View Full Version : went on a scouting run today... (pics)

July 1, 2006, 12:12 AM
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.

July 1, 2006, 12:14 AM
Here is a picture of the continental divide that I pass over on the way to North Park...


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


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


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


July 1, 2006, 12:19 AM
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.


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


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


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


July 1, 2006, 12:25 AM
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.


July 1, 2006, 12:26 AM
All in all, a great day scouting, especially since I played hookie from work to make it happen :D :eek: :)

July 1, 2006, 02:36 AM
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?

July 1, 2006, 02:43 AM
Beautiful...Looks a lot like where I am now. I couldn't live happily without that around me. Thanks so much for sharing.

July 1, 2006, 06:08 AM
amazing country (and deer) mate, thanks for sharing

July 1, 2006, 08:33 AM
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?

July 1, 2006, 10:49 AM

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.

July 1, 2006, 10:57 AM

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 ;)

July 1, 2006, 01:52 PM
All I can say is, Dang I am Jealous. Absolutely beautiful pics.

July 1, 2006, 08:04 PM
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.

July 12, 2006, 07:03 AM
Dang, great pics.
Im jealous :mad:

July 12, 2006, 08:51 AM
That just makes me want to pack up and head to Colorado. Great pics!

July 12, 2006, 10:35 AM
Nice pics, thanks for sharing......alot better than Indiana...:mad:

July 12, 2006, 01:06 PM

July 12, 2006, 01:16 PM
Thanks for the momentary escape!

Charles S
July 12, 2006, 01:25 PM
Great pics, thank you for sharing. It certainly looks like you have the potential for a great season.


July 12, 2006, 01:31 PM
Gorgeus pics ,you are very lucky. :)

The first three pics have superb definition .

Can I ask please what type camera you are useing ?


July 12, 2006, 03:26 PM
Beautiful! Just goes to prove that any time outdoors is more fun than being at work.

July 12, 2006, 04:51 PM
Super cool. I played hookey today too to go see if the good mushrooms are out yet. Found one good one. Still kinda early for shrooms but all the rain may bring an early season for them.

My wife seen the aspen grove over my shoulder and wants directions, lol. A lot of gourmet mushrooms like to grow under Aspens. See any shrooms up there?

July 12, 2006, 04:55 PM
So you saw moose up there? Wow, I didn't know meese came that far south. So the North Park area is essentially one and the same as Jackson County? Where are the other two parks? I'm guessing Grand and Park counties? Is South Park, as in the cartoon, a real town or what? Thanks.

July 12, 2006, 05:02 PM
Meese? Is that real?

Southpark is real. It's an area, but not an actual town.

July 13, 2006, 09:27 AM
Buzzkill - I was using my trusty old Olympus C-720. It's only a 3 megapixel camera but 8x optical zoom and decent glass. Tough day for taking pics that day, it was overcast and light was weird. (Can't even see the sky through the aspens in that one pic).

In Colorado, there are 3 big "parks", North Park (which is most of Jackson County), Middle Park (Park County), which is in the hills SW of Denver, and South Park, otherwise known as the San Louis Valley (Alamosa County), down by the New Mexico border. All 3 are pretty places, although NP is my favorite. South Park is nice because there are a lot of waterfowl raised down there and the hunting can be good. It's very rural and pretty damn scenic, with the Sangre De Cristo mountains to the east, a range that is PACKED with 14,000 ft high mountains, that are snowcapped much of the year. My first duck season in Colorado I hunted the waterfowl opener down there and did very well. I don't have too much experience with middle park, other than driving through.

Lots' of moose in the state, FirstFreedom. And North Park probably isn't even the best place to spot them. Grand Mesa, down in the Southwest/west central part of the state has some monsters.

Some areas even have warning signs warning hunters to be careful of their targets, so that unsuspecting hunters with ELK tags don't shoot a moose by accident.

As for shrooms in the aspens, I wouldn't know a safe shroom if it came up and bit me :eek: :o

July 13, 2006, 02:29 PM
Cool; thanks. How hard is it to get a moose tag?

July 13, 2006, 04:49 PM
The only "Fatal" mushroom in Colorado is bright bright white and you do have to eat a whole cap to die. (The Death Cap shroom).

Other shrooms are not necessarily edible, but not fatally toxic. The rule is: pop a small pc of the cap in your mouth. If it's bitter spit it out. If it's nots bitter then its edible, simple as that. You could even pop a pc of the death cap in your mouth and prolly not even get sick as long as you spit it back out and do not ingest it.

The good shrooms are the King Bolets and instead of having gills, they have a yellow sponge like substance under the cap, and a light brown colored cap. I mention this because you're hunting there and you have not lived until sauteeing up some fresh bolets to go with your elk steak. The flavor of these shrooms is indescribable.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled thread topic...:D

July 13, 2006, 06:39 PM
What beautiful country. Thanks for sharing the pics.