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Colorado Elk hunt, Razza, Wood & Rehor
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Contributors to this thread:
Charlie Rehor 18-Sep-22
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Ambush 18-Sep-22
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Jim McNamara 18-Sep-22
Charlie Rehor 18-Sep-22
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JohnMC 18-Sep-22
In2dmtns 18-Sep-22
EmptyFreezer 18-Sep-22
Nick Muche 18-Sep-22
NEIAbowhunter 18-Sep-22
BOHNTR 18-Sep-22
Inshart 18-Sep-22
EmbryOklahoma 18-Sep-22
hdaman 18-Sep-22
t-roy 18-Sep-22
BC 18-Sep-22
Charlie Rehor 18-Sep-22
Treeline 18-Sep-22
Jordan 18-Sep-22
WV Mountaineer 18-Sep-22
Supernaut 18-Sep-22
PoudreCanyon 18-Sep-22
sticksender 18-Sep-22
GhostBird 18-Sep-22
drycreek 18-Sep-22
Medicinemann 18-Sep-22
Oryx35 18-Sep-22
Dennis Razza 19-Sep-22
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njbuck 19-Sep-22
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[email protected] 19-Sep-22
Hackbow 19-Sep-22
RK 19-Sep-22
Beav 19-Sep-22
SteveB 19-Sep-22
Mad Trapper 19-Sep-22
Charlie Rehor 19-Sep-22
Jeff Pals 19-Sep-22
jdbbowhunter 19-Sep-22
Southern draw 19-Sep-22
BOWNBIRDHNTR 19-Sep-22
Jasper 19-Sep-22
LWood 19-Sep-22
bowonly 19-Sep-22
Kurt 19-Sep-22
Rancher 19-Sep-22
TK 19-Sep-22
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LWood 19-Sep-22
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FORESTBOWS 20-Sep-22
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12yards 20-Sep-22
Thornton 20-Sep-22
APauls 20-Sep-22
badbull 20-Sep-22
DiRTY MiKE 20-Sep-22
Big Fin 20-Sep-22
Heat 20-Sep-22
LWood 20-Sep-22
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Hannah S 21-Sep-22
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Jordan 22-Sep-22
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Supernaut 22-Sep-22
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Ron Niziolek 22-Sep-22
Rgiesey 23-Sep-22
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18-Sep-22

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Colorado is beautiful on many levels.
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Colorado is beautiful on many levels.
We are proud Whitetail hunters attempting to be quasi Elk hunters and went on a Drop Camp with Flat Top Adventures (Forest Bows).

We managed to harm a few animals and stay out of trouble. We’ll chronicle the hunt with many pictures and videos. Hope you enjoy.

18-Sep-22

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Dennis is a world class Taxidermist
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Dennis is a world class Taxidermist
The trip began with me driving from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania to meet Dennis and then we would drive on together from there.

Many of you know Ned Greer (Loesshillsarcher) has just completed his 29 species super slam and we would be dropping off Ned’s Full mount big horn in Iowa.

From: Ambush
18-Sep-22
All in here..... go Charlie!!

18-Sep-22

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Rainbow
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Rainbow
Perhaps an omen of good things to come. Driving on I 80.

18-Sep-22

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Funding operation for Siper Slam goal.
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Funding operation for Siper Slam goal.
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Dr. Ned appreciated the door to door service.
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Dr. Ned appreciated the door to door service.
Dr. Greer is a Dentist so after 15 hours of driving me meet him at his office and drop off the Sheep mount.

From: drycreek
18-Sep-22
I’m in ! If Dennis keeps practicing he’s gonna make a good taxi one of these days….;-)

18-Sep-22

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Drive was long but uneventful. This was the average gas price crossing the country.

18-Sep-22

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The Ranch
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The Ranch
The next afternoon we arrive at Forest and Kelly’s ranch and immediately go on a hike to acclimate to the altitude. Legs are pretty good but lungs need oxygen.

18-Sep-22

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Coulter Lake Guest Ranch
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Coulter Lake Guest Ranch
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Dining room in main lodge.
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Dining room in main lodge.
That night we have dinner at Coulter Lake Guest Ranch. Forest and Kelly bought Coulter Lake Guest Ranch this past summer and hope to make it an even bigger back country experience.

18-Sep-22

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Da boys
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Da boys
Lenny arrives from Texas and we all start honing our gear for horse/mule ride into camp.

18-Sep-22

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Early next morning we watch the Wrangler load the horses and mules for the 6 mile ride to camp.

18-Sep-22
We arrive at camp around noon and spend a few hours getting things ready and shoot our bows. All good and it is great being on our own. It is September 1 and season opens the next am. So excited to be so close. I was here in 2020 and had some good spots marked on OnX. Later that afternoon we checked a few things out. Sleepy time and then we begin. We each head out in separate directions. I had shared my OnX waypoints with them and decided this would be best to see what’s up. Remember some wise elk hunters say “elk are where you find them”. How true and what sage advice. Ha!

18-Sep-22

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Wallow
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Wallow
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Tank above wallow
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Tank above wallow
Opening day I head to a known wallow and it is getting a lot of use. A few hundred yards above the wallow there is a tank that was bone dry in 2020. As I approach the talk I hear elk run off from the tank. There is water this year and it turns out 5 bulls where there when I approached. Two would make P&Y and all 5 were legal.

18-Sep-22

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Ground blind with prevailing wind heading (right) downhill.
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Ground blind with prevailing wind heading (right) downhill.
When we met up mid day both Lenny and Dennis had heard some bulls and seen a couple. That afternoon Dennis and I went to the tank and made a ground blind uphill which would offer a 25 yard shot. That pm hunt we saw nothing which surprised us.

18-Sep-22

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A nice 5x6. Congrats Lenny.
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A nice 5x6. Congrats Lenny.
It was extremely hot the entire week and elk activity was limited to first hour and last hour. In the evening the first place elk went was to water so we concentrated on the water tank and wallow for pm hunts. Lenny was sitting the tank evening two and connected on his first archery bull. Zeroed him out at 26 yards and he was down in 50 yards. His first archery bull. Yeehaw.

18-Sep-22

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After Lenny shot his elk this black bear came in and took a bath. Such a cool video

18-Sep-22
Lenny sent me an InReach message which I got late so he began breaking down his bull himself. I finally got his message and Inreached him back to come back to camp and we would pack out in the am. He returned at 11:30 pm beat up but happy. The next am we sent an InReach message to Forest to have the Wrangler and mules here after noon for transport out to the processor.

The joys of a back country drop camp. No other hunters spotted yet and still a 1.5 mile pack to get Lenny’s bull to camp. This is fun.

18-Sep-22

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Archery bull down
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Archery bull down
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Making sure the evidence of sex is attached to the hind quarter.
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Making sure the evidence of sex is attached to the hind quarter.
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Randy Newberg, Gerber knife. The serated blade at the end was great for taking the skull off, working the cape and breaking the knuckles down.
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Randy Newberg, Gerber knife. The serated blade at the end was great for taking the skull off, working the cape and breaking the knuckles down.
Here we are next am at Lenny’s bull. He made a great shot and the bull was already 3/4 broken down from last night.

18-Sep-22

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Used “Pack Out” bags to load the meat. Meat is in front and back to balance. Worked great.
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Used “Pack Out” bags to load the meat. Meat is in front and back to balance. Worked great.
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Two of the younger mules
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Two of the younger mules
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Break needed
Charlie Rehor's embedded Photo
Break needed
The 1.5 mile pack out (mostly uphill of course)

18-Sep-22

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Loading up
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Loading up
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The White mule, always in the lead
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The White mule, always in the lead
We arrive back at camp at 11:30 and Tom arrive 15 minutes later to pack out the meat and rack. Logistics were awesome.

18-Sep-22
Plenty of time for a pm hunt so Dennis heads to the tank and I go to the wallow. Dennis comes down to get me right before dark and we hear a bull scream and he’s close. We hoof it up the hill and out of breath we wait. Here’s what happened.

18-Sep-22

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23, elk and eventually one cow spooks and they all head out. The bull was standing in the woods at 50 yards to our left and would not come out. Close but no cigar.

18-Sep-22
As you can tell we are into them pretty good. The next pm hunt Dennis gets his shot and makes a great shot on 5x6 bull. After the shot some different elk come to water and this small bull goes crazy in the tank. Funny video.

18-Sep-22

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Pardon the so so video quality but we took these with our iPhones.

When Dennis went to look for his bull it was not right where he thought it was so he backed out and we agreed to come back in the am. When we returned in the am Dennis found his bull at 250 yards away and guess what? A bear had just got to it. The next video shows Dennis’ bull center bottom and the bear standing above in the center.

18-Sep-22

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18-Sep-22

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Dennis first archery bull. Me thinks there will be more in the future.
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Dennis first archery bull. Me thinks there will be more in the future.
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Both Lenny and Dennis have their first archery bulls down.
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Both Lenny and Dennis have their first archery bulls down.
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Shot placement
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Shot placement
Ok, we sent an InReach message to Forest to bring the Wrangler in to get the meat and cape then took pictures and got the cutting him up for packing.

18-Sep-22

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Da boys at camp
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Da boys at camp
Couldn’t be more of a successful hunt. In 6 days we’ve seen two groups of two hunters Hardly any pressure at all. I’ve been on a few elk hunts but getting back on horses and mules is the trick. We’ve got two more days left I still have my elk tag and we all have bear tags.

From: Rocky D
18-Sep-22
Great stuff, congrats and keep it coming!!!

18-Sep-22
The next pm we return to the tank and wallow. Guess what? No elk but Lenny and Dennis see 6 bears and I see 3. We each saw a very big Chocolate color bear. I guess the two elk Carcuses within 500 yards of us may have attracted the bears. I decide to head back in the am to see what happens.

18-Sep-22

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30 yards on the ground.
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30 yards on the ground.
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My closest bow hunting friend has an untreatable blood disease and knows his time is short. I told him I’d try to bloody this arrow with his initials.
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My closest bow hunting friend has an untreatable blood disease and knows his time is short. I told him I’d try to bloody this arrow with his initials.
Dennis and Lenny sleep in so I head to the wallow arriving before light. This is my set-up using that small bush to hide.

18-Sep-22

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After light comes I look up on the hill and at 300 yards I see that big chocolate boar. Over the next 5 minutes he makes his way to the wallow. I take this video and decide if he goes broadside I’ll shoot

18-Sep-22

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Didn’t take a step after the shot.
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Didn’t take a step after the shot.
We’ll right after I put the phone down and grabbed my bow he goes broadside at 30 yards and I double lung him and he falls over without taking a step.

18-Sep-22
Can’t believe the devastation of the shot when I checked out the boar. He’s an old guy with well worn teeth. It’s 6:45 am and the sun will be on him soon. I can’t move him myself so I cut Aspen branches and cover him. I then high tail back to get my mules (Dennis & Lenny). I covered the 35 minute walk in 25 minutes and when I arrived I told them I shot an “average” bear. We had some coffee and got all our needed gear to cut him up then headed down. When we arrived I took the branches off him and they realized it was the big boy we saw a day earlier. High fives and hugs went around then some pictures. We could not move him so after pictures we started breaking him down then moving to the shade to cut the rest. Another great day on the mountain.

From: Jim McNamara
18-Sep-22
Charlie it's good to see 3 friends enjoying such a wonderful hunt. A little shed blood makes it all the more special. 2 first bow kill elk is quite the feat and congratulations are in order. Hope you got your friends arrow bloodied. Jim

18-Sep-22

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First Chocolate colored Black Bear
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First Chocolate colored Black Bear
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Got the arrow bloodied for my friend
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Got the arrow bloodied for my friend
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Great having a taxidermist with you.
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Great having a taxidermist with you.
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The three amigos about to pack their third animal in 5 days.
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The three amigos about to pack their third animal in 5 days.
Here are some pictures.

18-Sep-22

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On we go with smiles.
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On we go with smiles.
We boned all the meat for the 1.5 mile pack out. As mentioned before we really liked those pack out bags which put weight on your front and back. You do need a helper to load up.

From: JohnMC
18-Sep-22
Wow sounds like a great trip! Lots of success!

From: In2dmtns
18-Sep-22
Awesome. Congratulations to all..

From: EmptyFreezer
18-Sep-22
Congrats Charlie.. Nothin better than a hunt with friends. Being successful is just icing on the cake..

From: Nick Muche
18-Sep-22
Good work you guys, looked like you all had a great time!

18-Sep-22
That's a pretty awesome hunt. Congrats to the three of you! Apparently I need new friends!

From: BOHNTR
18-Sep-22
Great hunt and even better write up! Good to see Lenny and Dennis in there with you, Charlie! Next year an elk!

From: Inshart
18-Sep-22
Wow Charlie -- couldn't happen to a better group of guys. Congratulations to all of you.

18-Sep-22
Congratulations on the bulls and a great bear!

From: hdaman
18-Sep-22
Pretty hard to beat a week like that! Congrats to good hunting and great friends!

From: t-roy
18-Sep-22
What a great hunt, and with some good buddys, makes it even better! Congrats on a great hunt!

Crazy that your bear didn’t take a step! Doesn’t really look like a spine shot in one of the pics. Where did you hit him?

From: BC
18-Sep-22
Man, what a great hunt. Good for you guys, great camp, great crew, great time. Thanks for the recap Charlie.

18-Sep-22

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t-roy: I double lunged him. The Broadhead I use is a hybrid, 3/4” thick, fixed two blade combined with a 2” mechanical. I’ve had great luck with this combo head.

From: Treeline
18-Sep-22
What an awesome hunt! Congratulations, guys!

From: Jordan
18-Sep-22
Those human panniers are awesome! Great hunt with a great outfitter. Congrats!!!!

Yup.....lots of damn bears in 34 this year......

18-Sep-22
Best thread this year so far! I love it!!!!!!!!!

From: Supernaut
18-Sep-22
Great hunt, congrats to all and thanks for sharing it with us!

From: PoudreCanyon
18-Sep-22
Congrats to all on a great hunt. Beautiful bear - I’d almost rather get a shot at him than a bull:)

From: sticksender
18-Sep-22
Congrats to all and thanks for sharing it!

From: GhostBird
18-Sep-22
Good work men. Congrats

From: drycreek
18-Sep-22
Great hunt Charlie. Much success, thanks for taking us along !

From: Medicinemann
18-Sep-22
Well done guys!!

From: Oryx35
18-Sep-22
That's an awesome bear! Thanks for sharing.

18-Sep-22
Great looking bear Charlie. Thanks for the recap

From: Dennis Razza
19-Sep-22
What a great hunt with great friends. Charlie’s knowledge of the areas from 2 years prior was a big help in our success.

I had no expectations for the hunt other than having a great time and hunting hard. For lenny and I to take our first bull on the same hunt was awesome. The hunt was truly an epic hunt for me.

From: Dennis Razza
19-Sep-22

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Ready for the afternoon sit
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Ready for the afternoon sit
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Lennys bull
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Lennys bull
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Resting spot
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Resting spot

From: Dennis Razza
19-Sep-22

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Bear we saw packing Lenny’s bull out
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Bear we saw packing Lenny’s bull out

From: njbuck
19-Sep-22
Congrats on a great trip guys, it sure looks like you all had a blast!

From: Dennis Razza
19-Sep-22

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Camp
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Camp
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Saw lots of this guy through the week.
Dennis Razza's embedded Photo
Saw lots of this guy through the week.

19-Sep-22
Congrats on a fun hunt!

From: Hackbow
19-Sep-22
Congrats all on an action-packed hunt!

From: RK
19-Sep-22
Awesome hunt. Great write up. Looks like just a great time with some bonus animals to top it off!!

From: Beav
19-Sep-22
Great recap!! Congrats to all of you on great animals!!

From: SteveB
19-Sep-22
Congratulations to you all! Glad you shared it with us!

From: Mad Trapper
19-Sep-22
Congrats boys!!

19-Sep-22

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My bow hunting mentor Earle.
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My bow hunting mentor Earle.
On my trip home I visited my friend Earle and gave him the bloody arrow with his initials on it. We also set up a ground blind for Earle to hopefully get “one” more deer this season.

We never know how many hunts we have so never take a day afield for granted. Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think. C

From: Jeff Pals
19-Sep-22
Great job guys!! what a great hunt. Thanks for sharing. -Jeff

From: jdbbowhunter
19-Sep-22
Awesome story and pics!! Congrats on all the success, lots of memories made. Thanks for sharing.

19-Sep-22
Congratulations to all, definitely looks like time well spent.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
19-Sep-22
Way to go guys, that's a fantastic trip!!

From: Jasper
19-Sep-22
Man, what a hunt! Congratulations all!!!

From: LWood
19-Sep-22
As Charlie and Dennis have said, this hunt was epic. Spending 9 days in the mountains with these two guys was awesome. I joked with Dennis at the end of the hunt that the only way it could have been better would have been if we both shot 330" bulls, ha!

This hunt was actually a couple years in the making, with lots of anticipation. We tried to draw as a group in 2021, but someone in our group didn't have enough points. I am still playing catch up at work and home for being gone for 11 days, but will post some of my pictures hopefully starting this evening.

From: bowonly
19-Sep-22
A fine hunt and a fine post. Charlie speaks true wisdom, "It's later than you think". But you are making the most of your retirement, Mr. Rehor, making great memories with good friends. All the best to you

From: Kurt
19-Sep-22
Excellent!!! Great hunt, writeup and photos!

From: Rancher
19-Sep-22
Charlie,congratulations on the nice bear.As always,great write up,and thanks for the pictures,and videos.By the way made it up to Kyles in may,and shot another good bear.Cliff

From: TK
19-Sep-22
Nice going gentlemen. Epic hunt Congrats Lenny!

From: drycreek
19-Sep-22
It looks like Earle had a busy bowhunting career also !

From: BOWUNTR
19-Sep-22
Outfrikenmastandingish... great people make great adventures... animals are a bonus. Congratulations guys. Ed F

From: LWood
19-Sep-22
As Charlie mentioned, this was a drop camp. I was a little apprehensive about riding a horse for for 5 or 6 miles since I had not be on one since 10th grade (30 years ago). Forest has great horses and mules and the ride into camp was great. A little rough going up through the oaks, but it was smooth when we got into the aspens.

From: LWood
19-Sep-22

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Dennis and I headed up through the oaks
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Dennis and I headed up through the oaks

From: LWood
19-Sep-22

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Beautiful ride through the aspens
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Beautiful ride through the aspens
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Almost to camp!
LWood's embedded Photo
Almost to camp!

From: LWood
19-Sep-22
We got to camp about midday, which gave us plenty of time to settle in, organize our gear, and get ready for opening day. Charlie and I got in a little recon hike to help me get use to the altitude since I did not arrive as early as Charlie and Dennis. I live at 2,900' but another 6,500' makes a big difference. I had trained for months and was in good shape, and did pretty good at elevation.

From: Bill in MI
19-Sep-22
Congratulations. What an adventure.

From: LWood
19-Sep-22

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Happy hunters hearing bulls bugle!
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Happy hunters hearing bulls bugle!
Opening morning I ended up hunting with Dennis, hunting an area he had scouted the night before. We got into elk at first light and chased bugles all morning. You could not ask for a better opening morning - bugles until lunch! After that morning, the bugles would become much less common.

From: LWood
19-Sep-22
I sat water opening evening and only saw a mule deer doe. Dennis was the only one in our group with deer tag.

From: LWood
19-Sep-22

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Beautiful morning in the mountains!
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Beautiful morning in the mountains!
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More aspens
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More aspens
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LWood's embedded Photo
The second morning we each headed in different directions. It was an elkless hike for me that reminding me of the Bowsite saying "elk are where you find them" :). Dennis hunted the same area as the day before and all was quiet. I believe Charlie's morning was quiet as well.

From: Bigpizzaman
20-Sep-22
Congratulations Charlie, looks like an Epic Adventure with some great people!!

From: woodguy65
20-Sep-22
WOW what a cool hunt for you guys. Congrats!

From: LWood
20-Sep-22

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Bathing bear
LWood's embedded Photo
Bathing bear
The second evening I sat a water hole where Charlie had seen some bulls on opening day. My first visitor was a black bear that needed a bath to escape the heat (Charlie showed video of this bear above). Bears are hard to judge when they come in alone, but there was no doubt this was a small bear after he was wet. I have taken several black bears so it would need to be a big bear for me to use my tag on this hunt.

From: LWood
20-Sep-22

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Young bull drinking
LWood's embedded Photo
Young bull drinking
My second visitor was a small bull. He stayed for 10 minutes and drank multiple times. I heard a couple bugles from other bulls while he was there, one over the hill in front of me and one fairly close, that seemed several hundred yards down the valley from me.

From: LWood
20-Sep-22

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Young bull watching bigger bull come in!
LWood's embedded Photo
Young bull watching bigger bull come in!
The young bull moves up the bank of the water hole watching something come in from my right. It's another elk - a bull. Game Time. I put my phone down and pick up the bow.

From: LWood
20-Sep-22

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First archery bull!
LWood's embedded Photo
First archery bull!
Everything happens so fast. He comes in and drinks facing me. I decide I am going to take first broadside shot he gives me. He turns, I draw. I bury the arrow in the V of his right shoulder. The bull sprints to my right stopping at 60 yards. He falls over and is done.

From: LWood
20-Sep-22
I send an InReach message to Charlie and Dennis that I have a bull down. He is on a steep slope so I really don't have a place to setup to get a self timer pic of me with the bull. It is almost dark so I text Charlie if he wants me to gut and head back to camp or quarter him. I don't get a response, so I begin to quarter my bull.

20-Sep-22
Just our average drop camp here at flat tops adventures......lol

From: drycreek
20-Sep-22
Forest, you are in the happy business, and looks like you’re doing a helluva job !

From: 12yards
20-Sep-22
A few observations, 1. that is one heck of an Iowa Bighorn! 2. I never realized how much elk and bears enjoy a muddy puddle. 3. It appears you guys had a blast and thanks for sharing!

From: Thornton
20-Sep-22
Looks like a great hunt.

From: APauls
20-Sep-22
Very cool gentlemen! That's what it's all about right there!

From: badbull
20-Sep-22
Congrats for a great hunt and writeup. I am wondering if you took out capes, hide, skull, for some future taxidermy being that you had a master taxidermist on sight. Thanks for sharing. Badbull

20-Sep-22
Great Adventure!

From: Big Fin
20-Sep-22
Great story, gents. Congrats on the success. Enjoy seeing it told with such great images.

From: Heat
20-Sep-22
Thanks for sharing, that 's a great hunt! Congrats on the nice bulls and bear. You'll get that big boy next time Charlie!

From: LWood
20-Sep-22

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Black Ovis Large game bags are nice!!
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Black Ovis Large game bags are nice!!
I got one side (front shoulder, hind quarter, and backstrap) and the front shoulder off the other side before I received Charlie's InReach note to "just gut it, be will pack out in AM". I gutted my bull and finished skinning hind before heading back to camp. Late night!

From: LWood
20-Sep-22

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Dennis after skinning out head
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Dennis after skinning out head
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Side view of my bull
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Side view of my bull
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Coming out heavy!
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Coming out heavy!
The next morning we finished with the bull and got him back to camp. It sure is nice having a taxidermist in camp. Dennis is very handy with the Havalon.

From: LWood
20-Sep-22

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Tom heading out
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Tom heading out
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Colorado Yellow Jackets
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Colorado Yellow Jackets
Tom, our packer, came in to take out my meat and antlers. He took them to the processor and taxidermist for me, so everything was ready when we came out. Tom even delivered some banquet beers for us to celebrate.

From: LWood
20-Sep-22

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Camp Elk
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Camp Elk
I decided to stay in camp for the evening to rest up. Heard several bugles up the ridge from camp and ended up seeing 4 elk 175 yards from the tent. What a day!

20-Sep-22

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Public land, quality elk hunts require getting away from the people and or lots of points. Forest has an excellent option for getting back in the country with horses, mules and canvas tents. You’ll have opportunities to hunt fine animals. Logistics are excellent. Points required range from none to two. If you’re looking for some fun in the Rockies give him a call.

From: LWood
21-Sep-22

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Dennis and Lenny with D's Bull
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Dennis and Lenny with D's Bull
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Both Bulls
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Both Bulls
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LWOOD EURO
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LWOOD EURO
A few more pics!

From: LWood
21-Sep-22

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Cheers to a great hunt
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Cheers to a great hunt
Cheers to a great hunt with great guys! I can't wait for the next one! Hope everyone has a great hunting season. Lenny

From: live2hunt88
21-Sep-22
Awesome story guys ! Congrats !

From: t-roy
21-Sep-22
Congrats again, to Lenny and Dennis, on their bulls, and to Charlie on his toad of a bear.

Fun to follow along with you guys on this thread. Thanks for posting it up!

From: Hannah S
21-Sep-22
The White Mule killed it! ;-) So glad you guys had such an epic trip!

From: Dennis Razza
21-Sep-22

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One last selfie before we pack out.
Dennis Razza's embedded Photo
One last selfie before we pack out.
Can’t wait for the next hunt fellas.

21-Sep-22
Love this! Thanks for all the pictures and updates. Good job on the Elks end Bear y’all! What an awesome time. I’ve been up to this area with Forest. It is a great hunting spot. Hopefully I’ll be up there next year.

21-Sep-22
I hope your up hear to crystal. I need a killer!

From: maxracx
21-Sep-22
Great job guys, congrats all around.

Another successful group hunting with Forestbows!!!

21-Sep-22
Looks like the Three Elketeers. Nicely done by all.

From: BillyD
21-Sep-22
Phenomenal fellas - congrats on a great hunt & making many fond memories together. Very much looking fwd to getting back out there with Forest/crew next year. Nailed it again Charlie - fantastic operation.

22-Sep-22
Congrats guys! A memorable hunt indeed. Thanks for taking us along

22-Sep-22
Outstanding hunt fellas! Looks like Forest has a top notch operation there! You all made some great shots. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Congrats!

Charlie, I don’t know much about bears...never hunted them, but dang that color phase looks stunning! He will make a great mount. And he’s a big bastard too LOL

I bet Earle was grinning ear to ear hearing about this trip. Well done sir.

From: Jaquomo
22-Sep-22
Great story of what looks like an awesome hunt! Congratulations all around!

But what's the deal with with those orange "manniers"? Never seen anything like them in my 54 years of big game hunting.

22-Sep-22
Jaquomo: Nice to see you post. The Orange is the Muzzle loader option. They come in camo too and there is also a traditional version.

Got some Sage advice from Colorado natives, “Elk are where you find em.”

From: SBH
22-Sep-22
Heck ya. That looks like it may have been kinda fun :) Strong work men! Congrats on the success.

From: Jordan
22-Sep-22

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And high praise from the Big Fin himself........not bad at all!

Charlie.....is this the brand you used?

22-Sep-22
Good stuff guys. Grats!

From: Cj0n3s12
22-Sep-22
Jealous.. looked like a great time. Now I just need to find a few people to go with! Lol

From: Supernaut
22-Sep-22
What a great hunt and adventure!

Thanks for sharing your pics and stories with us and congrats to all!

From: kota-man
22-Sep-22
Great adventure guys…thanks for taking us along.

From: Ron Niziolek
22-Sep-22
What a good time. Congrats to each of you!

From: Rgiesey
23-Sep-22
Great job Forest! And of course Charlie for the write up. I hope everyone heeds Charlie’s sage advice. It does look like you need some wolves down there cause that’s too many elk. Congratulations guys!

From: deerhunter72
23-Sep-22
Just had the chance to sit and go through this thread. Looks like a great time was had by all! Congratulations and thanks for the great write up and videos!

From: dakotaduner
23-Sep-22
That looked like a great time guys. Thanks for sharing it with us.

From: Gene
23-Sep-22
Congrats to Charlie and company. Thanks for taking me along. My last time in the Flat Tops was 10 years ago and your photos brought it all back!

From: BULELK1
24-Sep-22
Fun Read for sure------->

Thanks for sharing with us C-man.

Congrats y'all,

Robb

24-Sep-22
Congrats guys! Great trip. Fun recap.

From: midwest
26-Sep-22
Looks like you all had a blast! Thanks for the stories, pics, and video. Congrats all around!

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