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Old July 1, 2006, 12:12 AM   #1
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went on a scouting run today... (pics)

Picked up a doe tag for Colorado GMU 6 (and surrounding units) so I headed up to Walden, Colorado to do a little scouting and explore around Colorado State Forest, which is where I will likely hunt.

I love Colorado... In 1 day's worth of scouting I saw elk, deer, antelope, moose, badger, coyote, and too many other small animals to list.
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Old July 1, 2006, 12:14 AM   #2
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Here is a picture of the continental divide that I pass over on the way to North Park...

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Old July 1, 2006, 12:15 AM   #3
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My ultimate destination: The mountains in the background have aspen stands between 9,000-10,500 ft, which is where I focused my scouting.

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Old July 1, 2006, 12:16 AM   #4
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bumped into this young buck on the way through some BLM land on the way to the hills in the previous pic:

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Old July 1, 2006, 12:17 AM   #5
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.........and he had some buddies:

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Old July 1, 2006, 12:19 AM   #6
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These 3 mulies were in sagebrush country and a ways from the nearest cover, EXCEPT for 1 lone patch of aspens about 2 acres in size. I passed by the stand 3 more times while scouting and these deer were in the aspens or around them each time. I may pick up a buck tag and see if the bigger buck in the back sticks around for Sept.

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Old July 1, 2006, 12:21 AM   #7
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These elk were about 2 miles past the mule deer:

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Old July 1, 2006, 12:22 AM   #8
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Another shot of the elk, so you can see the sage bush/aspen habitat:

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Old July 1, 2006, 12:23 AM   #9
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Finally getting into the REAL elk and deer habitat where I will find the animals this fall:

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Old July 1, 2006, 12:25 AM   #10
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This little guy wasn't too afraid. He was bedded down at 9,800 ft, and stood up when he saw me coming.

In addition to this and a few other bucks, I probably saw 30 or so does, and dozens of antelope... I also caught a glimpse of a bull moose from the road south of Walden.


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Old July 1, 2006, 12:26 AM   #11
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All in all, a great day scouting, especially since I played hookie from work to make it happen
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Old July 1, 2006, 02:36 AM   #12
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Awesome! I like where I live, but that just makes me want to move there.

Seriously though I'm a bit curious. Is it difficult to get tags? How about if you're a resident, and how expensive to hunt up there? Is it anything like other states where $50 and you hunt most seasons--some I'd imagine not like that?
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Old July 1, 2006, 02:43 AM   #13
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Beautiful...Looks a lot like where I am now. I couldn't live happily without that around me. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Old July 1, 2006, 06:08 AM   #14
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amazing country (and deer) mate, thanks for sharing
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Old July 1, 2006, 08:33 AM   #15
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Absolutely beautiful. I've always loved Colo, espec those aspen groves. I too would like to move up there. Thanks for sharing. What is the nearest town to this area? Is this where plains meet mountains?
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Old July 1, 2006, 10:49 AM   #16
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Chesmist,

tags are pretty easy to get in these areas. There are a lot of over the counter and leftover tags for both deer and elk a guy can pick up. You'll be trying a while for moose though, because North Park is probably the #1 moose area in the state...and you may have to build up a preferenace point or two for antelope.

But for the average hunter looking to lob sticks or hunt with a rifle, you can plan on hunting something in this general area every year.
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Old July 1, 2006, 10:57 AM   #17
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FirstFreedom,

North Park is one of Colorado's three "parks" (high alpine valley). North Park is roughly 45 minutes southwest of Laramie, Wyoming, and the little town of Walden, CO sits in the middle of the park.

The park floor sits at about 8,100 feet up, so this is not the plains! The headwaters for the North Platte RIver start there too, which I've always though was unique. Because it's an alpine basin it's always very wet and because of that they grow a fair amount of ducks each summer.,

The park is surrounded by the Rawah wilderness and Colorado State Forest (to the east), the Never Summer Range (to the south), the Medicine Bows (to the north) and the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness (to the west). Just about any direction you look from down on the valley floor, there are mountains with snow above timberline, aspen forests, alpine lakes, etc.

Because of the scenery and diversity, It's my favorite place in Colorado to play
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Old July 1, 2006, 01:52 PM   #18
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All I can say is, Dang I am Jealous. Absolutely beautiful pics.
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Old July 1, 2006, 08:04 PM   #19
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Thanks for the cool pics. I have an elk tag for gmu 55. I have never been there. My son lives there and we are hoping for a good time.
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Old July 12, 2006, 07:03 AM   #20
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Dang, great pics.
Im jealous
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Old July 12, 2006, 08:51 AM   #21
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That just makes me want to pack up and head to Colorado. Great pics!
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Old July 12, 2006, 10:35 AM   #22
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Nice pics, thanks for sharing......alot better than Indiana...
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Old July 12, 2006, 01:06 PM   #23
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Old July 12, 2006, 01:16 PM   #24
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Thanks for the momentary escape!
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Old July 12, 2006, 01:25 PM   #25
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Great pics, thank you for sharing. It certainly looks like you have the potential for a great season.

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