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falconred
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magic, I appreciate the good thoughts, I have been working late every night this week to finish my work, I hope to have it done but come Saturday morning I am leaving it behind.

Looks like high 20s in the morning and low to mid 40s in the days, not too bad even though I was kind of hoping for snow!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty good snow in Amarillo, TX, Headed north this morning.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you may need tire chains from Cañon City to Gunnison. Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SAfe travels.
Looking forward to your trip report and Pictures!!

WE got home this AM- it was - 3 in Wyoming yesterday at sunrise

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hwy 50 was clear this morning, even over Monarch Pass, so Robert should be in Montrose now.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Red, check in........ Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:45 am    Post subject: I'm back Reply with quote

I made it back Sunday evening. I have put meat in the freezer and cleaned on my skull plate some last night. This is the first time on the computer to let you know. I got a decent mule deer, not near as big as I wanted but when the guide said shoot I followed orders. It was fairly late in the evening, sort of over cast and he against some trees. I didn't have time to look him over as he was beginning to move when I got the scope on him. The guide said later he was a good "shooter" but I had told him I wanted a good trophy as this might be my only mule deer hunt.. I guess I should be happy to get such a nice deer but I would have gladly hunted a few more days for a larger one.

We saw probably 40+ deer that day and several bucks close to this size. This was a good area to hunt at around 9000' on a mountain behind camp. We used a mule (diesel l not hay powered) to get around.

The trip was pretty good, a little rough traveling in the snow that night to Amarillo and the next morning but I made it through without having to use the brand new chains I bought.

I haven't gotten the photos to transfer to my computer yet, Greg I may send you a couple on facebook to post here if you would please.

I guess I am suffering a little 'buyer's remorse" from spending so much on this hunt but all in all it was a great trip, the camp was pretty good and the folks were good also.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad your back safely.

Standing by to assist Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's wonderful news my friend. I am anxious to see the pictures.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Were Still here... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just got back from visiting in-laws for Thanksgiving in LA (Lower Alabama). I can't get the photos to attach, I guess I have forgotten how![img][/img]
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saved the pictures three times and then los them...

Here they are ( I hope )

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a very nice buck my Friend, and I know that you will have fond memories of the hunt.

Thank you Greg for handling the pix.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:54 am    Post subject: Exit wound Reply with quote

I meant to tell you about the exit wound being so far back, the shot was a lung shot but for some reason the bullet must have split because when he was skinned the left front leg was jelled under the skin where the rest of he bullet hit but didn't come out.

I wish I had gotten a photo of the other side of the deer. So you could tell more about the shot!

All in all it was a good trip. I would love to hunt that area again but I don't think I can afford the full guided stuff again.

Greg, thanks for posting the photos.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, sometime strange stuff happens when a bullet impacts an animal.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honest opinion, Did I get the deer I went after.

I am still torn between appreciating the deer I took and the trip and the type of deer I went out there in mind!!

Am I making more of this than I should? I really liked my outfitter, guide and their family and hunting camp. I just can't get it out of my head that they hurried me into a lesser deer than I wanted!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hunter always makes the final decision but the Outfitter/Guide knows what is the normal for his area. It is not to his advantage to take smaller bucks than the area is capable of producing. Potential hunters make their decision somewhat based on previous kills.

I have personally worked for an outfitter and guided paying Elk hunters. I had hunters "not shoot" and go home empty handed. I also had hunters be very satisfied with lesser animals that may not have measured up to their dream, especially when their buddies got nothing.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it is a good deer, I was prepared to go home without taking a deer. I had seen several deer close to this that day and I figured I could take one later if needed. I have always heard that "Never pass up a deer on opening day you would shoot on the last day of the season" so I guess this qualifies!!

I guess hunting do it yourself has me spoiled since I usually pass up a lot of lesser deer waiting for that "one" to come by. I have hunted more than once in Missouri and Illinois and passed on nice 6 & 8 points waiting on the big one and went home empty handed.

Thanks for the input.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be satisfied with your deer and the trip. It is nice.

I passed on a running shot at an elk and know that was the right decision. I will be prepared next time though Smile

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