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Magic
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:15 pm    Post subject: Elk Hunt 2012 Reply with quote

The cold hard facts are before me and my mind is made up. I will be content with an "Area 61 Second Rifle Bull Elk" hunt this year.

The simple fact is that I can not continue to chase PP's. With 17 PP's I should be guaranteed a draw since 14 drew last year. I just can not chance waiting another year or two for a First Rifle season hunt.

My Son, Marty and I will be DIY all of the way. He will grunt, and I will hunt.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool- good luck on this hunt! Bring your camera, take tons of pics, and help us appreciate your experience when you get back! It should be a blast!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the anticipation of the next adventure. Good luck with the planning.


On a side note, aren't PP's a bitch. I'm only half way in the chase for Bighorn and 75% of what is needed for moose in Wyoming. Sadley, I'm waiting for folks to no longer have the physical drive or for them to die off before I can even think about having a chance.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm probably going to be one of the die offs.I think I will give up on sheep and goat after almost 18 yrs of trying.Moose I might still try here in CO,but that is also doubtful.

Looks like in 2012 I will ML in Unit12 ,cow tag and either Sex ekl in Unit 54 if they offe rthe 500 w/cap otc again.

ML whitetail inEastern CO and a late antelope season maybe.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it starts............. Cool

Keep those plans and dreams coming folks. It's going to be a long winter and we need hope. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I don't think that 2nd season will be much different than 1st. Hopefully I can help you out a bit, if you want it. In particular, packing one out. I'd hate for you to not go where the big ones are just because of the impending pack.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GEE, I would think any hunt in that unit is a hunt of a life time.

I would have to go all out, what ever it takes and even invest in preseason scouting time, if possible.

Here's to you harvesting the bull of your dreams, Magic.

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Magic
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunny, it will absolutely be a hunt of a lifetime for me. If I'm still alive in October, I'm guaranteed to be 69 years old. Drawing that unit again is an impossibility for me. But it is doable for this year. thumbs up
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: How OLD is OLD?? Reply with quote

Magic, plan your hunt and hunt your plan, to paraphrase an old saying. Looks llike you are heading for some great hunting memories. You'll be 69 by then?, you sure don't look or act your age, keep young thoughts and chase young dreams and you'll never grow old. Happy New Year my brother and friend.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magic: Did you ever consider archery or ML seasons in 61. The bulls are scream'n their heads off there then.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not archery and I do not have nearly enough points for ML. Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ML hunt is harder to draw than 1st season. Otherwise, that would be my suggestion.

*Edit: I'm too slow...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ML was my choice for years until I finally realized that I was loosing ground with the PP situation. Now that reality has hit home, it is full speed ahead with 2nd rifle. Arrow Arrow Arrow
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it Sir!! Have a plan in the area you're hunting & hunt hard/hunt smart! Good Luck!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm the same age as Magic and can see his concern. I was lucky enough to use all my points in 2009. Since then I get a cow tag or an OTC either sex tag to insure I can hunt every year until I 'm no longer physically able. Even looking at those hunts that require 5-6 points are out of the
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Definitely go for it Magic

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be 70 Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is still hope for us "old folks". We still get there, it's just not in First Place. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bow to the senior members........ Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

decoy, SS and Magic are all roughly the same age as my father. Thanks for making me see just how special each year of hunting with him is.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being able to spend time with your Father/Son is absolutely one of life's great treasures. So many people can not or will not seize the opportunity. How sad.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post, Magic!

"Being able to spend time with your Father/Son is absolutely one of life's great treasures."

I hunted many, many hundreds of hours with my dad when I was young. He's 66 now and hasn't bowhunted for about 15 years. I have a ton of wonderful memories hunting with my dad, but I sure wish he'd have stuck with it for the last 15 years- now that I have kids I finally realize how special my time in the woods was with him. As you can see by the attached pic, I greatly value my time hunting with my two kids now... This pic was from a once-in-a-lifetime moose tag I drew here in ND this year. It was a very tough hunt, but I took my kids along with me on this day and we had a blast!



"So many people can not or will not seize the opportunity. How sad."

Amen! This applies to hunting with loved ones and also carries a lot of weight for me more gnerally. I spent a lot of years of my life worrying about "what if", just like my worry-wart father. All the "what ifs" kept me from doing a ton of really fun things. No more! I now do my best to use common sense, plan for possible problems, and jump in with both feet first when it comes to finding a fun adventure!

Sitting back and watching others go on awesome adventures was killing me! I decided I'd that before I died, I'd better take a chance to live. I do all I can to go on at least one "great adventure" each year. My definition of a "great adventure" might not be what some others think is a great adventure, but I'm perfectly content with that...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The good thing about family outings is that it is "Instant Gratification with Lasting Memories".
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again I'll be hunting here in NM solo DIY.I'm 57 this year and plan on backpacking in again if I can. But it all depends on the draw. Rifle or MZ for bull in local units.Been holding out for big bull the last few years,coming close,but tag soup.I'm lucky,if I don't draw I'll be using one of my LO tags on my place. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scoot, what a Great picture!! Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Greg. Although it was the most frustrating hunt I've ever had, I ended up punching a tag during the late season (i.e., gun season) with my bow. Still, the most treasured thing I took from that hunt was that picture. If my ugly mug wasn't in the pic it would have been even better, but I got get a little picture time once in a while...
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