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    Well it's official, I drew the tag. So far I feel zero pressure, I plan to keep it that way. I have 3, possibly 4 weekends before season starts to scout. I need to get some hand loads ready and dialed in soon as well. This is going to be a FUN hunt!

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    That is right make it fun!! I am one for always punching my tag but some of the best hunts I have been on are those where that tag was still in my pocket. Good luck!

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    What a timely topic! I have been struggling with this perceived pressure after drawing a Moose tag that has taken me 14 years and if I get a Bull I will NEVER get to hunt one again in CO. So I have gone back and forth about whether to hire a guide or do it myself. Then take into account juggling already scheduled family commitments and making sure to have enough vacation time to make the hunt happen while juggling work, home and finding time to scout. Unfortunately it is more than just about the hunt. But I figure if I can make time to get the scouting done when the hunt rolls around the pressure will be a lot less. Plus the scouting has been fun thus far. Looking forward to the moment when the Bull hits the dirt. The problem is and has been that with the competition to draw some of these tags anymore a bit of the fun has gone out of the it due to the rarity of drawing. Also you need to put it in perspective as some have said. There are way worse problems to have.
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    Congrats on your Moose tag wolfman! I hope you get a biggun'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberstalker View Post
    Congrats on your Moose tag wolfman! I hope you get a biggun'
    Thanks! Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberstalker View Post
    Congrats on your Moose tag wolfman! I hope you get a biggun'
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    Thanks! Me too!
    Another congratulations on the Moose Tag!! Thats the tag I want!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25contender View Post
    Another congratulations on the Moose Tag!! Thats the tag I want!!

    Thanks 25contender!

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    I've Felt that same pressure TS. The First time was the year I drew a CO Antelope, Nevada Mule Deer, and a top notch late season Blacktail hunt all the same year, and all archery. I got SKUNKED that year. and you know what? The world didn't end.

    I had so many close calls, almosts and maybes, that it was still a thrill. But I needed a year like that to give me perspective.

    The next year I drew a OIL tule elk tag. By day 3 I was getting a little nutso after a number of close calls. It took a midday trip to town to the laundromat, and giving myself a good talking to while I sharpened and cleaned up my knife blade. I went out that evening a little more relaxed and ended up killing my bull.

    Once you realize that you are the only one putting pressure on yourself, it gets easier to enjoy yourself. Then it becomes more likely that you will exceed your own expectations.

    My Motto this year is "Improved performance through lowered expectations".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2rocky View Post


    Once you realize that you are the only one putting pressure on yourself, it gets easier to enjoy yourself. Then it becomes more likely that you will exceed your own expectations.
    My wife rides my ass until there is an elk in the freezer for her.

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    Well, the first scouting trip is behind me. One hot day in the high desert produced the sighting of one medium sized buck and alot of dry water holes. I have three weekends prior to season to find what I'm looking for, I eliminated alot of country already.

 

 

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