Live Hunt: Bulls For My Buddies

During the 2010 elk season I decided to help guide some good friends to big Colorado elk. It’s always good … Continued

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My 2010 elk season was a bit different then the norm. I decided to take a step back from the driver’s seat and spend my season helping some great friends fill their life long dream of killing a bull in the Colorado wilderness. It was an amazing feeling to help my friend out and it made for a season I won’t soon forget.
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My first hunt would be with an Air Force buddy of mine named Jason. He was deployed in Iraq and we kept in touch over email. I promised myself I’d help get him a Colorado bull when he came home.
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This was my closest water source. I could smell the “beaver fever” in the air.
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My home for the next couple days.
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I had one day to hunt by myself before Jason got in. I missed a good bull opening morning, but filled my “list B” cow tag quickly.
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Now she is hanging in a tree.
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Here I’m getting prepared to pack her back to the trail head.
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J dog has arrived!
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I know there is water down there somewhere dang it.
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Looking for Mr. Wapiti.
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Nothing like a little snow in August.
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Backcountry television.
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The wild wilderness
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A view from the top.
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Heading back in to find Wapiti.
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Breakfast.
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Grouse for dinner
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A little Aquamira goes a long way. One of the best ways for water purification in the backcountry.
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The tools of the trade.
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Go team Hilleberg.
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Red is my friend. Jason was unsure of the hit, but when we walked up on this we had a good feeling we would retrieve the bull quickly.
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J and his first archery bull.
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The work has begun.
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Getting it off the bone as fast as we can.
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The work continues through the night.
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Still going.
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It’s sleepy time now.
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Put the GPS down J. You don’t know how to use it anyway.
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After We put down Jason’s bull I was off to meet up with my buddies John and Jerry. They’re two Midwestern boys who always dreamed of taking a bull with a bow. I’m set to make that dream a reality. I’m cleaned, shaved and ready for round two.
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Rubbing al little extra “funk” on the estrus call. I was more than happy to be a guide for John and Jerry. They had hooked me up with some prime whitetail hunting in Wisconsin and it was my turn to pay them back.
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It worked! The bull came straight into the call and Jerry made a perfect shot on him.
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An amazing backcountry bull for Jerry.
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Wisconsin boys can “GET-R-DONE” in the wilderness too.
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I was very proud of my calling job.
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The pack out begins.
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John is up now and we are in the right spot.
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Did anyone else just see that? I didn’t miss… I promise!
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John has got his game face on now.
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A good photo of the aspens that John’s bull walked through before the shot.
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The set up was perfect.
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Another Wisconsin boy taking home a Colorado trophy.
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We had 190 pounds in Jerry’s pack. The only problem is that I’m the guy packing it out.
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The pack did not make it to the truck before the shoulder straps ripped off.
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So many game bags in trees that it looked like christmas ornaments.
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The “crew”

During the 2010 elk season I decided to help guide some good friends to big Colorado elk. It’s always good to be on the mountain, whether you’re behind the string or not.