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My Epic Year Is Under Way
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Contributors to this thread:
coelker 19-Jun-19
Beav 19-Jun-19
deerslayer 19-Jun-19
Hawkeye 19-Jun-19
LUNG$HOT 20-Jun-19
midwest 20-Jun-19
Treeline 20-Jun-19
SBH 20-Jun-19
adogg437 20-Jun-19
Southern draw 20-Jun-19
coelker 18-Jul-19
Chasewild 18-Jul-19
Vonfoust 18-Jul-19
Treeline 18-Jul-19
coelker 19-Jul-19
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From: coelker
19-Jun-19

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Boulder got it done!!!
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Boulder got it done!!!
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My bird... Not a bow kill but still a ton of fun.
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My bird... Not a bow kill but still a ton of fun.
So 2019 is looking to be one of the most blessed years of my life. Hunting wise it is off to slow start. Despite my lack of time in the field, I did manage to take a first time hunter out on a successful turkey hunt. It was with shot gun but he spent one weekend with me and managed to take a great mountain bird. So I will not go into to great detail, but this is a born and raised Boulderite. He even graduated from CU Bolder. Needless to say I feel I have some great mojo from this accomplishment.

Not only did we score a bird for him, but on the last weekend I snagged a bird as well. Again not a great start but at least I got a little time out in the field...

After turkey hunting settled out it was the wait for licenses. I had 2 really good tags that I should draw.

Colorado Unit 2 archery Elk and Colorado Unit 22 4th Season Deer...

Well as the odds showed I drew both... One took 22 points and the other took 15...

I also learned that we are relocating to WY so it was amazing timing to dump my resident points...

Lastly my wife allowed me to get a new bow... Last weekend for fathers day a new bow found its way home... Amazing blessings...

Now I ahve to get to work. I need to loose about 80 pounds, get into shape, practice, practice, practice...

Scout and set trail cameras...

Hope you all come along for the ride!!!

From: Beav
19-Jun-19
Look forward to following along!

From: deerslayer
19-Jun-19
Awesome man. Keep us posted!

From: Hawkeye
19-Jun-19
Good luck!

From: LUNG$HOT
20-Jun-19
Congrats on all the stars aligning in your life Rob! To say I’m envious would be an understatement. Can’t wait to follow along. Good luck, stay motivated!

From: midwest
20-Jun-19
Epic year is right! Best of luck!

From: Treeline
20-Jun-19
Good start to a great year all the way around!

From: SBH
20-Jun-19
Cant wait!

From: adogg437
20-Jun-19
Awesome! Life is looking good for you, Congtats!

20-Jun-19
Congrats on the tags.Good luck look forward to hearing about your hunts.

From: coelker
18-Jul-19
Well 11pm and I finally am getting in some scouting. We will head out early in morning and be in unit by lunch.

Excited as I finally have time to scout and get my hunt under way...

I will take and share pics as I go...

Down loaded all my GPS for potential water holes etc...

From: Chasewild
18-Jul-19
Extra gas cans. You don't want to drive back to maybel every time to get more gas.

From: Vonfoust
18-Jul-19
Maybe a Bowsite name change as well? Exciting times.

From: Treeline
18-Jul-19
I have extra gas cans if you need ‘em! Let me know.

From: coelker
19-Jul-19
So the day was mixed bag... we made it late into the unit. Arriving just after 2:00 pm. We glassed and hiked several spots.

Ended up seeing 22 cows in 5 different groups and only one 4 point bull.

Saw lots of stupid horses.

For years I sprayed weeds in the county and I am saddened and almost pissed to see how horrible the ranges has become in the horse area. It was never great, but it is Insane how poorly the range has digressed in the horse areas. Outside the horse areas the grass looked amazing this time of year.

Saw a few antelope and one doe and fawn. Cover about 100 miles in the unit today. Have a good loop planned for tomorrow. But mid day we are likely heading to town for ice and fuel.

Fuel not a huge deal I get around 500 miles a tank..

From: coelker
19-Jul-19
So as the second day of scouting wraps up. We have.seen 117 cow/calves. 18 bulls, no shooters at all...

We hiked about 5 miles mid day. It was hot, 97 when we got back to truck. Our ice is running out pretty fast and we have friends in Craig, so we ran into town for dinner and recoup.

From: coelker
21-Jul-19
Well day 3 under our belts. New area and it was good. We are now at 172 Cow/Calves and 45 bulls.

We also did some sight seeing. Hot up the coke ovens that were built in 1892 and also pictographs from the Fremont Indians.

Also hit Gates of Ladore and took a bath in the Green River...

From: coelker
21-Jul-19

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Fire and rehydration tome

From: coelker
21-Jul-19

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A buck for a Bowsiter... Mot sure but both were pretty decent!!’
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A buck for a Bowsiter... Mot sure but both were pretty decent!!’
Ok so let’s rock some pictures...

From: coelker
21-Jul-19

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A group in the wide open!!!
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A group in the wide open!!!

From: coelker
21-Jul-19

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A little afternoon break From the 94 degree heat today!
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A little afternoon break From the 94 degree heat today!

From: coelker
21-Jul-19

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The cooler temps also brought some lightning!!’
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The cooler temps also brought some lightning!!’

From: coelker
21-Jul-19

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Laying in the wide open on 90+ days...
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Laying in the wide open on 90+ days...

From: coelker
21-Jul-19

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Visiting the coke ovens...
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Visiting the coke ovens...

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21-Jul-19

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23-Jul-19

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We found only 2 buzz worms. Either of the. Rattled they both coiled but never once gave a warning buzz...

From: coelker
23-Jul-19
In the end we ended up driving over 1000 miles this weekend. We covered several areas of the unit but not all the places we wanted to check.

We saw 55 bulls, 197 cow/calves

We found 1 scorpion, we ate 23 hotdogs.

We saw rock art, took a bath in the river, etc.

It was a fun first weekend. I did find a couple bulls that need a closer look...

From: coelker
23-Jul-19

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23-Jul-19

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It is hot and pretty dry... This fire blew up a lot really fast!!!!
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It is hot and pretty dry... This fire blew up a lot really fast!!!!

From: coelker
23-Jul-19

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23-Jul-19

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Fremont Rock Art...
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Fremont Rock Art...

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23-Jul-19

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23-Jul-19

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23-Jul-19

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Banana 5
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Banana 5

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23-Jul-19

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Banana 5
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Banana 5

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23-Jul-19

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23-Jul-19

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23-Jul-19

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Crappy photo but really long ways out. I saw him pretty good in my spotter. He might be the one!!
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Crappy photo but really long ways out. I saw him pretty good in my spotter. He might be the one!!

23-Jul-19
Thanks for taking the time to post the pics and story.

Good luck this year.

From: midwest
23-Jul-19
Thanks for taking us along!

From: Treeline
23-Jul-19
That 5x6 looks familiar. Have some video on my phone of a bull that looks just like him a couple years back.

From: coelker
25-Jul-19

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So I am working out a little morning and night. My weight loss has not went as planned. But it is what it is, still some hope left for exercise the next couple of weeks...

I am into my second night of shooting my bow. Doing about 80 shots a night and like 20 each morning.

Took a bit to get dialed in and comfortable, but now the new Vertix is grouping well...

From: coelker
25-Jul-19

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From: coelker
26-Jul-19

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Little more group therapy...

50 yards...

26-Jul-19
Exciting year ahead! Good luck keep us posted

From: coelker
29-Jul-19
So we managed to sneak into the unit on the way back to WY from Colorado. My wife and I spent the night in the back of the truck. On Saturday night we saw 7 decent bulls no monsters and pulled the 2 camera I had on Douglas.

Sunday I was up early and despite glassing etc.

Saw no elk. We pulled the cards from the cameras and reset. We added one camera at a new spot...

All the elk we saw were in the hot wide open. Heat made it hard to take pictures...

From: coelker
29-Jul-19

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Vermillion Bluffs!!!
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Vermillion Bluffs!!!

From: coelker
29-Jul-19

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One group out and about in the sage
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One group out and about in the sage

From: coelker
29-Jul-19

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Another group out in the hot open sage... the one bull might make the hit list, but it was so hot
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Another group out in the hot open sage... the one bull might make the hit list, but it was so hot

From: coelker
29-Jul-19

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Looks good going away
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Looks good going away

From: coelker
29-Jul-19

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Looks to be a shooter???!
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Looks to be a shooter???!

From: coelker
29-Jul-19

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Oh Daddy Bull...
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Oh Daddy Bull...
Then there is this guy... He is my number 1 bull right now...

From: coelker
29-Jul-19

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And from the side... I am not sure if the kicker is shared or not?

From: coelker
29-Jul-19
I have 12,000 trail Can picks to look through... The best of those will be up tomorrow....

From: Brun
29-Jul-19
Lots of really good bulls. I also like the last one. Great width and thirds. Not sure I understand the last picture though. Hope you find that guy in Sept.

From: coelker
30-Jul-19
Oh man... Who hijacked my pictures. I have no idea who the big fish guy is and how they are on my thread???? Literally have never seen that pic before...

So at any rate I will re-post the side view of the big guy...

From: coelker
30-Jul-19

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Oh Daddy Bull Side View
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Oh Daddy Bull Side View

From: Scoot
30-Jul-19
Do we have a Mike Mitten sighting?

Note- I only see the pic of the fish when I look on my computer, not my phone. Weird...

From: coelker
30-Jul-19
On my phone it did not show as the big fish either....

From: coelker
30-Jul-19

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John Elway
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John Elway
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John Elway with Oh Daddy
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John Elway with Oh Daddy
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From: coelker
30-Jul-19

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Anuebus 1
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Anuebus 1
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The narrow Anuebus Bull
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The narrow Anuebus Bull
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The old man
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The old man
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The old man
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The old man
Some other bulls...

From: coelker
30-Jul-19

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Close but not what I want...
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Close but not what I want...
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The old man
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The old man
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I want a better view please Mr. Bull
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I want a better view please Mr. Bull

From: coelker
31-Jul-19

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The freak
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The freak
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The freak
This bull has my interest as well... I have a really unique 3 antlered bull that is a 6x4x3x1... So another freaky bull to the collection would work...

From: midwest
31-Jul-19
wowzer!

From: Jasper
01-Aug-19
Thanks for the thread, really enjoying it. Good luck on your hunt!!!

From: Big John
01-Aug-19
Oh My, What a problem to have!!!

From: coelker
01-Aug-19
So this weekend I am not going to make it to the unit. My daughter won a grand champion showmanship award for 4H and is now competing in the round robin for showmanship. I am so very proud of her and excited for her. As a result the cameras soak a week and in 2 weeks I will provide an update... For the time being I am going to edit the photos and give each bull a name... I would ask everyone to vote for the bull they would focus on...

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01-Aug-19

From: Brun
01-Aug-19
The 7 point at the tank in the sage gets my vote.

From: KHNC
08-Aug-19
Damn! Is this unit 2 or something? Some amazing bulls for Co.

From: KHNC
08-Aug-19
Damn! Is this unit 2 or something? Some amazing bulls for Co. i see now that it is! Good luck!

From: KHNC
08-Aug-19
I see now that it is. Good luck!

From: Grasshopper
09-Aug-19
Holy Moly. It is going to be fun!

From: Treeline
09-Aug-19
Yeow! You’re seeing tons of bulls and way more action than I ever had on my hunt! Some great bulls for sure! Can’t wait to see more pictures and the results!

From: Hancock West
09-Aug-19
that's a riot coelker. looks like a russian. hacked for sure. Banana 5 or old man are the ones i'd go after. Big & typical racks are best. lol

From: Chasewild
09-Aug-19
Oh man. What a hunt to be on.

From: SBH
09-Aug-19
Incredible bulls! I'll be keeping an eye on this one. Great pics. Nice job putting in the scouting time. It will pay off.

From: coelker
14-Aug-19
So time is flying by... The hunt is getting close and my stress is way up.

This last weekend we made another trip to unit 2. Only 692 miles this last weekend.

We ended up in a pinch for fuel as the only station in May bell had a computer glitch.

At any rate out trip was short and fast to pull camera cards and look for new water sources.

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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He was a little cold getting a spot bath on the tailgate
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He was a little cold getting a spot bath on the tailgate
So to start the trip off, we left on Friday evening from the house. Drove to the unit. On the way there I kept smelling sour milk or something like it. I assumed there was something in the back. After about 2 hours my son age 9 decided to take his shoes off and of crap it was raunchy. I made him throw his shoes in the back of the truck. He then wiped his feet with alcohol wipes but they still were nasty.

At any rate before I shared a bed with him we had to scrub his feet. Luckily our kitchen had dish soap...

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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Banana 5
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Banana 5
The next day I pulled one camera card and moved it. I was not happy with what it was catching and missing...

I did find this bull again.

I was very surprised to see that he added about 5” on each in the last 2 weeks. He went from little bumps for his 5ths to about 6” long 5ths...

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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A smaller bull that gave a good photo opp from sat morning
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A smaller bull that gave a good photo opp from sat morning

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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A other good bull...
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A other good bull...
That afternoon we travelled a bunch of roads into parts of the unit where others have had success... saw no sign and a total lack of elk. Did find a random water hole near the monument that will be a good back up spot...

On Saturday morning we found this bull from where we camped...

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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The boy sleeping in
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The boy sleeping in
Did Iention how we roll? Here is our sleeping arrangements. The Ram Mega cab is a gift from the car gods. The back seat folds down flat and provides enough space for me to sleep fully stretched corner to corner. Also allows for my wife and I to sleep in the back or my son and I. I have done this for years. Even on January coyote hunts.

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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About as big as I have seen deer wise
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About as big as I have seen deer wise
One thing I have always said. Unit 2 is not a unit I would ever waste my deer points or lope points in. If anyone ever considers it, please think twice. The only reason to do either is for the experience of the unit, but deer and lope populations suck, and size is not great either. It is a trophy elk unit.

Sure they have potential, but you can kill as good of bucks on 0-3 point hunts as what I have seen in 2

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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This bull is close he
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another new bull
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another new bull
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This bull has been on my camera but I never get a good look... Note the body size difference between the 2? Crazy
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This bull has been on my camera but I never get a good look... Note the body size difference between the 2? Crazy
So lets get to the good stuff...

First a disappointment, I have a water hole in the middle of no where that has another persons trail camera on it. I am hoping it is someone with a later hunt as the hole happens to be the one my target bull is hitting. I am afraid that it is an antelope hunter and this weekend will see a blind etc.

I left the guy/gal a note stating who I was and that I would love to share information and coordinate hunts etc. I am pretty certain it is not an elk hunter, but hopefully they will see the note and look elsewhere or at the very least call me and let me work with them. I have a good antelope buck in the unit that I would share info on...

On a good note I have found a couple other bulls in new spots and had a few show up on camera.

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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Probably my favorite pic of the year thus far...
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Probably my favorite pic of the year thus far...
A few faces to recognize...

From: coelker
14-Aug-19

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This bull has been hiding from me. I barely catch him in the back of other pictures etc. In fact I was not able to see him at all until i brightened up a picture He had potential as well.
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This bull has been hiding from me. I barely catch him in the back of other pictures etc. In fact I was not able to see him at all until i brightened up a picture He had potential as well.
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Sometimes you have an itch
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Sometimes you have an itch
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Funky stuff?
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Funky stuff?
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14-Aug-19

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From: Treeline
14-Aug-19
Looking like you have more than a few customers;-)

Good luck closing the deal on a good one!

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