Home Again, Home Again… ETC. Videos From The Colorado Elk Hunt

September 27, 2014

Well, I’m back.

Colorado is in full splendor as the aspens and oaks are changing into fall colors.

Colorado is in full splendor as the aspens and oaks are changing into fall colors.

Colorado was as beautiful as always, with the aspens and oaks turning, even as the week progressed.  The temps were a good bit higher than normal this year, and that definitely impacted the way the elk were behaving… which, in turn, impacted our hunting.

The hunt was five days, beginning on Saturday, 9/20, and running through Wednesday, 09/24.  On the hunt with me were two of my friends from California… both named Dave, which made it pretty easy for the guides to keep up.  Just call, “Dave!”

The outfitter, and my guide for the week, was Rick Webb of Dark Timber Outfitting, out of Montrose, CO.  His helper, Bobby, took responsibility for The Daves.

This would be my fourth hunt in this place, and my third since Rick took it over.  My first two hunts, both with the rifle, were successful.  I tagged out on the first and second days, respectively.

On my third trip, I chose to go with archery tackle and chase the bulls in rut.  While I wasn’t able to close the deal, I had a couple of close encounters… including the one that left me chronically infected by the elk hunting bug.  Having a bull called to within nine yards of you, and bugle right there in your face, well… that’ll do it for most hunters.  If you can come away from that without recurrent dreams and an overwhelming urge to head for the high country every September, then you probably shouldn’t be hunting.

It took seven years to get back up there, between economic trials and trying to balance hunting with other things in my life (like moving to Texas).  But I decided last year that I’d be going to Colorado this season, come hell or high water.  After a lot of consideration, I decided to do it again with the bow… chasing the dragon, I suppose… hoping to recreate that last experience.

The following videos pretty much tell the rest of the story.  While my skills as a videographer and video editor obviously leave a lot to be desired, I managed to capture the general essence of the trip in these four epsiodes.  I hope you enjoy them…


6 Responses to “Home Again, Home Again… ETC. Videos From The Colorado Elk Hunt”

  1. Home Again, Home Again… ETC. Videos From The Colorado Elk Hunt | on September 27th, 2014 15:26

    […] Home Again, Home Again… ETC. Videos From The Colorado Elk Hunt […]

  2. Jess | Aoudad Sheep Hunting on October 1st, 2014 19:42

    Wow! What an awesome experience! I love the outdoors and find so much satisfaction from hunting. I would love to see Colorado. The fall season seems like to be a good time to visit the place. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jim Petterson on October 2nd, 2014 08:18

    Hey Phillip, Long time no talk! I really enjoyed your videos on bowhunting wapiti! Like you, I have relocated somewhere else for good; namely Idaho. I live in McCall, at 5000 ft and enjoyed listening to elk bugling right outside my deck, 2 weeks ago. Of course, they were gone by morning, but it was cool to hear the bull and cows go at it for an hour or so at 2am.

    I had a good archery hunt myself for elk this year, but like you did not tag one. The closest I came, was misjudging how far the bull was from me when he responded to my cow call. I got caught putting on an extra insulative layer before I dropped down into the hollow to close the gap, when he suddenly came to within 15 yds of where I was sitting. With my bow at my side, and not being ready, he winded me and wheeled around and ran away through the deadfall. It’s always amazing to me how silent an 750lb beast can be when walking through the woods!

    At any rate, he took his harem of cows and left the area and I didn’t hear nor see any more elk until the season ended.

    Luckily, with the A tag, I still have a 10day rifle hunt to try to find a spike later on iin October.

    You take care and thanks for your balanced coverage and perspectives on the whole lead ammo issue.


  4. Phillip on October 3rd, 2014 04:38

    Great to hear from you, Jim, and happy to hear you’re living in such a wonderful place. I actually considered Idaho, briefly, but I just don’t go in for long winters.

    When it comes to elk hunting, I really think actually tagging one is a mixed blessing. Of course, on my hunt I had an outfitter and help, if the occasion to recover an animal had come up. But still, once you actually knock one over, it’s less like fun and more like work. So having close calls and exciting moments is, in some ways, as good as it gets! But while great memories make for great dinner conversation… they don’t do much for the actual dinner.

    I do hope you’ll keep in touch, and as always, I’m constantly looking out for new information re: the lead ammo issue.

  5. ian on October 6th, 2014 17:36

    Thanks for the recap. Makes me want a real fall. Still 90degrees here!

  6. Phillip on October 7th, 2014 05:16

    It sounds like you guys are having one heck of an Indian summer up there! But it’s gonna be great when it breaks!