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Unread 11-27-2002, 11:24 AM
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I know there is a lot of country like the spot/s I go to in Colorado. A fantastic State to say the least.

I tell very few people of the locations I have found for obvious reasons.

All one has to do is to explore, with maps in hand, and they will find great hunting.

My wife and I flew out there during the early fall, many years ago.
We rented a car in Denver with front wheel drive and took off exploring. We traveled over 1000 miles in Colorado looking for Longrange spots and I have a whole book of spots that are dream locations. The front wheel drive got us into many places because the dirt roads were dry the entire time.

We go back to the same area every year because we have a great rapor with the residents who hunt there and many friendships have been made in that area.

We (my wife and I) look forward to going to Colorado every year.
Would like to visit with Ric in Wyoming one of these days too.

Just soooooo much beautiful country to see in the USA.

Take care and good hunting

Darryl Cassel
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Unread 11-27-2002, 04:12 PM
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Door is always open.
We have hired a significant amount of employees this summer so I should get to "go off" on my own this summer. I got one thing in mind LRH spots!!!
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Unread 12-03-2002, 07:28 PM
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I use that salutation (gentlemen) when addressing all of you in its strictest sense. You are all so gracious and I am honored that any of you would even acknowledge my questions and comments here!

Quiet Hunter,
I was especially thrilled to read your most recent contribution here as my own personal philosophy on hunting and the natural world is exemplary of your suggestions and admonitions regarding the same.

At 33 years, I have not been on more than a half-dozen serious hunts in my life, and these were only for Texas whitetail and/or exotics. Still, I have been facsinated with such big game hunting since early childhood when my parents moved from Chicago, Illinois to Glendive, Montana. While there, Dad hunted elk every year near Livingston and mule deer within a 100 mile radius of town. He still remarks how I would get more excited than on Christmas morning when he pulled up to the house with the head, cape, and quarters of a bull elk or a field dressed mulie from right outside town, with my brother, 4 sisters, and mother shuddering in horror in the background. And how I was the only one in the family other than himself who would eat the meat of either species. Unfortunately, Dad's company transferred us all to Texas before I was old enough to accompany him hunting, and once here, his busy career prevented him from hunting altogether. Nonetheless, I started shooting by my mid-teens for the sole purpose of preparing for the day when Dad would hunt again or at least when I would be able to hunt with my own friends. In a way, I'm still actually waiting . . . . . and preparing . . . . . and anticipating. Meanwhile, I have watched and listened to many other more privileged young men go on expensive hunts both here at home and in the Rocky Mountain states. And with each passing year I not only grow hungrier, but also increasingly disgusted with so much of what I have seen these others do in the field. To make a long story short, I have come to the point where what I dream of when I dream of elk hunting in the Rockies (and I do this frequently) is running (not riding in a 4x4 pickup or on an ATV or even on the back of a horse) into the mountains near Buena Vista (where most of Colorado's 28 fourteeners are located) with a pack on back and my rifle in my hands and finding that one great monarch of the mountains up there . . . . . IN HIS HOUSE AND ON HIS TERMS. And if his head comes back to Texas with me, it will have been meant to be! That's just the way things are with me and it can't be any other way for it to be worth it.

Peers of mine have taken B&C whitetails only because they hunted out of a 4x4 jeep or pickup or astride an ATV or even at 2 AM on moonless nights with the aid of spotlights or nightvision scopes. Personally, I wouldn't have the heads of these animals on my wall or show the photos thereof to others! In my opinion, it was about nothing more than killing for those pathetic souls. Hunting for me, however, is about capturing something that a man could never really have by any other means than by taking its life with a portable projectile weapon. As my signature states, it is indeed about 'stealing beauty'. But not, mind you, about stealing it from one another. Rather we steal it from itself as it has its own identity and its own sense of self-determination!


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Unread 12-03-2002, 11:19 PM
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My friend Eric said we could hunt elk in Oregon where he grew up after applying for the permits too. He said after you get two preference points and haven't drawn, you automatically get a permit on the third year. Is it that way in Colorado too?

We use ATVs up here almost everywhere, there are limits in some areas but not many. People take pretty good care of the place and manage themselves well. Vegitation comes back with a vengance every year, even on well established trails, these moose highways and overgrowing constantly.
Brent Moffitt
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Unread 12-04-2002, 10:23 AM
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For deer, elk, antelope and bear preference points can just keep accumulating. For sheep and goat, they max at 3 points and then go to a weighted system. Apply for preference points even if you know you cannot hunt that species that year. You can always buy a tag for a general area later if you can hunt.

Houston Boy
I spent most of a summer a few years ago scouting sheep for a friend from Lousiana who drew a tag in the area you want to hunt. Get a few preference points and get proficient with a muzzle gun and I could point you in the right direction for an incredible elk hunt in a draw only area. I need to check stats to see what it would typically take. While I did not see too many large bulls, the terrain is awesome there was ample opportunity to do spot and stalk at treeline. Saw one nice bull at over 13000' in the middle of a boulder field bedded - a good mile from the nearest vegetation. No chance for ATV there since most of it is vertical.
BTW - Colorado has 55 Fourteeners, and you are right that most of them are in that area. Due to the popularity of climbing Fourteeners, one rarely finds the animals on those peaks - Mountain goats, but not elk, sheep or deer. That helps you narrow down where the critters will be in those areas... just get away from the popular climbing routes.
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