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My high buck hunt
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:44:19 PM »
I drew a Early high buck hunt in Colorado this year.  I knew I had to be in shape and get ready for this hunt but living at about 50 Feet above sea level is no match for the Colorado High Country. I will admit that I got my butt kicked big time. This was a solo hunt that I hiked into. Camped at 11,500 feet and had to go up to 12,000 -12,700 to hunt. Hiking up the mountain one or two times a day was tough. It was about 65-70 degree and then every day at 4pm the lightning and thunderstorms rolled in and shook the whole mountain. It was pretty cool. But made you realize how small you are and scares the crap out of you when you are above timberline. My body hurt and I had to eat ibprohin like candy because my head hurt from the altitude. Other then that the hunt was great and being up there is awesome. Seen some great country and even though I was looking for a bigger buck that fill the magazines but never found him. I am very happy with the one I got and dropped him off at a Taxidermist in Utah that is going to do a great Velvet mount for me.

The hike in


camp


view from camp


some bucks







My #1 buck I messed a stock up on and he was a smart guy that knew every escape route there was. he's the king of the basin.



My buck



I fought back and forth about small light gun or my big heavy gun That I know I can shoot lights out with and I went with my Rbros 7mm SAUM. It was tough lugging this thing around the mountain but Never would have been able to make the shot with my other option. This gun made the kill shot possible.


some random critters. A lost sheep and a marmot thing


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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2017, 07:53:36 PM »
 :tup: :tup:

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 07:54:04 PM »
Awesome, Craig!

I'm right behind you and will be taking my diamox!

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2017, 07:56:16 PM »
Great photos! 12k will change you if you haven't been around those higher elevations. The horses even get winded easier. No shame in what you got, remember very few people will ever have the guts to even try this country, let alone solo. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2017, 08:44:32 PM »
Awesome! :tup:
Cool hunt. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2017, 08:52:57 PM »
Looks like you had a hunt most of us only dream of...maybe one day. :)

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2017, 08:58:55 PM »
Great story. Thanks for sharing. Nice buck.

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2017, 09:02:56 PM »
Nice buck! Beautiful country

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2017, 09:05:32 PM »
Looks like a fun one!   :tup: :tup:
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2017, 09:12:11 PM »
Thanks for sharing. Sounds like it was a great experience. Nothing wrong with that buck! :tup:
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2017, 09:16:47 PM »
Good looking deer! Gorgeous country too.
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2017, 09:19:11 PM »
Awesome. Beautiful country
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2017, 09:20:12 PM »
Gorgeous country and great buck!  Thanks for sharing, Craig.
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2017, 09:27:41 PM »
Awesome :tup:
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2017, 09:28:21 PM »
Wow very cool! Nice Buck!  :tup:
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2017, 09:56:22 PM »
Congrats on a well deserved and earned buck  :tup:

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2017, 10:02:27 PM »
 Congrats!! Nice job and great pics

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2017, 10:03:13 PM »
Congrats! Beautiful country and nice buck! Love the full velvet.  :tup:
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2017, 10:04:20 PM »
Well done on the hunt and great looking deer!

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2017, 11:07:37 PM »
That's awesome! Crazy solo hunt.  :yike:
Congrats !

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2017, 11:28:08 PM »
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2017, 06:20:07 AM »
 :tup:  Love that country. Congrats. 

Look at it this way, after spending time at 12k you'll think the Cascades are just little foothills.

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2017, 06:47:47 AM »
Is the taxi able to save the velvet or is he reapplying the synthetic? Either way beautiful buck with a beautiful coat. Great looking hunt. Congrats.

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2017, 07:29:23 AM »
He should be able to save the velvet. I brought it to him because he works with lots of velvet bucks and does great velvet buck mounts. Monarch Mountain Taxidermy in south Jordan Utah is doing the work.

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2017, 08:22:58 AM »
Great write up and congrats on your early buck, he's a beauty :drool:
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2017, 08:23:48 AM »
You put the "high" in high buck hunt for sure.  The altitude down there is very tough to deal with for sure, congrats on getting it done on a velvet buck!

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2017, 09:10:37 AM »
Very cool, nice job!  Looks like an awesome place!

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2017, 10:48:39 AM »
Gorgeous country and great buck!

Thanks for sharing! Great pics!

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2017, 10:56:02 AM »
Getting to hunt the high Rockies is awesome - harvest is just a bonus.  :tup:
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2017, 09:17:17 PM »
 :tup: nice and great pics some of the early success is coming in now Nice!
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2017, 10:08:29 PM »
Those pictures are awesome. What a great experience. Thank you for sharing.
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2017, 08:20:19 AM »
Nice!! Thanks for posting your hunt. awesome stuff.

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2017, 06:47:18 PM »
What a great hunt. I hope you have no regrets over that buck.  Gorgeous velvet.
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2017, 09:00:36 PM »
Amazing!  Congratulations  :tup:

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2017, 12:19:53 PM »
How many points Craig??

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« Reply #35 on: September 12, 2017, 12:29:19 PM »
That hunt looked awesome!!
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« Reply #36 on: September 12, 2017, 01:13:42 PM »
That looks like a fantastic hunt to me.   Very cool!
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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #37 on: September 12, 2017, 02:40:50 PM »
Wow! Awesome hunt. And great buck. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #38 on: September 14, 2017, 06:29:56 PM »
Very cool! That's a good buck on a first DIY outta state hunt like that.

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Re: My high buck hunt
« Reply #39 on: September 15, 2017, 10:41:04 AM »
beautiful country and, I think, a wonderful buck!

 

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