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#139565 - 12/05/17 08:57 PM Good morning from our back yard..
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Not a great photo. Took it with my cell phone looking out our kitchen window to just behind our house this morning. This nice 3 point muley buck was bedded down, maybe 80 ft away, perfectly content right where he was.



He and some does have made themselves at home in the neighborhood now that most area homeowners have left for warmer places this winter. With traffic sparse wildlife feels comfortable roaming the area. Deer, elk, coyotes, wild horses, etc. are commonly seen. Mountain lions, bears and wolves inhabit Rim country as well, but are less often seen.

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#139567 - 12/05/17 09:52 PM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: Az4x4]
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Hi George,

when you think about it, it's almost a giant Serow!

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#139568 - 12/06/17 12:40 AM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: Reggie]
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Originally Posted By: Reggie
..when you think about it, it's almost a giant Serow!..

Ahhh, maybe, Reggie -- but the little Serow is more a mountain goat than a full size deer, which explains why Yamaha's XT225 adopted it as mascot. Both the Serow and the XT225s can lightly tread where others fear to go!..
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#139582 - 12/06/17 04:15 PM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: Az4x4]
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Looks like a short walk for dinner to me...
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#139583 - 12/06/17 06:33 PM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: peejman]
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Originally Posted By: peejman
..Looks like a short walk for dinner to me..

He and his does are neighborhood pets, and we wouldn't dream of having them for dinner!

But not to worry. With the herds we have here people hit and kill deer and elk with their vehicles quite often. They can get a free salvage tag for the animal from the DPS officer if they want it (little consolation given the damage these vehicles often suffer), or allow someone else to salvage it.

We've been the beneficiaries of a number of fresh kills, both deer and elk, so wild game is on the menu rather often -- and we don't have to fire a shot to secure it. We've got a block and tackle hoist at my son's place rigged for processing an animal, and a number of freezers to store the meat in, so this isn't an uncommon occurrence here on the mountain..
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#139592 - 12/06/17 08:38 PM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: Az4x4]
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Originally Posted By: Az4x4
He and his does are neighborhood pets, and we wouldn't dream of having them for dinner!

But not to worry. With the herds we have here people hit and kill deer and elk with their vehicles quite often. They can get a free salvage tag for the animal from the DPS officer if they want it (little consolation given the damage these vehicles often suffer), or allow someone else to salvage it.

We've been the beneficiaries of a number of fresh kills, both deer and elk, so wild game is on the menu rather often -- and we don't have to fire a shot to secure it. We've got a block and tackle hoist at my son's place rigged for processing an animal, and a number of freezers to store the meat in, so this isn't an uncommon occurrence here on the mountain..


I'd much rather hit them will bullets or arrows than my car, but it's good that you're allowed to make use of the ones that get hit. The vast majority that get hit here just feed the scavengers as they rot on the side of the road.
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#139599 - 12/07/17 03:18 PM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: peejman]
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Originally Posted By: peejman
.....it's good that you're allowed to make use of the ones that get hit. The vast majority that get hit here just feed the scavengers...

It's a sad state of affairs if you're not allowed to salvage a fresh big game vehicular kill. Leaving animals to rot beside the road is a dumb and wasteful way to handle that ongoing problem..
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#139602 - 12/07/17 04:04 PM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: Az4x4]
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Last stats I read were 1.5M deer killed annually by vehicles (nationally). 3rd largest accident in CO. Here people can scoop them up if they want. Along a 40 mile stretch of 550 one can usually count 6-8 corpses anytime.

George - +1.

Generally an over population exists here. WAY too many restrictions on the hunters trying to get tags.

pj - Bullets/arrows much better than bumpers/grills.
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#139614 - 12/08/17 05:57 PM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: Muniac]
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Originally Posted By: Muniac
..Last stats I read were 1.5M deer killed annually by vehicles (nationally). 3rd largest accident in CO. Here people can scoop them up if they want...

It's the elk that get hit that can do serious damage. Our elk herds are the dominate big game species here, and hitting one of these large animals at speed will often total a vehicle and do major damage to those inside. There's signs up all along the highways warning drivers to watch for elk. But still people hit them and pay a steep penalty for doing so.

Unless, like my son and daughter-in-law, you drive a older lifted Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 truck with a massive frame mounted bumper and large winch up front, and you hit an elk with it. The elk dies instantly, the truck's not dented or even scratched, and the dead elk gets gutted at the side of the road and goes home with them to be butchered for the freezer.

Most don't drive a truck like that, and hitting an elk with a light weight late model vehicle will fold that animal into it like stepping on and crushing a tin can -- not a pretty sight no matter how you look at it.

The secret is to stay alert while driving in elk and deer country, keep your speed at instantly manageable levels, and anticipate the unexpected. Often you won't see an animal until the moment it steps out of the woods directly in front of your speeding automobile -- and by then, if you're not prepared to stop on a dime, it's too late.

I could post photos of vehicles that tangled with elk and deer here on the Rim and lost the battle big time -- wrecks parked at our local NAPA storage lot, many looking like they were run over by a tank. But you get the idea, and adding to it with graphic photos wouldn't change a thing.
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#139619 - 12/09/17 02:08 AM Re: Good morning from our back yard.. [Re: Az4x4]
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Whew! Speak of the devil -- and there he is. Coming home this evening, from a get together at the Community Center, we'd turned into our neighborhood and were on our way to our street on a graded dirt road, when out of the woods, bounding across the road directly in front of us, came the 3 point buck that had bedded down for the night in our back yard a couple of days ago. We slid to a stop and didn't hit him, but had we been traveling faster, like some do, we'd have been picking him out of the truck's grill. Ya never know till it happens, and then, unless you're careful, it's often too late..

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