Got it done in Colorado. OTC Archery

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  1. nontyp

    nontyp Active Member

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    Well after 7 days of grinding it out sweating, getting soaked by rain and busting through thick brush, it all came together in the last couple hours of the hunt. It rained a decent amount 5 of our 7 days, had a full moon, and daytime heat, and hunters were Everywhere. Here is how it went down.

    day 1: Nothing worth mentioning
    day 2: Heard 1 bull lazy bugle a couple times
    day 3: saw 2 cows at last light
    day 4: nothing but hard work and burning boot leather
    day 5: had a couple bulls bugling early before shooting hours. Went to move in closer to a bull that was bugling and accidentally bumped a nice 5x5.
    day 6: more lazy bugles, no cows in heat but more activity than we had seen. chased bugles and worked some calling sequences until 2 pm. Set up in a good ambush spot for the evening. No elk, but saw 3 moose that evening.
    day 7: Similar to day 6 but the bugles were way further away. We hiked in several miles on a trail and heard a couple bugles in a high basin. Spent a couple hours busting through thick brush and we felt we were maybe 3/4 of the way to the area where the bugles were located. I sent out a location bugle and it sounded like 2 bulls answered way back down below us. The bugles were faint and we couldn't pinpoint them. We worked our way that direction and sat down for lunch just to listen and see if we could hear anything else. heard a bugle at lunch and it was even further below us. At this point we were a little confused. We started out hearing bugles way up high, and now they were down below us. We worked our way 300 yds toward the last bugle and sat down again just to listen. after about 20 minutes a bull softly bugled about 100 yds away! It was soft but deep and raspy. After that a couple more bulls piped up nearby. At this point we realized that there must be a hot cow in this spot and the random bugles we had been hearing up high and down low were probably satellite bulls. After we heard the bugle my brother whispers "Holy ****, I see him, he is thrashing a tree about 100 yds away". So I scooted over maybe 10 yds and started calling, He loved my cow calls. I let him bugle 3 times and on the 4th bugle I cut him off with a nasty challenge bugle. He did not like that! In about 5 seconds he was 30 yds away in the thick brush. I went to full draw as soon as he started heading our way. Ended up having to hold for a loooong time. Finally he worked his way into about an 8 inch shooting lane at 40 yds and I let it fly. Nailed him slightly lower than I was aiming, but hit him in the heart. He turned and ran right back where he came from. I instantly threw out another challenge bugle and started some intense raking. Within 2 minutes we were surrounded by satellite bulls, maybe 4 or 5 and had a couple others bugling at a distance. My brother drew back on a 240 bull at 20 yds but had to let down after a couple minutes. the bull saw us and ran off. I went right back to work calling and he came right back, but this time in the open. I told my brother " Shoot him! what are you doing? Hes right there!". He responds, "We don't have any tags". I said " What are you talking about?" Apparently while I was calling and focusing on a different bull he turned around and shot one at 10 yds! We were beyond excited. We had plans of packing up camp and heading back toward home a few hours later, but this changed all that. Both bulls were laying about 100 yds apart. Moral of the story. Grind it out, Stay persistent and keep your head up. Everything can change in a matter of seconds.
     
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  3. Hardwood11

    Hardwood11 Well-Known Member

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    That is amazing!! Great hunt !
    My son shot an elk in Colorado as well this fall.

    Was this all on public?
     
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    nontyp Active Member

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    Congrats to your son! Yes all public diy.
     
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    Hardwood11 Well-Known Member

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    That’s great action!
     
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    Ishi Hang & Hunt Enthusiast

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    Wow! Double the fun congrats and hard work pays off!!!
     
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    Rjack Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that is fantastic. Congrats.
     
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    bwese Active Member

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    What a hunt. Thanks for sharing. Great public land bulls.
     
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    bigbuckhunter88 PMA Member

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    Awesome! Congrats on an amazing hunt
     
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    Copenhagen Tob PMA Member

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    nice work, it'll be hard to top that experience, congrats
     
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    Sweet story . How many years youve been going out to Colorado ?
     
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    deerhunter93 Well-Known Member

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    That would be incredible to experience! Congrats to you both!
     
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    Congrats! Its definitely a whole lot of work out there! Not sure how many times you have been out west but once you start you will want to go every year! Nice job! Congratulations to your brother as well!
     
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    This was the first time we’ve hunted CO, but we have hunted elk in other states the past 2 years.
     
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    IowaBowHunter1983 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yum! Good work.
     
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    goatman I hunt days ending in Y

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    Great job. And congrats to you both. What a hunt.
     
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    Great story, way to stick it out!
     
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    If you don't mind me asking what unit did you hunt in Colorado. I used to live out there. Your story makes me miss the mountains! Great story, awesome hunt.
     
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    I did not get to go this year and am beyond jealous! Great job sticking with it.
     
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    Awesome! That's some hard work. Really happy for you guys that it paid off. Super exciting hunt you will never forget for sure.
     
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    Way to stay after it. Glad you had a better trip then I did. Just let me say I hate sheep.
     
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