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Title: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on September 20, 2020, 11:27:43 AM
I will be out for the entire week, even with the few units that are open Iím still hoping to get in them although I have tempered my expectations to possibly having to shoot the first bull I see! My first quality tag and second year muzzy hunting.....Updates to come!!! 
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Mfowl on September 20, 2020, 11:49:24 AM
Good luck! Hope you get on them!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Dan-o on September 20, 2020, 12:42:27 PM
Good luck!     :tup:
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: emac on September 20, 2020, 01:36:52 PM
Sounds like the zones open for at least the first week are going to be very limited.  And the zones that are going to be don't seem to hold much elk. So I would shoot the first bull you see if you only got a week.

What will you be driving

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Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on September 20, 2020, 02:15:54 PM
Well I have more than a week if needed, I just happed to take the first week off (21st-28th) when I found out I drew the tag, from what I others have been told it looks like itís very limited units into mid Oct at least?
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Dan-o on September 20, 2020, 02:18:11 PM
Bring a good spare tire........  or two.
Seriously.

And have fun out there.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: mburrows on September 20, 2020, 02:19:03 PM
Was in there for archery with a friend. Hopefully they are opening more units. At least the smoke should be gone for you.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on September 20, 2020, 02:22:54 PM
Bring a good spare tire........  or two.
Seriously.

And have fun out there.

I have brand new 10plys on it and will have 2 spares with 10plys plus the stock spare. Thanks for the advice and will do!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on September 20, 2020, 02:23:53 PM
Was in there for archery with a friend. Hopefully they are opening more units. At least the smoke should be gone for you.

Any luck? Or at least see some and have a chance?
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Dan-o on September 20, 2020, 04:23:15 PM
Bring a good spare tire........  or two.
Seriously.

And have fun out there.

I have brand new 10plys on it and will have 2 spares with 10plys plus the stock spare. Thanks for the advice and will do!

Good deal.
I have popped a couple out there.   A lot of the roads are really good and no issue, but there are a couple places with really sharp rocks.

Enjoy your time out there.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: mburrows on September 20, 2020, 06:22:32 PM
Was in there for archery with a friend. Hopefully they are opening more units. At least the smoke should be gone for you.

Any luck? Or at least see some and have a chance?
Before the smoke rolled in and they shut things down yeah we saw elk and one bull even got a pass. Things got harder when everybody was forced into the same couple areas. It can happen though. Hunt hard and stay positive!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: teanawayslayer on September 20, 2020, 10:52:25 PM
Was in there for archery with a friend. Hopefully they are opening more units. At least the smoke should be gone for you.

Any luck? Or at least see some and have a chance?
Before the smoke rolled in and they shut things down yeah we saw elk and one bull even got a pass. Things got harder when everybody was forced into the same couple areas. It can happen though. Hunt hard and stay positive!
the archery hunters had all the prime units open for the better part of five days. There are a lot of bulls out there and some dandies. If you couldnít get one in those units in 5 days Iíd say there wasnít  proper scouting involved. All I heard and saw was archery hunters blowing out big bulls and forcing them into areas no one can hunt!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: mburrows on September 21, 2020, 07:52:08 AM
Was in there for archery with a friend. Hopefully they are opening more units. At least the smoke should be gone for you.

Any luck? Or at least see some and have a chance?
Before the smoke rolled in and they shut things down yeah we saw elk and one bull even got a pass. Things got harder when everybody was forced into the same couple areas. It can happen though. Hunt hard and stay positive!
the archery hunters had all the prime units open for the better part of five days. There are a lot of bulls out there and some dandies. If you couldnít get one in those units in 5 days Iíd say there wasnít  proper scouting involved. All I heard and saw was archery hunters blowing out big bulls and forcing them into areas no one can hunt!

 :chuckle: thanks for the feedback
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: teanawayslayer on September 22, 2020, 08:49:30 PM
Howís it going out there?
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: sagerat on September 22, 2020, 09:13:16 PM
Howís it going out there?

Iím curious also, probably lousy since most of its closed
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on September 22, 2020, 09:23:13 PM
Howís it going out there?

Lots of deer, plenty of nice bucks! Yet to see an elk, not much talk of elk although a lot of people are pretty tight lipped. Have met several great people that offered advice and exchanged numbers. Will keep at it!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: teanawayslayer on September 22, 2020, 09:31:34 PM
Got some insight on the training schedule. Nothing else is going to be opening for quite some time. Like during the whole muzzy hunt and rifle tags.There making up for lost time due to covid.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on September 23, 2020, 07:41:32 AM
Got some insight on the training schedule. Nothing else is going to be opening for quite some time. Like during the whole muzzy hunt and rifle tags.There making up for lost time due to covid.

Yes I was told the same thing. Disappointing to say the least especially when you throw the Master Hunters into the mix as well.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Hilltop123 on September 23, 2020, 08:20:35 AM
There are elk in 3 and 8, keep at it.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on September 23, 2020, 03:12:31 PM
There are elk in 3 and 8, keep at it.

Hopefully Iíll bump into some soon! Whatís your thoughts on 6?
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bigdub257 on September 23, 2020, 04:31:57 PM
I was drawn for a cow tag. Haven't been over yet to pick up my pass for the base.  Do they give you a map of the different training areas when you pickup your pass or can this info be found online? 
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: sagerat on September 23, 2020, 05:31:53 PM
I was drawn for a cow tag. Haven't been over yet to pick up my pass for the base.  Do they give you a map of the different training areas when you pickup your pass or can this info be found online?

Iíve always been given a big fold out map with my rec card. Keep in mind the gym is where you get the card and they are closed on weekends currently.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: emac on September 23, 2020, 05:38:09 PM
Yes you get a map of all the zones.  And than you call after 5 the night before to see what zones will be open the following day.  When you get there to check in you can only pick 3 zones at a time. 

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Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bigdub257 on September 23, 2020, 05:48:05 PM
Thanks for the info and appreciate letting me know the rec center is closed on weekends.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: teanawayslayer on September 24, 2020, 08:58:17 PM
Seeing any elk yet. We ran into a small herd today. 3 spikes, 4x4, 6x6. And several cows. They gave us the slip. Predators really screwed it up!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on September 25, 2020, 01:53:27 AM
Saw 6 bulls today, managed to get some lead into one!! Not the one I wanted but he presented a 150yrd broadside so I couldnít pass it up...
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: one shot kill on September 25, 2020, 04:33:52 AM
Heck ya! Way to go!!!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: teanawayslayer on September 25, 2020, 04:34:05 AM
Perfect!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Sutherland on September 25, 2020, 07:19:14 AM
That's great news!  :tup:
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bigdub257 on September 25, 2020, 08:20:38 AM
Right On!!!  Waiting for the pics!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: sjhgraysage on September 25, 2020, 11:34:00 AM
that is great news  :tup:
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: wheels on September 25, 2020, 02:08:32 PM
congrats
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Birdguy on September 26, 2020, 08:22:45 PM
How quickly things change!! Way to stick with it! Congrats  :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Hilltop123 on September 26, 2020, 08:33:24 PM
Congrats!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: thurman on September 28, 2020, 06:28:53 AM
I'm hoping to get in there and scout one more time before my rifle hunt starts.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Hilltop123 on September 29, 2020, 06:39:17 AM
Where did you go?
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bigdub257 on October 01, 2020, 07:08:59 PM
Wow.  This thread came to a screeching halt.  Any other Alkali tag holders out there with any updates?  I'll be over mid October for my cow hunt.  Heading to Idaho for the rifle season first.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on October 06, 2020, 07:11:02 AM
I have been busy helping friends/family with muzzy hunting and getting ready to head to Montana. I haven't heard much from the others that are out there, they opened up some more units but still seems a little slow. The last I knew there were only 2 bulls and a cow taken out, i'm sure someone that has been there recently can chime in......
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: wheels on October 06, 2020, 10:46:53 AM
was there saturday  saw one heard of cows with bull in tow
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: teanawayslayer on October 06, 2020, 06:02:19 PM
I hunted the past two weeks. It was nice they opened a few more areas up out there. I was looking for a respectable bull. No rag horns. The luck Iíve had on this trip is the worst Iíve ever had hunting. One morning I had a shot at a 320 6x6 at 156 yards. Which I consider a chip shot. There was a barbed wire fence running down the hill and I hit a strand of wire and missed. What are the odds of that? Later that night I got on a 350 class bull at 80 yards at last light And got a round in him. He went up to the ridge with a cow pushing him up the hill. He was not looking good. Went back the next day and looked all day for him with no luck. Saw all the bulls and cows he was with and he was no longer around. That kind of put a real sour taste in my mouth. Did probably 10 miles searching and those breaks in there are no joke. Then on Sunday I ran into a master hunter who saw a nice bull the night before down in a heavily tall sage brush draw. I set up the spotter and couldnít see anything. I dove off anyways. Got down in the and the sage was up there around 8í tall. Bumped a 300 class 6 point that stood broadside on the hill at 50 yards. I squeezed the trigger and click. My secondary safety had screwed itself down from driving those great roads in there. By the time I got it squared away Bull was 270 yards. Yep terrible luck for me this year. Kinda hard to swallow waiting 13 years for a bull tag. I had some great opportunities at good bulls. I might have a little time to get back out this weekend. Maybe I will cross paths with a raghorn and everything will go just right  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on October 06, 2020, 06:39:21 PM
I hunted the past two weeks. It was nice they opened a few more areas up out there. I was looking for a respectable bull. No rag horns. The luck Iíve had on this trip is the worst Iíve ever had hunting. One morning I had a shot at a 320 6x6 at 156 yards. Which I consider a chip shot. There was a barbed wire fence running down the hill and I hit a strand of wire and missed. What are the odds of that? Later that night I got on a 350 class bull at 80 yards at last light And got a round in him. He went up to the ridge with a cow pushing him up the hill. He was not looking good. Went back the next day and looked all day for him with no luck. Saw all the bulls and cows he was with and he was no longer around. That kind of put a real sour taste in my mouth. Did probably 10 miles searching and those breaks in there are no joke. Then on Sunday I ran into a master hunter who saw a nice bull the night before down in a heavily tall sage brush draw. I set up the spotter and couldnít see anything. I dove off anyways. Got down in the and the sage was up there around 8í tall. Bumped a 300 class 6 point that stood broadside on the hill at 50 yards. I squeezed the trigger and click. My secondary safety had screwed itself down from driving those great roads in there. By the time I got it squared away Bull was 270 yards. Yep terrible luck for me this year. Kinda hard to swallow waiting 13 years for a bull tag. I had some great opportunities at good bulls. I might have a little time to get back out this weekend. Maybe I will cross paths with a raghorn and everything will go just right  :chuckle:

I thought for sure I'd have seen you post up with a masher!! We'll see you post one this weekend for sure.....
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: teanawayslayer on October 06, 2020, 07:45:56 PM
I hunted the past two weeks. It was nice they opened a few more areas up out there. I was looking for a respectable bull. No rag horns. The luck Iíve had on this trip is the worst Iíve ever had hunting. One morning I had a shot at a 320 6x6 at 156 yards. Which I consider a chip shot. There was a barbed wire fence running down the hill and I hit a strand of wire and missed. What are the odds of that? Later that night I got on a 350 class bull at 80 yards at last light And got a round in him. He went up to the ridge with a cow pushing him up the hill. He was not looking good. Went back the next day and looked all day for him with no luck. Saw all the bulls and cows he was with and he was no longer around. That kind of put a real sour taste in my mouth. Did probably 10 miles searching and those breaks in there are no joke. Then on Sunday I ran into a master hunter who saw a nice bull the night before down in a heavily tall sage brush draw. I set up the spotter and couldnít see anything. I dove off anyways. Got down in the and the sage was up there around 8í tall. Bumped a 300 class 6 point that stood broadside on the hill at 50 yards. I squeezed the trigger and click. My secondary safety had screwed itself down from driving those great roads in there. By the time I got it squared away Bull was 270 yards. Yep terrible luck for me this year. Kinda hard to swallow waiting 13 years for a bull tag. I had some great opportunities at good bulls. I might have a little time to get back out this weekend. Maybe I will cross paths with a raghorn and everything will go just right  :chuckle:

I thought for sure I'd have seen you post up with a masher!! We'll see you post one this weekend for sure.....
thanks! Did your buddyís boy get his cow?
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: teanawayslayer on October 12, 2020, 01:40:22 AM
Last day bull with 20 minutes of shooting light left. What a roller coaster ride of a hunt. Itís not the biggest bull out there but with the way things played out with this hunt I could not be any happier!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Pinetar on October 12, 2020, 05:22:00 AM
Nice Bull, way to get er done Heath :tup: Congrats!!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 12, 2020, 06:19:19 AM
Nothing wrong with that bull in any part of the State. Good job  :tup:
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Post by: trophyhunt on October 12, 2020, 06:32:12 AM
love those last day bulls, great job! 
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Post by: mp.hunter on October 12, 2020, 06:47:15 AM
Congrats nice bull


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Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: bustedoldman on October 12, 2020, 07:32:50 AM
Last day bull with 20 minutes of shooting light left. What a roller coaster ride of a hunt. Itís not the biggest bull out there but with the way things played out with this hunt I could not be any happier!

Pretty happy when I got your text buddy! You put in plenty of time with all the ups and downs......Great job sticking with it.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Rainier10 on October 12, 2020, 08:00:25 AM
Congrats man.  These things don't always go the way you want but you have a ton of memories and a bull down.  I would call that a win any day of the week.
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: greenhead_killer on October 12, 2020, 08:23:47 AM
great bull! way to stick with it
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Post by: millerwheeler on October 12, 2020, 08:41:40 AM
Way to stick it out buddy great job youíll never forget that ride !
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: wheels on October 12, 2020, 10:43:28 AM
nice bull congrats 
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Berin Denson on October 12, 2020, 09:51:19 PM
Congrats on your bull! Way to persevere and seal the deal. I drew this tag this year and chose to surrender on 09/18 due to the very reasons mentioned in previous comments from this thread. I understand first hand how challenging the unit is so I tip my cap to you for the hard work and taking a nice bull!
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: zwickeyman on October 13, 2020, 04:48:42 AM
Congrats Teanawayslayer. Nice Bull
Title: Re: Alkali Muzzy Starting Tomorrow
Post by: Sutherland on October 13, 2020, 06:12:52 AM
Good write up and a great bull! Well done