Just Farting Around, Bucks, Bears, Coyote

Me and Tim spent this past weekend trying to escape the heat by getting up in the mountains and just farting around for a couple days.

We had us a pretty good weekend! Camped, did some wheeling, did some good eating, did some exploring, did some wildlife viewing and even called in some coyotes.

As far as wildlife, we saw a bunch of deer, a lot of elk, a ton of turkeys, a few bears and four called in coyotes. I managed to get half way decent pictures of all of the above except the elk. Got a few crappy pictures of cows and calfs running through the trees is all. The elk just weren’t cooperating with the camera!

Anyhoo… Me being the pic posting hoe that I am, here’s a bunch of pics from the weekend.

Just some pics of camp and our typical random wandering.

Springbar tent
Home for the weekend, my old Springbar
Jeep on top of cliff
Parking spot with a view
Tim enjoying the view
Tim enjoying the view
Doe that has been visiting us in this spot for several years
Doe that has been visiting us in this spot for several years
We call her Honey, she can be kind of nosey
We call her Honey, she can be kind of nosey
Bumpy section of road
Bumpy section of road
Where the bumpy road takes you, old line cabin once used by working cowboys, built into natural alcove
Where the bumpy road takes you, old line cabin once used by working cowboys, built into natural alcove
Interior of cabin with natural rock walls
Interior of cabin with natural rock walls
Me posing for the camera
Me posing for the camera

We didn’t see as many deer as we usually do and didn’t see any real big ones, but we still saw plenty enough to keep our attention.  Here’ some pictures of some of ’em.

Muley in velvet

Nice mule deer buck in velvet

Mule deer buck in velvet

Pair of mule deer buck in velvet

Unusual mule deer antlers

 

 

muley in velvet

Nice mule deer buck

Saturday during the day we were rolling through an area down on a shoulder of the mountain and seeing a lot of coyote sign so we stopped at high noon to make a stand. Little bit of the usual on the Foxpro for this time of year called in two old ones and two pups. The old ones didn’t act very sophisticated, but the pups acted downright stupid. The two pups came in separately, after the old ones had left.

So, we had already had the old ones and one pup come all the way in and leave. Stand is over. Tim is smoking a cigarette, the two of us are standing up talking about what good fun the previous 15 minutes had been. All the sudden I see a pup not 20 yards off peering at us from the tall grass. Tim turns around so he can see it and starts to lip squeak and the durn little furball came bounding in to about 10 feet away. Then it finally circled us – at 10 feet, and got our wind and left. But we were both just standing there big as life the whole time it ran towards us and around us. That was the only stand we made for the trip, but it was a lot of fun!

Few pics from the stand.

Coyote pup peering at us through tall grass
Coyote pup peering at us through tall grass
Pup running up to us after Tim lip squeaked
Running up to us after Tim lip squeaked
Coyote pup standing and looking at us from ten feet away
Standing and looking at us from ten feet away

Later that evening we spotted a mama bear with two cubs.

Bear with cub
Black bear and cub

Oh, and we saw a chit ton of turkeys. Have never seen so many poults. Every hen had a bunch of them. Bumper crop this year I guess.

Wild turkey

All in all, a really nice relaxing weekend. The kind that makes it hard coming back to civilization! Could have stayed up there farting around for a couple more weeks, easy…

– DAA

 

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Elk Ridge, Bucks, Bears, Coyote
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Elk Ridge, Bucks, Bears, Coyote
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Elk Ridge and Dark Canyon trip report, lots of wildlife photography, muley bucks in velvet.
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