6:20 back on point. Got thinking that I hadn’t posted any video of bucks. I’m glassing at extreme distances, lIke 1-3 miles so pretty tough to video Mabye tomorrow. I’m squeezing all I can out of the big Swarovski ATS HD 80 and the 15 X Vortexs. But I’ve seen at least one nice buck a day. Just need to see a GOOD buck to make this hunt blow up!
11:00 am. Slow morning although I saw the best buck yet. There is some private land around and I saw him on a few hundred acre piece. He’s well into the 180’s and about 28 wide (still in velvet, too). He was about 1 mile away. I didn’t get too excited and just kept glassing the places I can hunt. Around sunrise, I couldn’t see him anymore but noticed 6 of the bucks he was with jumped the fence and went on the public! I hadn’t been looking at him for about 5 minutes so I’d lost track of him. Not sure if he went on the public ahead of the other bucks or stayed behind. Around 8:00 AM, I hadn’t seen much else, so I hiked back to the truck and drove down the canyon to the public ground. I hiked about a mile to where the bucks crossed. I could see other bucks in the brush on the private but not him. I didn’t pressure the bucks that went on the public as they went in the heavy cover and I wasn’t sure where. I’m pretty sure he stayed behind. Not sure what to do. Hate to waste days hoping a smart buck vacates the private but also not sure if he’s on the public or not. That’s Colorado for you. I’ll think about it today before heading back out.
5:00 PM. I thought about that buck all day. I decided to pass on trying to hunt him, at least with this many days left. My gut feeling is that he never leaves the private and I hate to spend a bunch of time on a buck I can’t hunt. With lots of days, you can sometimes catch a buck like that out of his safety zone but I just don’t have a good feeling about it. As far as getting permission to hunt, I already know it’s a “no” having hunted around there before. Oh well, good to see such a great deer. Sorry I didn’t get any pics/video. You’ll have to trust me, he’s way nice! Heading down to the spot where I saw that nice buck yesterday. Not to hunt him but knowing that he’s there reminded me that a bigger one could show. Plus it’s a good place for an evening ambush.
Had a request on FB about the Seek Outside tent. Here’s a video I did today:
8:20 PM OK, you guys are going to shoot me. I headed down to that spot mentioned above. It’s less than a mile from camp. It’s a big oakbrush basin so I left my pack so I wouldn’t have to fight the brush (yip, my video camera is in my pack). I started down in and it was miserably noisy. I knew if I continued, I’d just spook the bucks. I hiked back to the top and circled to the other side of the basin which is more clay and juniper so quieter. That cost me about a half hour. As I crept down the ridge to my planned ambush point, I saw I saw that same nice buck from yesterday feeding the oaks and sage. Since he was up, I didn’t want to move closer and risk him hearing me, so I just sat and watched from 200 yards. He’s probably 170, 24 wide with a cheater on his right G3. I could have got some good video. He finally fed off and a few other smaller bucks appeared and disappeared before darkness closed in. I’ll keep the camera on me now. First buck I could have taken good video on.