Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

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Re: Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

Unread postby vtbuck » Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:37 pm

The 3 of us had an amazing time together. Very special 1st elk hunt


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Re: Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

Unread postby Wlog » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:15 pm

I’m sorry you lost your bull man, that stinks. The pictures are great. Thanks for posting about this hunt. Best of luck with the rest of your hunting season.
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Re: Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

Unread postby vtbuck » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:24 am

Losing the bull stinks but I’m not sure what else we could have done. The first 200 yds blood was spotty. Then we were following tracks and grid searching.
Last night I couldn’t sleep so I went on line to study elk anatomy more to try to understand what happened. All I can figure is liver hit and the cavity was still filling which is why blood was spotty and then he got bumped before he could bed.
It’s sad but it’s part of hunting.
Still not happy about it though
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Re: Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

Unread postby camelcluch » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:13 am

Sounds like a great first elk hunt. Congrats on making a dream come true and let us know about next years plans....
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Re: Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

Unread postby stash59 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:19 am

Sounds like your now all hooked! Like I knew you would be! How'd the knee do?
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Unread postby vtbuck » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:30 am

The knee was pretty good. The lungs struggled a couple times. My wife is probably going to make me see the doc for a scope to check for cancer
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Re: Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:25 am

Great pics Vtbuck :clap: :clap:
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Re: Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

Unread postby camelcluch » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:53 pm

Don’t worry about the lungs. I live here and still struggle in the high country. After a while you get used to it.
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Re: Colorado 2020 elk archery hunt

Unread postby vtbuck » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:20 pm

This is a small summary of each day we were in Colorado. It’s not real in depth. Just tidbits from each day.

Day 1- scouted, shot bows,
Saw nothing
Hiked 2.5 miles

Day 2- scouted, came across some promising sign including a lot of tall rubs and an active wallow.
Hiked 6.5 miles

Day 3- scouted by lake, not much sign
Temps in the low 50s
Rain at night
Most sign is in heavy timber
Hiked 4 miles

Day 4- opener
Had 3 bulls bugle. 2 responded to calls
Messed up by another Hunter not playing the wind
Evening foiled by the same
Temps in the upper 50s
Hiked 8 miles

Day 5-
Went to 11000 ft
Bugles at the top
5*5 came to 60 yds
Walked south up the top of the bench
Bull bugles
Saw 3 more
Shot a big 5*5
Hunter bumped him.
Still looking
Temps in the low 60s
Hiked 10 miles

Day 6-
Looked for bull
Didn’t find
Came to within 20 yds of a 4*4 bull bedded
Got split up from group
Temps in the lower 70s
Hiked 7 miles

Day 7-
Nothing
Hiked almost 11 miles
Temps in the upper 70s

Day 8
Bear in camp
Hiked 7 miles
No elk seen.
No bugles heard
Temps in the upper 70s

Day 9
Saw a couple muleys including one very impressive buck.
No elk seen or heard.
Windy
Temps upper 60s
Major cold front moving in with snow
Hiked 9 miles

Day 10
Not a damn thing
Hiked 6.2 miles in the am
Relocated to city rd 117
Snowing
Sat in the truck awhile
Went to town

Day 11
Nothing
Decided to head for home
Rain on the way
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