Stealthycat elk hunt 2017 - start to finish

Discussion in 'Blogs' started by stealthycat, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. stealthycat

    stealthycat Elite Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    big group of cows / calves in the 12,000' range

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  2. stealthycat

    stealthycat Elite Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    tent at around 11500

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  3. whetstone

    whetstone Well-Known Member

    I have to admit, I'm a little jealous. We're going to Este park and then Leadville with some friends next week, but there won't be any hunting or camping.

    How's the weather been? I've been watching it, and it looks like it swings from 30's to 70's every day.

    Is there any particular reason for pitching camp in that meadow instead of under the trees? Fire or falling limbs, or just looked better?

    Have you done any fishing in those small streams?
     
  4. arkrem870

    arkrem870 Well-Known Member

    I haven't been in the high country for a couple months. Ready to get back out there!
     
  5. stealthycat

    stealthycat Elite Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    that particular spot looked the best for if it poured rain :) it dropped off to the left into a stream bottom

    we hiked the back end/trail of Turquoise lake at Leadville - nice hike, gorgeous lake up there

    it can get warm in the day, even at 12,000 feet ... hiking in shorts and tshirt

    BRING BUG SPRAY - the flies/mosquitoes were awful !

    It rained heavy on us at Wolf Creek, in Leadville, at Dillon ...... Mt Evans too, but the Red Feather lakes area west of Ft Collins no rain on us
     
  6. stealthycat

    stealthycat Elite Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    ideally .... I need to hike into this area I've hunted before, and there be no outfitters there, and no camps at all

    if this happens .......... I think I stand a good chance at killing a bull close to camp

    if there are hunters in there, my hunting gets way harder. if there are outfitters, it gets extremely hard and I will have to move away from there, farther back into the wilderness area and I don't want that if I can avoid it


    This week I'd hiked, did bleachers, played hard RB ..... cardio is good, back and shoulders needs more conditioning to heavy pack though. Feet in good shape, knee has flared up a bit but manageable

    7 weeks out
     
  7. stealthycat

    stealthycat Elite Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    this is my son in the burn area .... it burned almost everything :( this was heavy, dark old growth timber 3 years ago DSCN8721.JPG