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nebowhunter
08-21-2012, 09:23 PM
Time is going fast!! In a couple weeks I will be hiking In for a week in the high country!!!! Was unable to make a scouting trip. I have a place to start and a couple back up spots. Only scouting was maps and google earth. I have talked to a person who has hunted it in the past. He assures me I am on the right path. He was able to take a very good one on his past trip. He doesn't predict lots of deer but assures me if I put in the time I will see deer worthy of a week in the high country. I can't say if I don't get an oppertunity I won't be disappointed. Have worked hard on a lot of trips both with friends and myself. I haven't harvested a trophy yet, but I have always had the time of my life!!! Hope the hard work and maybe a little good luck will bless me on this trip. Not that I'm not already blessed with the oppertunity. Maybe I just need to keep things in perspective I guess. Good luck everyone in the season that lies ahead, and stay safe!

dying to kill
08-21-2012, 10:08 PM
very good post i wish there were more hunters like u insted of ranting on size of horn, its all about the experience guys calm down

Murdy
08-22-2012, 09:09 AM
Great post, and good luck to you. Let us know how it goes.

Colorado Cowboy
08-22-2012, 09:54 AM
very good post i wish there were more hunters like u insted of ranting on size of horn, its all about the experience guys calm down

You are 100% correct. It may be hard for some of you younger guys to understand, but as you get older your prospective on hunting/fishing and life in general goes thru a subtle change. When I was young (I'll say 20's thru 40's), I really didn't think a trip was successful unless I kicked ass and got the most and biggest of anybody. I'm now 70 and my values and expectations have changed a lot. I've done most of it over the years, now just being out hunting/fishing with friends and having a good time means more than filling my freezer. I love sitting in a goose blind with my Lab watching the sun come up...geese or no geese!

Don't get me wrong tho, I'd whack the biggest buck or bull on the mountain given a chance, instead of going home empty. It's just a matter of expectations and prospective.

Good luck to you!

tommyp
08-22-2012, 11:42 AM
enjoy it. that is awesome country

ckink65284
08-29-2012, 11:13 PM
That is some burly country up there. Be safe and have a good time. Hope you find a slammer.

Like the others have said, your attitude is quite refreshing.

Old Hunter
08-30-2012, 09:39 AM
It's ALWAYS the hunt, and not the kill. I feel bad for those who don't have a good time if they don't get a kill. Some won't have a good time if they don't get a trophy. Sad.

tommyp
08-30-2012, 11:51 AM
It's ALWAYS the hunt, and not the kill. I feel bad for those who don't have a good time if they don't get a kill. Some won't have a good time if they don't get a trophy. Sad.


right on!! so true. just be happy to be there and experience the adventure of it.

win4me
08-31-2012, 02:28 AM
I agree 100% that hunting big game, bird hunting, or fishing is all about the experience more than how big, numbers, and size. I just enjoy being able to share the experiences with family and friends. Its also just the freedom of being out there in the woods or on the river/lake without thinking of anything besides having fun that is priceless.

wapiti66
08-31-2012, 07:18 AM
I couldn't agree more. I leave tonite for a short weekend archery elk hunt, and I can't wait to finally just get to hike around the mountains and have the opportunity.

nebowhunter
08-31-2012, 12:01 PM
It's what I look forward to every year!!! As soon as I get home I can't wait to go back! I have two other buddies I go with. We usually only get one tag between us, but we all enjoy the hunt as much as the guy with the tag! They are two of my closed friends and we only get together a couple times a year. We share the same passion for exploring new places few are willing to venture into.

Musket Man
08-31-2012, 11:30 PM
I think anyone that can't go home happy without an animal shouldn't be hunting. It should always be about the experience. I think 1/2 of why I hunt is to get away and hunting takes me places I probably wouldnt go if I wasnt going hunting them.

tommyp
12-02-2012, 04:52 PM
so how was the Holy Cross hunt?

nebowhunter
12-04-2012, 07:17 AM
It was some awsome country!!!! I didnt see any deer or elk in the wilderness. May have heard 6 bugles some may have been other hunters. the only deer i saw was when we moved from one trailhead to another.

BKC
12-04-2012, 07:29 AM
It was some awsome country!!!! I didnt see any deer or elk in the wilderness. May have heard 6 bugles some may have been other hunters. the only deer i saw was when we moved from one trailhead to another. What trailheads did you use ? How high did you hunt?

nebowhunter
12-05-2012, 06:58 AM
Middle lake area. East creek trail. Holy cross trail. We were up to 11400 or around there down to around 10000.

BKC
12-05-2012, 08:51 AM
Middle lake area. East creek trail. Holy cross trail. We were up to 11400 or around there down to around 10000. How far up East Lake creek trail did you get? Did you make it Boot Lake, Rainbow lake ? Could I get horses up those trails to timberline?

tommyp
12-05-2012, 07:59 PM
Glad you had fun. It is really cool country up in the Holy Cross.

nebowhunter
12-07-2012, 06:51 PM
I didn't make it to the lakes on the east creek trail. Locals told me to stay close to the trailhead when I went to that trailhead it was my last ditch effort.

tommyp
12-07-2012, 09:27 PM
On an early rifle hunt in thar countryyoun have to go deep and high. You need to be prepared to go in for 7 plus days. You have to get away from the wekkend hiker/campers and stay back up in there for a while. In my opinion.

nebowhunter
12-08-2012, 12:59 AM
i agree. that was the intention. packed in with 7 packgoats and 9 days supplies. after 3 days of not seeing any deer or sign for that matter started moving around and looking for sign. should have stuck to the plan i agree.