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Successful scouting trip this weekend
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From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Long story short.....before the long story......I found water. LOTS of water. Lots of rubs. Beds. Feed and shelter. Wallow. Walked up on a bull moose. And 2 nice 6x6 bull elk. And glassed a lone cow who was too far to get a pic.....so I tried sneaking down closer for a better pic....got busted....and she spent from 9 pm until 2 am barking at me in my camp up above from the meadow below. Dumb biatch! LOL Put in 9 miles with my camp on my back and clocked well over 2000' in elevation change. I am beat but very optimistic about this spot for September. Game cams are redeployed. One had 3 pics in 2 weeks in the old spot and the other had 250 some odd pics in the same time...it was in a saddle. I didn't have my computer and my camera takes xd not sd so I don't know what is on them yet. Will be back next Weekend to pull the cards and put in fresh ones.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17
I parked the truck at the gate and headed down to where I left a game cam to pull it. Within site of the truck I found super fresh elk tracks.....cow in this case.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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This went on for 100' or more.
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This went on for 100' or more.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Found water....although this is a ridge or 3 over from where I was going after I retrieved my game cam.
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Found water....although this is a ridge or 3 over from where I was going after I retrieved my game cam.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Then I crossed a fresh bull track.....nice size too. This was starting to look good.

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16-Jul-17

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The views back here don't suck either.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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This climb to the saddle suck balls. I am fairly concerned about packing an animal back out down this thing. High chance of a fall, angle turn, or worse.
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This climb to the saddle suck balls. I am fairly concerned about packing an animal back out down this thing. High chance of a fall, angle turn, or worse.
Time to embrace the suck. Took me 30 mins to ascend to the saddle above to drop into the drainage that was my initial target. My plan was to set up cams in that drainage then follow the creek down to a cut back over to the right that would get me into an area that OTCwill turned me on to....like 4 miles back one way....he had posted pics of a huge bull in that area but it is a BIATCH to get into.......lots of private blocking access other than through gnarly crap. His approach....well.....let's just say I may try it but I wanted to try this first as it looked longer but less awful by a long shot. Turns out I don't even need to go back that far to get into bulls I've only seen at RMNP. Not as big as the one Will found but good 'nuf for me. :)

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Down the other side of the saddle I ran into a nice big rub....with a nice patch of aspen and some open ponderosa next to it. I hope you enjoy pics of rubs because I am posting a bunch.....and only those I came across directly in my path. I imagine there are 2-3 times that many at least in this area. Heavy rutting area. Sweeeeet!

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Another innocent victim.
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Another innocent victim.
Finally the park I was aiming to access. It is huge and stretches on well over a mile long. Seeps everywhere. The lower end is just swamp with 3" of water from one side to the other hidden by 2' high grass. There are spots where it drops off and even the drop offs are full of grass and water. Never seen anything like this that wasn't choked in willow. The upper end here in this pic is full of amazing feed and not full of standing water although it is soft with water just below the surface.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Here you can see not only how lush it is but paths where animals had previously walked through this area.

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16-Jul-17
Elk vertebra. Well.....the pic didn't stick.

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16-Jul-17

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Nothing but these vertebra was left.

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16-Jul-17

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This is a view of the lower end where it is a grass covered swamp with running water from side to side......no dry spots. crazy

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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An old wallow....there were several in this area with a seep coming out of a rock outcropping that fed it. It was not actively seeping so most were dry and this was just mossy muck.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Elk bed

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16-Jul-17

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water hole
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Rub near a small water pocket in the lower "swamp" section of the meadow. Not far below this the creek emerges as the meadow drops into a densely grown canyon.

From: Ucsdryder
16-Jul-17
Never get tired of seeing rubs!!!

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Another rub. I set up one cam here near where the creek formed.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Bears be here.....this log had recently been rolled then mauled to get at the ants.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Creekside rub. Not sure where he stood while he thrashed this tree. Had to be awkward.
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Creekside rub. Not sure where he stood while he thrashed this tree. Had to be awkward.
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Good water. Took a couple "baths" to wash off the salt and sweat. Nice and cold.
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Good water. Took a couple "baths" to wash off the salt and sweat. Nice and cold.
Really nice down here. I walked up on and busted out a bull moose. Not huge but decent. I did not know at the time...but as I eased down this creek focused on finding my way to the ridge cut that would let me access the area Will told me about I had two nice bulls following me who I would intercept later that afternoon around 2pm.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Rub fest

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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It is really cool down here. This is about a mile down from the meadow.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Bear scat. Didn't see a bear though. Had spray and if that didn't work I was packing the 10mm.

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16-Jul-17

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rough territory
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Here is my return leg, I took a detour off the creek which had a rather nasty section choked with deadfall I didn't want to climb up. I came up through this nice meadow headed for a saddle that would drop back into the creek. I was blasted at this point...tank near empty.....just wanted to get safely back to the creek and up to the park so I could find a camp and relax. Focus was on one foot in front of the other. Then I hear a snap crackle pop off to my right......keep trudging along.....then more noise. I finally awake from my embrace of the suck....look right.....6x dashing off followed by his identical brother. Nice bulls. Not sure how much growth is left but I'd say 250" or better. Like the young bulls you see at RMNP. Hell Yeah! Now that is better. But wtf are they doing up on a sunny slope at 2pm instead of down in the cool shaded creek bottom? Like me...probably by passing the nasty section of creek.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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I'm pretty wiped here......can't seek the sweat cascading off my nose, face, hat. I hate me. Embrace the suck you fat ass!

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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So after I busted the bulls and dropped back into the creek......I find a little something something they left behind. Fresh poo. It was a little crusty on top but gooey underneath. It was not here when I came down the creek earlier. Turns out I followed the tracks of those bulls I busted all the way back up to the meadow/park where I started. I am hoping they wandered past the game cam I left up there.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Small aspen glade heavily chewed.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Time to rest before the last climb out to the meadow and off to find camp. Actually I did several of these. By the point I turned around I was 4 miles on the day with a bunch of elevation change. I had 3/4 's mile of more steeply dropping creek bottom to cover before hitting the cut over to the big bull area. I said F it. I had started down at 11am and it was 2pm. I got back up to the bottom of the meadow by 3:30. Plenty of time to find and pitch camp, pump water, take a nap, glass the meadow for the evening, then cook my Shepards Pie by Backcountry Pantry (it sucked).

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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My new NEMO Spike 2p tent. Needed more stakes......that was annoying. But that is why we do test runs to work out the bugs. 1 lb 15 oz. Yes, I didn't want to kill the baby pine tree so we kept each other company.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Went to get water from down below where the creek started......and found a spring head. NICE. Well filtered with sand. Prolly could have drunk it safely straight but I ran it through my First Need water filter anyway. No need to mess with bad water bugs. Hell no.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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another rub.......yawn
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another rub.......yawn
Another section of meadow that is above the wet section. Looks like great feed. I can imagine it full of elk.........

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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So camp set up, water pumped.....damn it was sweet and cold......should guzzled several bottles at the spring.....it was time to find a vantage point for glassing that evening. Check!

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Looky here.....an elk. One lonely cow elk. Nothing else came out. She was so far away at first I couldn't get focus so I crept down off my spot and lower. She heard me in the dry pine needles and cones and started barking at me. This went on from 9 pm to 2 am. She did not want this mystery interloper spying on her in the meadow. Not surprising, no elk in the meadow this morning after all that....she must have barked a couple hundred times. I hope her throat is sore.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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My view from camp. Of course I won't camp here in September. I will camp further back up above on the way from the saddle. Found some good spots to try.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Hiking out this morning.....ran across another spring head with this small pool below it in another meadow off the main one. No lack of water, food, and shelter.

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17

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Looking back down the meadow......I like it.

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16-Jul-17

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and the view never gets old.

From: LBshooter
16-Jul-17
Very nice. Curious what 10 mm do you carry? Thinking about getting one.

From: elkman52
16-Jul-17
Thanks Jordan never get tired of looking at places where elk live. especially this time of the year.......counting the days

16-Jul-17
Won't be long! Glad you posted!

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17
Glock G20sf

From: Brotsky
16-Jul-17
Awesome trip Jordan! Thanks for sharing it! Best of luck in September!

From: Jaquomo
16-Jul-17
Looks like good elk country! Thanks for posting this up!

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-17
Disclaimer.......Will has never hunted this area. I only found it after deciding I needed to find another route into the spot he suggested. I still have no idea what lies there but I hope to find out soon.

From: SBH
16-Jul-17
Cool stuff man. Keep us posted when after you check those SD cards. Looks like fun.

From: Irishman
16-Jul-17
Cool photos, thanks for posting. Looks like it was a fun trip. Nice looking area for hunting. I like the rubs - you don't need to find bulls, just evidence of where they are come September.

From: otcWill
17-Jul-17
Good deal! As I said, your slump ends this September. Don't shoot a dink on day one :)

From: Amoebus
17-Jul-17
"Embrace the suck you fat ass!"

Good line - hehe.

From: jordanathome
17-Jul-17
I sure hope so Will........This is a pretty cool area but I've been in lots of areas as cool or cooler and encountered plenty of elk without gettin' 'er done. Good news....I didn't see any dinks to shoot so perhaps that will save me from that mistake. LOLOLOL

I plan to make it happen then call your cell to bail me out packing outta this damn hole. :)

From: JohnB
17-Jul-17
Thanks for the pics the season is getting closer and this flat lander loves the views good luck!

From: otcWill
18-Jul-17
I'd be glad to help but you better kill opening week or I'll be MIA ;)

19-Jul-17
great report! i'm a newbie - can some of you more experienced guys talk about playing the wind on a saddle? i would think it would be swirling all around, making it a real tough to set up an ambush.... am i wrong?

From: Paul@thefort
20-Jul-17
1. be above the saddle (down wind) after 9-10 am when the winds and warmer air currents start to rise. No doubt, depending the intensity and direction of the winds, there sure can be swirling winds.

2. Be below the saddle in the early am,(again (down wind) ie, first two hours or so, and then also the last hour of the day as the cooler air descends the mountain or your hide.

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