8 days and counting...... - Mike Bolin

I will heading to Colorado on Saturday, Aug. 31. Loading up the PLII and PLIII in the GMC and going on my first Elk hunt. Been shooting, making arrows, sharpening broadheads and sorting/packing camping gear. Getting pretty pumped!!! I have an either sex elk tag and a black bear tag and am ready to go. I even sprung for a pair of trekking poles to try and help out my old knees while (hopefully!!) packing out meat. Elk, bear or nothing, it will still be an adventure! Mike

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DennyK
August 23rd, 2013 05:08:57pm

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Good Luck Mike, hope ya have a great trip.

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Recurved
August 23rd, 2013 07:08:05pm

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Best of luck!!! Hope you are successful. Hope to see good pictures.

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Buckshotap
August 23rd, 2013 08:08:43pm

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I feel the excitement too! Grandson & I have been packing up the last 2 days after days of planning & organizing. We plan to be out there with em for 30 days if necessary. 30 days worth of food & equipment barely fits in my crew cab Silverado. Try to buy everything we need here as supplies cost a lot more out there. Nearest town is 50 mi. by gravel road from one of our camps. Freeze dried & MREs, yum, yum! Will leave on the 27th for a 19 hr. drive. Best of luck & shoot straight. I have only had one shot opportunity at a legal bull in 70 days of hunting public land,OTC license, the last 3 yrs..

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Mike Bolin
August 23rd, 2013 09:08:12pm

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I plan to share all of my experiences when I get back. As much as I would love bring home a nice bull, I really love elk meat and I will most likely shoot the first legal elk that I have a good shot at. That's assuming I get a shot at any at all! Mike

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Buckshotap
August 25th, 2013 06:08:42am

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Hey Mike, Will try to add a little to your excitement as you countdown the days. My friend who lives in CO was out scouting the past 2 days in one area we hunt. He says it's greener than ever & temps are good for Aug.. He heard 3 bulls bugling one morning & called to one. Got an immediate response so he quit calling. Not a good idea to mess with them too much. Try to get some sleep. I can't as we leave tomorrow.

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Mike Bolin
August 25th, 2013 11:08:50am

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Hap-that's the stuff a guy likes to hear! I may be moving my departure up a day to the 30th. My buddy Scott called a few minutes ago and said he may be off on Friday! Gettin' close..........Mike

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Mike Bolin
September 15th, 2013 02:09:50pm

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Made it back with no elk but some neat encounters! Overdid it on my first day and had a couple of sore, swollen knees the next morning. Puttered around camp that morning and hunted again that afternoon. First morning I had elk come in before I was set up and had a stare down with a cow for what seemed like forever. Only elk i saw after that were usually on the other mountain. If I saw elk to the east on Tuesday and moved over there, I would see elk to the west....right where I was the day before!! By last weekend I had found a couple of good looking spots with fresh sign, but then the rains set it. Trails turned into streams and footing was treacherous at best. Rains on Monday caused my hunting partner's tent poles to break and we patched them up with tent stakes and duct tape. Tuesday morning the rains let up a bit, but the forecast called for even worse weather than we had been getting so we packed it in and headed east. Drove in heavy rain until we were in Kansas. I will be going back, in better shape and with at least a vague idea of what I need to do. Most of the elk that we heard of being taken were shot over waterholes from treestands during the first three days of the season. A lightweight aluminum climber may be in order for the next trip!
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