Colorado Hunting Photos & Stories

Every hunter likes to share stories about their experiences afield and many hunters like to hear these stories. The Photos & Stories section of (BGH) allows hunters to share their hunting adventures in the form of stories and photos. Please feel free to browse, read, and contribute to this section of BGH.
The Monster and the Ten Minute Buck

Every big game hunter I have ever interacted with has a sense of excitement and anticipation of what they will see and harvest on their next hunt.  For most of us, I believe these thoughts start at about the end of legal hunting time on the last day of your present season and only get more and more intense as the days, weeks, and months slowly creep by. 1995 was no different for me! I had hunted mule deer in Southern Colorado the year before on a friend’s (Jim) land and was lucky enough to harvest my first big game animal. I ended up getting a nice 3X3 and was on cloud 9.

Ever Run Down a Pronghorn... On Foot?

One evening last October found me sitting in camp in a newly discovered part of Wyoming. I was on my first doe antelope hunt in that wind-swept state and was about to make an important decision. After a half hour of deliberation with my brother, we decided that it was time to spend some points… preference points that is. We decided that we wanted to burn our Colorado pronghorn preference points the following year and hunt bucks in a good unit.

The Elk That Got the Last Laugh

I did end up having success last year during Colorado's second rifle season. I got my cow. "So how in the world did she get the last laugh if I harvested her," you ask.  She had thunderous hind quarters!! She had huge front quarters. The trimmings, backstraps and loins were enough to make a seasoned butcher blush. She was the largest cow that I have ever harvested and she took her toll on me during the pack out.

Colorado Mule Deer Muzzleloader Hunt
William Hays

It took three years, but at last, it was time to pack my bags.  It all started three years ago, when my hunting partner, Chris, ask me if I wanted to go to Colorado for a bow hunting trip for elk and mule deer.  I said, if I was going to pay money to hunt, I wanted more than a stick.  He called the Outfitted and ask about a muzzle loader hunt and how many preference points it would take. The answer was 3 and that is why it took 3 years to plan our hunt.

Basket Buck Down

The area that I hunt mule deer during muzzleloader season has a unique strain of antler genetics. Bucks with these genes tend to have VERY narrow antlers, with crabs claw front forks and tuning back forks. They normally have a distinctive curve to the main beam as well. The younger deer with these genetics are not exactly what I would call "highly sought after". But the mature bucks that I have seen with these genetics are pretty darn impressive. They are the tallest bucks I have ever witnessed in person. We call deer with these genetics "basket bucks."

National Lampoon's Goes Hunting: My Buddy's First Deer

My best friend grew up in a family that does not hunt. They haven't really spent much time outdoors for that matter. Growing up, we would take Justin out on our family camping, fishing and backpacking trips and he fell in love with nature and the outdoors. His mom, although a good cook, doesn't eat red meat and therefore he never really had a chance to give wild game a try. Except for when he'd come over to our house to enjoy the wild delicacies that always graced our table. Plain and simple, Justin is a carnivore.

The Squirrel Hunt: A Family Affair

Now when most of you guys think about what kind of meat to add to a stir-fry, you probably run through the standard options. Venison, elk or maybe even waterfowl might come to mind. But when I think stir-fry, I know that I need to grab my .22 or shotgun and start looking for squirrels!

The "Four Finger" Buck

This is not the story of a trophy buck taken on a quick and easy hunt. This is not the story of a one-time, chance encounter with a mulie buck. This is the story of a drawn out saga about a group of hunters going after the same unique mule deer... the "Four-Finger" buck.

To Miss a Monster... And Find a Redeemer

One of my brother-in-laws teaches English at a local high school. One of the advantages to teaching where he does, are the ranch families he comes in contact with. One of these families has graciously invited him to harvest a deer on their ranch the last few years. The first year he took a nice fat doe, he got shut out the second time but two years ago he got the green light to chase one of their abundant large bucks.

Joy = Pain and Suffering
Marty Sup

After the draw results came out for the 2009 elk season I was a bit bummed out.  I had drawn a 1st season cow tag and my Dad had not.  My Dad is getting up there in age and even though he does not want to admit it his hunting years are getting fewer and fewer by the year. That is not to say he will still not go hunting he just may not be able to hunt the way we have for years.  This year more than others I really wanted him to get a tag and to put some meat in the freezer, but after the draw that was not possible.