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saddlesore



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PostSubject: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 18th 2016, 10:26 pm

I mainly hunt elk,either with a TC Hawkin or old TC Black Diamond. I'm 73 years old so it seems I tend to carry the Black Diamond more and more because it is so much lighter.

I shoot Goex 2F and  Powerbelts and  Maxiballs. This year,I have a cow elk tag for mid September and a whitetail deer tag out east  a week later.

I use two mules to do all my elk hunting and I can't get very far away from them,but I am usually successful in the hunt.


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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 18th 2016, 10:41 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 18th 2016, 10:51 pm

Yahoo!....another mule man from Colorado! Where in the Springs do you hail from?....and where you gonna hunt?

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 18th 2016, 11:15 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 8:55 am

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 9:21 am

NIce to have you here.  I'm just up the hill from you in the mountains.  Where will you be elk hunting this year?  I got a second choice cow tag for the muzzleloader season for a local unit.  Also drew a muzzleloader antelope buck tag for around here (south park) too.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 10:28 am

Welcome saddlesore,

Good luck on your hunts.

You should fit right in with some of us other "spring chickens" in finding an easier way to hunt. Laughing

John
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 12:23 pm

Welcome SS! Glad you are here with us finally after all these years.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 12:58 pm

Welcome saddlesore, Good luck on both your hunts this year!

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 4:57 pm

Welcome. Old guys rule.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 8:53 pm

What a great set-up you have saddlesore using mule power at 73 Exclamation    
Welcome and good luck hunting this year.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 9:47 pm

The good thing about mules is that you can start riding one at 35 and still be riding the same mule at 73...... t up

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 9:53 pm

Welcome aboard. I would love to hunt elk, sounds like a great adventure.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 19th 2016, 11:46 pm

My ML elk tag is for Unit12 , South of Craig. I have done fairly well up there over the years.Since it is a B tag,I also usually hunt rifle season n north of Gunnison. I always put in for these cow tags because I want to hunt every year. I can't tell hoe many more years I will be able to. It took me 21 years to draw a tag for unit 201 in back in 2009. So in those 21 years, I either  went OTC or left over tags.
I gave it hell last year,I tagged a moose, a bull elk,a small whitetail buck and an antelope.

My deer tag is doe tag for the Bonney resevior unit 103 , north of Burlington.

I live about 25 miles north east of Colorado Springs in the Black Forest area. At least it use to be that far.Now I have three Walmrts within 12 miles of me.

Here are my hunting pards. Woodrow and Roscoe





Here is my hawkin that I restocked.I am on my third barrel.



Here is  my TC Black Diamond.I t had a plastic stock,now it wears a walnut stock that I made.



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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 20th 2016, 12:14 am

Nice looking mules and rifles! I also live in Black Forest before moving to back to Pagosa! After two major surgeries this year already your last year's hunt gives me hope! Here's me and Roanie not too long before we left Black Forest

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 21st 2016, 7:06 am

Lighthorseman and saddlesore, when you guys hunt with your mules, are your hunts day-trips or do you camp-out in your hunting ground  Question
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 21st 2016, 10:06 am

Yes............I've done both. I once road into the middle of an elk herd that Roanie alerted me to ten minutes before we found them. Wind was right of course and they didn't spook until they saw me. A mule's radar is pretty amazing. No legal bulls so no shot. Would have fired from the saddle as Roanie was good about being shot off of. In my peak years I owned 9 head of mules and have packed in as many as 6 hunters.....having to make more than one trip to the trail head. t up

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 21st 2016, 10:49 am

I've always thought mules were cool. I've no experience with them in the saddle. 
I am small giant size and worry I might break the wee beasties.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 21st 2016, 11:16 am

Naw...I knew a Texas fellow who owned a pair of small mules in the 12-13 hand size and he was every bit of 300 lbs. Now I ain't saying I would agree with that match up but one of the things mules have going for them is their strength and are typically able to carry much more weight than the average normal size horse. All but one of my mules were 15-16 1/2 hands and one molly was upwards of 1500 lbs......so carrying weight was no issue. However when packing them I still held the "dead weight" to about 150 lbs.

To all you horse lovers out there.........I still have a fondness for horses.....from a couple years back!
Me on "William"

And one of the young guys I mentor "Earl" with "Mary"......the other half of my Percheron team:

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 21st 2016, 1:24 pm

I use to pack into wilderness areas and hunt from camp. Age caught up with me so now I camp at the truck with a pop up slide in camper and ride the hunting areas every day 5-8 miles.

I use to ride 15 hd mules, but for the same reason I camp at the truck,I ride a 13 &1/2 hd mule and my pack mule is 13 hds. They both do all I need to do now days. Mules or horses ( if that is all you  have) give you that mobility to hunt a 10 mule radius . You can hunt your butt off all day, and when done, all you need is enough energy left top crawl up in the saddle

To pack in a main camp, set it up do chores , tear it down and pack back out is a lot of work. Not so bad when there are 3-4 guys and all commit to stay the entire season,but the hunting party had dwindled and I was left to do it myself. The guy I hunt with now ,does not have a mule even, but he does borrow one


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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Colorado Springs   June 22nd 2016, 7:09 am

It certainly sounds adventurous guys to hunt with mules/horses!  For me that would be an exclusive, bucket-list hunting trip. 

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p.s.  On time I was still hunting a remote hiking trail in the high mountains of Pennsylvania and saw something I never saw before.  Up the trail here comes a hunter sitting atop a white horse with a back quiver of arrows and a longbow in his hand.  It was like taking a trip hack in time. I thought that was simply awesome.
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