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DoeNob
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Jan-23-17, 
04:18 PM (MST)
"Ones that got away"

My amigo and I did a high country rifle hunt this year in CO and saw nothing and got blown off the mountain by a blizzard on day 5....

but on the scouting trip in August we saw some slammers. Disappointing to say the least, the state moved the start date of the hunt back past labor day to minimize hunter/hiker conflicts and I think that week made all the difference this year from the bucks being in their summer pattern and moving on out. Hell maybe they were there the whole time and we just missed them.

This deer has a very unique configuration - flyer off every fork.

This is a bachelor group scoped for more than a mile away, very very wide guy, 2 maybe 3 shooters in here.

Glad for the experience. May try it again one day with a bow if I get mad enough at em. It will be a while before I see a deer as big as the first one. Steep steep country though and everything 11k and up.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Ones that ...  DoeNob      Jan-23-17   1 
  RE: Ones that ...  DoeNob      Jan-23-17   2 
   RE: Ones that ...  goofyelk      Jan-23-17   3 
    RE: Ones that ...  liecabucks      Jan-23-17   4 
   RE: Ones that ...  Elkduds      Jan-23-17   5 
    RE: Ones that ...  cmbbulldog      Jan-23-17   6 
  RE: Ones that ...  Ruby1      Jan-23-17   7 
   RE: Ones that ...  Founder      Jan-24-17   8 
    RE: Ones that ...  7      Jan-24-17   9 
     RE: Ones that ...  mozey      Jan-25-17   10 
      RE: Ones that ...  257Tony      Jan-25-17   11 
       RE: Ones that ...  Gator      Jan-25-17   12 
        RE: Ones that ...  nontypical      Jan-26-17   13 
 RE: Ones that ...  DIY      Jan-27-17   14 

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DoeNob
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Jan-23-17, 
04:23 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Ones that got away"

close up of the big one - I hate naming deer, but I called him "15"

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DoeNob
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Jan-23-17, 
04:25 PM (MST)
2. "RE: Ones that got away"

And one more angle after the sun got up...

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Jan-23-17, 
04:34 PM (MST)
3. "RE: Ones that got away"


15 is an AWESOME buck!


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liecabucks
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Jan-23-17, 
04:42 PM (MST)
4. "RE: Ones that got away"

215+?

Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed to where the trail meets the sky...

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Elkduds
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Jan-23-17, 
04:44 PM (MST)
5. "RE: Ones that got away"

Looks like a good unit for 3rd season next year.

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cmbbulldog
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Jan-23-17, 
06:44 PM (MST)
6. "RE: Ones that got away"

That's a pretty deer!

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Jan-23-17, 
08:11 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Ones that got away"

"15" is a great buck for sure.

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Jan-24-17, 
08:41 AM (MST)
8. "RE: Ones that got away"

Yep, those are big ones and that first one is a really big one. I'd be wanting to go back too!

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Jan-24-17, 
10:33 AM (MST)
9. "RE: Ones that got away"

Those bucks would sure get my hopes up too!

7 Mag

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Jan-25-17, 
08:03 AM (MST)
10. "RE: Ones that got away"

That is a gorgeous buck--I envy you just having been able to see him.

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Jan-25-17, 
09:30 AM (MST)
11. "RE: Ones that got away"

>That is a gorgeous buck--I envy
>you just having been able
>to see him.

Man I couldn't agree more. Seeing a Buck like that on a general unit is something special!

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Jan-25-17, 
11:01 AM (MST)
12. "RE: Ones that got away"

WOW yep that one will make you climb that steep mountain again and again. Slow and steady win that race.

"I have found if you go the extra mile it's Never crowded".
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Jan-26-17, 
01:18 AM (MST)
13. "RE: Ones that got away"

"15" is a HAMMER!

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Jan-27-17, 
06:13 AM (MST)
14. "RE: Ones that got away"

Yes hunting those bucks is weather dependent. When it snows early in September and it is big enough snow, the bucks will get down out of those upper basins and move into the timber. If it is not more than 6 inches it is my experience that the bucks make take refuge in the timber, however as soon as the snow starts to melt they make there way back into the basins and continue until they are ready to scrap off there velvet. About the third week of September they get the urge to shed the velvet and break out of the bachelor herds. What area were you hunting in? In my area even Labor day weekend there are very few hikers. You might see a pair, but they stay on the trail and are oblivious to the bucks that are watching them. I would never recommend hunting these high country bucks to anyone, it is just to hard and demanding way up there over 11,000ft (wink, wink). Everyone just keep putting in for those 3rd and 4th season tags. Those nasty old mountain basins will take a toll on you and you will never be the same. I mean who wants to pack back into the wilderness when you can wait a month or so and just drive your truck to hunting camp.


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