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My 2018 CO Moose hunt; unit 76
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From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
It’s a boring time of year so I thought I write up a recap of my 2018 Colorado moose hunt. This will be a very long post, it might take me a while to get it all done. I previously posted a few pics on one or two “Meat pole” type threads, without much detail. I’ve got some video and lots of pictures, so I’ll do a day-by-day retelling of the hunt with a lot of details, perhaps too many. Hope some of you find it entertaining or useful; my selfish reason for doing it is that it lets me relive and remember the hunt. I’ll tell the full story, warts and all, I certainly had plenty of screw-ups and close calls, but it ended well, one of my favorite hunts.

There’s some background info you can skip over if it’s not interesting to you, scroll down till you see some moose pics.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
First some background. I have been putting in for CO 76 for a few years as a non-resident, for some reason this unit seemed to be “under the radar” with draw odds in the 10% range (if you have a bunch of points), which is pretty darn good. I also elk hunted unit 76 in 2014 so I knew something about it, and I saw a few moose back then, another reason for applying there. But this year the quota went from 2 to 1 non-resident tags, and with an influx of applicants the odds went downhill substantially. With my 3+11 points my odds according to TopRut.com were just 1.5%…. I got real lucky no doubt.

Just to get one other point out of the way, since bull moose in CO is literally once-in-a-lifetime I will be talking about and showing specific hunting areas and spots. If anyone here draws this tag I’ll gladly share more info.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Page from the Moose stats showing my tag!
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Page from the Moose stats showing my tag!
So if you recall Colorado was a bit late posting results last year, someone on Bowsite noticed that the draw odds recap was actually released on June 4, two days before the official results finally came out on the 6th. OK, so I go look at the recap and it says there were 5 applicants with 3+11 points (my level), and one of them drew the tag! So my odds just became 20%! It was an anxious ~48 hrs, constantly checking my CC credit limit (Cabelas CC does not post pending transactions). I finally saw my credit limit drop about $2000, and the CC lady who answered the phone confirmed it was a charge from CPW. Couple hours later I get the official email, yee-haw, I’m going moose hunting!

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
OK, so what to do about it? I actually drew the rifle tag but for CO moose you can switch weapons up till the day before the season opens. I have been fortunate enough to draw moose tags in WY and MT and made rifle kills, so I was thinking of switching to archery even before I had the tag in my hand. Somewhat ironically it was the WY moose hunt in 2003 that prompted me to take up archery (not counting my teenage years attempting to shoot a recurve). I hunted 5 days with archery in WY without ever seeing a bull, then finally used rifle to shoot one on day 14, it was a tough hunt. So now maybe 15 years later I would get another chance. But I confess I am not nearly as “hardcore” of an archery hunter as a lot of folks on this forum, and in the last couple of years I have had a few SOUL CRUSHING bowhunting screw-ups that have been eating at my psyche. From 2015 to 2017 my failure to success ratio skyrocketed for some reason. I confess I asked myself “Why am I doing this?” on more than one occasion. But I had about 3 months to think it over.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
A few factors were certainly pushing me to switch to the archery tag. As a subscriber to Huntin’ Fool I got the previous hunter list, which only had two names on it. But one was a bowhunter (Michael L.) and the other was a muzzleloader hunter (Mark T.); both had some great advice and strongly advised going early (bow and mzl started the same day in early September, they changed that for 2019 fyi). A big thanks to those guys! The early hunt also fit my calendar better, so it essentially came down to bow or muzzleloader.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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I went on a reasonably productive scouting trip in early August; saw 4 bulls, 4 cows and 2 calfs. See link if interested, a few pics there.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
The CPW documents all recent kill sites, so that was a very helpful starting point. (CPW might have stopped doing this recently?) I was familiar with a few areas, but certainly not all of them. For this hunt I would also be using an ATV quite a bit, which is something that I didn’t even own until 2015. Given my age and the logistics of handling a moose I decided to focus on areas I could at least get within ½ mile with an ATV, and forget about the wilderness areas.

Some bow-siters also volunteered some info before and during the hunt, so before I forget I’d like to thank; cmbbulldog, khunter, the longbow50 couple, otcWill, singlepin, surfbow, TEmbry. Hope I didn't forget someone. I met a lot of other nice folks I’ll mention as the story progresses.

So as the hunt got closer I actually had time to go on an OTC elk hunt in southern Colorado with my nephew. No big screw-ups on that hunt and I shot a cow on day 3. That was my first elk bow-kill in 3 years, and my confidence level recovered a bit. My nephew made his first elk bow-kill on this hunt (5X5) so it was a great time.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
The hunt started Saturday Sept. 8; I drove up Tuesday the 4th and stopped by the CPW office in Monte Vista. Decision time. I confess I had my old Renegade sidelock muzzleloader in the truck in case I changed my mind. But I didn’t wimp out; I got the tag changed to archery. 16 days to hunt, hoped it wouldn’t take that long but would hunt till the last day if necessary. While at CPW I asked if they had any way of telling if other tag holders had changed their weapon types (all 4 originally drew rifle), just wanting to know if I had any competition. The answer was they didn’t know.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Here is the map of previous moose kills, and the 3 main spots I hunted. Many of the kills in the southern central part of the unit are in the Wilderness areas
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Here is the map of previous moose kills, and the 3 main spots I hunted. Many of the kills in the southern central part of the unit are in the Wilderness areas
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A bit above camp, looking down towards Creede.
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A bit above camp, looking down towards Creede.
I set up camp just above Creede, which is sort of in the middle of the unit. From there it was a ~40 mile drive to the Hunter’s Lake in the SE corner (spot B), and about ~30 miles to some spots on the NW side I would end up hunting also (spot C). But I could also drive the ATV about 10 miles from camp to the upper end of Rat Creek, were I spent a lot of time (spot A).

Just BTW, since this is a once-in-a-lifetime hunt I don’t think there is any harm in mentioning specific hunt locations, hope no one gets offended. I had a report of a good bull at/near Hunter’s lake (spot B) from singlepin, and later from TEmbry (via octWill). I had enough time on Tuesday PM to drive over there, but upon arrival it was raining, so scouting that day was basically a bust.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Lower glassing spot near the upper end of Rat Creek, Spot A
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Lower glassing spot near the upper end of Rat Creek, Spot A
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Pic from higher up near cont. divide, looking east towards San Luis Peak, a 14,000-er
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Pic from higher up near cont. divide, looking east towards San Luis Peak, a 14,000-er
Wed/Scouting day 2

AM drive ATV up Rat creek (Spot A). There were several recent kills in this area on the CPW list, but I spent several hours glassing without seeing anything. I also did not see anything here during my scouting trip in August. I’ve been told that moose could be anywhere from the creek bottoms/beaver ponds up to the buckbrush way up high. I did bump into a guy (Jeremy) who was scouting for his muzzleloader elk hunt (also opened Saturday); he would later provide some intel.

Some video panning around the glassing spot in the next post.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
Surfbow had sent me gps coordinates of a big bull he had recently spotted, so I headed over there after I got back from Rat Creek. It was a great looking spot with some fresh sign but I didn’t see a moose, being middle of the day probably didn’t help. Spent the rest of the day at some other spots in pickup and on ATV and did not see one moose, so overall a disappointing day in that regard.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
One interesting side-story was in the evening I was in the Bristol Head area and saw a guy glassing the big open buckbrush areas near the top. I stopped by to talk to him (Elmer) assuming he was an elk hunter, but he replied that he was scouting for his daughter’s moose hunt. I thought he said she drew a “youth” tag, and would be rifle hunting starting Saturday. From the recap table I knew a youth hunter drew a tag, but I didn’t think it was a special tag that let them hunt rifle on Sept. 8 (rifle opens Oct. 1). So I was trying to get my head around that when Elmer clarified the situation; his daughter had drawn a “Southern Ute Reservation Tag”; so a “Ute” tag, not a Youth tag! Nothing to do with the State of Colorado draws. Turns out the boundaries for the Ute hunt are based on county lines, and she could not hunt near Creede, or basically the east side of 76. Elmer was staying in Creede, and he pulled out a map a waitress in a diner there drew for him the night before, when she found out he had a moose tag. It was a spot just north of Creede where she had just seen two bull moose, but since Elmer could not hunt that area he gave me the map. So that was nice of him, and the incident with the waitress points out one “truism” I also learned on this hunt;

People are very generous with information when they find out you have a moose tag.

I had heard that from a few people before the hunt, and I used it to my great benefit during the hunt.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #1, Spot A
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Bull #1, Spot A
Thursday/scouting day 3

Drove ATV up West Willow Creek north of Creede, where waitress saw bulls. I actually saw 2 small bulls here during my August scouting trip, and it was a good looking spot with numerous beaver ponds and willow patches. But I only saw a cow and calf this morning. This road (very rough) eventually climbs up and over into the Rat Creek drainage; and I got there about 9:30 AM.

Finally!! Standing in the middle of a beaver pond in the valley floor is a great bull moose, with a cow nearby. Label him Bull #1, I took a few pics and then tried to get my spotting scope set up for some close ups. Unfortunately the cow got all skittish and before I could get the scope set up she ran off into the timber on east slope, taking the bull with her.

Unfortunately I never got any great pictures of this bull, but he was definitely a shooter. Way over 40” with brow palms and brow tines. Left side had 4 brow tines, right side was a bit funky with 2 and maybe a 3rd. I would have several encounters with this bull during the hunt; the cow probably saved his life on at least two occasions.

So seeing that bull also clarified one issue I had not resolved up till then; how much a “trophy” hunter would I be during the hunt? I’m not usually much of a trophy hunter, but after seeing that bull I was thinking I would at least be pretty selective for the first week, and try to hold out for something 40” or better. Of course now I'm going to try to kill THAT BULL.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Waterfall in Phoenix Park
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Waterfall in Phoenix Park
Mid-day I drove ATV into to Phoenix Park area, up Willow Creek NE of Creede, based on another tip from Elmer. It was a great looking spot with lots of tall willow patches along the creek. I saw 2 cow moose but no bulls.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Hunter's Lake, Spot B
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Hunter's Lake, Spot B
PM-drive to Hunter’s Lake (Spot B). From the parking spot it’s ¼ mile to Hunters Lake, trail crosses a great looking park/meadow before getting to lake.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #2 just stopped, Spot B
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Bull #2 just stopped, Spot B
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Bull #2, turning towards me.
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Bull #2, turning towards me.
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Bull #2 looking at me.
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Bull #2 looking at me.
On the way back I’m on the trail only ~100 yards from the truck not paying much attention, when I hear something big run out of the willows right behind me, headed into the opening. Another bull moose! (#2) Probably the one singlepin (and later TEmbry) told me about. I grunted a couple of times and he stopped at 50-60 yards and turned my way. Here’s some pics and video.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #2, another pic.
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Bull #2, another pic.
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And another
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And another
I got within 30-40 yards of him a couple of times; he would walk off and stop and look back. He eventually started raking some brush. He was not as wide as Bull #1, not even sure if he was 40”. But he had nice paddles and a bunch of points, a great looking bull moose. Pretty sure I would have shot him during the hunt if given the chance.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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16-Feb-19
Friday/Scouting day 4.

Not much happened this day. I drove ATV up Rat Creek and glassed for several hours, but never saw Bull #1. Drove up top to look down into West Willow creek for a while, also had cell service up there so called home. After lunch I shot my bow for the first time in a few days and discovered that driving those rough rocky roads on an ATV is really hard on your arms and shoulders; I was damn sore. So I decided to take the rest of the day off and relax.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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This pic is from the higher glassing spot at the upper end of Rat Creek, Spot A, looking west. The dead timber in the lower left corner is where the bull moose was bedded.
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This pic is from the higher glassing spot at the upper end of Rat Creek, Spot A, looking west. The dead timber in the lower left corner is where the bull moose was bedded.
Saturday/Hunt Day 1!

While driving up to Rat Creek I crossed paths with Jeremy (muzzy elk hunter) who told me he saw a big bull moose(almost certainly #1)and a cow ¼ mile north of the beaver pond, the evening before right at dark. At this point in the hunt I didn’t feel the need to be up at the glassing spot at first light, given that I had seen the bull out in the open at ~9 AM a couple of days before. This might have been a mistake, and I ended up making it two days in a row. So I get up to one of the glassing spots up high on the east side about sunrise or just after, and meet a couple of guys with a muzzy deer tag. We ended up glassing the upper end of Rat Creek for a few hours; saw a cow moose with two calves way up high in the buckbrush to the west, but no bull. Mid-morning two bird hunters came driving down the road from up top. They stopped and told me they saw a big moose down near the creek as they drove up the road right before sunrise; this was just below where we were now parked. That was probably the same moose Jeremy told me about from the evening before, and it must have gone into the dead timber before I got there.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #1 just after leaving the timber.
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Bull #1 just after leaving the timber.
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Zoomed in a bit.
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Zoomed in a bit.
After a while the deer hunters left and I just decided I would sit and watch that general area for the rest of the day, but I was betting the moose was in the dead timber down closer to the creek. I moved a little closer to the rim so I could better see the valley. Well low and behold just before 4 PM a bull moose came walking out of the timber about where I was expecting (or hoping) him to appear, and it is Bull #1! At this point he is probably ~300-400 yards away to the west.

From: Grunter
16-Feb-19
Looking forward to the story! Great so far thank you for sharing!

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #1 walking towards me.
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Bull #1 walking towards me.
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Another pic of Bull #1
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Another pic of Bull #1
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Bull #1 taking a leak.
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Bull #1 taking a leak.
He starts walking mostly in my direction, and I start moving down the east side on the canyon to make up ground. I ran out of cover before I got to the bottom, and the bull hung up at the edge of a pond. I started grunting and waving the fake antler I made, he seemed interested but came no further. He was about 100-120 yards away for several minutes. Here's a few pics of him walking towards the pond and taking a leak.

So while I was trying to figure out if I had another move to make the cow stepped out of the timber on the west side and he immediately walked back to her, now 200+ yards away. The two moose were mostly hanging out right on the edge of the dead spruce, so I was thinking if I could make my way around and get in the timber I might have a chance. So I worked my way back up to the hill to the ATV and drove it south about ¼ mile down the valley. Crossed the valley on foot and got in the timber, it was looking like this might work! Under the dead and open canopy the grass was 2-3 feet high, but there were some decent trails and I made up ground quickly. I could see moose parts through the dead limbs and easily got within 80 yards, the wind was mostly favorable. As I worked closer I stepped on a dead limb hidden in the grass, and the loud crack got the cows attention, CRAP! She was looking right at me through a hole in the timber, after about 10 seconds she trotted away north, but paralleling the edge of the timber. Of course the bull followed. I followed for about 50 yards and she stopped. She was still acting skittish and looking in the timber in my direction. I had a good window on her body and ranged her at 62 yards. The bull was right there besides her but I didn’t have a clear opening. And 60+ yards was a bit further than I had hoped to shoot anyway, but if I had my muzzleloader the hunt would have been over.

While trying to gain another 10 yards and get a shot window on the bull the cow spooked again, this time running and quartering up the hill to the NW. I decided to back out, afraid that I would end up pushing them way up top into the buckbrush, or perhaps out of the valley. I made my way back to the ATV and drove back up to the glassing spot. I found that the 2 moose had only gone uphill another 150 yards and stayed in the timber, I guess I should have followed them. The cow was not stupid, but she was not an elk either, which almost certainly would be long gone. It was now close to sunset so I just decided to let them be, hoping to get another chance the next day.

Well it was an exciting first day of hunting, got reasonably close to a great bull.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #3, day 2, Spot A.
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Bull #3, day 2, Spot A.
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Another pic of Bull #3.
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Another pic of Bull #3.
Sunday/Hunt Day 2

Got up Rat Creek before sunrise this time, but stopped short at another glassing location that let me look straight up the valley, about ½ mile from where I saw the moose the previous day. After 30-45 minutes of seeing nothing I drove up to the spot where I glassed from yesterday. There was a guy sitting there who had driven his truck up from the canyon to the east, he had a muzzleloader elk tag. Forgot his name, but he was a surveyor from Alamosa. Well apparently during the night the cow and bull had crossed from the west side of the valley over to the east side, and climbed up about a third of the way up the hill to another set of beaver ponds that I could not see from my first glassing location. The surveyor saw them go into the timber on the east side when I was driving up to where he was parked. He said the bull was really big so I was nearly certain it was #1. But it was disappointing that I missed seeing them in the early morning, again. This was just uphill from the first beaver pond I saw the bull standing in on scouting day 2 around 9AM, so I thought there might be a chance he would come out mid-morning. But I waited till 10 AM and nothing happened. So I’m looking at that patch of dead spruce and thinking it is not so big, maybe I should try still hunting through it and hope to catch them bedded down. So I looped around to the downwind (south) side and climbed up to near the top. I slowly zig-zagged down the hill through the timber but never saw them. So that didn’t work. I don’t think I spooked them out of there, but who knows.

Now it’s about 1PM and I decided to go back to camp and try out another spot that evening. So while I’m driving the ATV back to camp I look off to the left and there is a bull moose (now #3) walking up the creek, right out in the middle of the valley. He is not real big, but he’s not tiny either; and he looks like he is on some kind of mission. I remembered that the road crossed the creek about ¼ mile up the valley, so I turned the ATV around and drove back to that spot. I didn’t think I would shoot this bull, but just in case I nocked an arrow and got my camera out. He quickly came within 25 yards! I decided I would not shoot and instead took some video and pics. He saw me but didn’t seem too concerned about it, stopped several times and then slowly walked off. I never saw him again during the hunt so don’t know where he ended up.

That evening I drove over to Hunter’s Lake (spot B) and hung around the meadow where I saw Bull #2 while scouting. Unfortunately the spot was now overrun with cattle, mostly black cattle. I’ve heard that bull moose are sometimes attracted to mules and maybe horses, I guess they don’t like cattle, I did not spot the bull. That turned out to be the last time I went to Hunter’s Lake during the hunt, so never saw Bull #2 again.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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16-Feb-19

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Way up above Heart Lake, at 12,800 feet, looking south.
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Way up above Heart Lake, at 12,800 feet, looking south.
Monday/Hunt day 3

I decided to try some new areas, in part because I thought I might have buggered up Bull #1 and his cow; this would give them some time off. I had also got a text from Elmer saying his daughter shot a great bull on Sunday, so there was no issue of “competition” from them on the west side of the unit. He later sent pics and it was a monster bull moose, so congrats to his daughter. So I drove over to hunt Spot C and unloaded the ATV near Pearl Lakes. I drove the ATV up to Kitty Creek area (where I saw small bull on scouting trip); glassed a bit, then drove way up high above Heart Lake.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #4, spot C.
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Bull #4, spot C.
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Bull #5, Spot C, with mule deer buck bedded nearby.
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Bull #5, Spot C, with mule deer buck bedded nearby.
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Aspens on the road down from Heart Lake.
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Aspens on the road down from Heart Lake.
From the road I walked over to look down into a drainage where I saw a decent bull in August. This time I saw 3 bulls (#4,5,&6)! I got pictures (not great) of two of them; none were nearly as big as #1 or #2. The one I didn’t get pics of was still in velvet, and the smallest of the 3.

I planned to drive over and also glass the upper end of Lost Trail Creek; both the FS map and MVUM showed the road up top was open, but when I go there it had several “road closed” signs up. [I later talked to the FS guy in Creede, and he was of no help sorting this out]. So I headed back towards the truck. On the way down I met two bowhunters from CA, upon hearing I had a moose tag they showed me some phone pics of a bull they had seen near the 514/516 cross roads a day earlier, which is not far from where I parked the truck. It was hard to tell from the photos how big the bull was, but when I showed them the pics I had of bull #2 they admitted the bull they saw was not as big.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
Back near the truck I stopped at a large camp of 10-12 guys from Arkansas; only 2 or 3 of them had elk tags, the rest were basically on vacation. These guys actually knew a lot about the area and had been hunting 76 going way back. Once we started talking about moose they had several funny stories from the past; in one instance their train of pack mules was spooked by a bull moose, and the mules ran off into the wilderness scattering mounds of camping gear and supplies all over Kingdom Come, most of which they never recovered. OK, maybe that wasn’t so funny.

Anyway, one the older guys (Ronnie) said he saw a really big bull in the buckbrush up towards Kitty Creek (where I had been earlier in the day). He thought the bull was in the 40-50” range, but when he gestured with his hands he was only showing me about 3 ft. of width. Then when I pulled out a map and tried to get more details on the spot he wasn’t much help, maybe he didn’t have his reading glasses on. There is a lot of country up there and huge swaths of buckbrush, so I was hoping he could point out exactly where he saw the bull; no luck. Despite the problems with this info, it would ultimately turn out to be useful.

Midday I met up with khunter (Kirby). He had been gathering intel for me and a game warden told him of multiple sightings of a ~48” bull running with a few smaller bulls in the Black Mountain Lake area, not far away. During the rest of the hunt I tried to track down the GW to see if I could get more details, but was unsuccessful. So I drove over to the lake and there were two elk hunters camped there; Don and Andy. They were nice to talk to, one had a muzzy tag and one had archery. I told them there were likely some moose in the area but they had not seen any. Anyway, I told them to keep an eye out and I might be back later to talk to them. I also made a joke about them feeding one or tying him up if a bull walked through camp, they laughed. The two guys went to hunt elk elsewhere in the evening; I walked down by the lake and stayed till dark. Did some calling but heard and saw nothing.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Small Bull #7 standing in Black Mtn Lake.
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Small Bull #7 standing in Black Mtn Lake.
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Bull #7 (lower left) about to walk through Don and Andy's camp.
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Bull #7 (lower left) about to walk through Don and Andy's camp.
Tuesday/Hunt day 4

Went back to Black Mountain Lake and sat in some trees on opposite side. Around 8:00 I got bored and walked aways to the north and uphill a bit, mostly along some closed roads. Got back to the Lake about 10:30 and there was a small bull (#7) standing in the shallow water on the east sid! He wasn’t a shooter but I was still a bit PO’d that he showed up when I was gone. The bull eventually ended up walking right through Don and Andy’s camp, they were still off hunting somewhere so they were not there to tie him up or feed him.

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16-Feb-19

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16-Feb-19
Mid-day I drove around to look at one other area, then met Craig and Kim (longbow50) at their camp and we exchanged few stories and pics. They also shared some delicious summer sausage made from a cow moose they had shot in a previous season.

In the evening I went back to Black Mtn Lake again and sat till dark, nothing. Before I left I spoke with the guys camped there (Don & Andy), and showed them the pics of the moose that walked through their camp, they were amused. While I was driving out 2 young guys (Jeremy & Colton) flagged me down at the 514/516 crossroads. They were not hunting, but were helping out their grandpa who had a muzzy elk tag. But they had heard I had a moose tag and they had seen a bull near their camp, just down the road. In fact they had actually called the bull in from several 100 yards away, to about 50 yards, and had some decent pics and video. They said it was big but it looked like a “medium” sized bull as near as I could tell, probably in the mid-30” range. It might have been the same bull the CA guys told me about on day 3. So I thanked them for the info and told them I would probably not pursue that bull just yet, as I had seen a bigger one and heard rumors of at least one more big one in the area.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
Wednesday/Hunt day 5

So after hunting Spot C without seeing a shooter for two days, I decided I would go back to Spot A and see if I could find bull #1 again. So I drove ATV up towards Rat Creek and stopped at the lower glassing spot. After looking up the valley and not seeing anything for a while I was thinking the moose might be up in the beaver ponds on the east side where the surveyor guy saw them on day 2; I could not see this area from the lower glassing spot. The ponds where probably ¼ mile away, maybe 100-200 feet uphill, so I started walking in that direction, gaining altitude by side-hilling. As I get closer to the small creek draining out of the uphill beaver pond, I look downhill and CRAP! Down near the beaver pond at the bottom is Bull #1, how did I not see him earlier? He should have been easy to see from the glassing spot I was just at; he must have been bedded down in the willows. Anyway, now he’s just a bit over 100 yards away, I’m on the side of the hill with almost no cover. I scooted over behind the one tree between us and started sliding down the hill mostly on my butt. He started walking away in the willows, I grunted and he stopped for a moment; then started walking off slowly. I got within about 80 yards of him, then his cow stood up, dammit I knew it was over. The cow quickly ran off to the west and headed up into the dead spruce, taking him with her. Well, at least Bull #1 is still hanging out in the same area, but the turn of events was starting to take a toll, how many chances would I get at this bull without getting a shot? It would get worse.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #1, Day 5, in the dead spruce.
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Bull #1, Day 5, in the dead spruce.
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I walked back to the ATV and drove it up to the higher glassing spot, thinking I might be able to spot the moose in the dead timber. In fact, I was able to spot the moose with my naked eye pretty quick! Big black blobs are relatively easy to find, as compared to elk and deer.

He had bedded down about halfway up the patch of dead spruce, near a large dead tree in a small opening. I picked the area apart with my binos looking for the cow, did not see her. I was also trying to memorize the landscape. The one large tree he was bedded by was pretty unique, so I thought I had a good chance to get my bearings as I tried a stalk. So after coming up with a plan, I drove back to the bottom of the valley and started hiking up through the timber on the west side. My plan was to come out just above the bull, from the south. This would put the sun at my back and the wind mostly in my face, but the wind was acting squirrely at times so it wasn’t a slam dunk. Anyway, as I’m climbing through the timber I am feeling good; I think I might have this thing in the bag! It was a pretty steep climb of about 300 feet elevation gain; really not that bad but near 12000 feet I’m feeling it. I start thinking if I kill this moose I hope he runs downhill, otherwise I’m going to have climb this slope 8 or 9 times, it’s gonna be tough.

Well, as stalks often go, I didn’t end up exactly where I was hoping to be, once in the dead spruce everything looks the same. I ended up about 50-75 yards further uphill than I was planning for, but that was a lot better than bumping the moose, or ending up downhill from him. So I start walking down through the edge of the timber and I see the landmark tree about 75 yards away. But no moose. The grass is rather tall so I’m thinking he still might be there but I just can’t see him from my angle. As I’m creeping closer and glassing near the landmark tree a GIANT black form stands up ~30 yards to my left! I’m usually pretty good about keeping my cool, but I admit I was in shock for a couple of seconds. It was a screw-up no doubt, not seeing the bull earlier. He had obviously moved, and had bedded down in some tall grass in the shade of some trees about 50 yards from his previous bed. Perhaps the biggest screw-up was that I didn’t have an arrow nocked. The other problem was there were two overhanging branches covering the vital areas behind his shoulder. I had a clear view of his head/antlers, shoulder, and rump, did I say he looked HUGE! If I had had an arrow nocked I might have been able to sidestep one way or another and get a shot, but it didn’t happen. A few seconds elapsed before I finally regained my senses and started to nock an arrow, but he turned and trotted off before I could do anything.

The cow was likely around somewhere but I didn’t see her. The bull went to the west towards the buckbrush and I followed him a bit but quickly lost him. I couldn’t tell if he went in the buckbrush or turned 90 degrees and stayed in the timber going south, and uphill. I sat down on a nearby log, and sulked. For the first time in the hunt I felt beaten and depressed, I had been having a blast up till that point. Dang I thought I had him, and maybe I would have if I had been a more careful on the final approach, and had an arrow nocked! I sat there for 30 minutes or so; then walked back downhill to the ATV.

And yet it was still not over. I drove the ATV back up to the upper glassing spot and damned if I didn’t see the bull bedded down again! He had stayed in the timber, and had only gone uphill another 100 yards from where I last saw him. Now he was near the top end of the patch of dead timber. I felt compelled to try it again, this time I would go much slower. But as I got about halfway up the slope I realized the wind was now all wrong. I should have aborted then, but I made one pass through the area and never saw the moose. I gave up and drove back to camp wondering what to do next; it was about 1:30 PM. With the wind now blowing really strong I decided to take the rest of the day off, I went into Creede and did laundry and some grocery shopping.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
Thursday/Hunt day 6- Redemption!

So figuring I had finally blown Bull #1 out of the drainage, and needing a change of scenery, I decided to try Spot C again. So on Day 6 AM I drove the ATV up to Kitty Creek overlook. On the way up I actually saw a mid-sized bull (#8) in some willows just 200 yards off the road, he was still mostly in velvet, I did not pursue him. When I got to the Kitty Creek overlook I met the two guys from Alamosa who had been camped there; Scott and his dad “Doc”. One of them had an elk tag he filled a few days earlier; they were just sitting around drinking coffee and admiring the beauty of Nature just after sunrise. When asked about moose they immediately said they had been seeing 2 bulls in the buckbrush to the west and SW, a small one and a really big one. Perhaps the “big” one was the one the Arkansas guy (Ronnie) had told me about.

So we started glassing the buckbrush and quickly spotted the small one (bull #9). Scott briefly saw what might have been the big one closer to the creek but it disappeared before I got a look at it. I stayed till about 10:30; then spent mid-day looking at some other spots. Got back about 2:30 and started glassing again. Spotted what looked like a nice bull (#10) way up a fork of Kitty Creek, about a mile away. He looked good but was a bit too far away to tell for sure, I did not have my scope with me, just binos. He was also at a distance and in some terrain that I would be reluctant to kill one in, without some help. I was mainly hoping he was not the big one the Alamosa and Arkansas guys had spotted.

Fortunately, he was not the big one; it was about 4 PM when the big one (Bull #11) stood up in the buckbrush ~800 yards to the WSW. He must have been bedded out there most of the day. One look through the binos and I knew he was a shooter; his paddles looked bigger than any I’ve personally seen on a Shiras outside of Yellowstone. I knew one fork of the road looped around to the south of the bull and would probably get me to within ~200 yards. Seemed like a better plan than trying to bust through a half mile of buckbrush, so I hopped on the ATV and took off. As I drove past their camp I hollered at Scott (who had just got back from a hike) telling him I had seen the big bull and was going after it.

It was a bit of a gamble because taking the road would briefly put me upwind of the bull, but since there had been some traffic on it previous days I figured it would not spook him. So I eventually got to a point that I thought was mostly crosswind of the moose and parked the ATV. I looped around a bit further on foot to the west so I would have the wind more in my favor, and the sun more at my back, at this point I had not seen the moose since I had left the overlook so I was going in somewhat blind. At first the buckbrush was mostly knee-deep to waist-deep, with some fair sized openings, and I was able to spot the moose antlers about 80 yards away, he was now bedded down behind a larger clump. When I got to within 30-40 yards he stood up, but I didn’t have a clear shot. He was a great looking bull moose. He started quartering away from me to the south, but I was able to stay fairly close. By waving the fake antler and grunting he would usually stop walking and look back at me. The buckbrush was starting to get a bit thicker and taller, but he finally stopped mostly broadside and I ranged him at 44 yards, we had gone about 75 yards from where he first stood up.

I guess I felt a little bit rushed when I finally got the shot because I definitely shanked it, dammit! Still, a moose is a big target, it looked like I hit him high and a little far back, but still in the ribcage, I was thinking probably liver. So I followed him another 40-50 yards hoping to get another arrow in him. He stopped once more and I ranged him at 50. I did not see my first arrow in him (later found out I just clipped the top of his hide, so really a miss!) I took my time on this shot and hit him right where I was aiming, tight behind his leg about 1/3 way up. He turned and quickly disappeared in the buckbrush, which was now much taller and thicker. Arrow penetration was not as good as I was expecting, when he turned I saw about a foot of arrow sticking out. But the placement looked great, and I also thought the first arrow was in liver (wrong), so I figured he would not go too much further and should die soon.

But with the vast expanse of buckbrush I admit I was worried about finding him. Rather than waiting I thought I should try to find his trail. Within the first 20 yards I found a few drops of blood, but with the harsh light it was really hard to see blood on the ground. I was expecting to see some blood on the brush but was coming up empty. The trail in the brush split in to two forks and I chose the right hand side, for some reason. At this point I knew I was close to the road I drove in on, so I decided to head out to the dusty road and see if I could find tracks crossing it, the road turned out to be only another 40-50 yards to the south. I had walked maybe 30-40 yards back to the east along the road looking for tracks when Doc rode up on his ATV. They had watched everything from the overlook and said the bull went down pretty quick after I shot it, so it had to be just back to the north of me back in the brush; it must have taken the left fork in the trail. In fact, just as Doc was driving up I stood up on a stump and spotted the bull maybe 80 yards straight back to the north, but he was standing up, not bedded down! Then it walked a few steps to the NW and disappeared in the brush.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Bull #11, with line showing where shot #2 hit.
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Bull #11, with line showing where shot #2 hit.
At this point I only had two arrows left on me, having shot two but also lost one that got knocked out of my quiver in the brush somewhere. And one of the two remaining arrows was a heavier arrow that I didn’t plan on shooting past ~30 yards with. My ATV was only about 100 yards back down the road to the west, so I decided to hustle over there and “reload” my quiver. At this point I didn’t know exactly where the bull was, but I was hopeful he would not go too far and bed back down again. I looped back around on what might have been the exact same trail I first came in on, and in fact he had bedded down very close to the original bedding spot! Déjà vu all over again. By now he was looking to be in distress, but he still had his head up. Perhaps I should have waited but I quickly got to about 30 yards and he stood up. This time I hit him in the center of his ribcage, and although I didn’t get a complete pass thru it was at least a “poke thru”. He managed to stagger off another 20 yards and I put yet another arrow in him quartering away, and he finally tipped over for good.

Whew! That was a pretty intense and nerve-wracking 30-45 minutes, but it was over, and I had killed a great bull, near the end of Day #6. Moose have a reputation for being relatively “easy” to kill, but it didn’t quite work out that way for me. Some poor shooting on my first shot and marginal arrow penetration didn’t help. Arrow 3 and 4 got broken up, arrow #2 was still intact when I walked up to the bull, but it had somehow come unscrewed from the broad-head and was just dangling from the moose. In the pic above I drew a line where arrow #2 hit the bull.

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16-Feb-19

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16-Feb-19

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Bull #11 with some happy old guy, me!
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Bull #11 with some happy old guy, me!
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Scott with the moose.
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Scott with the moose.
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Another pic.
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Another pic.
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Can see more of the moose body in this pic.
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Can see more of the moose body in this pic.
Doc drove his ATV back to camp; Scott then drove up and graciously offered to help me butcher the moose. Fortunately it died only about 150 yards from the road, with an easy flat trail for access. But handling an animal that size is a chore, it was great to have help! Just moving it a couple of feet out of the brush was not easy.

It got dark when before we even got halfway done so much of the work was done with headlamps. Did gutless, and as I deboned the quarters Scott carried most of the loads back to the ATV. Decided to leave all the meat and head by a tree and retrieve it the next morning. I still had to drive the ATV 8 miles back to the truck, load it up, then 30 miles back to camp, and unload the ATV. I was dead tired when I hit the sack about 11 PM, but hardly got a wink of sleep.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Head and meat.
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Head and meat.
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Scott and me.
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Scott and me.
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Ronnie (Arkansas guy) and me. The country right between us, high up, is where I shot this bull.
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Ronnie (Arkansas guy) and me. The country right between us, high up, is where I shot this bull.
Woke up early and drove the pickup to the meat pile, got there about sunrise. It was a rough drive in the pickup, but otherwise would have taken multiple ATV trips. Scott and Doc came over to chat and help me load it up. The weather during the hunt was mostly on the warm side but it got down to 22 that night so the meat got a decent chill on it.

When I drove out I stopped by the Arkansas camp and they were all excited to see the moose. I cut off a 6” chunk of backstrap so they could at least have a taste.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Headed home!
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Headed home!
Back at camp got everything loaded up; just before leaving the surveyor guy from Alamosa stopped by camp to tell me he had just seen the large bull moose (probably #1) up in Rat Creek again, but as the words left his mouth he saw my moose head on top of the ATV. Still nice of him to stop by, he went out of his way to do it.

On the way home I stopped by the CPW office in Monte Vista to have moose checked, which is mandatory. I was happy I could get that done before the weekend. I had done a real quick measurement in camp and got something over 48” for the antler width, the CPW lady measured 48-7/8” I think. When I got home I got something closer to 49-1/2”. Way bigger than I was hoping for, couldn’t be happier. I don’t know if Bull #1 would have scored better, but at this point I don’t care.

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19

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Tail end of the backstrap showing a healthy fat cap!
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Tail end of the backstrap showing a healthy fat cap!
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Big chunk of neck meat.
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Big chunk of neck meat.
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Neck Roast.
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Neck Roast.
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Sirloin tip steak, good stuff!
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Sirloin tip steak, good stuff!
Butchering.

It took me 3-1/2 days to butcher the moose, here are a few pics.

While headed to Wyoming a few weeks later I dropped off a load of meat in Alamosa for Scott. He owns the San Luis Valley Brewing Co. If you are in Alamosa stop by and tell him thanks for helping out a Bowsiter!

From: Bou'bound
16-Feb-19
Great bull and story. A little short on detail but excellent nonetheless less. Lol

16-Feb-19
Great story and grats on the bull. Thanks for taking the time to write it up.

16-Feb-19
Great bull and excellent story, I love all the details and pics. You had a nice little adventure there!

From: BULELK1
16-Feb-19
Holy-Moly!!

What a great read.

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

16-Feb-19
Very entertaining read thanks. And congrats.

From: Predeter
16-Feb-19
Congrats! Thanks for posting the story.

From: Oryx35
16-Feb-19
Thanks for sharing! I'm hoping to get my hands on a shiras tag someday. It sure is fun to read the stories.

From: TRnCO
16-Feb-19
awesome recap and thanks for taking the time to share the story and pics

From: RogBow
16-Feb-19
Nice, congrats!

From: otcWill
16-Feb-19
Dream hunt! Glad we could be of some help JR. Congrats and thanks for the story!

From: Heat
16-Feb-19
Congratulations on your big bull moose! Thanks for the story and pics! Great job.

From: SBH
16-Feb-19
Incredible! Awesome recap. You saw some great bulls and harvested a beautiful animal. Well done!

From: sticksender
16-Feb-19
A dandy Shiras bull, congrats to you!

From: GLP
16-Feb-19
Great story and pics!

From: Inshart
16-Feb-19
Great read .... not sure what Bou meant by "short on detail" I thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations!

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-19
WOW x 2 is right. NIcely done. When i hunted elk above and around Heart Lake 8 years ago, I also saw moose in the area. Neat areas around Creed for sure.

Did you have to get your moose tested of CWD? my best, Paul

From: JRABQ
16-Feb-19
I'd guess Bou was being sarcastic, I certainly took no offense.

CWD didn't cross my mind, I didn't think 76 was one of the "infected" areas. Maybe it is now but too late.

Creede was neat with all the old mining activity in the area. 76 is awesome country, I feel really lucky to have hunted it twice. Unlikely I'll get to do it again.

16-Feb-19
Great pictures, video and write up. You will appreciate it years from now having the whole story in one place. I have done a few over the years and like going back to relive them.

Another benefit is having a backup. I had a phone crash and loose all the video/pictures unexpectedly but had the best stuff on Bowsite!

From: Z Barebow
16-Feb-19
Congrats and thanks for sharing. A hunt that few will ever do. Living vicariously through your hunt was great!

From: t-roy
16-Feb-19
Great write up and even nicer bull, JR! Congrats to you on your great adventure and kudos to all of the guys that helped you out along the way as well.

I think bou’s comment was meant “tongue in cheek”.

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-19
tongue in cheek for sure.

From: Medicinemann
16-Feb-19
Great story!! Thank you for taking the time to write it up, add photos and videos, and share it with us.....I know the process takes a long time, but it is appreciated.

From: mrelite
16-Feb-19
I thoroughly enjoyed the write up and congratulations on an awesome Bull!!

From: Bowboy
16-Feb-19
Great bull, story and pictures. That is a super bull congrats and thanks for sharing.

From: Treeline
16-Feb-19
Congratulations on a hunt of a lifetime and a spectacular trophy to go with it! Thanks for the story! Great reading on a snowy, blowy day!

Maybe this will finally be my year. Have managed to gather up all the moose points Colorado let’s a person have, so maybe...

From: Beav
16-Feb-19
Absolutely a great recap! Congrats on one hell of a bull and thanks for taking the time to share the story!

16-Feb-19
Great bull, great story! Thanks for sharing.

From: Ron Niziolek
16-Feb-19
Excellent hunt and write up. Congrats on a tremendous bull.

From: Tyler
16-Feb-19
Great read and congrats on an awesome bull!

16-Feb-19
Many of us have dreamed of Moose with a bow from Childhood. You did it! Congrats!

From: Sivart
16-Feb-19
Dream hunt. Hope to be there elk hunting soon

From: elmer@laptop
16-Feb-19
way to go. great story!.

From: Scoot
16-Feb-19
Outstanding! Thanks for sharing.

From: Hawkeye
16-Feb-19
Incredible thread and accomplishment! Well done and congrats:)

From: Jaquomo
17-Feb-19
Excellent! To wildwilderness's suggestion, figure out a way to save this thread into a PDF. After a couple years your thread may still exist but the photos will not, and its a bummer for you or friends to relive it without the photos to illustrate.

Thanks for taking us along and congratulations on a great bull!

From: JRABQ
17-Feb-19
Jaquomo said; "Excellent! To wildwilderness's suggestion, figure out a way to save this thread into a PDF"

Great idea, but I essentially did this already, in reverse. I first wrote the stand-alone document (in Word) and then cut and pasted paragraphs into the thread (which was more work than I thought it would be, especially dealing with the photos and video).

But it was fun writing this up, glad some of you found it entertaining, thanks for the nice comments guys.

From: uteangler
17-Feb-19
Awesome story. Congratulations sir!

From: pav
17-Feb-19
Thanks for sharing! Great hunt recap and a fantastic bull moose....congrats!

17-Feb-19
Great writeup and congrats on an awesome bull! Thanks for taking the time

17-Feb-19
Absolutely amazing hunt!!! I am a moose aholic and this thread was great. One day I'll draw a CO tag...one day.

From: Branden
17-Feb-19
Great story and congrats on a great moose. I vacationed in Creede last summer and it is a really cool area.

From: Mark Watkins
17-Feb-19
Congrats on a great bull!

Awesome story telling and pics!!!

Mark

From: LKH
17-Feb-19
Wonderful story and just what I needed sitting around with -5 temps and lots of snow.

From: elkstabber
18-Feb-19
That was an excellent adventure. Thanks for sharing.

From: cnelk
18-Feb-19
Thumbs up man!

From: Ken
18-Feb-19
Great bull and great story. Thanks for sharing the story with us.

From: luckydraw
18-Feb-19
Thank You for taking the time to post this. Ill hopefully be hunting elk there soon. Really enjoyed the pics.

18-Feb-19
Great account! Congrats!!

From: OFFHNTN
18-Feb-19
CONGRATS on a great bull!!! Thank you for sharing!

From: Surfbow
18-Feb-19
Great write-up JR, thanks for sharing! Congrats again on the bull!

From: Shiras42
18-Feb-19
Outstanding! Congrats!

From: Chukar
18-Feb-19
I really enjoyed your story. Thank you for taking the time. Congratulations on a dandy Bull.

From: easy
18-Feb-19
Thank you for taking the time to share a great adventure. Congrats on a hunt of a lifetime.

From: Tinner2216
18-Feb-19
Thanks for the write up. Congrats on a great bull!! One of the most memorable hunt areas I have been in, continental divide and old mines on top of the wildlife!!

From: Whip
20-Feb-19
Great story, and a great bull! Thanks for taking the time to bring us along.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
22-Feb-19
Great hunt JRABQ. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

04-Mar-19
Unreal hunt!

From: APauls
04-Mar-19
Great hunt, pics and video JR! That's quite something! What a stud bull too. Congratulations and you are going to enjoy some fine eating for a while to come!!!

04-Mar-19
Congrats! Thanks for taking the time to write it up!

From: elkmtngear
04-Mar-19
Helluva bull...nice when all the scouting, intel, and research pays off !

Well done, Sir!

04-Mar-19
Missed this last week! Great write up. Great that you could give some of your mountain mates some acknowledgement as well. The moose tag is an incredible opportunity and really shows how many good characters are willing to share intel and lend a hand. Congrats on a fantastic bull and hunt. (My experience this year was similar with generous bowsiters and fellas on the mountain).

From: MjMorrow
06-Mar-19
Congrats on your hunt and thanks for taking the time to share it!

From: BK
06-Mar-19
Damn Excellent story/ pics to relieve this long hard winter depression.

From: Fatbass
06-Mar-19
Fantastic, thank you for sharing. Great stuff.

From: Rocky D
06-Mar-19
Absolutely entertaining, great bull and a fabulous read.

From: BiggsBulls85
04-Jun-19
Outstanding! My dad has just been notified that he drew unit 76 for a rifle bull moose tag for 2019. I very much appreciate you sharing the info and have sent you a personal message to hopefully begin some dialog that could be of help in my dad's quest. Thank you again for the great story! Andrew

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