Scouting 2019

ColoradoV

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Oct 4, 2011
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Well anyone getting out? What are you seeing this year? Are numbers where you are up, down, or sideways?

High or low big or small it is fun to see them all!

I have been out about 12 days so far total - all over - got a night in my own bed last night and then off again here in a few til Tues. Numbers at this point are down in many places no doubt about it but 2/3 bad winters does that.. Still finding a few real good bucks but still looking for a great buck. Maybe tonight!

I shoot more video than pics these days and will get one together but until then here are some pics..

Feel free to add anything - reports or pics - you have to add.













 

Ikeepitcold

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Feb 22, 2011
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Reno Nv
Nice bucks. I’ve been out a few times and headed out today to help a buddy with his Archery deer tag that opens today.

So far it’s looking like great horn growth for our animals.
 

Prerylyon

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I was just telling 'BC the other day we're deep into August now; school starts for my kids in ~ 2 wks and I still haven't gotten out to WY for a quick recon trip....😲

Granted, my tag isn't real high stakes this yr-doe deer-I still enjoy spending a couple days in the hunt area to get a 1st hand experience of the lay of the land, and like to treat all my hunts with same passion, whether for a trophy or not.
 

dirtclod Az.

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Jan 26, 2018
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Arizona
I was just telling 'BC the other day we're deep into August now; school starts for my kids in ~ 2 wks and I still haven't gotten out to WY for a quick recon trip....😲

Granted, my tag isn't real high stakes this yr-doe deer-I still enjoy spending a couple days in the hunt area to get a 1st hand experience of the lay of the land, and like to treat all my hunts with same passion, whether for a trophy or not.
You better get it in gear,two weeks and you'll have Soccer and plays and
who knows what kind of other sh8t!You know your the "Dad" they are Your Kids.Ha!,Ha!...
 
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Joseph

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Jan 25, 2014
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Creston BC Canada
I'd shoot any of the four points given the chance. I got out again last week and continued my hike into the alpine lake I had been trying to reach earlier in June. It was sort of a scouting trip, one of my old school friends had all his kids and their friends staying at their lake house for a week and they needed to be exercised. It was a super group as far hiking went, they are all military officers(not just good shape but athletes competing for the military) or university athletes. The oldest was 25(half my age exactly) and the youngest was my daughter who at 18 is a x-country mountain runner and works out 3-5 times per week. I lead the way in because I knew it but I certainly did not lead the way out. I'm positive each of the military could have jogged in there with full packs(two compete for the military in various iron man competitions military ones). Anyhow I didn't see any deer or elk but did see some sign, spectacular country and I did see deer in June so they are there. Maybe not in any great numbers but that sometimes isn't the point. It is bar none one of the most beautiful areas I have ever been in and the fishing was great. I'm definitely going to spend at least one long weekend back in there this fall. If my daughter sees a buck and shoots it would just be icing.
 

Joseph

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Jan 25, 2014
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Creston BC Canada
Here's a few pictures of two different areas I hiked/scouted the past couple of weeks. Some sign but no deer or elk spotted, not overly concerned since it was completely the wrong time of day to see animals. I was hiking with my daughter and her boyfriend for one of the trips so getting up there in the dark for first light was not going to happen. The other trip was with a large group also in the heat of the day so I was mainly just looking for game trails, sign, and future tenting spots.DSCF2012.jpgDSCF2014.jpgDSCF2022.jpgDSCF2025.jpg
 
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Joseph

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Jan 25, 2014
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Creston BC Canada
I hiked into one of my favourite ares yesterday to cut firewood for a camp my hunting partner and I set up 7 or 8 years back while spring bear hunting. I spent an hour and a half or so getting enough firewood for 5-6nights and rebuilt/cleared out the firepit, got my tent site cleared of branches and pinecones. I enjoyed a cup of tea and just daydreamed about upcoming hunts.I hope to get out for at least 4 longer weekend backpacking trips but we'll see how the season goes.
I then spent the next 5 hours hiking around just generally checking for sign(there was as much elk sign as mule deer so that's good) and seeing what there was to see. I only spotted two smaller three point bucks, to be legal here 4 points on one side excluding eye guards is the minimum. My daughter during youth season might be tempted by one of those. I also saw 8 blue grouse so it'd be worth my while packing a small shotgun with her during youth season and seeing if we could bring home a few of those. I am excited about the upcoming season to say the least. The elk are there, the deer are there, lots of grouse, and camp is all set. Just have to drag my gear and myself up there and get hunting. September 10th can't come soon enough.