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Title: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 14, 2017, 03:07:04 PM
Was going to do this thread after the hunt. Really figured I'd be done by now. I've actually had some good opportunities that just didn't work for one reason or another.

I'll post more later but didn't want to derail the muzzy hunt thread.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Duckslayer89 on September 14, 2017, 03:24:57 PM
Was going to do this thread after the hunt. Really figured I'd be done by now. I've actually had some good opportunities that just didn't work for one reason or another.

I'll post more later but didn't want to derail the muzzy hunt thread.

Good luck man following post some pics of the hunt so far
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: jstone on September 14, 2017, 03:37:49 PM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Woodchuck on September 14, 2017, 03:39:15 PM
Was going to do this thread after the hunt. Really figured I'd be done by now. I've actually had some good opportunities that just didn't work for one reason or another.

I'll post more later but didn't want to derail the muzzy hunt thread.

Good luck man following post some pics of the hunt so far
He can do that after dark. I am about to ban him so he can concentrate.  :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Duckslayer89 on September 14, 2017, 03:39:46 PM
Was going to do this thread after the hunt. Really figured I'd be done by now. I've actually had some good opportunities that just didn't work for one reason or another.

I'll post more later but didn't want to derail the muzzy hunt thread.

Good luck man following post some pics of the hunt so far
He can do that after dark. I am about to ban him so he can concentrate.  :tup:

 :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Jpmiller on September 14, 2017, 07:40:33 PM
Was going to do this thread after the hunt. Really figured I'd be done by now. I've actually had some good opportunities that just didn't work for one reason or another.

I'll post more later but didn't want to derail the muzzy hunt thread.

Good luck man following post some pics of the hunt so far
He can do that after dark. I am about to ban him so he can concentrate.  :tup:

It's for his own good! Can't wait to hear more.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 14, 2017, 08:46:55 PM
Ok back to camp/cabin. This hunt has been awesome so far to keep this easy I will try to break it up. Tons has happened in the last days. But it really starts before that. I've been putting in for this tag since I got my cabin in 2000. Some of you may remember that cabin burned down a few years ago and I have since bought another one.

Anyways we hunt the colockum every year and always have a blast. We know the area around the cabin well and are very familiar with the areas the elk hang. For 27 years I have only put the colockum down on my permit app. It was this hunt or nothing as far as I was concerned.

This past year was a ctazy one with my father passing and my sister quitting the family business. That put a lot on my plate. I seriously thought about just doing ghost points with 17 points figuring this was the one year I didn't have time for this hunt.

I did put in and on draw day I checked results as they were being posted and my daughter was the only one that showed a draw for a muzzy cow tag in the colockum. I was shocked that 17 points didn't get me drawn but was happy at the same time as I really didn't have time for the tag.

When I got to work I heard rumors of the results coming out in phases. I checked again and whammo, I had drawn. What an amazing feeling. Lots of phone calls and texts. All my hunting partners were excited to be able to help.

The plan was to hunt with my friends and family where we always hunt and to go for a 300" bull. Not the biggest in the unit not even the biggest in the area I hunt, just a solid 300" bull. I watched a ton of videos on field judging and feel super confident that I know what 300" looks like.

More in a bit gonna eat some tacos to fuel up for tomorrow's big hike.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: cmiller85 on September 14, 2017, 11:13:49 PM
Good luck Ranier! I hope you stick a pig! Sounds like your hunt has been a success so far! Keep us posted!  :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: bowhunterforever on September 15, 2017, 01:59:16 AM
Good luck Ranier! I hope you stick a pig! Sounds like your hunt has been a success so far! Keep us posted!  :tup:
:yeah:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on September 15, 2017, 04:51:52 AM
More in a bit gonna eat some tacos to fuel up for tomorrow's big hike.


Your just lucky I'm not a mod, or you would be banned.  :ban:

Your sense of time is surely not on par with most of ours. :lol4:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Wanttohuntmore on September 15, 2017, 05:04:22 AM
Following,  sounds like a blast!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: PlateauNDN on September 15, 2017, 06:39:54 AM
"More in just a minute"???????????? Sounds like you're taking pointers from me on story telling. :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: shootem on September 15, 2017, 11:43:34 AM
Tag.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 15, 2017, 12:55:58 PM
"More in a bit" everyone knows a bit is 16 hours.  :chuckle:

I wasn't going to do this thread at all until this hunt was over. Kind of surprised I'm still hunting. I really that this would be easier.

I am having a blast and will post when I can.

Today's big hike went out the window when a 7x6 out my front window caught my eye but that story will have to wait.  I still have Day one details to go over first. Gonna eat lunch and try to post some more after that. I also have some work to try to get done.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Woodchuck on September 15, 2017, 12:58:18 PM
Forget work, I'll call your boss and get it covered.  :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 15, 2017, 01:20:02 PM
Forget work, I'll call your boss and get it covered.  :tup:
:chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 18, 2017, 01:04:16 PM
Things have been crazy trying to get this done.  I promise to post about it after the season. Back at work today to do payroll and a couple of other things then back at it tonight.

Not sure if I will have any bull pics to post when it is all over but I will have an awesome story of hunts shared with family and good friends.

What a ride this has been, highs and lows of here comes my opportunity to there goes my opportunity and right back up with another opportunity. I think that is the toughest part of a hunt like this.

To top it all off I closed on a new house this week, I can't even move in until I am done hunting.

I promise to post when the season is over.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Bob33 on September 18, 2017, 01:29:04 PM
Things have been crazy trying to get this done.  I promise to post about it after the season. Back at work today to do payroll and a couple of other things then back at it tonight.

Not sure if I will have any bull pics to post when it is all over but I will have an awesome story of hunts shared with family and good friends.

What a ride this has been, highs and lows of here comes my opportunity to there goes my opportunity and right back up with another opportunity. I think that is the toughest part of a hunt like this.

To top it all off I closed on a new house this week, I can't even move in until I am done hunting.

I promise to post when the season is over.
The permit allows for a quality hunt, not necessarily a quality animal, and it sounds like it's delivered on that. :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: cmiller85 on September 18, 2017, 01:34:12 PM
Things have been crazy trying to get this done.  I promise to post about it after the season. Back at work today to do payroll and a couple of other things then back at it tonight.

Not sure if I will have any bull pics to post when it is all over but I will have an awesome story of hunts shared with family and good friends.

What a ride this has been, highs and lows of here comes my opportunity to there goes my opportunity and right back up with another opportunity. I think that is the toughest part of a hunt like this.

To top it all off I closed on a new house this week, I can't even move in until I am done hunting.

I promise to post when the season is over.

That's a lot going on! My advice would be just to relax and have fun and don't pressure yourself to "Get" one. You've got plenty of time, just enjoy the ride. I know how frustrating elk hunting can be without also feeling the pressures of notching a special tag.

It is kind of like being late to an event. IF you stress and worry about it you'll likely hit every red light on the way there AND will be impeded by an army of grandma-drivers who insist on getting in your way at every turn...   Don't give a crap and you'll get there 10 minutes early. It's like magic, I swear.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 18, 2017, 01:55:57 PM
Quick snippit of my story, day four or five I told my wife and friends I am enjoying this hunt so much I really don't mind if I don't fill the tag.  The experience has been worth it.  It's absolutely unbelievable.

I hope each and everyone of you gets to either have a tag like this or tag along with someone that does.  My buddy says he is having the time of his life just hiking and calling for me.

We do 14-16 miles one day and then take it easy and only go 8-10 the next day so the body can recover and right back to 14 the following day.

Heading out to get after it soon.

Never give up.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: boneaddict on September 18, 2017, 02:03:02 PM
You have the best attitude about it.   Many who draw tags lose site of this and stress way too much about it.  I blame social media, aka huntwa.  :chuckle:  for this.
I am glad you are having a great time
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Falcon on September 18, 2017, 02:56:03 PM
Love it.   Keep us posted :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: C-Money on September 18, 2017, 05:02:00 PM
Tagging along! Good luck!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: dfresh96 on September 18, 2017, 06:00:46 PM
Good luck up there...
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Watimberghost on September 18, 2017, 06:12:34 PM
Love your attitude! Enjoying the whole experience is what it's all about!! May God bless you with a bruiser  :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: deerhunter_98520 on September 18, 2017, 06:25:47 PM
 :yeah: great thread so far keep it up  :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: kellama2001 on September 19, 2017, 06:44:25 AM
Tagging along, can't wait to hear how this turns out! Sounds like an awesome hunt already  :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: ctwiggs1 on September 19, 2017, 08:11:31 AM
You sir, have already done that tag justice.  Great attitude! :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Gringo31 on September 19, 2017, 09:01:38 AM
Build the memories!  Soak it all in, the good and the bad....


LIFE!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: idaho guy on September 19, 2017, 10:23:48 AM
good luck very cool thread thanks for bringing us along on the hunt!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 20, 2017, 10:38:22 AM
1 1/2 days to go. Taking lunch now. Last night was one of the most amazing evenings in the woods. Went south when a cow hunter got i between us and the elk but it was still awesome. Lots of details of all the days of the hunt when I'm done.

I think today is the day.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: bobcat on September 20, 2017, 10:47:52 AM
Good luck, I hope you have another good day, whether you kill a bull or not!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: jstone on September 20, 2017, 11:01:08 AM
Good luck can't wait to read your write up
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: PlateauNDN on September 20, 2017, 11:30:37 AM
The memories are made now cap it off with a bull and quit visiting here until you do. :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 20, 2017, 02:00:40 PM
Hi. :hello: My name is Rainier10 and I'm addicted to Huntwa.  :chuckle:

Still getting after it just had to take a break from hiking and catch my breath.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: OutHouse on September 21, 2017, 03:48:07 PM
Hi. :hello: My name is Rainier10 and I'm addicted to Huntwa.  :chuckle:

Still getting after it just had to take a break from hiking and catch my breath.

Hope you fill that tag. It's obvious you're giving it everything you got so either way the hunt is a success but good luck this evening. It often happens during the last minute of the last day.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Jpmiller on September 21, 2017, 04:33:23 PM
I'm half expecting to see a "I actually arrowed this spike in the first twenty minutes" post lol. Sounds like an awesome hunt can't wait to hear all the details.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 22, 2017, 07:57:14 AM
Hi. :hello: My name is Rainier10 and I'm addicted to Huntwa.  :chuckle:

Still getting after it just had to take a break from hiking and catch my breath.

Hope you fill that tag. It's obvious you're giving it everything you got so either way the hunt is a success but good luck this evening. It often happens during the last minute of the last day.
You absolutely nailed it.

Late night last night, didn't get out until hours after dark.  At work now trying to get caught up, this hunt took way more than I thought it would.

I will work this weekend to get the entire story posted beginning to end.  What a ride of highs and lows.

Sorry to keep you guys waiting but I have to get some work done first.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Gringo31 on September 22, 2017, 08:40:50 AM
 :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Jpmiller on September 22, 2017, 09:30:38 AM
So is that to say you notched your tag?
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Southpole on September 22, 2017, 10:16:15 AM
tagging
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: luvmystang67 on September 22, 2017, 10:30:55 AM
Tagggggg
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: jstone on September 22, 2017, 10:35:21 AM
Tag tag tag teaser
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Timberstalker on September 22, 2017, 11:21:22 AM
Awesome, Rainier10.

 :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: PlateauNDN on September 22, 2017, 01:01:19 PM
Not even a teaser pic?!?!?!?!? :bash: :bash: :bash: :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: GUscottie on September 22, 2017, 01:02:54 PM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Woodchuck on September 22, 2017, 01:31:12 PM
I know, I know  :hello:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: HUNTINCOUPLE on September 22, 2017, 01:32:12 PM
Work should be done now. Post away!!!!! :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: wsucowboy on September 22, 2017, 01:34:22 PM
Tagging


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Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Woodchuck on September 22, 2017, 01:50:54 PM
Don't tell him I did this but here is a bull that he may have taken a look at.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: takethetime on September 22, 2017, 02:59:55 PM
Fun read hope there is a still picture coming soon!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 22, 2017, 08:48:46 PM
So I have covered about when I realized I had been drawn with 17 points and my plan for the hunt to hunt where I always hunt with my friends.  I wasn't worried about the biggest it was more about the hunt and the memories we would be creating.

I really thought it would only take a few days and there was good chance it would happen opening day.  That is definitely the best day to fill a tag.  There is nothing better than opening day.

I got to my cabin Friday afternoon and headed up to see what the elk activity was doing.  Just as I was arriving to my spot I noticed elk off to the side of the road.  A few cows and a bull, the bull was singing away and I thought everything is falling right into place.

Opening morning we head out and get to the spot but no elk in sight, it seemed odd but we hiked on.  About 7 am we hear our first bugle and it is close.  I try to get setup as a group of 30 cows starts filtering by at 100 yards and just beyond them is a nice 6x6 bull.  They are on the move pushed by someone and there is no stopping them.  Off I go to get ahead of them.  Some how they give me the slip and I run into another hunting that asks if I have seen a wounded cow.  I say no and that I was following a herd and had a bull tag.  Of course he shows me video of a bull that has spent the morning just roaming around and practically licking his face.  :bash:

He points me in the direction of the bull and off we go. We get setup and do a  bit of calling and immediately a group of four cows comes running with a spike by two.  The small bull walks right up to 25.5 yards and stands broadside.  Of course I pass and my buddy gives me all kinds of grief.  He says I am one of the only guys on the mountain that can shoot a 2x1 in a true spike area.  He goes on to say how good it would taste and how fun it would be to drive around a true spike area showing off a 2x1.  Guaranteed visit from the game warden.

We move on and about an hour or so later hear a bugle in the distance.  Off I go with my buddy calling behind me.  I see two cows coming and they pass by me on the left as I see a great 6x6 coming in screaming his lungs out.  I range him at 68 yards and can see that he is going to cross in front of me at 40 yards.  When he gets to the 40 yard mark he just disappears behind some brush I assume on the same path as the cows.  I wait and he never appears.  No idea where he went.  No biggie, it's opening day we will find another one and just like that we hear another bugle off in the distance.

We start moving towards it and it won't budge.  No worries I will just take it to him.  It's 1:30 maybe he is just bed down and bugling from his bed.  My buddy keeps cow calling and bugling as the bull keeps responding I move in.  I come up on a bedded elk but it is a true spike.  No way was this the elk that was bugling.  Right then I hear the elk bugle again to my right.  I back away from the spike and move closer to the bugle.  I come around a tree and right there at 45 yards is an awesome 7x7 destroying a tree and bugling.  Problem is there is a bush covering most of his vitals.  As I am trying to figure out how to get a shot he notices me.  Bit of a standoff and then he goes back to manicuring this poor tree.  My buddy hasn't bugled for 10 minutes and this bull is now focussed on the tree.  I thought about dropping to a knee to see if I could slip one under the brush.  I decided to just wait for my buddy to bugle and get this elk on the move to a clear shot.  I waited for what seemed like an eternity and finally decided to just try to make a move to a clearer shot.  That was all it took, the bull spooked and was in the Blues I think before I could blink.

Moving on we decide to sit on a wallow for the afternoon, why not, it's 83 degrees or something like that.  I have the patience of a two year old so 20 minutes into that I am ready to move on.  As I stand up my buddy grabs me and says look at that.  A solid 6x6 is headed straight to the wallow.  He drops into the 5 foot deep hole and disappears.  I make my move down the hill through the brush and pop up over the top of the hole and no elk.  What the heck?!  Did these elk go to magic class or what?  I see tracks out of the wallow and ask my buddy what happened.  He says he has no idea.  My guess is he thought he would get a quick game of candy crush in while I was stalking in. He has a worse attention span than I do.

We decide to follow the tracks and catch up to him quickly but even though we spike his interest with cow calls he won't commit.  He finally blows out and we hear another bugle ahead of us.  As we get closer my buddy says they are right on the other side of the hill.  Maybe I should just take a peak and see where they are.  Wrong move.  They were coming right over the top and I blew them right out of there.  Rookie move.

Day one is in the books and I am feeling great about the opportunities I had and just know that this won't take more than a day or two.  My buddy is so stoked about what a great first day we had.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: fishngamereaper on September 22, 2017, 08:58:46 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: bracer40 on September 22, 2017, 09:35:48 PM
Can't wait for the next episode!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: jackelope on September 22, 2017, 10:33:34 PM
You missed a lot of punctuation in that story.  I mean a lot.


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Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Mossyoak on September 22, 2017, 11:13:20 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: PlateauNDN on September 23, 2017, 12:10:23 PM
The suspense... :bash: :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: carpsniperg2 on September 23, 2017, 12:39:53 PM
Did he eat to many tacos again?  :chuckle: keep it coming man :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: fishngamereaper on September 23, 2017, 01:33:38 PM
The suspense... :bash: :chuckle:

Your one to talk.

 :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: PlateauNDN on September 23, 2017, 02:11:44 PM
The suspense... :bash: :chuckle:

Your one to talk.

 :chuckle:

 :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:

What could you possibly mean???
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: teanawayslayer on September 23, 2017, 02:45:23 PM
 
You missed a lot of punctuation in that story.  I mean a lot.


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Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Jpmiller on September 23, 2017, 03:55:54 PM
While we are in the process of making the forum a more friendly welcoming place I propose some kind of rule about punctual updated from guys who draw premium tags.  ;)
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: jackelope on September 23, 2017, 08:28:19 PM
I wont put you guys through this kind of suspense. I promise. This guy Rainier10 is obviously slacking off.


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Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: fishngamereaper on September 23, 2017, 08:50:52 PM
The suspense... :bash: :chuckle:

Your one to talk.

 :chuckle:

 :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:

What could you possibly mean???

 :rolleyes:

Was it 8 or 9 pages.....
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: PlateauNDN on September 23, 2017, 10:28:31 PM
The suspense... :bash: :chuckle:

Your one to talk.

 :chuckle:

 :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:

What could you possibly mean???

 :rolleyes:

Was it 8 or 9 pages.....

I almost forgot, you did mean "you're" right? As in "you're one to talk"?

And by 8 or 9 pages, whatever do you mean? Who would put others through such cruel, pain and animosity of telling a story 1 post a day at a time. :dunno: 

Not I says Plat. :bdid: :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 05:33:10 PM
Sorry for the delay, had to spend some time with the family.

So day two and three, Sunday and Monday, were super slow. Covered tons of ground and heard very little and actually didn't see an elk.

On my hike out at the two mile mark before I got to the truck I ran into a hunter on an unlicensed quad.  He said he was a disabled hunter.  He had a crossbow.  I knew he was in the area.  Day one he was close to the area we parked.  After talking to him he said that he hadn't seen any elk so he was moving his blind again.  I asked him if he thought his quad driving was affecting the elk in the area.  He said no and that the elk were there each time he moved deeper into the woods.  He would drive in at dark and the elk were in his headlights but at sun up they weren't around.  He would then spend midday driving around checking his game cameras and they all showed elk.  He would then drive back in for the evening hunt.  I then asked him about the fact that the area was closed to motor vehicles.  He said it was open to everyone, that is why they cut the barbed wire fence, to allow access.  :bash:

Frustrating for sure but once I could see that he was pushing deeper and deeper I decided I needed to move to another area.  I did take down his information and sent it in to verify that he was legal to be accessing the area with an unlicensed quad.

Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Stein on September 24, 2017, 05:40:29 PM
He's right, study after study shows elk love people and are absolutely addicted to motor vehicles.   :chuckle:

Take some pics and text them to WDFW.  If he's legit, no harm.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 05:56:31 PM
Tuesday was the day to move to a new area but my buddy woke me up before my alarm went off.  He said that he thought someone was on my property bugling and doing a terrible job.  He saw a headlamp going across my place and then it went off when he went outside to check on it.  We both waited for the sun to come up and couldn't find the trespasser but we did find the bugler, it was a 6x6 bull with 20 cows.

The scramble was on.  I am super familiar with the elk around my place and the paths that they like to take.  I hightailed it to an ambush point and patiently waited.  From 300 yards out I saw the elk come over the horizon on a be line for me.  The cows in front, the bull lagging way behind.  After the cows passed I prepared for my shot.  What I didn't realize was that all the bugling had brought in some other cows from behind me that I hadn't seen.  My motion drew their attention and the bull noticed them and started their way.  I had to adjust my shot and in my haste I ranged him again and misread my rangefinder or had it on brush, I'm not exactly sure what happened but I know that I was steady for the shot but the arrow sailed high over his back.

He ran off with the second group of cows.  Knowing that there was now 10 cows with him but 20 that he had lost I figured later in the day he would be looking for those cows.

I had some errands to run in town so I headed in to take care of those and be back for the afternoon hunt.

On my way back from town I found the elk just 115 yards off of the road to my cabin.  I parked the truck and waited for the bull to step behind some bushes.  I got out of the truck and slowly began to close the distance in my blues jeans and teal blue t shirt.  What a site that must have been for the cows.  They slowly meandered off but the bull never came out of the tall brush.  I waited for only about 10 minutes and I heard him stand in the trees as his antlers rattled on the branches.  He popped his head out of the brush and he was only 23 yards away.  Absolute chip shot, as he stepped out of the trees he dropped into a hole and all that I could see was his head and antlers, no view of his vitals.  At that point he realized that his cows were gone and I was up to no good.  He bolted away. I called my buddy at the cabin and told him the bull was headed that way and for him to watch.

When I got to the cabin he told me that he had seen the bull and the cows. He showed me the cows in the spotting scope and the brush that he had seen the bull go into.

I changed my shirt into a camo one but stayed in my Levi's.  40 minutes later I was at the brush and as I approached again the cows just moved away but the bull didn't move.  When I got to 26 yards from the clump of trees I could see the bull bedded through a small opening in the brush.  Over the next two hours I stood and watched as he put his head down to sleep and raise back up every couple of minutes.  At one point I thought I was going to get a shot but he just repositioned himself and laid back down.  At this point his hind end was exposed in the opening and it appeared that a well placed shot just over the hind quarter to find it's mark just behind the ribs and into the boiler room.  I wasn't 100% sure that it would work and so I decided to wait for the bull to stand and give me a better shot.  Unfortunately the wind started to swirl and the bull jumped to his feet and ran out the other side of the brush.

It was an amazing day with three different opportunities at the same bull.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 06:14:19 PM
The next day was a long hike day.  With such a long hunt I decided to go long one day 14 miles and short the next 7-9 miles in an effort to save my body and feet.  It all kind of runs together but I believe this was the day that I ran into another tag holder.  After talking to them and letting them know I was shooting any bull over 300" they pointed us in the direction that we were already heading but said that they had just seen two 340" bulls that way and had passed on them.

We didn't get into either bull but on the next ridge over from where we were we spotted a group of 60 cows and one giant bull.  At this point we were whooped and just wanted a good meal and stiff drink. My buddy said "there is no way you can walk away from that elk, you have to try."  I agreed but the odds seemed impossible.  It was quite a hike and once I arrived there were so many eyes.  I just didn't see how he would respond to a bugle, I figured he would just take his ladies and go and cow calls wouldn't work, he had plenty of cows as it was.

After making the trek to get into position I noticed there was a guy with horses just above the elk.  I hiked up and asked if he had someone hunting the elk below.  He was oblivious to the elk just below him and said that he had a friend just over the other side of the ridge cow hunting.  I told him I had the bull tag and was going to make a move on the elk below him.  He said good luck and if it didn't work there was  nice 6x6 and a 6x7 working the ridge top that he had his buddy on for the night. He said I should try that the next day.  I said thanks and moved on to the elk below.

I had seen that there was a skidder road going out to the elk and as I approached I could see that the elk were on the move.  The cows were out front going away from me and the bull was lagging behind.  I could only get to 100 yards but as they went over the ridge and around the corner I figured I would be able to catch them on the other side.

I came over the top and found the cows but the bull was now below them and bugling away.  We had moved closer to my buddy and he could see all that was happening and was headed our way.  I could hear cow calling coming from down the road and all of a sudden all of the cows started heading that way.  I was amazed it was working.  All of a sudden the bull appeared at 120 yards and was following the cows.  I started to head that way to cut them off as they headed towards my buddy.  Unfortunately he had lost track of where the elk were and was cow calling as he was walking up the road.  He bumped into them before I could get into position and they busted down over the hill.

Another close call that actually almost worked on an amazing bull.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 06:24:49 PM
The next day was supposed to be a short day and wouldn't you know it the elk were on my property again.  15 cows and one big bull bed down just 60 yards off of the road.  I head down to get into position and of course the elk start to move away before I can get close.  Once again knowing the area well I move to an ambush spot cow calling the entire way.  I come around the corner and see the cows moving away at 120 yards.  I only see two cows so I figure if I hurry I can catch the bull in the corner at the end of the line.  Just as I start to double time it over there I bump right into the bull at 60 yards.  He was leaving the cows and coming right to my cow call.  :bash:  Rookie move, don't rush it.

I was able to get around and in front of them one more time but something seemed wrong as they moved away from me.  I texted my buddy who was still in the cabin and he said you better come up here and take a look.  I headed back to the cabin and took a good look at the bull now bedded in the sage below m place.

He was huge, gigantic body.  His left side was enormous, 7 points total.  His right however was really weak, only 4 points.  My buddy says you can do whatever you want but you said you wanted a 300" bull and although that will gross 300" it won't net it.  I agreed so we just let him lay there and we headed out after other elk.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 06:36:10 PM
Friday was the day that we were getting more guests to come and hunt so we did a pretty light morning not knowing what everyone would want to do for the night hunt.  Nobody was interested in a night hunt so me and my buddy just headed up to a lookout point to come up with a plan for the morning.  On the way there 5 bulls crossed the road in front of us.  We quickly bailed into the woods but couldn't catch them.  We got back in the truck and got above them and did some calling but couldn't get them in.

We proceeded up to the lookout and found two different groups setting up camp at the landing.  We talked to both camps about our plans for the morning and they both agreed to let us pass through on our way to our destination.

The next day was super quiet but  about 3pm my buddies heard a bugle and actually saw a nice 6x6, a  4x4 and a true spike.  They passed on the true spike and waited for us to arrive to where they were.  As soon as we arrived the bull bugled and we set up.  My buddy was 70 yards behind and to my right calling.  I wasn't exactly sure where my other buddies were but they had to be close.  Immediately I saw the bull coming my way and I began to look for shooting lanes based on his approach.  That is when I saw my other buddies, they were in some brush not 30 yards from me between me and my caller.  Unfortunately I felt that took away my option to wait for the bull to pass and draw at that point.  There was a bush that I thought I could draw at and shoot him at 16 yards.

He stopped at about 40 and started raking a tree but didn't give me a shot.  As my buddy kept calling the bull continued his approach.  When he got to the bush I drew and he caught my motion and spooked.  He busted out and the jig was up but what an encounter.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 06:38:09 PM
Sunday was a slow day for me but everyone else in our group had bulls within 40 yards of them.  They all got great video on their phones to torment me with.  I had to head home Sunday night to get back to work to get some work done but I would return on Tuesday.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 06:47:13 PM
This is the one that spooked as I drew.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 06:49:03 PM
While I was at work on Monday this guy was waltzing around without a care in the world.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 06:51:37 PM
When I got back Monday night there were elk going bananas. The next morning this guy was in my sites but I just couldn't get him to commit.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 07:00:50 PM
After that things cooled off but right at 3pm things started getting crazy again.  Multiple bulls sounding off and cows everywhere.  As we closed the gap and were swinging into position we ran into another hunter that was on the same elk.  Not wanting to mess him up and figuring he was just going to shoot a cow we swung wide and got below the elk figuring they would go down hill.  It was unbelievable there had to be 10 bulls bugling and probably 20 bulls total.  Many weren't bugling they were just running around trying to pick a stray cow.  There must have been over 100 cows.  We called in one really nice 6x6 to 32 yards but he came straight in and stood for 10 minutes only giving me a frontal shot.  When he turned to go I could stop him.  No worries tons of elk still going nuts.  All of a sudden it sounded like a stampede, I assumed the hunter above had shot or just spooked the elk.  At that point we had 7 different bulls come by but never got a shot.  We dropped down and did some more calling.  We got three different bulls to come in after that but no shots.  As we headed out we got on to one more bull.  We could get him to respond but after all the chaos he just wouldn't come any closer than 90 yards.  We decided to back out and come back in the morning.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 07:12:18 PM
High hopes for Wednesday but what we didn't realize was that we believe the other hunter had actually shot an elk and we think that he spent that night and maybe Wednesday morning packing meat out.  That pushed all of the elk down.  By the time we realized that it was midday so we moved down and waited for the elk to sound off again.  About 5pm they started to sound off.  It was just like the night before and there were so many bulls sounding off it was crazy.  I decided to just get right in the middle of it all and see what happened.  I had a really nice 5x5 at 60 yards but decided to hold off hoping for something bigger.  It sounded like there were some giants in the mix.  There were two bulls just screaming and it sounded like they were close, then there was what sounded like a car crash.  I moved closer quickly and through the trees and brush watched the most amazing battle I have ever seen.  Each bull would bugle and then they would run at each other and lock antlers.  It looked kind of like two rams colliding.  I kept getting closer but just couldn't get a shot.  There were elk bugling and going nuts all the way up until dark.  Of course the bulls walked right in the open past my buddies.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 07:32:30 PM
Thursday was do or die, right away an elk bugled and walked right in front of me at 138 yards.  Couldn't get him to come in but we could hear more elk in the distance.  I worked my way in to them all day and heard another epic battle but wasn't able to see it.  I called one 6x6 in to 30 yards but he busted as soon as he saw me.  I followed a herd of over 100 elk out of one canyon and over the top of another ridge.  I think they got bumped by another hunting and high tailed it out of the area.

We decided it was getting late and so we decided to hunt our way out.  On our way out it started to rain and hail, no fun.  Off in the distance about a mile out of our way we heard a bugle.  Last day, last two hours....yep, gotta go for it.  We took the detour and it paid off, we found three different bulls all with cows.  I worked my way towards where I had seen them last and towards the bugles.  I was moving with purpose as I was running out of time.  I actually passed by the elk and when they bugled again they were to my right and behind me.  I caught a cow headed uphill to where I had just come down the ridge.  I quickly scanned around and saw a great elk facing right at me about 130 yards away.  His antlers were sticking out from either side of the tree, it looked like he might not be able to see me so I just started walking right at him.  I got to 80 yards and he finally caught my motion.  He turned to go away from me but I knew he would follow the cows.  I headed uphill towards the cows and came over the top with a  cow moving to my right at 60 yards.  Another cow followed, then a decent 6x6 stopped right at 60 yards but I could see the big boy coming right behind.  I got greedy and decided to pass the 6x6.  Next was a rag horn and then the big guy.  I couldn't believe it I had hunted for 12 days hard and now with only 90 minutes left in my season I was about to tag out.  I drew as the bull stepped into my opening.  I cow called and he stopped broadside.  This was really going to happen, 60 yards on the money, chip shot.  Just as I center my pin, level my sight and hit the trigger on my release the whole world slows down and goes all "Matrix" and Keauno Reeves on me.  The cows turn and come running right back at the bull, he spooks and starts to turn.  My arrow is now going straight for his neck.  He keeps spinning and it is going to miss just to his left but now one of the cows is going to step right into the arrow.  As I am trying to process everything that is happening my cell phone that is blue toothed to my hearing aids starts ringing.  Luckily the arrow passes by the cow clean miss and all the elk head south.  I follow the elk for the next 90 minutes but they don't stop until I think they got to blues and home of Bigfoot.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 07:33:38 PM
Here is a photo of the one from the last day.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 07:46:24 PM
Big thanks to all of the huntwa members that offered to help me on this hunt and sent photos and intel on elk from all over the unit.  I hope you all understand that this hunt wasn't about getting the biggest elk in the unit, it was about the experience and doing it where I hunt every year.

I got the most amazing experience.  Everyday and after every experience that didn't work out when I was down about not closing the deal my buddy would say " yeah but that was awesome and we don't have to pack anything out of that hole."  He was right, every time was amazing.

Here's the other thing.  I am not a huge church guy but I do truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Even my first short lived terrible marriage had a purpose.

During this hunt there were so many close calls where one small thing or another happened that threw filling a tag out the window I realize that for whatever reason I was just not supposed to fill this tag.

It was from the very beginning about the experience and in the end that is all it ended up being about.  It wasn't about inches of antlers on the wall, it was time spent in the woods with my best friends and family.

To all those that help and shared the experience either in the field, via text, via PM or via this this thread, I hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did.

To my wife and daughters, thank you for letting me spend so much time away.  I promise to not miss another volleyball game for the rest of the season.

To my youngest, dad is in great shape for your deer hunt next weekend.  And too my oldest we are going to give those cows heck come muzzy season the week after that.

Maybe the whole point was "how much wild game does one guy need?"  If my kids fill their tags it will be so much sweeter than if I would have filled mine and if they just have the same great experience that I had that will be just as sweet as well.

Sorry the story took so long to get out, I hope you enjoyed it half as much as I did.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: High Climber on September 24, 2017, 08:06:00 PM
Sounds like a great hunt! That's the action I long for every September!   :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: jstone on September 24, 2017, 08:07:17 PM
Great reading.. hunts like that are great adventures. I hunt close to the same area and the quads, motorcycle guys try to cut the corners all the time. I find them to. Way to put it all out there!!! :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: PlateauNDN on September 24, 2017, 08:15:52 PM
 :tup: thats hunting. You went all out and didn't settle for par. My hats off to that. :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: jackelope on September 24, 2017, 08:16:45 PM
Teal shirt?


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Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: jackelope on September 24, 2017, 08:19:00 PM
Seriously. You worked your butt off and never gave up. Your girls should be proud of you for that. Im sure they are. Im happy you got the experience although I was really praying you would kill a bull. We were pulling for you all the while knowing youd make the most of it however it played out. Congrats on an awesome hunt.


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Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 08:28:08 PM
Teal shirt?


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The field photos would have been epic. Not sure it would have erased the memory or @coachcw but they would have been epic.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 24, 2017, 08:34:26 PM
Thanks guys.  No regrets, definitely a couple of what ifs.  I will say that I had plenty of opportunity.  I think it is better to have had all the opportunity and walk away with a tag in my pocket than to have not even had an opportunity.

If I second guess my decisions I will just drive myself crazy after waiting and dreaming of this tag for so long.

To keep myself sane I am just going to be happy have had the opportunity and will relish all of the experiences that I got to share with my buddies.  Good news is they are still building points, hopefully one of them will draw soon.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: cmiller85 on September 24, 2017, 08:51:36 PM
Congrats Rainier! That was a great hunt. Really enjoyed reading that. Lots of excitement. Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Jpmiller on September 24, 2017, 08:53:50 PM
What a hunt! You got alot out of it even without a bull.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Brushbuster on September 24, 2017, 08:59:29 PM
Great Hunt. You gave it an excellent effort! Thank you for taking the time to share your story!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: bowhunterforever on September 25, 2017, 02:07:31 AM
Great Hunt. You gave it an excellent effort! Thank you for taking the time to share your story!
:yeah: :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Gringo31 on September 25, 2017, 11:03:25 AM
Most people (even on this forum) have never heard and seen the majestic fall events that you did and were willing to share.


Awesome and Thx!   :tup:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: elkrack on September 25, 2017, 11:07:27 AM
Great write up sounds like an epic hunt!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: 2MANY on September 25, 2017, 11:09:15 AM
Super cool.
I had a similar experience with my East Wenaha tag a few years ago.

Shoot and you go home.
Screw that...............It's about time in the woods and being out there.

Horns are nice but memories are forever.
Way to go.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: de0827 on September 25, 2017, 12:31:25 PM
Congrats on a great hunt - so many great experiences!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: cedarriver on September 25, 2017, 01:47:44 PM
 Great read Rainier, you have your priorities in order in every way! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 25, 2017, 02:09:39 PM
Thanks guys.  I was just messaging cmiller85 about his upcoming muzzy hunt and pressure on the elk and what they do.

One of the issues I had to deal with was pressure from other hunters.  This unit is still open to otc cow harvest so that puts a lot of guys in the area.  One of the spots that the elk like to retreat to when under pressure is quite a hike to get to.  Like I said in my story we would do the long hike one day and then give that area and our bodies a rest the next day.  There were three camps that I know of for sure and 8 guys that actually set up camp in that area to shorten the hike.  Great idea in theory and I am sure that they did fairly well.  The problem is the elk don't ever get a break, even at night they have pressure from the guys in camp so they end up pushing even further back into deeper holes.

This pressure really messed with the elk and that made it tougher to find them each day.  Just one of the drawbacks of public land hunting.  Luckily for me I also had my own private land to hunt and generally there were elk on it when the public land hunting was slow.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: blackveltbowhunter on September 27, 2017, 03:09:45 AM
Great read!  Congratz on an epic season!
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Vandal44 on September 27, 2017, 06:52:19 AM
Thanks for posting your hunt,  I felt like I was ready a Tom Clancy novel.  I kept on reading and wanting more.

Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on September 27, 2017, 07:28:48 AM
Great read!  Congratz on an epic season!
Thanks but this was just the beginning of my epic season.  This weekend is muzzy deer for my youngest, the next weekend is a muzzy cow tag for my oldest, then late archery deer at Swakane (hope to see you there) followed up by late archery elk at my cabin where I hope to take out some frustration on a tasty cow and final hunt of the year will be a cougar hunt with Bearpaw in Idaho.

Hopefully there will be many more stories to come.
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: HUNTINCOUPLE on September 27, 2017, 09:40:52 AM
Most people (even on this forum) have never heard and seen the majestic fall events that you did and were willing to share.


Awesome and Thx!   :tup:


 :yeah:   Reminds me back in '05 four of us drew that tag. Other three guys could only hunt for so long. I had the whole hunt time off work. I'd shot at 8 different bulls and all clean misses. Bull feaver??????? Anyhow I connected on the 12th evening on a great bull. It was just me and the old man in camp. He said out of  all the years rifle elk hunting I have never heard elk bugle and talk. Where we camped at ended up being complete rut fest all around camp those last couple days. Somthing every elk Hunter should get to experience!!!!!!! :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: Rainier10 on October 02, 2017, 11:31:44 AM
So now that I am a couple of weeks removed from the hunt I can say that I am bummed I didn't fill the tag.  Actually a little surprised that so many little things just didn't fall into place.

I will say the more removed from the hunt the more I realize that I really have no regrets.  I gave this hunt as much effort as I could.  When I was tired but there was bull over the next ridge I pushed myself to get there.  When I was down because of a missed opportunity my friends motivated to move forward looking for the next opportunity.  When I had bulls in my sights that were less than where I had set my personal goal at I passed.

I think had I given up, had I settled for a lesser bull than my goal I would have regrets.  I am thankful that I can say I have no regrets.

Now second guessing moves that I made.....that is a tougher pill to swallow but I really do think that I made the right choices but because those choices didn't work I will always wonder what if I would have (blank) instead of (blank)?

Bulls were still bugling and going nuts this past weekend and I am really looking forward to hunting with my daughter next weekend for her muzzy cow tag.

Stay tuned.....
Title: Re: 2017 Colockum Archery Elk Hunt
Post by: cmiller85 on October 03, 2017, 11:22:04 AM
Well I can definitely attest to playing the what if I had (blank), what if I hadn't (blank) Game.

I think if you "settle" and shoot anything other than what you have predetermined your goal to be that you will have regrets unless it is on the last day (or around the end of the hunt). Otherwise there will always be what might have been. The problem is that, in my experience, opportunities don't usually come on the last day.  :chuckle:

Looking forward to hearing about your daughter's cow hunt!