October 2012, second season, day four of the hunt. I have hunted elk in Colorado for at least 18 years now, it is my passion. This is great country and I have had some really good luck hunting elk and mule deer in Colorado.
On last season’s hunt, I did not see a lot of sign the first three days of the hunt, so I moved up the mountain to 9,000 feet elevation around 8:30 in the morning. I saw a group of elk go by, but I had no shots.
While sitting and enjoying the mountains, I noticed this big bull trotting down through the aspen, coming toward me. I set up and watched this bull come out into the meadow and stop to look around — broadside. I settled in and took this 6X6. It was my best bull ever.
By then, it was 10:30 in the morning and the work began. I skinned and quartered it and called my friend Chad, after three trips down the mountain, I had my best elk ever — a heavy-horned 6x6. At 58 years old, it took me a couple days to heal myself, but I will be back if God allows!
Love your state!