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Rifle, CO Colorado

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September 26, 2012
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No luck all around, but memories make trip worthwhile

"What an amazing weekend hunting in elk country. T.J. and I, plus the puppies, headed to the high mountains of the Rockies to hopefully have a successful harvest. After a midnight shock of a huge mountain lion in the middle of the road, we just knew it was going to be an exciting adventure.

"We put up camp, which consisted of us sleeping in the mega cab as it was freezing outside, and Katie (our lab) took first watch. After T.J. and I finally got a little comfy, we could hear Katie snoring in the front seat. So much for our watch dog!

"After about three hours of sleep, we were off to where we thought the elk were going to be. Boy, were we wrong! How could we have missed them? No elk, we just shook our heads in confusion as to where did they go?

"We then glassed up on a mountain side, and then we could see what happened. Some hunters were right under us, so with all the pressure, the elk must have bailed. We soon headed back to camp to take a little nap before we trucked it to our next honey hole.

"After a good drive, we arrived at our next spot. The dogs were running around like they were in heaven. Katie and Stoli were on a chipmunk mission to try to see how many holes they could dig before they could catch a chipmunk (neither of them was successful). LOL.

"Our buddy, Kyle, joined us, and, after filling our packs full of munchies, we were ready for our hunt. We hiked and hiked and hiked, surrounding ourselves with Mother Nature's own aspens and quakies. The whole time we were hiking, I kept visualizing I was in Africa.

"As we looked for elk sign, we saw everything you could imagine, from mule deer to grouse to a porcupine and a squirrel but no elk would come into bow range.

"After the exhausting day of hunting hard, we finally headed back up to camp. Following the creek bottom, Kyle and T.J. decided to take a fishing break. Just to let you know, neither one of them were successful with a bow or by hook!

"We didn't have a successful harvest over the weekend, but we did have many memories of the outdoors. Maybe next time."

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