Elk Camp 2014

“The difference between hunting and watching wildlife is the equivalent of being in a play versus watching the play in the audience. Hunting is participation in nature.” – Unknown

Paul, Taylor, Luke, Joshua, Steve (Jeff had already headed home)

Paul, Taylor, Luke, Joshua, Steve (Jeff had already headed home)

This year we had three old guys and three young guys hunting. Additionally, we had one guy who wasn’t hunting but wanted to “check it out”. He came out on Friday night and left on Sunday around noon. I brought my 12′ x 14′ wall tent, with wood stove, while Paul brought the camper. The whole week prior to the trip   Continue reading

Upper Sand Creek . . . for grouse

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I thought I might go back to the Music Pass/ Sand Creek lake area for grouse. Like, maybe . . . next year. Instead, I went back with Jeff this last weekend.

It was supposed to be a beautiful late-September weekend and, it didn’t disappoint. We headed out after work on Friday night and arrived a the lower parking/camping area around 9PM. It was quite nice, with warmer temps than   Continue reading

Colorado Elk Camp – 2013

This year’s elk camp was a little different than the usual group. Jeff hunted second season with relatives from Minnesota, and my brother-in-law and nephew came out from Mississippi.

Brother-in-law and nephew

Brother-in-law and nephew

The most interesting day for me was the second day. I headed into the woods from the pond at the southeast point of Minnie Mountain. I wasn’t in the woods long before I crossed some fresh tacks in the snow. I followed them for a while but proceeded to   Continue reading

October Pheasant Hunt

I had an opportunity to go pheasant hunting in October with two long-time co-workers/friends Ben and Curt.

Ben (left), Curt (right)

Ben (left), Curt (right)

Curt has a hunting dog, Molly, which is really cool. I’m not much of a dog person, but hunting dogs are amazing to me. Curt says that either a dog is a hunting dog or it isn’t. It’s born that way. The only thing you train a hunting dog to do is how to hunt with you. Maybe that’s an oversimplification, but I’ve heard other people tell me the same thing. The dog must have walked/ran three or four times the distance we walked.

We hunted a property northeast of Colorado Springs manage by a hunting club. It was a breezy but pleasant day and successful too. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Me and Molly and some pheasants for dinner

Me and Molly and some pheasants for dinner

Wyoming, September 2013 – Pronghorn Hunt

Since 1992 I try to head up to Wyoming to go antelope (pronghorn) hunting. Hunters are required to apply for licenses, so I don’t draw every year. Lately, I’ve been pretty successful in the draw, and the hunt. There is a saying we like to say about Wyoming that goes, “There’s only two things in Wyoming . .  wind and antelope”. For the last few years we were fortunate to avoid the wind part of that saying, however this year it was back with a vengeance. We camp in a 12×14 foot canvas wall tent with no floor. There were times I was surprised that the tent was still standing.

Windy Wyoming

Windy Wyoming

All three of my sons made it up to Wyoming this year and it made for an enjoyable trip. It is quite interesting to see how they act in the middle of nowhere Wyoming without TVs, sports, video games and even cell service. Free from those distractions, we have some interesting conversations and I’m quite pleased with how they’re growing into men.

The plains of Wyoming are the kind of place many people would love to skip. Admittedly, there’s not a lot out there, but somehow I find the place wonderful. I was saddened to see wind turbines erected just 5 or so miles south of my long-time hunting area. Sure. It’s got to be a good place for the things, given the windiness of the area, but it literally made my stomach hurt when I saw them for the first time. Progress . . . .

Wyoming Plains

Wyoming Plains

Overall, it was a very nice trip. Our group was 2 for 4.

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Elk Hunt 2008

This year we hunted elk down by Durango Colorado. Some beautiful country for sure. Luke and I both got an elk on the 7th day of the hunt. Yep. Luke and Paul were out of school for a week. This is a different kind of school . .  of the reality type.