Colorado scouting trip

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  1. Scoutman

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    Leaving June 3rd for 8 days of hiking, finding water, setting up ground blinds and trees for September. Been going last 7 years and it makes a huge difference when you know the country you're hunting. A unit is huge and learning ground is paramount to success. Gonna set up some cameras, hope bears will leave them alone, sometimes they do, sometimes they will climb up a tree to eat one hung high. Can't wait to smell mountain air!
     
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    Have fun! The bears around here love my trail cameras! I finally got smart enough to not set any up without bear boxes. I honestly think the cameras draw them in so good that you could use them instead of bait for bears lol.
     
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    I think it's the IR attracts them.
     
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    Whatever it is, they sure love them!
     
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    I'm SOOOOOO jealous. I had to cancel my Montana trip this year. BOOOOOO.

    The mountains are special. My soul belongs there.
     
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    Leaving in am, be in mountains tomorrow, cant wait.
     
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    Take pics.
     
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    I am, dropped 1000ft in a canyon today and made a trail and set up 2 sites.
     
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    Got 5 setups made so far, shrubbed entrance trails, set waypoints for entry and exit routes, etc. Got 2 more days to scout till I fly home Sunday.
     
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    Outstanding! My son and I are fulfilling a life long dream this fall... Heading to the Sarvis Creek Wilderness this September. Have you ever hunted there before? Any tips?
     
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    Never hunted there, so no help there. Few things I've learned in 13 years of elk hunting:
    Good, broken in boots
    Be in best shape you can
    Chapstick
    Moleskin and duct tape
    Water filter bottle
    Extra batteries
    It only takes one elk to have a great hunt
    Enjoy it, successful or not, as most will never experience it.
     
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    Well back to the real world in Texas. I was happy with my fitness overall, we dropped into valleys everyday with 1000-1400ft drop. I know what to work on now for September hunt. I wore 2 new boots to try out while there, UA Bozeman, Irish Setter vaportec. Both met my expectations for my purposes. We saw a few elk and on Saturday, I had a lion 25 yards from me, must have been a young one as I think it hung around and watched me setup a juniper tree on a bench of a mountain where three trails interesected. They often will follow you around for a bit, curious. Set up 6 cameras, so time will tell. Great trip.
     

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