KSL Outdoors: Colorado Deer Hunt

Hey welcome to KSL Outdoors, I’m Adam Eakle and welcome to Colorado. You know this year unfortunately I didn’t draw a deer tag in Utah, so we came to Colorado to hunt with my good buddy Steve Smith. You’ve seen Steve before hunting tiger musky or hunting big bass on the lake. Today we are going after a big buck. I’ve got to stop here at Sportman’s Warehouse and grab a couple of things before we head out.

I just bought a brand new Winchester 300 Win mag, so I’m pretty excited to try it out on this hunt. Got my orange, some Havilon blades, I think we are good. Let’s go see if Steve has found some bucks.

Our destination for our hunt is Gunnison, Colorado. Steve and I both have second season deer tags for a unit just south of town. We hope to find a couple of good bucks that this area is known for.

Well we just got into Gunnison and look at this Steve is waiting, raring to go. Look at this he’s looking at his watch. Hey! you ready to go get some deer? Yeah just a little bit. We’ve got to go. Alright, let’s go find a…let’s go scout. How you doing? I’m doing good man, good to see you.

I first met Steve back in the early ninties when Reece Stein took a young, wide eyed photographer down to bugle in some elk for a story. Steve was our guide.

(Steve Smith, Salina Hunter) We very first hooked up on the Monroe Mountain. You was carrying your wooden sticks with that camera. I felt so bad for you, that thing weighed a ton. We had a great time.

Got some great footage and spend some time with you and it’s a relationship that has been hanging in there every since. 25 years ago, 20 years ago, it’s been a long time.

Steve was there on my first big bull hunt on Mount Dutton in 2002. It was here he met my dad…Roy. The man who had taught me everything I know and cherish about the outdoors.

(Adam) We shot a lot of antelope. (LeRoy Eakle) Yes we did, an awful lot of them.

I lost my dad about a month ago. Now my old friend Steve will be filling that void, my dad left behind.

(Adam) so last year the tables turned. A little bit. as far as your and I relationship. Yup. You guided me on hunt last year, we was up on Deseret and boy it a..very special. it was fun. We worked our butts off. Yeah but you know we killed a great bull.

(Steve) and again this year what happens we draw tags to go hunt deer in Colorado. In some of the best.

(Steve) best deer unit in the state of Colorado. Gunnison Valley what a tremendous opportunity to be able to do that and share this time again with you.

he’s a nice deer. yeah I’d say. twenty seven, twenty eight. Short on the one back end.

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