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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2017, 09:50:21 PM »
Have a great adventure and let us know how it goes.

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2017, 12:56:37 AM »
Thank you for sharing

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2017, 10:22:12 AM »
8-20-17:

We had a fairly successful day scouting yesterday. My Dad and I split up and I buzzed around up high and worked my down a ridge. I came to a bench in some open country on the edge of some thicker timber. It was just before 10:00 AM. I wasn't expecting to see any elk, but as I came to the edge of the bench where it started down hill I caught movement. About 60 yards down hill on a smaller bench a 300" or so 6x6 bull stood up. He got a good look at me and so didn't stick around long. I got a quick look at his left side as he quickly out of sight and then crashed down over the hill.

I proceeded down the hill back through some thicker stuff and then another open plateau. I came upon some fresh elk sign, marked it on my gps and went to crest the edge of the plateau. As I stopped to take in my surroundings before proceeding,  I caught movement again. At 50 yards away down in some timber was a 300" or so 6x6 feeding.  I watched him for a couple minutes and then he just bedded down. This was 1/2 mile down the ridge from where I saw the last bull but I'm fairly confident it was the same bull I jumped earlier. It was just way too similar. I got some crappy cell phone footage of him and then blew a cow call to see what he would do. I didn't just want to take off and blow him out of the country. Well I blew the cow call and he stood up and started walking away immediately. After a few steps he stopped. Another bull then got up to my left and walked toward the bull I was watching. This was a bigger bull. Probably closer to the 325" mark. He had way better G4s and G5s and was wider. They didn't stick around long and trotted down over the hill and walked out of sight. Here is  the footage of the bull.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qfnTNluDPo

I got all the way down the ridge and didn't really like what I saw so I decided to dive down the canyon and head up the other side. Headed up the steep, rocky, nasty hillside I started getting into some benches that were loaded with elk beds. About as fresh as you can get. Fresh crap and pee everywhere with the trails just plowed up. I followed the trails up for a few hundred yards to try and find out where the herd had gone. As I crept slowly up the trail I paused to scan the area up in front of me. I caught movement! Looking back towards my right I saw a bull in the trees. I pulled up my binos and saw a lot of white bone, a little bit of red blood and some final remnants of velvet draped over his main beam. I pulled out the cell phone again and got some more rough footage to analyze later, then out came the binos again. The wind was going straight up the back of my neck and he was only 60-70 yards so I'm not sure how he didn't smell me but he just stood there for a couple of minutes and then walked on up the hill. He is a 7x7 and is really difficult to judge from the footage. He's got good width, looks like good mass and good main beam length. His tine length looked to me to be his biggest weakness, but he's also a 7x so that helps to balance out. I'd guess he's got to be 340"+. I'd put him in the "contender" category. I'd really like to get a good second look at him! Here is the footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqB0k-aNjGc

After he walked off I continued on into the next draw. I just a cow and a calf and then a while later a 5 pt. at about 30 yards. All in all I saw only about 6 elk for the day but at least 4 were bulls and 3 of those were great 6 pt bulls at that. A lot of potential out there for this year's tag holders by what we saw yesterday.  :tup:

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2017, 10:56:44 AM »
Awesome scouting trip there man. Good work!   :tup:
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2017, 12:29:00 PM »
Great videos!

Thanks for sharing

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #30 on: August 21, 2017, 03:10:49 PM »
Great videos!

Thanks for sharing
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2017, 03:34:34 PM »
Really cool footage! That'll get the blood flowing. I hope you land a giant on your hunt :tup:

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #32 on: August 21, 2017, 03:46:17 PM »
Aren't you building your house this year too CMiller?   :o 
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #33 on: August 21, 2017, 04:00:54 PM »
Aren't you building your house this year too CMiller?   :o

Yes I am. And I'm preparing some wall space I'm hoping to fill up this fall.  :chuckle:

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #34 on: August 21, 2017, 04:13:07 PM »
Great videos. That's a scouting trip I'd put in the books.  :tup:good luck on fulfilling that tag.

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #35 on: August 28, 2017, 08:49:27 PM »
8-27-17

Well my Dad and I made it out yesterday afternoon for another jaunt through some good looking elk country. I ended up finding an area that was just plowed up like a barn yard; tracks and dusty trails in about every direction. It was just tilled up. I found what looked to be some wolf tracks, which is always annoying, but the elk were in there and didn't seem too bothered by anything.

I was following a herd with a bugling bull. I never did get a glimpse at him, but he didn't sound overly large. He was giving out low-volume herd bugles/squeels fairly consistently for the last hour of light as the herd moved toward their feeding area. It won't be too long and they'll be going hot and heavy.

Hopefully the trail cams will produce this coming week!

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2017, 08:44:31 AM »
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #37 on: August 29, 2017, 09:56:32 AM »
Good luck on your hunt!
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #38 on: August 29, 2017, 10:06:28 AM »
8-27-17

Well my Dad and I made it out yesterday afternoon for another jaunt through some good looking elk country. I ended up finding an area that was just plowed up like a barn yard; tracks and dusty trails in about every direction. It was just tilled up. I found what looked to be some wolf tracks, which is always annoying, but the elk were in there and didn't seem too bothered by anything.

I was following a herd with a bugling bull. I never did get a glimpse at him, but he didn't sound overly large. He was giving out low-volume herd bugles/squeels fairly consistently for the last hour of light as the herd moved toward their feeding area. It won't be too long and they'll be going hot and heavy.

Hopefully the trail cams will produce this coming week!

You picked up anything worthy of a first day notched tag on the trail cams yet? We're seeing a ton of bulls on our cams, just nothing in the category for the muzz bull tag yet. A couple that are close. Glad to hear they're warming up the pipes and establishing a pecking order already!  :tup:
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #39 on: August 29, 2017, 02:36:44 PM »
8-27-17

Well my Dad and I made it out yesterday afternoon for another jaunt through some good looking elk country. I ended up finding an area that was just plowed up like a barn yard; tracks and dusty trails in about every direction. It was just tilled up. I found what looked to be some wolf tracks, which is always annoying, but the elk were in there and didn't seem too bothered by anything.

I was following a herd with a bugling bull. I never did get a glimpse at him, but he didn't sound overly large. He was giving out low-volume herd bugles/squeels fairly consistently for the last hour of light as the herd moved toward their feeding area. It won't be too long and they'll be going hot and heavy.

Hopefully the trail cams will produce this coming week!

You picked up anything worthy of a first day notched tag on the trail cams yet? We're seeing a ton of bulls on our cams, just nothing in the category for the muzz bull tag yet. A couple that are close. Glad to hear they're warming up the pipes and establishing a pecking order already!  :tup:

Nothing yet. But I'm highly optimistic he's out there! I've seen some pretty good looking rubs and other sign. There are some bigger bulls in there somewhere...

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #40 on: August 29, 2017, 06:18:09 PM »
Ive got a UTV and am in the Colockum often.. let me know if you want some extra eyes. When does the hunt start? I have an idea where a couple big boys are right now..

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #41 on: August 29, 2017, 07:47:54 PM »
Great thread. Congrats on all the tags. Best of luck and I will let you know what I see during the archery season. Hoping for a 350" bull myself but with a bow and having shot a big bull before anything over 300" that presents a good shot gets the air let out of it.
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2017, 09:42:05 AM »
Ive got a UTV and am in the Colockum often.. let me know if you want some extra eyes. When does the hunt start? I have an idea where a couple big boys are right now..

Thanks! The hunt starts for me on Sept. 30th.

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2017, 09:45:54 AM »
Great thread. Congrats on all the tags. Best of luck and I will let you know what I see during the archery season. Hoping for a 350" bull myself but with a bow and having shot a big bull before anything over 300" that presents a good shot gets the air let out of it.

Congrats on the tag! I'd say your odds are looking pretty good for finding a 300" from I've been seeing.

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #44 on: August 30, 2017, 10:16:20 AM »
Great thread. Congrats on all the tags. Best of luck and I will let you know what I see during the archery season. Hoping for a 350" bull myself but with a bow and having shot a big bull before anything over 300" that presents a good shot gets the air let out of it.

Congrats on the tag! I'd say your odds are looking pretty good for finding a 300" from I've been seeing.
That's what I think too.

After 300" it gets fuzzy up to 330-340 being able to field judge.  Anything that steps out and makes me say "WOW" I am definitely shooting.

I think what has impressed me the most this year is most everything I have seen has decent thirds and where I hunt that normally isn't the case. Not sure why they are bigger thirds this year than normal but I am happy that the year I have a tag in my pocket the thirds are looking good.

Good luck out there and I will be sure to PM you after my season.  My 15 year old daughter will actually be out during the muzzy season with a cow tag in her pocket.  Maybe we will see you with a tank in the back of your truck.  :tup:
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #45 on: August 30, 2017, 10:38:25 AM »
Great thread!

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #46 on: August 30, 2017, 12:31:43 PM »
This is going to be awesome!  :IBCOOL:
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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #47 on: August 30, 2017, 09:33:38 PM »
Wow!!!!

There is no way that anyone could convince me not to shoot either of the bulls you video'd.     To me, those are pure studs.

I salute you for your dedication to taking a monster.

This is such an awesome thread.

I hope you choose to continue sharing.

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #48 on: August 31, 2017, 10:55:20 AM »
Good luck to all the Colockum tag holders! I cant wait to get out there with my bow! This guy is on my hit list for sure!

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Re: 2017 Colockum Muzzy Bull Hunt
« Reply #49 on: August 31, 2017, 10:49:32 PM »
Great thread. Congrats on all the tags. Best of luck and I will let you know what I see during the archery season. Hoping for a 350" bull myself but with a bow and having shot a big bull before anything over 300" that presents a good shot gets the air let out of it.

Congrats on the tag! I'd say your odds are looking pretty good for finding a 300" from I've been seeing.
That's what I think too.

After 300" it gets fuzzy up to 330-340 being able to field judge.  Anything that steps out and makes me say "WOW" I am definitely shooting.

I think what has impressed me the most this year is most everything I have seen has decent thirds and where I hunt that normally isn't the case. Not sure why they are bigger thirds this year than normal but I am happy that the year I have a tag in my pocket the thirds are looking good.

Good luck out there and I will be sure to PM you after my season.  My 15 year old daughter will actually be out during the muzzy season with a cow tag in her pocket.  Maybe we will see you with a tank in the back of your truck.  :tup:

I sure hope so! Good luck to you and your daughter as well!

 

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