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    • David Petersen
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      David Petersen, Alex Bugnon, Doc Dave Sigurslid at Elkheart’s elk camp (with apologies to Ron LeClair, “Shrew Haven West”)9-19-10. No shots yet, but we’re havin’ fun!

    • Patrick
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      Great pic! Thanks for sharing.

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Good luck Amigos!

    • Chiloquin
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      Nice! I hope those shrews get to do their job!

    • svoss
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      That’s what it is all about – having fun with good friends. Say hello to Doctor Dave and enjoy this August like weather and finally the absence of the muzzle loaders!
      Shane

    • SteveMcD
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      May the gods of the forest grant you an encounter and steel fly true! Good Luck, Gents!!!

    • JL
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      It looks like it is warm there? Hope that the shrews all do well, good luck and enjoy.

    • Hiram
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      Killed mine Tuesday.:)

    • WICanner
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      OOOooo I’m jealous. Chasing game in the mountains. 3 more days of canning and we are done for the year. Looking to hitting the woods in earnest.

      Good Luck Fellas.

    • Hiram
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      Where’s the feathers?:) Should be “Coup Sticks Haven”!8)

    • Steve Branson
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      Best of luck gentlemen!! No matter what, I’m sure the hunt will be a success with great friends. How much time ya’ll got to hunt?

    • Vance Brewer
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      I’m tellin Ronnie…………

      :D:D

    • strait-aero
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      Keep us updated,Dave…I live the elk hunting stories you write,since I’ve never been and probably will never be in the tall timber stalking wapiti. Like hearing from the Misters Sigurslid and Bugnon also….An occasional pic helps too. Best of luck to all three of you “Shrewhaveners”:D

    • maineac
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      Good luck to all, and a safe hunt.

    • David Petersen
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      Thanks for the encouragement and good wishes, friends. ๐Ÿ˜€ But alas, it’s over as of yesterday and the elk won hands down. Bravo for the elk! Although I haven’t heard from T Downing (my third regular hunting buddy, not shown in photo as he shoots Black Widows :P) and have reason to believe he and his father got into them yesterday morning. But otherwise I don’t know a single trad bowhunter who connected around here this year, and only one training-wheeler. Strange year with an on/off abundance of bugling and visible elk, then days of silence. As the forest recovers from a major wildfire 8 years ago, they stick loyally to the almost impenetrable aspen sapling jungles in daylight hours, making stalking nearly impossible (compounded by dry loud woods), and how do you call a bull to an invisible “cow” when he already has a bunch with him? But these are merely conditions, not excuses. Truth is the elk won, fair and square. Alex had a shot op at a broadside 5×5 very close but didn’t take it for fear the bull would see him and jump the string like a whitetail. I think it could be done with a very slow draw (prey key on fast movement) but admire him for having the character to err on the ethical side. He had only 5 days to hunt. Doc Dave had about the same, scattered through the month and could have killed a 5×5 bull his first morning out if he’d had a bull tag. As a confirmed meat hunter and a family who have convinced themselves that cows taste better … well there you go. ๐Ÿ˜• I had a great monthlong hunt, missing only two days and never drew on an animal though I had a couple of iffy chances. But my gosh did I have fun, cover some ground and get in top shape for an old fart. Today I am deeply sad and isoriented, suffering “elk season withdrawals.” It has nothing to do with having “failed,” as I did not fail myself or the elk: no mistakes, no regrets. It has to do with — it’s over, damn. No more early wake-ups, climbing a steep mountain by moonlight fast as I can to reach two screaming bulls on top. No more sitting for long quiet hours in a wild place watching and listening to nature play out another day. No more bedding down for hours close enough to a bedded bull to hear him belch. No more evening “tells” of the days events with fellow hunters over gin-tonics, no more … until next year. I can’t wait! If it were as easy as going out and killing an elk every year, what would be the point? That’s why we’re traditional. Long live the elk! An immeasurable blessing in my life. Now I can start dreaming of Arizon whitetails in December. ๐Ÿ˜€ dave

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Long live the Elk! Although I wish a certain 10yds broadside 5×5 were dead ๐Ÿ˜›
      It was a glorious 5 days hunting, continuously getting into Elk, admiring them and learning their way of life.
      Too many highlights to list’em all, but there are a few hunting events that I will remember forever:
      Of course the encounter with the 5×5, but also the stalk of the harem of cows with their bull ( notice I didn’t say bull and his cows ๐Ÿ˜€ ) from 1/2 mile to 15 yards with 7 cows in full view, needing 2 more minutes for one of them to wander into a shooting lane, before the thermals thought otherwise and sent them all in a stampede, except one, who stopped 20 yards in front of me for a split second, and gave me the opportunity to snap-shoot right over her back!!
      there was also the moment I was able to call a cow and calf to me, and heard their beautiful singing chirps…
      Long live the Elk!

    • SteveMcD
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      Dave.. I guess you cannot bow hunt in the Gun Season? Or don’t want too?

      Part of me wants to say, Sorry you guys didn’t connect. But, the other part of me, knows you guys gathered up some memories and experiences that are worth a lifetime! 8)

      We hunt for the hunt’s sake. Everything else is a special gift.

      Go Get your Deer! & Good Hunting!

    • strait-aero
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      Dave….I do know the empty feeling of a season coming to an end. I’m sure all the camp experiences are etched into all of your memories for years to come. I’m still looking forward to the making of this year’s memories. Our season has only begun, but the weather is hot and the woods have n’t taken on that fall feeling. Thanks for sharing with fellow hunters who live our lives vicariously through those of you who have chance to pursue the majestic Elk out there in Colorado.:D

      Wayne

    • rayborbon
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      You can’t win them all. I was expecting to see a photo of a 300 class bull with David sitting behind it wearing a big grin.

    • David Petersen
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      Steve — you can bowhunt in rifle season, but to be legal must wear orange. Trouble is, unless you enter a drawing for a second cow tag, available only in some units and mostly private land, you’re allowed only one bull and one cow tag and archery is combo, so I’m out of options. Otherwise of course I would! d

    • SteveMcD
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      Well.. Cherish the memories. And Good Luck on your next adventure! 8)

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