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Re: Outta here....

Postby lostaro » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:52 pm

Not a word here............ :?
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Re: Outta here....

Postby lostaro » Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:10 pm

Sounds like they are in the elk....close encounters but no arrows in the air yet....
Keep ya posted... ;)
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Re: Outta here....

Postby lostaro » Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:33 pm

Seems a giant 6x6 refused to allow himself to get shot....very rude of him! :D
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Re: Outta here....

Postby superkodiak38 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:32 pm

Dayum ! My money is still on Randy !
When you take your kid hunting and he says thank you and tells you how much he loves being in the woods with you, your day just isn't going to get any better than that.
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Re: Outta here....

Postby Stykshooter » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:08 pm

I finally made it back from Utah.... not that I wanted to come back. That place is beautiful. Most mornings I woke up with a heavy frost on the ground and temperatures around 30-35. That was at base camp. Back up in the mountains when I was spike camping it was about 5 degrees or so cooler.

There have been several wild fires in the area over the summer and some were still burning in neighboring drainages. This tended to concentrate the hunters as well as the pack trains in the huntable drainages which impacted the hunting.

It is quite an expedition to drive 34 hours out, camp for three weeks and then drive back. Lots of planning and loading of gear. I was in base camp with eight other guys from the Professional Bowhunters Society. We have all been there and done that before so pretty much knew what was needed and expected. We set up a very comfortable base camp to hunt out of and then some of us shouldered our back packs and headed out to camp and hunt in the back country on our own. Meals in base camp were extraordinary. The ones of us doing the cooking chores knew our way around a fire, cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens.

Some guys came later and some left earlier. One of the guys that flew in from Florida had a bad case of altitude sickness and never recovered. He cut his hunt short and flew back home after about four days.

I had some near opportunities with elk.... I was standing about 10 yards away from a big cow one evening for about 10 minutes. All I had was a frontal shot though and didn't fill comfortable with that. Another evening I had a spike bull feeding about three yards away on the other side of a thick Erickson Spruce. I could hear him pulling grass and chewing and when he lifted his head I could see his head and about 5 inches of his neck. After awhile the wind swirled and that was that.

I called in a bull one night to about 50 yards and he locked up. I saw a nice 4 X 4 at about 45 yards one morning but was hoping to get about ten yards closer for the shot. That didn't happen. Another evening a friend and I worked a bull and called him from about 250 yards in to about 75. He was bugling his head off and growling and I thought the set up was perfect. That is until three cows walked past me at about 30 yards and turned and took him up the mountain.

The best bull I saw bugled about 1/4 mile off one afternoon. I bugled and cow called and got a little closer. The next thing I saw was a huge 6 X 6 standing in the middle of a wide open field at about 70 yards. Then he just turned and walked away. Monster bull!

The fishing was great. Brookies and Cut Throats a plenty and I spent the middle of the day several days snatching them from the snow melt streams. I ended up walking between 6 and 14 miles each day at 10-11 thousand feet and lost 13 pounds while out there. I saw numerous mule deer and several dozen moose, including several exceptional bulls. I saw my first ever badger as well as my first mountain lion.

Can't wait to go again! I will share some photos....

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Craig's wall tent

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My Kodiak Kabin

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Everything tastes better from a Dutch Oven!
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Re: Outta here....

Postby Stykshooter » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:11 pm

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I found two nice Shiras moose sheds while I was out there.

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Re: Outta here....

Postby Stykshooter » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:16 pm

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The fishing was great in these mountain streams.
I spent an hour or so mid day several days tossing a spinner.

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I loved these little beaver dams. They were usually good for
a Cut Throat or two each.

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These native brookies were gorgeous

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The end result!
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Re: Outta here....

Postby Stykshooter » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:23 pm

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A friend shot this photo of me crossing on my own "Little Delta" bridge over one of the
rivers. A couple of nights later I was walking back a couple hours after dark and one of the logs cracked
and dumped me in the river. I landed hard on my left elbow. It is still sore and swollen and is really curtailing
any shooting of my bow.

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My little camp tucked in the trees at about 10,000 feet. I searched for 30 minutes to find
a place level enough to pitch camp.

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Mid day at about 11,000 feet, looking out across to Tuckawanna Basin
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Re: Outta here....

Postby superkodiak38 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:34 pm

Beautiful country Randy ! Thanks for sharing the pics, I can smell those trout sizzling in the pan ;)
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Re: Outta here....

Postby marc » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:06 pm

Great pics Randy! Sounds like a great trip except the fall into the river!
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