We ran into a handful of people out on Colorado’s public land on this year’s elk hunting trip. I didn’t know what to expect when confronting a hunter in the backcountry, but I was thinking people would have some sort of bitterness for this or that reason. Yet, every single hunter was unbelievably understanding and respectful. It was crazy how they weren’t afraid to let you hunt an area while they went elsewhere, or would let us hunt a bull while they went searching for a new one. Not only that, but how they wanted to help you out, and you in turn wanted to help them right back. These are the kind of outdoorsmen I like to share these great public lands with.
The pictures you see are shots a guy named Greg took of us. He and his buddy had heard us bugling soon after we recovered my bull below them down the drainage, and they stalked in for a closer look. Eventually, Greg spotted a sizable rack and got excited that they had gotten close to a shooter bull! Soon after, movement by the bull’s tines caught his attention, and he picked out two guys moving around the bull. He was bummed to see we had gotten to him first, but he was even more excited than ever to hear our story and talk elk hunting. He was the one who insisted on taking our picture by my bull. After all, we needed a good memory of us two with my first elk bowkill!
On our pack out to the truck, @david_cammenga and I ran into Greg and his buddy again! It wasn’t an “Oh great, not them again,” confrontation, but a helpful one. His buddy lent me his trekking poles for the steep descent to the trailhead, and they also helped me strap my bow to my pack frame so I didn’t have my arms full!
Huge shoutout to these guys for being true outdoorsman and lending a helping hand to a couple Michiganders!
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