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Old 08-31-2013, 06:44 PM
Giant Nontypical
Join Date: Jul 2004
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I'll be hunting at 11000' in SW Colorado starting October 12 -- first rifle season. It was 105 degrees in Dallas today. I'm looking forward to the high country for many, many reasons. Physical conditioning has gone well, and I feel strong and fit and my weight is down about where I want it to be. My gear is pretty much in order -- I'm staging gear in an empty bedroom (son off to college) now. It is going to be great. My fourth elk hunting trip to this area, my third elk hunting trip with my great hunting partner. Love elk hunting. I love to hear the elk bugling and the cows mewing . . . although I haven't heard this often during the mid-October first rifle season in SW Colorado. I did in 2011, which was a surprise but really cool.

One morning we had walked close to where my partner planned to hunt but heard a bull calling so we stopped where we were. We listened to this bull calling for about 20 minutes. Incredible. A mixture of anguished sadness and uncompromising rage and bravado. But, as I say, usually I don't hear this at that time -- the rut probably is usually over before then.
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