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After working an event on Saturday, I arrived in my unit near dark. I found a cow and calf moose, and then spotted a herd of bulls. One of them stood out from the rest. He had great fronts and great backs, but short thirds so I named him S3. It was too dark for photos or video, so I made note of his location and vowed to return to find him again.

 The next morning I spotted some deer and was able to get some pretty cool photos. I also stepped foot in Cow Camp. A rancher in the unit, John Raftoupolous, offered the use of his cow camp during my hunt. He told me I could check it out and use it as needed during my scouting, too. It sits in the heart of the unit and will provide a great base for the hunt. Stone walls and a metal roof will keep the weather out. Bunk beds and a propane cook stove will keep us comfortable.

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As the hunt gets closer, large elk and a nice camp are starting to make me realize the hunt is real. I will soon be chasing bulls in one of the most amazing parts of the West I have ever explored. Big critters, little critters, amazing views, cotton candy clouds, cool mornings, and moisture in the air make my heart skip a beat.

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Trent Swanson, a Colorado native, is the Mountain Territory Sales Rep for SWAROVSKI OPTIK. You might recognize his name since he used to work with us here at Western Hunter. Heis a self-professed “optics nerd” who has been chasing big game critters for nearly 30 years. You can find the rest of the blog posts about his Colorado elk hunt here.