Sitka Mountain Gear
Getting pounded in Colorado!
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Treeline 06-Feb-20
Bowboy 06-Feb-20
Bake 06-Feb-20
Treeline 06-Feb-20
Treeline 06-Feb-20
Bake 06-Feb-20
Treeline 06-Feb-20
SBH 06-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 06-Feb-20
Treeline 06-Feb-20
Rock 06-Feb-20
bowhunter24 06-Feb-20
ground hunter 06-Feb-20
Outdoordan 06-Feb-20
FORESTBOWS 06-Feb-20
FORESTBOWS 06-Feb-20
FORESTBOWS 07-Feb-20
leftee 07-Feb-20
Ghost425 07-Feb-20
FORESTBOWS 07-Feb-20
cnelk 07-Feb-20
Bliz6 07-Feb-20
Bliz6 07-Feb-20
lawdy 07-Feb-20
Rut Nut 07-Feb-20
coelker 07-Feb-20
Grey Ghost 07-Feb-20
Jaquomo 07-Feb-20
Grey Ghost 07-Feb-20
Treeline 07-Feb-20
cnelk 07-Feb-20
Treeline 07-Feb-20
Ermine 07-Feb-20
FORESTBOWS 07-Feb-20
FORESTBOWS 07-Feb-20
Medicinemann 07-Feb-20
Whocares 07-Feb-20
Whocares 07-Feb-20
TrapperKayak 07-Feb-20
TrapperKayak 07-Feb-20
Rut Nut 07-Feb-20
Jaquomo 07-Feb-20
TrapperKayak 07-Feb-20
cnelk 07-Feb-20
Rut Nut 07-Feb-20
Whocares 07-Feb-20
JTreeman 07-Feb-20
Rut Nut 07-Feb-20
Treeline 07-Feb-20
Jaquomo 07-Feb-20
cnelk 07-Feb-20
badbull 07-Feb-20
Rut Nut 07-Feb-20
Ghost425 08-Feb-20
WHOCARES 08-Feb-20
kscowboy 08-Feb-20
Grey Ghost 08-Feb-20
Ucsdryder 08-Feb-20
Whocares 08-Feb-20
PECO 08-Feb-20
PECO 08-Feb-20
cnelk 09-Feb-20
squirrel 10-Feb-20
Treeline 10-Feb-20
Ermine 10-Feb-20
TrapperKayak 10-Feb-20
PECO 10-Feb-20
lawdy 10-Feb-20
TD 10-Feb-20
FORESTBOWS 10-Feb-20
cnelk 10-Feb-20
PECO 11-Feb-20
Grey Ghost 11-Feb-20
yooper89 11-Feb-20
Ermine 11-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 11-Feb-20
kadbow 11-Feb-20
Grey Ghost 11-Feb-20
keepemsharp 11-Feb-20
Glunt@work 11-Feb-20
bigswivle 11-Feb-20
fubar racin 11-Feb-20
Treeline 11-Feb-20
Will 13-Feb-20
Jaquomo 13-Feb-20
cnelk 13-Feb-20
kscowboy 13-Feb-20
Grey Ghost 13-Feb-20
PECO 13-Feb-20
Rut Nut 13-Feb-20
badbull 13-Feb-20
Jaquomo 13-Feb-20
WV Mountaineer 13-Feb-20
From: Treeline
06-Feb-20
Getting a really big dump of snow here in NW Colorado!

Had a cold spell come through earlier in the week with just a little snow but the one today is dumping a ton of snow! Supposed to keep dumping thru tomorrow!

Pray for a long dry warm spell after this or the deer will be hurting...

From: Bowboy
06-Feb-20
Yep, it's doing the same thing in WY.

From: Bake
06-Feb-20

From: Treeline
06-Feb-20
Plowed the driveway 3 times and shoveled the deck twice... still dumping!

From: Treeline
06-Feb-20
No Bake!

From: Bake
06-Feb-20
I’m sorry ;) ;)

From: Treeline
06-Feb-20
Just one of many “sore” subjects in this state....

From: SBH
06-Feb-20
MT too....

From: Paul@thefort
06-Feb-20
Predicted only 2-4 in of snow in Ft. Collins in the next day or two. If I want more, I just head up the mt to Steamboat. :)

From: Treeline
06-Feb-20
Hell, Paul I gotta go down to Denver for CTAS tomorrow!

From: Rock
06-Feb-20
It just started snowing here in Castle Rock a few minutes ago, but do not think we are supposed to get much.

From: bowhunter24
06-Feb-20
All we have here in Kansas City is confetti!!!! And super bowel champs!

06-Feb-20
I am in the western UP,,, get a grip...that is why this weekend another 3 thousand snowmobilers will be here, but its good for the economy...... the deer will be okay

We see snow almost everyday

From: Outdoordan
06-Feb-20
Snowing and raining here in Boise. Mostly rain, but that means snow in the Mtns. Looking forward to trying my new liberty skis out!

06-Feb-20
Around 12" in downtown Glenwood springs. At 9 pm

06-Feb-20

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My drive way 15 minutes after I cleared it this morning

07-Feb-20

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My entry just now when I hot home. I cleared 4" off this morning.

From: leftee
07-Feb-20
'Super bowel champs'?? Messy.Worse than snow I'd think.

From: Ghost425
07-Feb-20
Woke up and found out I’m off of work today. Keystone got 11 inches, Vail 17 inches and Breckenridge 19 inches overnight. Biggest decision of the day is figuring out where to go play on my snowboard...Life is good!!!

07-Feb-20
My wife and I will be first chair at Sunlight ski area

From: cnelk
07-Feb-20
My son is already at the Summit at Keystone - he's got the lifts ready to start for your ski bunnys :)

From: Bliz6
07-Feb-20
18" in Kremmling and still coming down. Going to be a great day on the sleds!

From: Bliz6
07-Feb-20
Dup

From: lawdy
07-Feb-20
Plowed 6” last night. Another foot followed by freezing rain due today with tonight predicted at -11 and heavy winds. The deer are cozy in the winter yard on my land and munching on the maples and one huge hemlock I dropped for them. They do a good job of limbing my firewood and future hemlock siding for my barn.

From: Rut Nut
07-Feb-20
I see I'm not the ONLY one that caught bowhunter24's miscue! ;-)

From: coelker
07-Feb-20
Was along the Colorado/WY border 2 weeks ago. There was more snow and the snow was nastier (crusted and drifted) worse than any year in the last 15 other than 07/08. Unless something changes we are looking at 07/08 condition in the area again. This added to the CPWs hopes to kill all the mature bucks by increasing buck licenses and then compounded by the shift to later seasons. NW Colorado deer are done. They were already hammered hard this last year, but it will get worse...

South of Wamsetter the snow berms for the oil and gas roads are taller that a pickup and getting deeper. These berms are killer on any wildlife in the area.

From: Grey Ghost
07-Feb-20
On the bright side, all the snowpack is going to make for a great fishing season once the runoff is over. Personally, I think the drought years are harder on the big game than the heavy snow years, just based on observations around my place.

Matt

From: Jaquomo
07-Feb-20

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View of my house from the GFs deck. Supposed to continue through tomorrow. She loves snow, so she's out plowing the driveway and I'll send her over to plow mine after she puts another log on the fire and makes my breakfast. :-p

From: Grey Ghost
07-Feb-20
I'm with your GF, Lou, I love firing up my tractor/loader and plowing snow. After my season ending crash last year, I've kinda lost my passion for skiing, so plowing is about the only satisfaction I get from a heavy snow storm these days. All things considered, I'd rather be on my fishing boat in Florida.

Matt

From: Treeline
07-Feb-20
I need a bigger plow!

Had about 3 feet this morning.

Got stuck pulling the 4-Wheeler that I plow with out of the garage this morning at 5 am.

Had to shovel a path and pound the hell out of it to get it opened up.

Snow sucks!

From: cnelk
07-Feb-20

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Love winter in Colorado. Been snowmobiling into high Mtn lakes and setting the hook on lake trout every weekend

From: Treeline
07-Feb-20
Have to spend too much time digging out to enjoy winter.

Used to love skiing when I lived on the front range.

Quit when I moved up to the mountains.

Used to get some lion and coyote hunting in the winter as well. Don’t have any time for that anymore with having to be in Denver so much. Get home and have too many “honey-do’s”...

Just hoping that we don’t lose a bunch of deer with this kind of storm...

From: Ermine
07-Feb-20
Yea hopefully we get a warm Up after this one

07-Feb-20

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Snow sucked. Wind blown and set up already.

07-Feb-20

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This spot is never bad. Snow in the trees was ok.

From: Medicinemann
07-Feb-20
Forest, Don't get too close to those trees, or Kelly will dragging your busted butt down the mountain...

From: Whocares
07-Feb-20

From: Whocares
07-Feb-20
My daughter just said over 20" right in Kremmling and still snowing. Many hundreds elk and deer winter around there. Not good. She said Trough Road, Rabbit Ears and Berthoud all closed.

From: TrapperKayak
07-Feb-20

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Not CO, but we're getting pounded too.

From: TrapperKayak
07-Feb-20

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Finished the driveway at dark. Got my exercise for the day.

From: Rut Nut
07-Feb-20
Cnelk- the 1980’s called......................they want their auger back! ;-)

Just kidding! : ) I didn’t know guys still used those fire breathers

I’m just jealous, though. We haven’t had ice thick enough here in the Northeast all season that a hand auger couldn’t handle! : (

PS- Nice fish!

From: Jaquomo
07-Feb-20
Rur Nut, real men use hand augers only. Ice fishing isn't supposed to be easy. Those eAugers are cheating. :-) But I wish my 35 year old fire breather would just quit so I can justify an eAuger. It keeps running like a champ and shows no sign of slowing down.

From: TrapperKayak
07-Feb-20
Guys, real men use and ice spud....its trad.. ;)

From: cnelk
07-Feb-20
Dont be dissin' on my ol' StrikeMaster auger! :) I need the old fire breather to get thru all the ice!

After this latest storm, this is what Ill be doing Sunday

From: Rut Nut
07-Feb-20
LOL guys! : )

I don’t think they did much “hole hopping” in the GOOD OLD DAYS! ;-)

Jaq- get yourself one of the new high torque brushless 18v drills like the Milwaukee Fuel or Rigid Octane. You can use it for projects around the house in Summer and then ice augering in the winter.

From: Whocares
07-Feb-20
Don't do it. The bit adaptors wear out and you'll wreck your wrists for bow shooting. No leverage.

From: JTreeman
07-Feb-20
You guys need a cordless “hole hog” they have a clutch, no broken wrists then.

Never been ice fishing, but I know a thing or 2 about drilling holes!

—Jim

From: Rut Nut
07-Feb-20
Been using my Milwaukee Fuel for 4 years now. Side handle works great, no wear on adapter and no wrist issues.

From: Treeline
07-Feb-20
I got the same rig as cnelk... just haven’t cut any holes this winter!

From: Jaquomo
07-Feb-20
Rut Nut, will that push a 10" auger?

We started out with spuds, and fought like hell against the legalization of power augers. We knew it would ruin ice fishing, and we were right. ;-)

From: cnelk
07-Feb-20

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For you snow bunnies

Today at Vail Resort.

From: badbull
07-Feb-20
Jaq, what augar do you have GF use when you folks are ice fishing ? Or do you have her manually dig a hole in the ice? Maybe if you got her a new electric she could get to the rest of your chores faster (if we really believe everything that you said before ). Kidding aside, l do not icefish but my son does and wonder what diameter holes you recommend on a large resovoir that holds some big trout. Thanks.......badbull

From: Rut Nut
07-Feb-20

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“Rut Nut, will that push a 10” auger?”

As a matter of fact.................... ;-)

From: Ghost425
08-Feb-20
X2 on the Milwaukee 18v Fuel or a battery powered Milwaukee hole hawk. It drills 10 inch holes like butter and you don’t have to worry about trying to start the damn thing when it’s -20 on the lake. Very dependable, light weight and beats the brakes off an ol hand auger, more lightweight and dependable than that ol gas auger too. Seems to still be working for CNelk as those are some beautiful lakers that he’s pulling through the ice. Great job Brad, but RutNut is right, 1981 just put out an APB on that old ass auger.

From: WHOCARES
08-Feb-20
Rabbit Ears got 54" in that storm! Hard to imagine.

From: kscowboy
08-Feb-20
Winter kill and a nice run off that’ll last well into July. This sucks. Looks like tailwater fishing for a lot of the summer.

From: Grey Ghost
08-Feb-20
Don’t panic, March thru May might be dry, and all will be good. There are still parts of the CO where snow pack is below median.

Matt

From: Ucsdryder
08-Feb-20
Brad I heard about the lines. Sounds like they need to get rid of OTC ski passes too!!!

From: Whocares
08-Feb-20
And then when you see the traffic heading into the mountains Friday afternoon and Saturday to stand in lift lines and back down Sunday makes you wonder. Maybe OTC hunting not so bad!!

From: PECO
08-Feb-20

PECO's Link
https://www.facebook.com/snowbrains/videos/187573042450713/

From: PECO
08-Feb-20
Happy I don't work on Vail mountain anymore.

From: cnelk
09-Feb-20

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From: squirrel
10-Feb-20
Of the 3 deer that survived last years print button 2 got whacked by cars... I sure hope that big girl has twins. But one thing is certain, you can count on LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY.

From: Treeline
10-Feb-20

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Had to get some equipment in to push back yesterday... getting another bumper crop!

From: Ermine
10-Feb-20
We got another foot yesterday . Supposed to snow more today.

From: TrapperKayak
10-Feb-20
That CO skiing looks like not getting your money's worth. Two runs per day perhaps? At Vail's prices? I'll pass. I'd go to Telluride.

From: PECO
10-Feb-20
That was the gondola from Vail Village. Once you get up the mountain it thins out a little. There are other ways to get up the mountain. I still would not be there on a day like that. A friend that lives up there, told me he went to a different resort, an no lines at all, on the same day.

From: lawdy
10-Feb-20
14 inches two days ago, followed by a balmy -35 Saturday night. So far, 6” today. Leaving to plow. Yesterday was sunny and in the single digits after the -35. Took my beagle out after hare and it was a great run for 4 hours. Built a fire, cooked sausage, and had a tea after I caught up with my beagle a mile from my truck. I was 7 miles in a logging road so it was peaceful. Just a grader plowing out the wood yards. With about 3 feet in the woods it is going to get rough on the deer, but they have had it easy up to now. My beagle pushed a lynx out and he ran on top of the snow like it was bare ground.

From: TD
10-Feb-20
looks cowd.....

10-Feb-20

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First chair Monday morning. Getting a few runs in before going to the office.

From: cnelk
10-Feb-20

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First on the lake at 0700 this morning. 8 degrees and lots of fresh snow. Fishing sucked but had the lake to ourselves

From: PECO
11-Feb-20
Fishing has not been good down my way either.

From: Grey Ghost
11-Feb-20
I gotta hand it to you ice fisherman. I've tried it and didn't care for it, at all. Give me a fly rod, a drift boat, a good buddy or 2, and sunny warm temps and I'm a happy camper.

I think Dirks chart clearly shows there's no reason to fret about the wildlife this winter, yet. With the highest area only 31% over median snowpack, and the rest of the state between 4% and 25% above normal, the animals should be doing just fine. And this spring should be green and luscious for them. The fish are going to be fat and happy too.

Matt

From: yooper89
11-Feb-20
Every time I see this thread title pop up I forget which website I'm on for one quick second.

From: Ermine
11-Feb-20
We got another foot yesterday . Supposed to snow more today.

From: Paul@thefort
11-Feb-20
Brad, I rather have a lot more people on the lake and fish biting :) I am heading up to Lake John on thurs and Fri.

From: kadbow
11-Feb-20

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Rest area top of vail pass yesterday.

From: Grey Ghost
11-Feb-20
Love it!! Antler growth is going to be spectacular this year!!

Matt

From: keepemsharp
11-Feb-20
Have never understood how ice fishin works? Ya gotta have the spot spotted before freeze up? Seems to me ya can't move. Good luck folks, would like to try it sometime with someone that knew what they were doing. In KS we never get ice I trust.

From: Glunt@work
11-Feb-20
Took the family skiing the same day as that Vail pic. Maybe 15-20 people in the lift lines at our spot and its 1/2 hour closer with very little traffic.

From: bigswivle
11-Feb-20
85 here today :)

From: fubar racin
11-Feb-20
Keepemsharp where in ks are you Iv iced as far south as Scott lake once and a few times up around hoxie

From: Treeline
11-Feb-20
Hopefully, GG.

From: Will
13-Feb-20
PA hasn't had moveable snow yet in 2019-2020

From: Jaquomo
13-Feb-20

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Prople who don't ice fish can't understand the attraction. First time for my gf in December and within a couple minutes a big rainbow was sharking around her lure, she got so mesmerized watching it that she forgot to set the hook. Now she has it down, and there's a lot of laughing and squealing going on while we're reeling them in.

As far as moving, with a portable insulated flip hut you just flip the top, pull the sled to a new spot, drill a couple holes, and you're fishing again within a couple minutes. For deeper water where sight fishing isn't practical, we use color flashers so sensitive they will show a water bug swimming by.

I've won several thousand dollars in derbies and tournaments but nowadays I only fish for fun close to home.

From: cnelk
13-Feb-20
Weather and ice/snow permitting, we can easily drill 30-40 holes in a morning, moving around to find the fish

From: kscowboy
13-Feb-20
Those Palominos are a cool fish. They put a couple of those in our stretch with some other stocked Rainbows this summer. I like being able to read the water better by studying how they spend their day in the various columns and how to better fish the real fish (not stockers) in the river. Unfortunately, once the eagles arrive, it's over for my Palominos...

From: Grey Ghost
13-Feb-20
That's an absolutely beautiful Golden, Lou. But your GF's hands look mighty cold. ;-)

Did you keep that fish and eat it, or release it? If I ever caught one that size, I'd be inclined to mount it.

Matt

From: PECO
13-Feb-20
I have a hand auger and a few rods. No shelter, fish finder, underwater camera, or other high tech stuff. I just know the lake pretty well, if the fish are not there when I set up, I wait. They will come through.

From: Rut Nut
13-Feb-20
Wait til you guys see the new Garmin Panoptix………………………………… ;-)

I can't justify almost $2K for a fish finder, but for those who can afford it, it is a game-changer!

From: badbull
13-Feb-20
Jaq, that is a great pic of GF and fish. She sure shows a lot of spunk to be out there in the cold on the ice and obviously enjoying the fishing. I have a great wife but I don't think that I could ever get her out there (at least for very long). Good for both of you.......Bob

From: Jaquomo
13-Feb-20
She put down her IPA, bundled-up and emerged out of the 70 degree hut for the photo...

Matt, I stock hundreds of them every year in the lakes I manage. We smoked that one but I usually put everything back because I'm not crazy about trout wxcept smoked. They're strange fish, grow faster than regular rainbows, but regular rainbows like to hang with them so when we see a couple we know there are other fish below them to cast to. We sell a lot of daily guest passes to people who come up from the Front Range to try to catch one.

13-Feb-20
Golden trout possess white, mushy meat. I too don't care for trout like other people do. I like it but, they are far behind a catfish, bass, or perch caught from cold water. Or, a walleye, crappie, brim, or red eye caught from any temperature water. Anyways, as far as golden trout are concerned, they are the worst for table fare of any of the trout species.

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