6A GMU Oct. 24 2014 CHAMP hunt.

by Mark
(Tucson)

First time Elk hunter disabled but can walk some. Looking for a retriever partner, or any thoughts or ideas where to go to hunt from vehicle or reasonable walk. Hunt is for any Elk but would like to shoot a bull if possible. I can hunt. I was able to get a javelin in archery season, but could never get an Elk back to the truck. The javelin was a challenge getting to the truck. Any thoughts would help. Thank you, Mark.

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CO GMU 231

by Tyler
(Wytheville, VA)

Anyone bowhunt CO GMU 231?

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Elk unit 67

by Chris
(Andover ks)

Just wondering if any one has had any luck hunting unit 67 in Colorado in the La Garita Wilderness area, bow hunting?

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Archery hunting unit 79

by Steve
(MN)

Has any one archery hunted unit 79? I have been out there rifle hunting and had decent success. I was thinking about trying archery this year but most everything I read is that it is a late season zone. Any tips?

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Help needed for 1st DIY Hunt w/Son, considering CO GMUs 54 & 43

by Patrick
(Parker, CO)

I was looking for some advice on my 1st DIY hunt for 2014 in CO with my 13 yr old son. I have countless hrs going over stats, topo maps & Google Earth to research the areas so we might have a productive hunt. I want my son's 1st experience to be positive in hopes of seeing a lot of animals and maybe getting lucky enough to have an opportunity. I am realistic and not looking for a trophy, just a good hunt for my son.

I have been a long time hunter and since moving to CO 5 yrs ago this will be my first big game hunt. I have narrowed my choices to either GMU 54 or 43 for a rifle hunt. From my research I have found 4-5 areas in each GMU I plan to scout a few time this summer.

I'm just looking for some guidance or confirmation on my research. If you could post your email, I would like to share my thoughts on my hunting locations.

Thanks in advance for any help or guidance you can provide.

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Late hunt

by Erik
(Washington State)

Been hunting the late hunt for 5 years, and have not sealed the deal, any suggestions for late season archery, Western Washington, opens Nov 27th, can you still cow call?

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Elk hunting info for area 86 and area 82

Would like any info for these two areas, for taking my son on his first elk hunting trip.

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First time in CO GMU 54- any advice?

by John S.
(Colorado)

I live in Colorado and usually hunt 67 or 68, but this year wound up with a cow tag for 54 (West Elk Mtns northwest of Gunnison) for 1st rifle. I haven't had much chance to scout, so if anybody has any advice at all about this area, I'd love to hear it. I'm just trying to put a cow in the freezer, so any stories of success, info on drainages or parks that have been good in the past, anything, I could use. Thanks, guys.

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Planning another CO archery hunt. 4 man tent with space available.

by robert morgan
(Erie, PA)

Retired 65 year old PA deer hunter and 15 time CO elk hunter is starting to plan a 2014 archery hunt in Colorado. Will Have one 25 year old spend a week at base camp ( 4 man wall tent) so will have space available rest of month.

May also have 78 year old (no longer hunting partner) in base camp enjoying the scenery. I have hunted with him for 25 years but his legs no longer like to hunt in CO.

Unit 34 10,500 feet.

Shot 5x5 with 270 there years ago and brought bulls in close several years after that but no bow shot a couple times. Backpacking away from base camp available.

Anyone interested from SW NY, NE Ohio or Western PA so it would be convenient to meet and plan. First time offering to hunt with someone I do not know.

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Unit 12 and/or 24 GMU?

by Will
(Colorado)


Well been hunting many times before but this is the first time I didn't draw our usual area (481). A group of us are planning on hunting unit 12 or 24. I have a friend that has some success by Vaughn Lake in Unit 12 but thought I would see if there anyone out there that would be willing to share some advice. We are going 3rd season. Thanks in advance for your help!!!

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ATV question

by Dan
(New york)

I am going to area 551 for 2nd rifle my question is, I was told there is no ATV use in Colorado unless it is a registered vehicle. Is this true and can someone please explain? I am from out of state and my ATV is registered in my home state. Thank you Dan

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hunting partner for archery 2014 in co

by jerry
(rapid river mi)

Looking for archery partner in 2014 in Colorado. I have 1 preference point. I've hunted 23,24 gmu units. Live in the u.p email me at eodbowhunter@gmail.com

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hunting GMU 23 Meeker CO.

by JP
(Texas)

HI. I'm JP from Texas I drew a 1st season rifle tag for GMU 23,24, looking to hunt around Meeker. I've scouted around the area several times. The only elk I've found was in the Stillwater Valley (South Fork White River). But all those elk are on private land, my question to the forum is has anyone ever hunted around Burro Mountain. And also do the elk on the private land ever go into the dark timber around Burro Mountain. This will be my first elk hunt DIY.

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GMU 551 first timer

by Dan
(Western NY)

I will be hunting 2nd season rifle. Any tips on where to go around 551 Gunnison?

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GMU 37 in Colorado

by Bret

IS GMU 37 an over the counter either sex tag for 2013 archery?

Thanks! Bret

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First rifle season unit 62 2013

by Skip Shephard
(Tucson, AZ)

I am planning on a guided hunt in unit 62 in Colorado this year. Can anyone advise me as to the elk numbers in this unit. I think I will be near Montrose, Colorado? What kind of weather is typical there in early October?

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Unit 60 Elk 4th rifle season Nov 13-17 Either Sex 2013

by Chester
(SWKS)

I drew an either-sex elk tag for Unit 60. Not really sure what to expect with a hunt that late in the season. Will there be a lot of snow on the ground then? Any good camping areas to look for? I was told to focus north of Buckeye Reservoir and the very southern part of the unit. Any general advice about the unit would be appreciated! Hope everyone has a great season!

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Hunting area 54 in 2013

by Dan4elk2
(Darien,Wi)

HELLO, Elk hunters first I want to wish you the best of times as you enter God's country in search of your trophy elk! I will be hunting the first 2 weeks of Sept for elk. I'm from Wisconsin and have been archery hunting elk for the past 8 years with a success rate of 50%. I know there are hunters here that have some great information for area 54. I was hoping you would share some of that information.

I will enclose my email at the end. I also was wondering if you have any details on anyone who will or would possibly pack out an elk on horse? I want to be able to have all areas covered just in case its really warm and time is a factor with the meat! My Email is dsp198353114@yahoo.com Thank you Guys!

Dan

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Elk Hunting Colorado Unit 15

We are looking for a packer to get us to and from our own camp and pack out elk if we are successful (not too pricey). We have our own gear and do not want a guide. We have only found outfitters for this type of service. Does anyone know of someone that just packs in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area, Colorado, Unit 15?

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Hunting Colorado GMU 75

by John
(Ellenboro)

I am going to hunt in Colorado's GMU 75 in September with my bow. I am excited but was curious if anyone else has hunted this unit and would like to hear their successes or failures and maybe know what I should expect?

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Gun Control Law in Colorado

by Dave (ElkHuntingTips.Net)
(Montana)

It appears that the new gun control law in Colorado will have terrible consequences for hunters and possibly anyone visiting Colorado with a gun. With enough pressure the law can be reversed.

(You can find all contact info to write to Colorado legislators here.

The Executive Producer for OUTDOOR CHANNEL wrote to Senator Steve King (steve.king.senate@state.co.us), "...we will be moving all of our production OUT of Colorado. We have already cancelled a scheduled filming session for late this month. Obviously, part of this is due to our own commitment to the right to keep and bear arms, but it also reflects 3 lawyers' opinions that these laws are so poorly drafted and so designed to trap otherwise legal citizens into a crime...it is simply too dangerous for us to film here."

He further said to Senator King, "Next month I will be in Texas meeting with most of the top outdoor/hunting producers, and the Number One agenda item will be Colorado. Already, hunting organizations and statewide hunting clubs around the country are pulling out of Colorado, and we expect this trend to accelerate rapidly."

"The message we will take to our viewers and listeners is that these proposed laws are so dangerous to hunters and any other person, be she a fisherman or a skier who brings a handgun into the state for self-defense, that we cannot recommend hunting, fishing or visiting Colorado."

You can read the entire letter to Senator King here.

An article about this subject can be read here.

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LOOKING FOR COLORADO ELK HUNTERS FOR FALL 2013

by Randy
(Ohio)

Its not to late to get a draw license for Cow license and OTC Bull license for fall 2013 in a great area. This would be a DIY hunt. Estimated cost from OH - PA $1500. Would include license, transportation and camp expenses. This would be a pack in hunt in the Grand Mesa area; GMU's 41,42,421 area. If interested, questions: randeye100@zoominternet.net

Randy

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Hunting in Colorado

by Candi Clark
(Chesapeake OH)


Ohio resident Dennis Adkins took this bull on 10-14-09 in Colorado!

Scroll down for disscussions about Elk Hunting in Colorado...

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Colorado Elk Hunt

by Chris
(Andover, KS)

My wife and I are planning a OTC bow hunt in the South San Juan wilderness area this September for elk. Just was wondering if any one has hunted this area,and if there are plenty of elk

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2013 elk bow hunt around Pagosa Springs: looking for someone to join my DIY hunt!

by Bobby
(Little Rock , Arkansas)

Will be hunting around Pagosa Springs from August 30- September 14 in 2013. Looking for someone wanting to tag along with me to hunt. The only cost is to split gas and the cost of your tag. I will be driving there from Little Rock, Arkansas. If interested, or need more details, email me at bobby_denney2002@yahoo.com.

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Colorado Unit 76

by Larry
(Spokane WA)

I am close to getting my 17 preference points needed to get a tag for a bull in Unit 76. Has any body hunted it? Did you get a bull? How big? What can I expect? Anything you can think of I should know or consider?

Thanks.

LARRY

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Planning an Elk Hunt in Colorado next year.

by William Carroll
(Midland, Tx)

I am planning an elk hunt next year in Colorado and I wanted to know if hunting Gunnison National Forest near Needle Lake is still a great elk hunting area, or if it would be better to go to Craig, Co and hunt? I also wanted to hunt without a guide and I am wondering if you can rent or lease ATV's or horses while there?

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Archery hunt gmu 81 2013

I am going to gmu 81 for a bow hunt 2013. I can go any week of season and was wondering which week would be best to catch them in rut or Pre-rut. Don't know much about elk so any advice is appreciated. Also wondering if anyone would give any good advice where to hunt.
Thanks Chester

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Bowhunting for Elk

by Will
(Illinois)

Anyone familiar with GMU 47 in Colorado for Elk? WIll be heading out there in September and am open to any information you'd be willing to share?

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Unit 33 in Colorado for elk

by Scott
(MN)

Can I get some advise for a for a 4th season elk hunt in unit 33? Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks

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Unit 43: ELK DROP CAMPS, SEMI-GUIDED, & FULLY GUIDED HUNTS

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Email at info@outwestguides.com

ELK: Our area is home to many healthy herds of elk with lots of animals. It's not uncommon to see a herd of 60 or 80 head of elk. In our entire outfitting area it's hard to say how many elk are there, but certainly several hundred, if not thousands of elk.

Our outfitting territory is part of Unit 43, which was surveyed to hold 4,600 elk by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. It's not certain if they are able to spot all the elk in an area when they do the surveys in winter, so there may be more elk than that.

Your chances of seeing a mature 5x5 bull and getting an opportunity at a legal branch-antlered bull (4x4 or 5x5) are excellent. We do have nice 6x6 bulls in the area.

It is, however, mostly public land, so we can't control who hunts it and how many bulls they take. Consequently, the big 420” 6x6 bulls are not as common as on private ranches in New Mexico, for example, though they are present.

The game biologists say there are 23 bulls per hundred head of cows in Unit 43 in general, but our terrain is some of the more difficult terrain in the area. We may have a higher bull:cow ratio than that.

The DOW has gone to a statewide antler restriction of four points or better to a side, sparing many spike bulls from certain demise in the later seasons. All in all, the news is good on branch-antlered bull elk.

If you have a group of 3 or 4 hunters, we suggest that at least one person in the group apply for a cow tag. We'd rather see you shoot a big cow than a small bull--it helps with the bull:cow ratio of the elk herd and helps limit an ever-expanding elk population.

Hunters must apply for bull elk licenses in the first and fourth rifle seasons. Bull tags may be purchased over the counter for the second and third rifle seasons. Cow tags are issued through the draw, but cow tags can also be purchased over the counter, if there are cow tags left over after the drawing. First come, first served.

Licenses can be purchased online through the Division of Wildlife, and applications for limited licenses can be accomplished online: www.wildlife.state.co.us. The deadline for the drawing is the first Tuesday in April.

Non-resident bull elk tags will be around $576. Cow tags are around $351. Also, during some seasons, hunters who apply for a cow tag prior to the application deadline on April 1 may also buy a bull tag over the counter. That’s right, one hunter can carry both a cow tag and a bull tag and fill both tags on the same hunt.

It typically takes 2-3 years to draw a muzzle-loader tag for our area. Muzzle-loader hunting is excellent. Archery tags may be bought over the counter, and are either-sex tags.

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how would you hunt elk 3rd. season in area 79

by rlf
(denver co.)

new to this area never been there before

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Elk Hunting GMU 59 in Colorado

Has anybody hunted GMU 59? If so where are the places to go? I hunted this area years ago with no success, in fact didn't even see an elk. I am hunting it again and really not sure where to go. Any info would be greatly appreciated because my dad is coming out and this will be his first time elk hunting and probably won't get the opportunity again because of his age and health. Thank you for your help

Dave

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elk in 511?

by Matthew
(Woodland Park, CO)

My Uncle, my dad and I have planned a second season elk rifle hunt in area 511 for October 2012. We hunted this area last year the whole week of the season to no success. I was wondering if anyone knows of any good spots where they have had recent success in the area? This info would be greatly appreciated to help us from walking all over heck's half acre just to have no success again. I thank you in advance.

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public land do it yourself in colorado

by badgerland bow freak
(wisconsin)

Hey outdoor addicts.
Looking to go Colorado public land do it yourself rifle elk next year. Anybody got some good places too start looking at? Ive hunted Wyoming once but never Colorado and could really use some input to help our dream hunt come together. Thanks everyone.

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Colorado 34

by djkost
(Minnesota)

We will be hunting in zone 34 from Sept 16 to the end of archery season. I have a few questions since this is our first trip. Will tree stand hunting work there? Also, a list a large herd in that area but do the elk move to lower elevations that time of year? Thanks for any help someone can give us.

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Elk Hunting in Colorado Units 3 and 301

In mid October I will be doing a DIY hunt in unit 3/301 in western CO. Can anyone give me any recommendations where to start my search for elk (i.e. Forest Rd, drainage, anything that I can locate on a topo map). I have hunted elk before but never in CO. Heck, I've never even been to this part of the state.

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Muzzel hunting elk in unit 15/27

by gkerf
(Circle Pines, MN)

I've been drawn for a cow tag in 15/27. It was my third choice. I've never been to that area. Anyone have any tips on where to hunt in that area?

What about camping? Any good spots near water?
Looking forward to getting out there, there's nothing better!

I've hunted units 16 & 17 before with rifle. Too many hunters for me. With muzzel the numbers should be way down.

Thanks and good luck to you elk hunters!

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Elk GM 20 Colorado

by Les
(MN)

My Son and I drew black power tags in GMU 20. Any advice on public land to try? We tent camp but use 4x4 or ATV to access camp. Or, does anyone know of any reasonable drop camps? Thanks for any and all help provided.

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Drop Camp Outfitters in Colorado

by TMaggard
(Kentucky)

Trying to decide on an outfitter that provides drop camp hunts, non-guided. Any info or recommendations greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Colorado Outfitter Recommendation

by Matt G
(Michigan)

Hi, I'm looking for a recommended outfitter in northwest Colorado for a Rifle elk hunt. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Matt.

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Hills Guide Service, Collbran, CO

by Willoughby
(Kansas)

Has anyone hunted with Hills Guide Service out of Collbran, CO. If so, what should I expect as far as the accommodations, outfitters' personalities, terrain, animal populations, and hunting pressure of the Gran Mesa forests?

Any insight,for that matter would be helpful.

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Colorado Unit 54 Early season

I am thinking about hunting Colorado GMU 54 in 2013 during the opening 10 days of archery. This will be my first ever elk hunt and I want to do it on my own. I have talked to an outfitter who will take me in by horseback and drop me on my own, not a drop camp, my camp on my back. I plan to shoot any legal elk. Any pointers for me? I have no issue going off the beaten path and bivy camping, the harder the better.

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GMU 47 bow hunting elk

Headed out to gmu 47 in September and was wondering if anyone familiar with this unit could share some helpful information with me. I'd appreciate it!

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Near Denver

by John
(Littleton, CO)

I'm looking for a place to bow hunt for elk that is within 1 1/2 hours of Denver, any suggestions?

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Unit 50

Has anyone hunted unit 50? How's the elk heard there? I'm looking for a suggestion of where to start my hunt in units 36a,49, and 50.

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Colorado preference point system?

by Alan Hendren
(Harrodsburg, Ky U.S.)

We're trying to figure out how many preference points were needed to muzzle load GMU 24 last year. My group and I have 10 points and are wondering if we have a shot at drawing a tag. If anybody has an idea, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Alan

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Looking for new elk hunting partners

by Jim
(Texas)

Hello.

I don't know if anyone is looking for a hunting partner, but I am. I moved to south Texas several years ago and have not found anyone here that elk hunts in Colorado. I have many years of experience and would not mind to pass along some of this knowledge to other hunters if needed.

I like DIY hunts in all parts of the state and have hunted all seasons. If I can find a group of people going this year during OTC sales I would be happy to join. Let me know if anyone might be interested?

Send E-mails to: murf4422@yahoo.com

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Hunting Partner Needed for Bow Hunt in Colorado

by Roger
(Arkansas)

I am looking for someone to go on a bow hunt with in Colorado. I normally bow hunt GMU 47 or 43. I am willing to hunt a different GMU. I have hunted the last few years by myself but could sure use a partner.

Roger

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Hunting Partner

by Bart Francis
(Colorado Springs CO USA)

Looking for a hunting partner in Colorado Springs CO.

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Elk hunt in Colorado Williams Creek Resevoir

by Steve
(Michigan)

Does anyone have any tips for me? I have been elk hunting once. I went back in 2006 in Idaho's selway bitteroot wilderness area. I tagged a decent 5X6 and a small 4X4 muley. I know all about the get it shape and then get in better shape:) I was wondering if anyone has been in that area and if they were willing to give me some tips on where to hunt. I have plans of packing in and doing a spike camp. How rough is it getting to squaw pass from the resevoir? Any help would be appreciated.

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DIY bow hunt GMU 47 Colorado, looking for pointers

by Roger
(Arkansas)

I am going bow hunting in GMU 47 this year. My plans are to bow hunt the 1st 2 weeks here if needed. Has anyone on here hunted this GMU before and could share some insight? I am a little familiar with the area but could always use some helpful advice. I will back pack in and hunt from a spike camp. Any information would be appreciated

Regards,
Roger

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love this site

by dennis
(aurora co)

Thanks for the good site I'm going hunting in Colorado out of Empire CO this year new area for me. the area faces south and west i know the past years elk have been hiding on north facing slopes because so warm, but any suggestions will be helpful
Anyone familiar with this area please give suggestions.

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Need your help

by Shawn
(Victor,IA, USA)

Hello all, my name is Shawn, my father is in his 60's and has been applying for a Colorado elk tag for 15 years. Since the beginning he has denied and is now looking to cash in before he is to late to reep the benefits of an outstanding guided hunt. With 15 PP's there is no doubt he will be chasing after a great bull. He is not what you call computer savvy and has asked me to do the leg work for him. obviously he wants the best unit and the best guides he can find. Money is not the issue for this trip as it will more than likely be his first and last elk hunt.....he wants to do it big!!



please help me out gang, im a blind man to this game. any help would be greatly appreciated

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Colorado GMU 551

by Donny
(Buena Vista, Co.)

Help!!
Missed my area in the draw and ended up with the leftover draw list. Selected GMU 551 for cow in 3rd season because of the closeness to home (BV)and work schedule. I have never hunted in this area before and am not really very familiar with it. After a couple of scouting trips, I see a lot of dark timber, plenty of well traveled roads, and plenty of sage country & private land.
Colo. native, hunted up north for over 30 yrs. - Could use some tips for hunting GMU 551 if anyone would like to share. Also hunting alone this year. Not my preference in a new area. Let's talk.
Thanks for the reply.. -dm

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Unit 55 2nd Season Elk Hunting Questions

by Luke
(Illinois, ex-Colorado Native)

The past 2 years I have hunted unit 55 for elk. Both years the weather has been in the upper 60's so it made it extreemly difficult to find elk. This year I im going again and am looking for some help. If anyone has hunted this area can you let me know where you have seen elk? We typically hunt lost canyon, but due to the weather we had no luck.

Please help.

LT

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Units 41 & 421 Colorado

by Matt
(Texas)

I will be going out for my first Elk hunt in 15 years this October. I’m trying to put a plan together and was looking for some help. Has anyone hunted in the Grand Mesa National Forest area lately? What I need is a good starting place. I will not have a lot of time to scout. And any help would be great.

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Any success in Unit 14?

by Dave (MI)
(Michigan)

Hi all. I'm planning on doing a DIY in Unit 14 for 2012. Just wondering how others did in this unit. Good, bad or otherwise. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Area 77 near Williams Creek Reservoir Co. 2010

by Dennis
(San Antonio Tx.)

This is my first time to go Elk hunting and would like any info on Area 77 just North West of Pagosa Springs Co. in the William Creek Reservoir area.

Thanks Dennis

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Rifle hunting south GMU 12 & north GMU 24 Colorado

Can anyone who has hunted here give me their opinion of 1st and 2nd rifle seasons? I believe there is a lot of hunting pressure, but also a lot of elk. Please advise. This will be my 1st trip there.

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Elk hunting Unit 81 in colorado 1st rifle season looking for any info

I drew a bull elk tag for the first rifle season Oct 10-14...We are planning on backpacking in for the first 3-4 day...Does anyone have any knowledge of this area?

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Archery hunting units 77 and 78

by Steve VS
(Michigan)

Myself and two others are planning a mid September Colorado elk hunt in units 77 or 78, possibly near Williams Creek Reservoir. Any advice would be greatly appreciated on hunting this area. Also we are looking to lease horses for the 8 day hunt, so if anyone has contact information, that would be helpful also. My email is svsverstrate@yahoo.com. Thanks for any advice that will help 3 Michigan boys fill a few tags.


Hoping for a safe and fun hunting season ahead!!!
Steve VS Michigan

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Colorado GMU #12 2nd rifle season with Beaver Creek Outfitters

by Glenn Mori
(West Ossipee,NH)

Doing my first drop camp and second elk hunt in 2011. Hearing from anyone with experience,advice or tips would be greatly appreciated as I start my pre-scouting from the comforts of my home in NH. Thanks, Glenn

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Hunting unit 14 Colorado

by Danita Cheatham
(Alexander City, Al)

The DOW say this is a good unit to hunt. I went there last year and camped on Floyd's Peak for 12 days, all I saw was free ranging cattle on every hill. Did anyone else hunt this unit with success and what part of the season. I found old elk signs and more bear signs than elk.

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colorado grand mesa units 42 and 411


(Maryland)

has anyone hunted the grand mesa units 42&411 Any luck

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Colorado unit 43 Maroon Bells Wilderness Area

We are going to hunt this area the second season .Oct 22nd 2011..in the Haystack, Capitol Creek West Snowmass Creek area. Any tips would be appreciated.

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Hunting near Maybell, Colorado

by Jay

I'm in desperate need of some advice. My Dad and I have
just started hunting together about 4 years now. Each year we go hunting for

Elk and come up short. Granted this is the first year. We have been able to scout the area before we hunt it. Due to me being in the military. I'm a seasoned deer hunter but my Dad really isn't. He like to drive around to look for Elk. I have tracked and found sign and wait in areas at times that I was sure to snag an opportunity to join the ranks as a True elk hunter. We have hunted 3rd season the last 4 years. We are hunting areas 301 and 3 in Maybell, CO. Which is suppose to be prime hunting. Any tips on what else to do would be appreciated, as we are new to the Elk hunting.
V/R

Jay Hiser

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SW Colorado Elk Hunting

by Larry
(Kansas)

I am planning for a DIY elk hunt near Silverton, Co. this archery season and would like to hear from anyone who has hunted that area before. Are there good numbers? What is the bear population like? Any tips would be appreciated!

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Fort Collins, Colorado

by Todd
(Montana)

What's the big game hunting like there or around Fort Collins? Such as elk and deer?

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Durango CO - hunter advice?

by Nathan
(New York )

Where should we (6 hunters from PA) go or where should we Avoid while we stay in Durango CO? We are non-resident hunters who will be staying in Durango for the night before packing in for a hunt, any good NON CHAIN resturants and or Cabins to stay while we are there?

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West of Rio Grande Reservior

A buddy and I from PA are planning a DIY archery elk hunt this Sept. which is our first time out. We were looking at the area west of the Rio Grande Reservoir (Ute creek area) We were planning on backpacking in a few miles. Does anyone have any good advise?? We're pretty flexible and open to anything with the exception of being back in a good ways away from other hunters. Greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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Inexpensive Elk Hunts on Private Land & National Forest

by Tim/Ohio
((Lynchburg, OH USA))

I have made several trips out west to hunt antelope, mule deer, elk and buffalo and have been successful 8 out of those 10 trips. This year my trip is to SD for another buffalo. With years of researching, I have found several affordable places to hunt with good success and for average sized big game. If you are interested and would like more info, contact me at tramsey4@frontier.com.

Mule Deer Specialist, in Craig, Co if you are interested in a late season cow elk hunt in CO ALL for about $1500 (including guide, private land, out of state license,lodging, meals, processing and transportation depending on your distance).

Beaver Springs Trespass Hunts, in Craig, CO if you are interested in a non-guided bull elk hunt with private land access to 2 million acres of White River National Forest, with lodging only, for $3000 per GROUP of up to 8 hunters (not including out of state license, meals, processing and transportation).

Tim/Ohio

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Packing out Elk in the Colorado Rockies

by Kevin
(Snowmass Village, CO)

Now that hunting season in Colorado is over, I finally have my residency status for obtaining cheaper resident hunting tags. I ended up helping hike out two hind quarters from a cow elk that a friend shot with a 7mm Rem Mag.

Two guys hiked 2000 vertical feet up from where they parked, and for 6 hours before they found their herd. One got a bull and the other the cow. The shot on the cow damaged the shoulder so it didn't move after being hit. The bull started running down hill after shot which was going to make it very hard to recover. A second shot stopped it. Both were taken with 7mm Rem Mag and both used 2 shots each.

The guys had their elk quartered and packed up by noon when they started hiking it out. They had to make 3 trips each and would carry each load and stash it while going back for the rest. Just as I got off work I got a call to help and arrived at their trucks at 7:45pm to hike up the 2000ft "vert" to help pack it out. It was a moonless night and there was no trail to follow, only terrain features. I hiked solo and was told to bring water & follow the draw straight up to the saddle up top, then follow the ridge to the left and stop at the tree line. I was happy to have my Glock on me in case I came across a mountain lion or black bear.

I ended up carrying both hind quarters of the cow in a frame pack. Two other buddies also hiked up so there was five of us to pack it out. The elk were not de-boned, and the five of us had quite a mission to carry out all the meat in one trip.

I have never been big game hunting yet and plan to take a deer on private property next year so it is convenient to have my buddy show up and teach me how to dress it. To make it a challenge I will attempt to take the deer with a Glock 20 10mm pistol. I plan to film the hunt with a camera mounted on a ski helmet.

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DIY in Weminuche Wilderness

by Bill
(PA)

A buddy and I are planning a DIY archery elk hunt this Sept. and we were looking at the Weminuche Wilderness area around west Ute and middle Ute Creek. We are looking for any info. or advice for that area or other areas. Any and all is appreciated. Thanks

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muzzle loading loads for Colorado elk hunting

by Kelly Mathus
(Louisiana)

Planning a trip to Colorado next year elk hunting with a muzzle loader. Just trying to get some ideas on different loads some people shoot from their front loaders and what's legal.

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colorado elk hunting

by Lewis
(Columbia Missouri)

I am looking for a place to hunt this fall second season. I am looking for a drop camp maybe semi-guided if it is not too expensive. If anybody has information about a place I would appreciate it. Just getting tired of driving 1000 miles and get to our spot and there are 10,000 sheep there!

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Disabled Veteran Needs Some Help !

by Thomas
(Acworth, GA)

Hello;

Need some help finding a unit to hunt in Colorado for elk for 2012

Tom (GA)

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Vets need help with first 3rd rifle season Colorado DIY Elk hunt

by Eithen
(Fort Collins, co)

Well, its our ten year anniversary of joining the Marines together, and are celebrating by going on a DIY Elk hunt here in Colorado (Nov 8-13). All three of us are experienced hunters, but being new to Colorado, we don't know the best areas yet to go to. We all got one unlimited bull tag and a cow tag, we were thinking of going to the Walden vicinity, (rabbit ears pass etc..) We don't want to step on anyones toes by asking where their "sweet spot" is, but being pointed in the right direction and location for a successful hunt would be greatly appreciated. We are not necessarily looking for a trophy bull, but some horns would be a great trophy to us. I know either way it'll be a good experience, but harvesting an animal is our main objective. Please help by letting us know where the animals may be this time of year and the best way to locate one in our crosshairs!

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Advice for CO Elk Hunt

by Bobby Denny

I'm looking to go on an elk hunt in 2012 or 2013. It will be me and 3 other guys. If anybody knows of a drop camp around 1000 or cheaper please email me the info. We are even willing to pay a local of Colorado that knows where the elk are and can put us on them. We can pay them $500 to a $1000 per hunter for the local. We are willing to do all the work just want to be put on the elk. If anybody as any information or knows anybody that might be interested in helping us email me at bobby_denney2002@yahoo.com. Thanks.

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muzzle loading co bull tag unit 41

by Glenn
(Grand Junction CO)

I drew my first black powder tag for elk this year here in co which opens 9/10 --> 9/18 I am new to black powder hunting any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Need Colorado Elk Hunt Info

by Eric
(IL)

I am planning on elk hunting with my 65 year old father in the Zirkel Wilderness area in Colorado late October of this year. I would like to make this a memorable experience as our past trips have not been very memorable due to lack of game sightings.

Does anyone have any hunting experiences/tips or knowledge of the number of hunters in this area or number of elk? Thank you in advance for your help.

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Archery Elk Hunt - Unit 55

by Chris
(Denver, CO)

This is my first time hunting Unit 55. I plan on heading up there this weekend to take a look. Is there any certain areas that I should check out? How is this Unit?
Any input will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

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CO GMU 161 Muzzleloader, 2011

by Brian
(Wisconsin)

with her first bull 3 miles in

with her first bull 3 miles in

My 16 year old daughter drew a bull tag this year. This is a new area for us. We have been pouring over the topo maps and feel like we have a good plan, but if anyone out there is familiar with the area and has some tips for this time of year, we would love to hear from you. We are planning to camp north and west (mostly west) of Big Creek Lake, and hunting up to 4 miles west of camp. She is a real trooper and will go where the elk are. I just try to keep up! Photo is from 09 in WY.

email is: lotsofbergs@yahoo.com

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Colorado GMU 18

My husband and I are planning our 1st elk hunt this fall.

We are planning to hunt in GMU 18. Anyone care to share some good places to find elk in the unit? Thanks

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Area 85 Spanish Peaks Wildlife area

Is this a heavily hunted area for archery elk?

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Bow Hunting the Flat Top Wilderness Area

Hi, I'm JP from Texas and I'm going to the Flat Top Wilderness Area to look at the area for a possible bow hunt in the 2012 season the last week of Sept. 2011. Anyone have any ideas about were to look. I've never hunted elk before, nor have I visited the area before.

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Colorado GMU 76 Frazier or Wilderness Adventures outfitters?

by Terry
(Richland Center Wi)

Anyone out there hunted with either of these outfitters? Planning on hiring one or the other for a 2012 archery hunt. Any information would be appreciated .

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Have 13 NR Colorado elk pts. May apply for GMU 76 archery for 2012 ?

by Terry
(Richland Center WI)

Anyone out there that's been there done that hunt that would like to share information? What area is better, Would you hire outfitter? etc... Have horses and gear I could bring, just not equipped to pack in to camp. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I am cursed!

I have been trying to kill an elk since 1998. I live in Colorado and have hunted units 18, 181, 371, 75, 851, and finally unit 54 the last 5 years. I have hunted "way up high" above timberline, down low near water holes, still hunted dark timber, sat in high meadows, low meadows, near creeks, hiked 10 milkes one-way to really get back to where the elk should be. Ive paid for outfitter drop camps, one on one guided hunts. I use all the latest scent lock clothing and sprays. I am in excellent shape. I try to always hunt into the wind. I try getting up at 300 am to be into position well before shooting light.

The only common result to all of this preparation and hard work is my game bags are filled to the brim with JACK SQUAT each and every single year. Good luck to all of you who continue the search for elk. For me, I think I'll have better luck finding a sasquatch or the lochness monster!

Im selling all of my equippment, guns and bow.

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Elk dont exist!!!

by Mike
(Parker, CO)

I have been elk hunting now since 1998. I have hunted way up high, down low, off of water, off of great feeding areas, off of great north facing dark timber bedding areas, busted my sack off to climb above timberline to find them, and still hunted the best bedding areas I could find. I've been on fully guided archery, and rifle hunts, drop camp wilderness hunts. I have tried units 75, 751, 851, 371, 18, 181 and 5 years in a row at unit 54. Do you know what all this hard work and patience has yielded? A massive pile of steaming JACK SQUAT!!!

I wrapped my 30.06 around the nearest tree I could find when the sun went down on the last day of 1st rifle season this year, dropped all of my very expensive gear right where I stood, grabbed my keys and hiked out.

Guess I'll just floor the gas pedal the next time I see a couple on the road.

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Guess your not going to post anything from me!!!

by mike
(parker, co)

Hearing from the common elk hunter is too much reality for you on this forum. Your not going to post the realities of elk hunting in Colorado for the 82% of us who are unsuccessful in filling a tag year after year after year after year. All the while, listening to the CO DOW and advertising that there are record numbers of elk in CO. Its all bullshit, I have been a resident hunter in this state since 1977 and the elk hunting still sucks with 500 million out of state hunters flooding our forests every year.

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Archery hunting around Pagosa Springs

by Scotty V
(Texas)

I was looking for some help in finding the best areas around Pagosa Springs to archery hunt elk. I have hunted the Mosca Creek road area up west of Williams Creek Resovoir and I have some buddies who hunt the Buckles Lake area and the Blanco River Basin area, thought about hunting with them this year but just can't make up my mind.

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Lone Mesa

by Chad
(Texas)

Has anyone hunted Lone Mesa in Colorado? I just got drawn for archery season any advise would be appreciated!

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Bow Hunting the Flat Top Wilderness Area

Hi, I'm JP from Texas and I'm going to the Flat Top Wilderness Area to look at the area for a possible bow hunt in the 2012 season the last week of Sept. 2011. Anyone have any ideas about were to look. I've never hunted elk before, nor have I visited the area before.

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.35 Remington, by Bill Smith "...my .35 Rem appears to have dropped a medium deer flawlessly, but I now have serious doubts as to its capability to take an elk."


Arizona Elk Hunting

Where to hunt in Az unit 3B?, by Cliffjumper (Tucson, Az) ~ I got a late bull muzzle loader hunt in Arizona unit 3b. Does anyone know how to hunt bulls in the late season?...

First time elk hunter hunting Arizona unit 6A , by Rob Marchio (Omaha, Ne)~ I'm a first time elk hunter hunting Arizona's unit 6A. I'm planning on staying in the Pine Grove campground...


Elk Hunting Colorado

Help needed for 1st DIY Hunt w/Son, by Patrick (Parker, CO), "I was looking for some advice on my 1st DIY hunt for 2014 in CO with my 13 yr old son. I have countless hrs going over stats, topo maps & Google Earth"

Elk Hunting Colorado in 2013, By William (Midland, TX) "I am planning an elk hunt next year in Colorado and I wanted to know if hunting Gunnison National Forest..."

Unit 60 Elk 4th Rifle Season Nov 13-17 Either Sex 2013, By Chester "...Any general advice about the unit would be appreciated!"


Idaho Elk Hunting

Elk Hunting Idaho Unit 8 8A 11, This is my first year seriously trying to track down some elk. Is there anyone that has hunted in any of these units and can give me some friendly advice? Mitchell, Moscow Idaho

Elk Hunting Pocatello by Cameron (Pocatello) Where is the best place to elk hunt around Pocatello, Idaho? I'm a student at ISU and I'm looking for somewhere around here to hunt next season.

How is the elk hunting in unit 30A in Idaho?, by Terry (Richland Center, WI) Has anyone archery elk hunted in unit 30A in Idaho? What can you tell me about the area?


Elk Hunting In Montana

Hunting in Western Montana, by Mike A. (Alabama)

I did not draw a tag for Missouri breaks where I have hunted in the past. Having to start over and try western Montana.


New Mexico Elk Hunting

New Mexico Unit 49, by Silas (Los Alamos, NM)

If anyone has tips on areas to start scouting, I'd really appreciate it.

First Elk Hunt First Elk Hunt, by Big "R" (NM)

I finally got drawn for a late elk hunt in Unit 28, north of Road 506 and south of the boundary line of the Lincoln National Forest...


Elk Hunting in Utah

"This is my first year hunting. I'm trying to make it fun and exciting for my kids. We went to the north slope by Bridger and China Meadows..."


Elk Hunting Nevada

Cow elk in Nevada's unit 222:

"Any good places known in unit 222?"

Northeast Nevada Early Elk hunt, by John (Carson City,NV)

"Any suggestions on what areas I may see some signs of elk?"


Questions from Novice Hunters

Retired USMC MSgt Needs Advice, by Ken Wing USMCRET (Bealeton, Va)


Big Game Recipes

Elk or Venison Steaks Grilled to Perfection Here's how to turn them into steakhouse steaks!

Spice-Crusted Grilled Venison Roast Recipe This Spice-Crusted, Grilled Venison Roast recipe works great for any red meat roasts, including elk, deer or beef roast...

Corned Elk Recipe You can easily make corned venison and elk, moose or corned beef from these instructions...


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