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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Unhuntable Moose

Back in 1978, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) reintroduced Shiras moose into northern Colorado, and after supplemental releases across the state and satisfactory population growth, the Department started issuing hunting licenses.

While in college, I worked for the USFS in northern Colorado and routinely saw moose throughout the Laramie River Valley and Rawah Wilderness. However, prior to that I hunted and fished throughout the upper Poudre Canyon area and never saw any moose.

Last week, as I drove back to Ft. Collins from Steamboat, I spotted a nice bull just off the highway on the top of Cameron Pass. There is no hunting within a 1/4 mile of Highway 14, so as long as he stays close to the road without being hit by a vehicle, he'll live a long, healthy life.

One of these days I hope to draw a tag for either the area I first grew up hunting, or the Rawahs where I worked for the USFS. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy watching and photographing any moose I find...  hope you enjoy the photos!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Brush Creek Bombers - Wyoming Mule Deer

Last fall I hunted Brush Creek Ranch in southern Wyoming. I had a mule deer tag in my pocket, and my expectations for a fun hunt were high, but I had no idea I was going to meet such nice folks, shoot such an awesome deer, or help with another hunter's last Wyoming buck. If you are interested in a last-minute hunt for this year, or planning a hunt for next year, call the ranch at 307-327-5284 or visit their website. Their accommodations are second-to-none, the scenery is breathtaking, and the employees will take great care of you!

My friend Chris Denham allowed me to write the story for Western Hunter and it just came out in issue 10.3. If you get a chance, check out the Western Hunter website and go to subscriptions - besides this awesome publication, they are starting Elk Hunter Magazine this fall. Subscribe to both!

In the meantime, enjoy the article!