There's nothing like experiencing the outdoors through a kid's eyes... even if the actual fishing time is short 😂
Thanks for sharing, @bhflyfish:
After sleeping in, playing at the park, searching out the biggest breakfast burrito in Denver, and finally making it to the river by high noon, we fished for about 15 minutes. Then it was time to quit and eat sandwiches...
The look of total relief. It would have been a long, brutal night getting off the mountain if help hadn't arrived. Thanks to @sprodman and Eddie for dropping everything (on a weekday) to come haul a mountain goat through the snow!
Here's to bloody rifles and heavy packs. With my truck breaking down on opening weekend I didn't think that I'd be able to make it out for my hunt. Thankfully I have some great friends who offered up their vehicles so I would have a chance to fill my tag. I drove up Friday night and had a buck on the ground before sundown. Thanks @fbn_outdoors and @5sirios for trusting me enough to offer up your trucks. I wouldn't have made it up there without you guys!
It begins next week! We're teaming up with Upslope Brewing Company for a unique, month-long membership sweepstakes - Pints for Public Lands!
During the month of November, visit the Upslope Brewing Co. nearest you and enter to win from the great prize packages!
Then join us for a Pint Night on November 28th at the Flatiron Park location, when we will announce the sweepstakes prize winners.
Prizes include a Yeti Cooler, Upslope Keg, guided fishing trip, Outdoor Edge Knives, Mancan, OnX Maps Gift Certificate, Danner Boots and more!
For details, follow the link in our bio.
Opening day. My first success. Public lands. Hiking my meat out 2.5 miles. Make no mistake, taking a life is not easy. It is, however, what you or I do every time we go to the grocery store and buy a pound of ground beef or a pork roast. The fact of the matter is, in order for us to live, something must die, meat eater or not. This meat will feed me and others for almost a year. This animal lived free, naturally, and avoided the physical and mental confines of a factory farm. By taking responsibility for its life I have a greater respect for the living, breathing animal and a greater gratitude for the meat on my plate.
First mule deer buck. On opening day no less. If there is one thing I learned striking out during the archery elk season, it was that mule deer love aspen stands. I was stuck hanging out with deer all archery elk season. Lucky for me, though, the aspen stand intel proved to be just as true in October as it was in September. I debated almost 15 minutes on taking the shot as I wanted to wait for something bigger and didn't want the season to end on day one. During that internal debate, though, I heard @randynewberghunter's voice saying "never pass up on the first day what you would be happy to take on the last." Point well taken. This was a DIY solo hunt on public land. #keepitpublic#publicland#publiclandowner#coloradobha#backcountryhuntersandanglers#backcountryhunting#solohunter#hunttoeat#hunting#meateater
Turns out that 15 years of applying for a moose license was well worth the wait. What an adventure!
Enormous thanks to my friends for help with everything from scouting to pack-out. It was a team effort! And thanks to @klmcsparran for being so supportive of these crazy adventures.
Also a shout out to Preston, Tate and Holly at #TrappersLakeLodge for the horse power. Moving 500+ lbs of moose meat, hide and antlers off the mountain could have been much more painful.
We drove around this weekend on the forest roads and we're somewhat shocked when we came across this sight. Remnants of the Hayman fire that destroyed 138,114 acres of timber. It was disturbing and shook us up, but we know that without fire and timber harvest it's difficult to get large swathes of new growth. The decimation was terrible, but there are already signs of life, in years this will be great grouse habitat, but for now it's for bunnies and hopefully some larger fauna. The fire was started by a person lighting a fire in a fire ring during a total burn ban in the area -- but she may have set the fire on purpose.⠀
I'm both bummed and encouraged to receive this letter from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Bummed that Chronic Wasting Disease is cause for concern for the mule deer herd in the area I hunt but also encouraged that CPW is doing the right thing to get a better understanding of infection rates where testing was previously not required. Infection rates are thought to be low in the units I hunt and only bucks are being tested. Hunters selected for mandatory testing are required to drop off the head and a portion of the neck for a day or two. Turnaround time on test results will be about 3 weeks. I'm hoping for a big buck with big antlers and big meat that tests negative. I've learned a lot about CWD from @dougduren and @patrickdurkinoutdoors .This is a serious conservation issue for hunters across the country.
Just back from a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Thankful for the help of friends, strong horses, and the folks at @coparkswildlife.
Came away with incredible memories and 400 pounds of wild meat from our #publiclands .
Who's ready for moose meat?! 🍴😃
Pornghorn antelope are odd and interesting creatures, especially during the rut when they're constantly on the move, sometimes running a mile away in no time at all and then turning around and running right back to the same spot for no apparent reason. Bucks spend all day chasing does and other bucks while the does are contantly trying to slip away from belligerent bucks. After several attempts at stalking into ironsighted muzzleloader range of bucks with lots of does and lots of eyes, I glassed up this old, solo buck from almost a mile away. Two hours later, I relocated him in his bed. After a final stalk using terrain breaks, I was within 100 yards waiting for him to stand. Eventually he did.