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mntman
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Oct-21-16, 
09:52 AM (MST)
"year of the dinks :)"

We knew going in this hunt is nothing special for size, quantity though is great.
It really is a rat race to get to a spot opening morning, so much that we woke up at 2am to ensure we all were able to walk our 2-3 miles in to our spots before other hunters.
We left camp at 3am (shooting time was at 6:49!)

Bret claims it was a stretch but I'd bet he has a hole in his pocket...


Nearly all of us arrived first, Bret and Craig had a hunter in their spot so they had to move on.
Waiting in the dark (off and on snoozing away) I could hear bulls bugling, I also had the fun of watching 3 guys "sneak" in on a herd of elk with bulls bugling at 4:45 in the morning, 2 hours before shooting time!
Yes, they all had their headlamps on. They got to about 150 yards (all guessing in dark) when the elk on edge of herd began to bark. Surprisingly the bulls/cows all went silent after a minute.
A couple minutes later I was entertained by the awful sounding bugles of same three hunters trying to call the elk back (still 2 hours before shooting time).

At this point I got to watch the steady stream of headlamps pouring off the ridge 3 miles away from 2 different trailheads. I stopped counting around 30 headlamps....
As daylight approached all bugling stopped in the area as hunters arrived to the "leftover" spots.

Finally when light arrived, I seen other hunters scattered around and I didn't feel I was in a good spot anymore so I started towards my backup spot.
I arrived to find 5 cows and this small bull hiding out on the flat about 50 yards away when I peeked over the ledge. One quick shot at 8am and my hunt was done.

After deboning my bull, I decided to check on Dad as I was nearing his location. Dropping down the mountain to his location, I spook out a couple deer past him. He had only seen 6 cows and 7 deer all morning (10:45am). I said I will sit with you for a while then head back to camp with my first load of meat.
Within the next 30 minutes we had a calf run by, 2 cows and a calf, then 6 cows. Finally around 35 minutes this bull come running over the ridge, hell bent for anywhere but there. However he ran from the fire right into the frying pan.

After getting Dad's bull deboned and bagged, our trek to camp started. The final 5/8 of a mile up hill to camp, Dad was too tired, so he left his meat along trail and I came back down to pick it up for him.
Later that night at camp, Bret and Craig came in they too had bulls down.
Craig wanted a horse, I said I'd pack my bull and Dad's bull out on my back though, horses are expensive!
So next morning, with Tom out hunting we all started packing meat.
I was staging Dad's and my bull about 5/8 below camp again. However it was still a long hike to that point. On my third and final haul I was nearly there when Bret showed up with a horse! He took what was left and my current load.
He asked me to go down and debone Craigs bull then help move the meat. Sure, so off I went back down the mountain.
I got it deboned (was already quartered) then was working on cutting off rack when Bret arrived. I told him I could not pack another pound of meat anywhere, the horse would need to get to this point.

So we took off towards camp, half way back I told him to leave me behind I will get there, just at much slower pace.
Couple hours later at camp, I finally arrive. my GPS said I put on 16.9 miles that day and climbed over 4700' in elevation. About 7-8 miles was packing 1 1/2 bulls.
I was exhausted, after eating literally about 1 1/2 pounds of spaghetti, a breakfast burrito, granola bar and a cupcake, I hit the sack. I woke up 13 hours later to snow falling


I really need to find a new hobby, this meat packing business is getting hard on me. Starting to think I was a horse in a earlier life or should be in next... lol

With such strong winds that last day, trees were doing down all over the place. Two were within yards of the tent. At 12:30 decision was made to pack it up and head for home.
We were able to pack up entire camp and headed out within 32 minutes! New record for us
Tom seen around 60 elk, including 2 legal bulls, he just didn't have a good shot so he passed. 4 of 5 on dinks though was still fun

Sad part is it was the last time a elk tag will ever have Dad's name on it. He will go with me if I ever draw my tag in UT, although he said he will just be the camp cook and fish. He has done good, in his relatively short time as a "elk" hunter from MN.
He went in the late 70's with my Grandpa (no success).
However he came to CO in '04 with some friends, he shot a 5x5. Then over the course of the next 11 years he has hunted CO and UT. Filling most of his tags. He now has 5 bulls on his wall at home and countless memories to go with them

Mntman

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: year of th...  Zeke      Oct-21-16   1 
  RE: year of th...  mulecreek      Oct-21-16   3 
 RE: year of th...  DeerHunter53      Oct-21-16   2 
  RE: year of th...  mlycrzy      Oct-21-16   4 
   RE: year of th...  RR2012      Oct-21-16   5 
    RE: year of th...  Country      Oct-21-16   6 
     RE: year of th...  mntman      Oct-21-16   7 
      RE: year of th...  Shadow      Oct-21-16   8 
       RE: year of th...  Snoopdogg      Oct-21-16   9 
        RE: year of th...  PleaseDear      Oct-22-16   10 
         RE: year of th...  completespo...      Oct-22-16   11 
 RE: year of th...  Hunt_the_We...      Oct-22-16   12 
 RE: year of th...  JoeATCA      Oct-23-16   13 
  RE: year of th...  12point      Oct-26-16   14 
   RE: year of th...  jls456      Oct-26-16   15 
    RE: year of th...  crazeymaez      Oct-27-16   16 
 RE: year of th...  rmanwill      Oct-27-16   17 
  RE: year of th...  RioHuntNutt      Oct-27-16   18 
   RE: year of th...  oldmossback      Oct-28-16   19 
    RE: year of th...  gahunter      Oct-28-16   20 
     RE: year of th...  cmbbulldog      Oct-28-16   21 
      RE: year of th...  Gator      Nov-01-16   22 
       RE: year of th...  jls456      Nov-04-16   23 
 RE: year of th...  eelgrass      Nov-07-16   24 
  RE: year of th...  mmwb      Nov-07-16   25 

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Zeke
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Oct-21-16, 
10:02 AM (MST)
1. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

That's pretty special!
The torch has been past to you but your dad has done well and should have no regrets!
Yep, pretty dang cool right there.
Zeke

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mulecreek
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Oct-21-16, 
10:39 AM (MST)
3. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Great story! Hunting those CO OTC units is a different hunt all together. Sounds like you guys have it figured out.

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DeerHunter53
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Oct-21-16, 
10:35 AM (MST)
2. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Great story and pictures with it, nice success and the eating will be good all winter. Best of all you spent it with your Dad.
Good stuff congrats

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mlycrzy
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Oct-21-16, 
02:39 PM (MST)
4. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Pretty dang cool!

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RR2012
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Oct-21-16, 
03:36 PM (MST)
5. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Great story looks like a lot of fun!! Very successful hunt.

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Country
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Oct-21-16, 
04:06 PM (MST)
6. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Sounds and looks like a great hunt. You will remember a lot of other things about that hunt besides what size the bulls were. Congrats on a great hunt and fun times creating great memories.

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mntman
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Oct-21-16, 
04:49 PM (MST)
7. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Thanks fellas, no cares about size this hunt. I was just happy Bret and I were able to talk my Dad into one more elk hunt. In 2014 he said that was his last year, but he did come out this year, so that was awesome. Our only goal was to fill tags this elk season, we did that

Mntman

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Shadow
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Oct-21-16, 
08:06 PM (MST)
8. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Great story and a whole load of elk you got there. Never take for granted the trips out with the old guy, even if he's hanging up the gun because you just never know. I lost mine this spring and I'd give anything to have him "show us how it's done" again.

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Oct-21-16, 
08:30 PM (MST)
9. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Great read. Congrats to your Pop. You boys did good.

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Oct-22-16, 
04:18 AM (MST)
10. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Good for you all

congrats

Robb

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completesportsman
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Oct-22-16, 
05:49 AM (MST)
11. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Dude, you always fill your tags! Fun hunt! Good to hear about your dad, maybe there still time for a 40 yr old deer hunter from NC to fill some elk tags!

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Hunt_the_West
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Oct-22-16, 
04:04 PM (MST)
12. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

You are a lucky guy mntman! Many people, myself included, don't have any family or few friends to enjoy those memories with. Congratulations on a great trip and hopefully your dad joins you many more times whether a tag has his name on it or not. I assume being a CO resident you have a deer tag? If so good luck and I look forward to reading about it.

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JoeATCA
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Oct-23-16, 
10:33 AM (MST)
13. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Great- thanks for sharing

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12point
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Oct-26-16, 
03:14 PM (MST)
14. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

All great bulls mtnman, I've hunted 2 rifle seasons in 62(1st rifle for elk and a second season deer) and have yet to put my gun to my shoulder. You know your stuff and obviously work hard at your success. Great pics and story, thanks for sharing, congratulations to all.

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jls456
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Oct-26-16, 
09:50 PM (MST)
15. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

You guys had a great time. Good for you!

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crazeymaez
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Oct-27-16, 
06:12 AM (MST)
16. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Congrats brother Brian.Congrats to all.Especially to your pops.

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rmanwill
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Oct-27-16, 
08:51 AM (MST)
17. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Congrats. Thanks for sharing your hunt and memories with us. You did well.

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RioHuntNutt
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Oct-27-16, 
09:43 AM (MST)
18. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Thanks for sharing , great story , so congrats on a great hunt, I got sore just reading the meat hauls your doing....Some good memories there , and glad your pops will still head to camp with you all...

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oldmossback
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Oct-28-16, 
02:33 PM (MST)
19. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Awesome story. I look forward to the stories of your season every year. Enjoy every minute you can with your dad while you still can. Great job!

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gahunter
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Oct-28-16, 
04:54 PM (MST)
20. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

I really enjoyed reading that. Congrats on a Fantastic hunt with great friends and family.

"Easy now, keep the croshairs right behind his shoulder & squeeze the trigger"

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cmbbulldog
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Oct-28-16, 
09:04 PM (MST)
21. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Looks like fun, congrats!

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Nov-01-16, 
06:47 PM (MST)
22. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Great hunt, Look on the bright side, You just got a Good guy for your COOK, Those hunts are worth a ton of memories.
The camp pictures will be talked about for many years.

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jls456
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Nov-04-16, 
10:16 PM (MST)
23. "RE: year of the dinks :)"


Looks like you all had a good time.

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eelgrass
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Nov-07-16, 
05:15 PM (MST)
24. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

Now, that's a elk hunt to remember. Good man for taking such good care of your Dad too.

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mmwb
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Nov-07-16, 
06:07 PM (MST)
25. "RE: year of the dinks :)"

There are no dinks, when you are packing them out. Great story and hunt. 4 of 5 tags filled is a great rate of success.

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