field of work, would have been almost impossible.

SDbowhunter
07-08-2012, 10:42 AM
Glad to hear the higher elevations are getting rain, I was fighting fire on the High Park fire in Ft. Collins and on the fire in Boulder and couldn't believe how dry it was, made me not feel so bad when I got home to South Dakota.

fortgeorgetaxidermy
07-10-2012, 04:41 PM
It is good news. Have not had a chance to get up to that area yet. Got a 3 day backpack trip planned for 21st though =). it has been so dry down my way. although we have been getting lots and lots of water the past couple days. Flash floods in the burn scars. Was hiking/scouting by the house yesterday eve and got caught in some serious hail. Not fun.

Colorado Cowboy
07-10-2012, 04:49 PM
Been cloudy all afternoon and raining right now. Looks like we have got monsoon conditions as it clouds up every afternoon and we get thunder, lightning and some rain. I live at 6800' just below the La Platas and the rain seems to be from them all the way north to Telluride/Silverton. Way the Dolores Canyon a couple of days ago to Rico and lots of rain there.

BKC
07-10-2012, 05:39 PM
Been cloudy all afternoon and raining right now. Looks like we have got monsoon conditions as it clouds up every afternoon and we get thunder, lightning and some rain. I live at 6800' just below the La Platas and the rain seems to be from them all the way north to Telluride/Silverton. Way the Dolores Canyon a couple of days ago to Rico and lots of rain there. CC I just got back from a 3 day motorcycle ride ( one day in your country). Ridgeway to Norwood, Naturita, Dove Creek, Cortez, Durango, Silverton and back to Ouray/Ridgeway was a one day loop. We did get a couple of light showers and saw very little snow and the creeks and rivers that are way way down. The tops still look green but unless it is irrigated the lower country is pretty dry.

Colorado Cowboy
07-10-2012, 07:19 PM
You are exaclty right. Snow gone along with the runoff, rivers low too. But high country is still green and getting some moisture. Just hope it continues that way. My place here is nice and green as I have irrigation shares and water EVERY day. If I didn't it would be brown! I am hoping to go back up to my hunting area near Rico next week to spend the day scouting and will take some pictures. Elevation there is 10.5 to 11k and it seems to get lots of moisture.

BKC
07-12-2012, 08:19 AM
I was in unit 201 ( very N/W corner of the state) on Fathers day weekend and I thought it was way too dry then. It looks like the rain didn't get to that area. Check ou the link. http://krai.com/

fortgeorgetaxidermy
07-24-2012, 06:02 PM
Just spent some time up Buena Vista way. Up high. it is wet up there. I made it to 13k and the moisture is definitely there. Not 1 sheep lol. But confidence is still up.

Vanish
07-25-2012, 09:04 AM
I've been up in the high country of the front range every weekend doing some alpine fishing. Very green up there and every day after noon it has rained.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/599815_614853666704_1147465259_n.jpg

Old Hunter
07-25-2012, 09:22 AM
I took these the other day.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0569.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0568.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0564.jpg


Found an old cabin. Love to know the history of who lived there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0570.jpg

buckbull
07-25-2012, 11:13 AM
Love your pics pete, keep em coming.

Old Hunter
07-25-2012, 12:15 PM
It is nice up there, but it sure wears me out getting there.

Colorado Cowboy
08-17-2012, 02:04 PM
Just got back from scouting this am. Went up to 11,500' and saw lots of sign. Water everywhere as it looks like it has rained a lot. Soon as I get some oictures transfered I'll post them. Probably won't get back up there until a couple of days before M/L season opens. But things look pretty good. A lot depends on how many hunters are there too.

trkytrack2
08-17-2012, 04:40 PM
I took these the other day.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0569.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0568.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0564.jpg


Found an old cabin. Love to know the history of who lived there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0570.jpg
Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I'm just a little bit jealous. I now live in Sterling, Colorado and if you love flat, (which I hate), this is the place. I spent most of my adult life in the northern front range where I could see the mountains everyday and I spent a lot of time stomping around in them. Sure do miss them. Thanks again.

sheephunter
08-17-2012, 04:50 PM
3971
Looked good up where I was at scouting last weekend3971

Old Hunter
08-17-2012, 05:38 PM
Everything is much greener this year. Even down where I live at 8000ft the ranches are green. Normally they're burnt brown this time of year. I think it's why I hear as much bugling at 8000ft as I do at 12,000ft. Food it everywhere.

Vanish
08-20-2012, 03:00 PM
Everything is much greener this year. Even down where I live at 8000ft the ranches are green. Normally they're burnt brown this time of year. I think it's why I hear as much bugling at 8000ft as I do at 12,000ft. Food it everywhere.

Which is so interesting since the plains look like they're about to combust and the res's are almost empty.

Old Hunter
08-20-2012, 05:41 PM
Thunderstorms roll through here almost everyday. Just rained about an hour ago. Now the sun is out. Mountain weather.

Colorado Cowboy
08-20-2012, 05:52 PM
Hey Old Hunter, only 2 weeks from Saturday...............are you ready?

Old Hunter
08-20-2012, 07:20 PM
Ready as I can get. Was up to the hunting area this morning. Hunting partners are coming up from Bancarbo Co tomorrow, and we'll go up again to snoop around. Storm came in early today. It should be better weather tomorrow.

How about you?

Colorado Cowboy
08-21-2012, 07:01 AM
Me too. Will be getting my travel trailer out of the barn later this week to pack and get everything going. Just need to get some grub bought and packed and I'll be ready. I will be leaving on Wednesday to get my camp set up. Going to the range tomorrow to try something new on my .257 Wby, not even taking my M/L. Only problem I have is I will have to come home on Monday during the season (only for 1/2 day) to take an NRA certification class our club arranged for. Maybe I'll get lucky and have my cow by then....

Good luck, and have fun.

Roger

Old Hunter
08-21-2012, 07:08 AM
Much easier for me. I come home every night. So, I only need to bring enough for the day. It only takes me 30min to the hunting area.

A bed and a shower sounds better to me than a sleeping bag and a creek. :)

Colorado Cowboy
08-21-2012, 07:59 AM
I'm going about 40 miles up the road to a FS camp and then it's an hour ride on a 4 wheel drive road on my quad to get to where I leave it and another half an hour or so hike to where I want to be at daylight. Stay all day until dark, then back to the trailer, dinner and bed. Start over the next day...