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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #100 on: September 25, 2017, 02:56:46 PM »
Thanks for the great writeups and videos!  I'm stoked for the elk woods!  :IBCOOL:

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #101 on: September 25, 2017, 04:03:43 PM »
Great footage! Cant fuggin wait to get up there for rifle season and hunt true spikes!  :IBCOOL:

At this point in all the years spent up there chasing my dreams a true spike would be most satisfying for me personally  :chuckle:

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #102 on: September 25, 2017, 06:23:25 PM »
Great videos
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #103 on: September 25, 2017, 06:55:23 PM »
You are certainly putting your time in, love it!  Thanks for sharing!

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #104 on: September 25, 2017, 07:21:11 PM »
Holy crap that 6x6 is a monster. Sweet videos!

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #105 on: September 25, 2017, 07:24:39 PM »
We'll be in the area from Friday until the 7th. Where abouts are you camped? We'll stop by.
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #106 on: September 26, 2017, 11:43:37 AM »
We'll be in the area from Friday until the 7th. Where abouts are you camped? We'll stop by.

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #107 on: September 27, 2017, 07:47:42 PM »
Thanks for the post and especially the video.  Those bulls are great but I really liked seeing the cows!  Will be there for a chunk of days for the muzzy season.  Drew a cow tag and hoping to finally seal the deal on my first elk!   

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #108 on: September 28, 2017, 11:02:18 AM »
Great write up man. Good luck this coming weekend/week. Hopefully see you on the hill. Shoot me a PM if you'd like to swap numbers. We'll be up there chasing a big bull too.

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #109 on: September 29, 2017, 02:41:41 PM »
Well...I've got about everything I can think of all ready to go and am heading out the door.  Its go time!  :hunter:

I'll be on the lookout for two different bulls. Hopefully they are still alive!

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #110 on: September 29, 2017, 02:54:45 PM »
Good luck man, text me if you get in a bind.
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #111 on: October 01, 2017, 09:18:13 PM »
Well...Bull down. Got him all packed out and to the processor.

Not the success story I had hoped for. It's kind of a long story...

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #112 on: October 01, 2017, 09:24:39 PM »
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #113 on: October 01, 2017, 09:24:51 PM »
Well, sounds like you best get to type'n!

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #114 on: October 01, 2017, 11:41:40 PM »
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #115 on: October 02, 2017, 08:12:52 AM »
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #116 on: October 02, 2017, 09:07:14 AM »
It's been 12 hrs and nothing yet? Not even a pic to share........ :'(
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #117 on: October 02, 2017, 09:10:15 AM »
Plat is right you know!😜
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #118 on: October 02, 2017, 09:12:23 AM »
Killin me with anticipation bud! Cant wait to hear how your hunt went and see the bull you killed!

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #119 on: October 02, 2017, 11:32:25 AM »
Friday, 9/29/17

The day had finally come. We left Friday afternoon around 4:30pm to get up into the woods and pull some trail cameras. I dropped my Dad off to get his camera and I drove down to another spot to get my camera. As I made my way down to the camera, I heard what I thought was a bugle and saw some good looking, fresh elk sign. Things were looking good so far!
As I arrived to the camera it was still there. My first worry is that it will be gone each time I leave one out. I pulled the card and checked out the images. A few does, a couple cows/calves, a 1x2 spike and a few moo cows. Things didnít look promising, but this was just a last minute shot in the dark to see if we could locate a monster to chase; no big deal.
I had about an hour to dark so I packed the camera up and let out a bugle. I got an immediate response from the exact same spot I had seen that 7x7 when I put up the camera the week before. So, I ran on down the hill to see if this was the same bull or not.

 I got down into some thicker bedding areas and there was a ton of fresh sign. It looked awesome! There was significant elk activity in there and it was all fresh. Well, the wind picked up as I worked my way toward the bull. As I closed in on where I thought he might be, I jumped a spike who took off back down into the draw. The wind just got worse and the bugling stopped. I ended up working my way around the hillside with no luck of seeing anything.

I hiked out in the dark, and went to pickup my Dad at our rendezvous point. He didnít have much luck either and his camera, that was trying to catch a glimpse of that other monster bull (pictured below) from the first part of September, came up empty as well.

Our plan quickly became to go setup a makeshift camp and head back in to where I had videoed that huge 6x6 with the low dropping whale tail, one of the two target bulls, on last Sunday, 5 days before. It was the most recent sighting of a shooter bull so that would be our starting point. After a little thought and discussion, we decided to split up. I would go into where I saw the huge 6x and Dad would run down around lower trying to locate the huge 7x7, the other shooter bull. My cousin, Ryan, came up to join us and he would go off in another direction to try to locate something as well.

I was pumped! I got everything laid out and off to bed. Didnít know if I was going to sleep that night but I did. The wind at this point was just crazy. Not what you wanted to have happen on opening day, but maybe it would subside by morningÖ
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #120 on: October 02, 2017, 11:37:08 AM »
Oh boy, great start and you're not joking about that wind, it was brutal.
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #121 on: October 02, 2017, 12:07:10 PM »
Saturday, 9/30/17 Ė Opening Day, 6 am to 8 am.

Well I was up the next morning at about 5 am. I didnít have far to go to where I wanted to head into the woods, and everything was all packed up and ready. I loaded my gun and we were off. My Dad dropped me off and he and Ryan headed out to the spots they would be checking into that day.

I hiked in the dark at about the same elevation I was at the last time I saw that huge 6x, working my way toward the area I expected the elk to be in. There was frost all over everything and the wind howled like crazy. The air was cold and crisp and my hopes were unaffected by the less than optimal weather conditions that morning.

As I dropped down the ridge the wind got a little quieter. I was getting into where I expected the elk to be and hadnít heard anything. It was about 6:30am and it was starting to get daylight. I stopped and decided to let out a location bugle. About a half a mile away, through the background noise of the wind, I heard the high point squeal of a bugle; then another; then another. I quickly hoofed it in the direction of the bugles.

After about 15-20 minutes I was closing in. The bugles got more and more frequent. There were bugles high, bugles out in front of me and bugles down below. I couldnít even count how many bulls there were. All were trying to outdo each other. One bull would start and before he could finish another would pick up and they just all ran together at times. There must have been a dozen or more bulls bugling, I thought, as I hastily made my way through bits of open meadow and thicker green timber. The whole time, in my mind, Iím replaying the video of the huge 6x trying to match up one of the bugles out front as possibly being my target bull. There were two; one immediately out front and one to my right up the hill from that one.
I came to an old burned section of timber probably 250 yards from where the two bugles I had picked out seemed to be. I really slowed my pace down and scanned the area out front and to my left and right with my binos every 30-40 yards or so to avoid being busted by a cow. As I came through the timber I could see a big open clear cut coming up. I looked to my right and spotted an elk out in a clear cut above me as well. It we still very low light being about 7 am now but I could tell he was a bull, probably a 5x or small 6. I moved slowly so he didnít pick me up. A satellite bull bugled to my left just down over the hill; no way was he my bull so he just got ignored as I moved forward, surrounding myself in this frenzy of elk chaos. There were clearly at least two herds here at least! The wind was good, blowing side hill, straight from the elk to me.

Finally reaching the clear cut on the other side of the burned timber, I heard cows chirping in the upcoming small drainage on the other side of the cut. The cut was about 100 or so yards wide and it wrapped around to my right and back to where I saw the lone satellite bull just a few minutes before.  Out in the middle of a cut was a thick little stand of scraggly timber. Some burnt, some not.  The winded was still blowing and was noisy but not like it was up on top where I had come from.  The direction changed slightly as I stood there hoping the elk would come my way an in to the cut in front of me. It now blew up hill from my left to right. The elk never slowed down, the bugles were darn near continuous it seemed.

With the wind change, I started to get nervous that any elk moving into the part of the clear cut above me would wind me I decided to hug the edge of the burn I was in and work my way up the hill to get a little higher. One of the bugles I was curious about was straight out front. The areas I knew to be the bedding areas were behind me so odds were high that they would be coming my way, I thought. Despite everything being so open, I still had not seen an actual elk other than that satellite bull back and up to my right. I took that as sign of all clear after scanning the perimeter of the other side of the cut and quickly, but cautiously, made my way to that thick little stand of timber. This was a better position should the elk come below me, but the wind was still a problem if they came above me to my right.

After a few minutes, I decided I need to keep moving up. I would now have to cross the open cut and would be wide open. There was about 2 foot tall grass so I got down on all fours and slowly crawled across the frosty ground about 40 yards to where there was a big old pine tree that would offer some cover. This tree sat about 30 yards from the edge of the cut where the hillside dropped into a drainage where all the chirping and big sounding bugles were coming from.

After making it to the tree, my wet hands and knees felt some relief. The wind still blew diagonally up the hill from my left to my right. If a big herd came through I would most likely be busted by the lead cow before the bull came by. I was really out of options at this point. The bugle up the hill sounded as though he was in the upper cut that was just out of site over a grassy knoll. It seemed too risky to try to cross the last 75 yards to get to the upper side of the clear cut and into the timber that would put me up wind. So, I just stayed put for the time being, enjoying the tornado of elk activity I was fortunate enough to find myself in; knowing that one of these elk could be that huge 6x and he could step out at any minute.
Well, the bull out front about of me, that I considered to potentially be the huge 6x based on his bugle, sounded off again and he was CLOSE! I threw out cow call back behind me and just waited. Next thing I heard was another bugle and crashing and breaking. I caught antlers moving on the other side of some thicker, fallen timber on the edge of the burn he was coming out of. He was about 60 yards away. It was a nice 325-330Ē bull. He scanned up towards where I had casted my cow call and looked back down the hill. I then noticed a few cows heading across the lower cut, below this bull, moving diagonally away from me and behind them down the hill a bigger bull, perhaps the nice 350-360Ē 6x6 with the broken 5th I had filmed last Sunday, was trailing the cows. I didnít get a good look at him, but knew he wasnítí the huge 6x I was after. The bull near me quickly changed direction and began paralleling that moving herd. Another 6 point now crossed the cut trailing the cows and the herd bull.

The herd bull bugling up to my right now needed to be identified. There was a lot of herd talk going on just up over that last little hump. I had about 50 yards of cut I could see before the hillside flattened off. Suddenly it started to get foggy. The fog settled in on the upper part of the cut down to about where I was at. Visibility went way down and I could still here the elk as if they would be coming out of the fog at any minute. Sure enough, a 5x5 came strolling out of the fog in the cut moving from my left to right as I looked up the ridge. Behind him a 1x2 and then another smaller branched bull trailed, single file. The 5x5 finally hit my wind and turned. He didnít spook but he held his head high, ears back and high stepped it back the way he had just came; the typical signal to the herd that danger is present. The 1x2 picked up on this and watched intently. The 5x5 walked back a ways and turned and moseyed straight up the hill into the burned timber above the cut. Phew! I felt a bullet being dodged here. I then sat back and watched as elk began following suit up the hill and into the fog. The herd bull up top ripped off some gnarly, low, guttural growls and once the small satellites had disappeared, I took advantage of the poor visibility in the fog to scurry across the cut and get to the timber where those bulls had disappeared.  At least now Iím up wind and in way better shooting position if the rest of the herd, which were not bothered, decided to come on through.
After a few minutes and the herd bull sounding like heís staying put I decided to skirt the edge of the cut again and stay just inside the timber line. If anything comes around Iíd get a shot and I could still keep moving toward the bull. The visibility was about 50-60 yards through the fog.  The wind raged on in the background, the ground was damp and quiet, elk were bugling, herd was up and moving around; I just had to watch out for those satellite bulls that should be out in front of meÖ

After about 80 yards I spot a small bull out front through the fog. I first thought he had spotted me, and he may have, but he was quickly ran off by another bull. They were about 60 yards out front and just the other side of them, the herd bull fired off a bugle and all the satellites scattered and ran left into the cut. The herd bull was just outside my range of visibly in the fog! I decided throw out a cow call to see if I could pull him on in. I heard crashing and popping but he did not step out. As I stood still waiting, he bugled again. This time he was just on the edge of the cut to my left and a little below my elevation. I thought me must be coming across below me in the cut so I made a couple of slow steps in that direction just to make sure I had some clear shooting lanes. Then I look off to my right at about 50 yards. There he is in some thicker trees that border the meadow! Heís facing me and I can see that he is nice bull but that he is not a shooter. I thought he had busted me on the move, but then he looks up the hill. I turn and look behind me and about 15 cows come moving across about 40 yards above me. Uh Oh! Theyíre about to hit my scent as the wind is going straight up hill! It was a few seconds after that that lead cow go nervous and jumped, BUT the heard ran straight at me. I stood still behind a small tree to avoid being trampled. Cows ran to my right and left from 5-15 yards away and into the clear cut. The bull trotted out after them and stopped just on the edge of the fog line about 50 yards away, broad side. In the white background I got a good look at his antlers. Heís a good 340 class bull but is all busted up on his right side. I enjoy the moment and as I stand there just watching and taking it all in he moves on off down the hill after the cows.

I then sit there as bull, after bull, after bull comes walking by, trailing the herd, at about 45 yards. Iím not sure how many there were but there were smaller bulls all the way up to 300Ē+ 6x6 bulls. I lost count after 12-14 but there must have been more than 20 bulls. They bugled, sparred and just stood around right in front of me for the longest time until, finally, they meandered off into the fog; still bugling the whole time. I didnít see the huge 6x, I thought and decided head back up top and see if I could locate some more elkÖ

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #122 on: October 02, 2017, 12:28:02 PM »
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Sounds incredible!
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #123 on: October 02, 2017, 12:42:32 PM »
Great write up so far👍🏻
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« Reply #124 on: October 02, 2017, 01:00:23 PM »
Getting good. :tup:
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