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Four Colorado Bulls Down
On 8/28/21 I flew to Colorado to help Forest and Kelly with the first two weeks of their Outfitting business and do a little hunting myself. Camps are set up in two Colorado units. One unit is over the counter and the other a draw unit (1 to 2 points).
After the first two weeks Forest and Kelly have had 13 Elk hunters between drop camps and guided hunts. 4 Bulls have been killed and one wounded, not retrieved. Two of the bulls were killed in each unit.
Many of the hunters are Bowsite guys so they may add to this post.
Yesterday Forest guided a hunter in the OTC unit to his first ever archery bull that I green scored at 333 7/8” gross and 321” net. (Pic attached)
Here is Keith the happy hunter carrying out the rack and cape.
Two of the bulls were 5x5, one a 4x4 and the big guy a 6x6
Brooke helps with meals and logistics around camp and also has a bear tag.
Kelly and Forest bringing in supplies before season. So many tasks needed to get a camp ready.
Some of the roads require special vehicles. Here is a lady retrieving her drive train. Not good.
During the first week Clay from Mississippi got his first archery bull doing a guided hunt in the OTC unit. A nice 5x5. Had the pleasure of helping cut up his bull with his buddy Jason.
Get ya some boys. Leave a couple of them elk for next year.
Awesome stuff right there.
Wow, congrats to the hunters. Leaving on Friday for my wife's elk tag in the same unit. How has the temperature been? How about moisture? Thanks for posting the pictures Charlie
First three days of season rain then blue bird days since then. Hunting at 10,700’. Temps were 75 degrees during the day and around 30 degrees at night. Aspens are changing color right now. Weather changes would help the hunting.
Dang..yal racked up didnt you. Congratulations
Still two more weeks hunts to go. 6 more archers heading in Friday
Oh man, this is incredible. I am flying out there to hunt with Forest in 9 days for my first time Elk hunting. Excited is a huge understatement. Congrats to everyone so far!
Another pic of the big boy. 50 and 51” main beams with 41” inside spread. A true giant for an OTC Colorado unit.
Great hunt! Congrats and thanks for sharing the pics!
My group had a great hunt with Forrest
Outstanding job Forrest and Crew!!!!
Sounds like fun! Congratulations to all the successful hunters! Great bull for an OTC unit for sure!
Great report, congrats to the lucky hunters and to Forrest and his crew. We leave Friday.
Congrats to all the hunters! Thanks for sharing, Charlie.
Nice!! Congratulations to all!
Love the beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!
This hunt is on my radar for 2023 for sure.
Finding wallows is fun. OnX is my go to.
Well done! Thanks for sharing the photos too! Im just not sure how I would do at nearly 11k!
Awesome pics! Bummed I'm not chasing elk this year, but seeing others chasing big bulls helps ease the pain a little!
On the mountain with bad service. Will do a photo dump tomorrow when I come down....God is so good to me!
Purple Heart Recipient Crystal.
Purple Heart Recipient Crystal.
Many of you will remember Crystal from an elk we all did in 2018. She is an Iraq war vet, Purple Heart Recipient and darn good bow hunter. Forest and Kelly had her join us for the second hunt. God bless our Warriors….
I predict many years of sold out hunts for you Forest!
Aspens are changing colors right now.
This is Rider one of Forests Wranglers. He and Dave are amazing with the horses and mules.
Picture of head Wrangler, Dave catching a quick nap before bringing in hunters. Can you believe he can nap on a rock?
Bowsiters Aaron on the left and billyD on the right. These two guys had deer tags and brought a tremendous upbeat spirit to the camp. The Forest and Kelly hunt package is way more than the hunt. We all try to have a great hunting/social experience with like minded folks.
They are talking about bringing their sons for a future hunt and if they do I hope I can be there too. Thx guys.
PS: They each had the bow back on nice bucks but no shot.
Dang! I may have to volunteer to help Forest set up camp just to go up and see some of that country! Would definitely take a fly rod…
Looks like a fun bunch and cool hunt!
well looks like i'm batting cleanup the last week..
thanks for all the great pics.. not sure what all to expect other than having a good time and meeting some new people
looking forward to getting there
Treeline: The fishing in the OTC unit is fantastic. Cutthroats, brook trout, rainbows. Catch fish until you’re bored.
Wow that is a monster for an OTC tag!!
Great stuff Charlie & thanks again for your personal contributions to the many fond memories made. Just an awesome hunting experience all around - blessed to have crossed paths with you/Forest/Kelly/Colton/Crystal/Triston/Brooke as well as some fine members of our Bowsite community. Congrats to Keith on a harvesting a dandy, mature bull - Forest is indeed every bit the terrific guide/hunter as he is an individual. Physically, back in-the-office now, yet mentally very much still in the backcountry with you all. Take good care and best of luck to the upcoming hunters.
The friends made and general camp interaction is the intangible for any Mtn hunt. We sure have some amazing Bowsite guys.
Was wet the first 3 days in spike camp! Had Jeremy form Indiana first week and had a blast. What a great guy! Making new hunting friends is the best part of it all.
The girls laughing at Keith's pain. No one felt sorry for him.
Catching up to the pack train
Catching up to the pack train
Elk loin and taters in the drop camp
Looks like great times with some elk involved too !! Great job by all Looks like a solid operation with great hands and lots of critters
Looks like a great time. Congrats on the critters, so far!
Charlie….any truth to the rumor that Sitka is coming out with camo cowboy hat??
Looks like a great first week in camp. Congrats to the hunters!
Congratulations on a great first half of September!
Looks like a blast! Thanks Charlie for posting!
Headed over there in the morning. New group goes up tomorrow.
Fifth archery bull down by Bowsiter and P&Y Member, Jeff Pals.
This is a pic of hunters and guides having fun in the Colorado Mountains. Everyone is smiling.
WOW, your hunt sounds like a blast. Congratulations to the successful hunters!