help in either the mount zirkel or savis creek wilderness

by Todd
(Troy Missouri)

I am planning on bow hunting in either the mount zirkel or savis creek wilderness and need any info and help available.

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Durango/Pagosa Springs Pack Out Service

I am going on my first archery elk hunt and am heading down to the Durango/Pagosa Springs area, GMU 751. I would love to do the whole pack in/pack out hunt, but do not think I can afford it at this time.

What I am looking for is an Elk Pack Out Service. Just bringing the quartered elk out of the woods. I am trying to avoid the three trips out which should allow me to hike in a little farther.

If anyone has any suggestions please reply here or email me at robertrajotte AT yahoo DOT com

Thanks!

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Day in woodland park

by Erik
(Woodland park colorado)


Sitting in my garage reloading when my wife got a beautiful shot of this lonely bull wondering around our yard. Nice photo Hun at kingsleys house photography

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Elk hunting GMU's 44,45,47,444


(Colorado Springs, CO)

Hello All,
Looking to see if anyone has any info on these units.. I don't really know much about them honestly.. I applied for this tag with a buddy who unfortunately came down on PCS orders and moved to North Carolina.. So now I have a 1st season rifle either sex tag and just some info from him that he had been reading up on.. I have done some research and have found certain areas seem to be better than others.. And the deeper and darker the the woods get the better your chances seem to be.. Also timberline seems to be a general hang out at times.. If anyone would be willing to help me out or even hunt together it would be greatly appreciated.. I'm not looking for grids, or secret spots, or handouts.. I'm just hoping to gain more knowledge on these areas and which seem to be the best from other hunters' experience and perspective.. If anyone is willing to contribute some knowledge please email me cwick61 AT gmail.com Thank you for your time.

- C.W.

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Aug 05, 2014
Colorado web site crash
by: Anonymous

Call the Governors office @ 303-866-2471 and let them know they need to contract with some other web master then his buddy Obamaaaaa so the system doesn't crash on the day they set to purchase hunting licenses. Hickenlooper and Obamaaaaa what is the difference. Hunting in Colorado brings in $1.8 Billion and supports 21,000 jobs (Denver Post) Why is Hickenlooper not holding people accountable????

Jul 31, 2014
Don't get spammed
by: David

I changed the email address, so you won't get hit by spammers, C.W. Good luck on your hunt. Click on this link to get a 60 day free trial membership at Huntin' Fool: Huntin' Fool 60 Day Free Trial Maybe you can get some good help there.

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Unit 53

by Roy
(Little Rock, Arkansas)

A buddy and I are planning a September hunt in Colorado, Unit 53. I have put in for a muzzleloader cow elk draw. If not drawn, I will plan on an over the counter archery hunt. This is my first elk hunt. This will be an unguided hunt. I am reading everything I can get my hands on about elk and how they feed, travel, etc. Anyone have any ideas about hunting Unit 53?

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May 31, 2014
Preparing for Elk Hunt
by: Anonymous

Excellent! There are some fitness ideas I use on this page: Hunting Fitness.

May 31, 2014
Cow tag
by: Anonymous

Well I got drawn for the cow elk hunt in September. Now the training and sweat begins for getting ready.

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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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Oct 10, 2014
ride a pony!
by: Anonymous

Get an old 12plus years small pony to ride in, or use a 4 wheeler. Cut animal size down to fit your load and trips! Im 56 years old and have many successful trips behind me. Just go and you and Jesus can get through it, enjoy your days.

Aug 19, 2014
6Aelkhunt
by: Skip

Hi Mark, I too live in Arizona. I have hunted 6a two or three times in the past. It is a good area and holds some nice bulls. There are a good number of Forest roads to cover a lot of territory. But to score on a bull you will need to do some back country hunting. One suggestion, pre-scout your area and try to find where the elk are. If you find an area or a wallow, or water hole. You might want to set up a ground blind. Good luck.

Apr 22, 2014
Flat Tops hunting - NW Colorado
by: Pete

After 40 years of Flat Tops elk and deer hunting, I've published a book exposing our secrets for consistently harvesting elk. I stress the need to be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for high altitude hunting. Hunters who are not do not fare well. They just are not alert enough to "hear" the forest and know when elk will appear.

Check out my website www.elkhuntinginformation.com for some tell-tale stories of the 2013 elk hunt.

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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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Aug 29, 2014
Possible help
by: Jack

Email me at jackATwestcliffecolorado Dot com with your contact info. I live in unit 86.

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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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Jun 03, 2014
054
by: Mark

I too got lucky and was able to get a EE 1st rifle tag, I looked at the hunt planner and found the migration routes and summer and winter concentration areas. Feel free to contact me at MPACH1123@GMAIL.COM and I would forward these maps and other information that may help you out.

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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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Jun 27, 2014
Change of unit
by: rwmorgan

Looks like we will be hinting uniit 34 north of Vail. Still have room fo ranother hunter to share camp duties.

Jun 27, 2014
Hunter living in NE ohio
by: RANDY

I have tags for Muzzleloader in gmu 41-421 etc.for BUck deer and another for Cow elk. If we can keep in touch its to late for 2014, but I plan to hunt 2015. So maybe we could get together for then. Let me know how you make out and I'll do the same. randeye100@zoominternet.net

Sep 12, 2013
Coarcheryhunt4mantent
by: Skip Shephard

Hi, I am going to hunt elk this Oct. in Colorado. It is a first season rifle hunt. I live in Tucson, AZ and here we have to get drawn to hunt most big game . That is the main reason I am trying Colorado. I prefer archery hunting. I may be interested. My email is sirskip3@aol.com. Keep me in mind. Thanks

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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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Oct 01, 2013
atv
by: Anonymous

your good to go! you just need to buy an ATV permit when you buy your tags

Sep 14, 2013
Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thank you

Sep 14, 2013
OHV Hunting Info
by: Paul

Here is a link to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife page that will give you more info to register your OHV.

http://parks.state.co.us/ohvsandsnowmobiles/OHVprogram/OHVregistrations/Pages/OHVRegistrations.aspx

Also don't overlook the need to have your machine properly adjusted / jetted prior to coming to altitude. Your bike may not run or worse yet you may do damage to your bike. Good Luck and enjoy your Colorado hunt. I am leaving for the high country again this morning!

Sep 13, 2013
ATV question
by: Anonymous

When you get to Colorado and in order to take your ATV on public land you are supposed to buy a OHV sticker ($25).

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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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Sep 08, 2013
Unit 12 and/or 24 Hunting????
by: Will

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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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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Jun 26, 2014
Re
by: Anonymous

Larry depending on when you are going this area can have a lot of snow. I killed a trophy 6x6 in this area first season 2013. There are elk there but it is very steep and can be crowded. Good luck

Sep 25, 2013
Unit 23
by: Larry

I've hunted this area since 1988. Burro Mnt. can be good hunting, but be prepared for early snow. Some public areas around Buford off of County Road 8. I'll be there the 3rd season hunting private and public land . Best of luck!

larry_mazzuca@sbcglobl.net

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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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Aug 19, 2013
Former Western New Yorker
by: Skip Shepherd

Hi, what part of NY are you from? I used to live in Lockport, N.Y. Good luck on your hunt. I am not familiar with GMU 551. But you will find help on this site. It is great.

Aug 18, 2013
551
by: Anonymous

Upper South quartz creek paying attention to the large saddle near separating Hancock Middle Quartz creek. Beautiful steep country though, watch the weather. Have also had success near Parlin flats and Ohio City, gods luck and have fun.

Aug 13, 2013
Western ny
by: Anonymous

Jamestown down by Chautauqua lake

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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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Jan 03, 2014
Montrose hunt
by: Anonymous

Hunted 30 miles from that area 3 years ago. Went October 15th weather was mild warm in the afternoon cool in the morning. Shot a small 5x5. Several elk in the area but never saw any big ones.

Aug 08, 2013
GMU 37
by: Bret

Is GMU 37 over the counter either sex for Elk archery in 2013?

Thanks- Bret

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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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Jun 27, 2013
Area 54 is in Colorado
by: Dan4elk2

I forgot to mention area 54 is in Colorado. Thanks!

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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Oct 17, 2014
UNIT 75
by: Anonymous

I HAVE BEEN HUNTING UNIT 75 FOR 25 YEARS, EVERY YEAR IS DIFFERENT. LOT OF HUNTERS ON FOOT HORSEBACK AND ATVS. MY BEST ADVICE IS TO GET OFF THE ROADS AND INTO SOME DARK HOLES AND YOU MIGHT GET LUCKY. WATCH OUT FOR OUTFITTERS. THEY ARE MISLEADING AND WILL PUT YOU OUT THERE IN THE SAME PLACES THAT THE PUBLIC CAN WALK TO.
REMEMBER ELK ARE WHERE THEY ARE

Sep 14, 2013
response
by: Anonymous

I am hearing the success rate is only around 20% at best but I will count it a success if I just see an elk really. Would you suggest me shooting the first legal bull or waiting it out somewhat? I am hunting for five days from Sept 25-29th?

Sep 14, 2013
response to Ken
by: Anonymous

Hey Ken, I will be hunting with an outfitter and we are supposed to be riding horse back for around an hour and a half to their camp. I am looking forward to it for I am primarily an avid whitetail hunter so just the opportunity to go is a blessing for me.

Sep 14, 2013
Area 75 Hunt
by: Anonymous

I have hunted the neighboring unit for 25+ years. Watch your North/South routes if there is early snow in Sept. or Oct. The elk will move from the wilderness area to the North down into the valleys off of Hwy 160. During archery obviously, but also first season you will still have some success with not only cow calling but bugling as well. I have shot more than 20-elk personally and my sons and hunting partners from out of state have had success more than 50% of the time over that same 25-year period. You should do well provided you can be in range for the shot and well that you are a reasonably good shot. Good Luck and enjoy! It is a beautiful area.

Aug 10, 2013
gmu 75
by: ken

Headed there myself for archery hunt. I have never been in the unit so I'm not going to be much help. Where do you plan on setting up camp? I will start up high and work my way back out.
Ken

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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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Apr 09, 2013
Colorado elk hunt / Not this year
by: Skip Shephard

I was seriously considering a Colorado elk hunt in 2014, but not with these new restrictive gun laws.

Mar 30, 2013
Don't Come
by: Anonymous

Please go elsewhere to hunt. Boycott Colorado. Their insane guns laws have turned us all into criminals.

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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!

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Sep 10, 2013
Room in unit 28/18 in colorado
by: Dale Ann

Hi, www.williamsforklodging.com
We have room for a few more hunters!

Aug 01, 2013
pagosa springs, Tommy, cabin and elk hunting
by: Mark

tommy, I hunt unit 77, pagosa springs area, can share info if u like. mrgreene46@yahoo.com. will be coming out 2nd season.

Mar 14, 2013
Not to late for a Cow & Bull hunt in Colorado
by: RANDY

I'm looking for Elk hunters from Pa - Oh area to hunt Grand Mesa (gmu's 41-42-421) fall 2013. Excellant pack in area. May be able to get a draw Cow and OTC Bull if in by April 2. DIY hunt Estimated cost Approx $1500< includes our transportation, licenses and camping expenses. This may not be a trophy Bull area, but a cow or legal Bull is ok for me. Maybe both. Time is a wasting. Email randeye100@zoominternet.net for more questions.

Mar 05, 2013
elk units
by: Anonymous

Going to Colorado this fall as I have 8 pref points. Who can help me with which area is good with 8? I wanted unit 76 but now I hear it takes 10 points as a non-resident archer. Anyone know of a good unit for 8 points??

Tired of waiting...popularity keeps raising the odds of drawing as more hunters get interested in bow hunting for elk!!!

Help! Anyone? Or should I just call the CO division of wildlife???

Feb 27, 2013
hunting region 85 in colorado
by: Will

I will be hunting elk the second gun season 2013 in region 85 near the spanish peaks. I would greatly appeciate any info and advice from anyone familure with the area.

Thanks,
Will

Feb 21, 2013
Pagosa Springs Area
by: Tommy

I live in Texas but own a cabin in Pagosa Springs, I think that is area 77. I have never hunted elk before and would like to using OTC tag. I am 65 and not able to pack in and out. I need to be able to hunt near roads. Can anyone give me any help? Thank you in advance to all who answer.

Feb 20, 2013
Colorado elk hunting
by: rexroad

Good luck on the hunt. I have hunted gunnison nat forest for 5 years. First year drove 1800 mile one way hunted 7 days and drove home and back to work. This falls trip will be for 35 days as we hunt mulies second season and elk third. You have to get away from the roads. Our group is averaging 60 % success in a area that runs about 20%. Love colorado hunting, it will be succesful if you are willing to pack a elk several mile on your back to get it out. If you are camping send me a message and I'll help all I can. From WV!

Jan 14, 2013
Hunting in GMU 511
by: Shogates

I will be rifle hunting in Pike National Forest the 2nd rifle season of the 2013 season. this is my first time ever hunting elk, and i wanted to know does anyone have any good tips?

Jan 13, 2013
Glad you feel that way
by: Dale

Wish more people felt the way you do about Elk hunting in colorado. Never see less than 15 shootable bulls each year and I always fill my freezer with a cow. Archery Only!

Jan 01, 2013
Colorado Big Game
by: Anonymous

I hunted the second season in GMU 33 Colorado 2012 and I saw nothing alive or dead. I would never go back there ever! What a let down. I am thinking Colorado just sells tags to make money. That is why there is no quotas. I felt it was a total rip off!

Jul 15, 2012
HUNTING GMU 56 IN 2012
by: Anonymous

ANY TIPS ON BEST LOCATIONS IN GMU 56 FOR MUZZLELOADER

Feb 20, 2012
Need Advice for a DIY Arhery hunter
by: Jon

Hello Everyone! I'm needing advice for where to go for my first Archery elk drop camp. I'm looking to go September 14-23, 2012 and considering looking into Fawn gulch outfitters out of Pagosa Springs in GMU 77 or D&G Outfitters our of Meredith,Co in GMU 444 & 47. Where do I have the best chance of seeing Elk?

I'm a very good woodsman and experienced archer & don't mind really getting off the trail head. Any advice anyone can share about either the outfitters or the hunting areas and their successes I would appreciate it. Send to jadamsATcbgundakerDOTcom

Thanks,
Jon

Aug 13, 2011
Need a packer
by: animalspooker

Looking to hunt the Pagosa Springs area (GMU 77) and was looking for someone who could pack us in and out and come get an animal if we're fortunate enough to get one. We don't want a wall tent, guide, chef or anything like that. Just someone with horses to pack us in and out of the area we want to hunt. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.

Mar 09, 2011
Rifle hunting south gmu 12 & north gmu 24 Colorado
by: Anonymous

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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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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Mar 05, 2013
Elk hunting Colorado
by: Chris

I wanted to add that this is unit 78 south of highway 160.

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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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Sep 10, 2012
bow hunt elk
by: Chris

I forgot to give you my email consultcsm@aol.com

Sep 10, 2012
DYI Bow Elk
by: Chris

I'd consider going but know nothing of the area or what is required to hunt in a place like Colorado, considering the high elevation. Is this a OTC license? Do you pack the meat out yourself or prehire someone to pack out the meat if you get an animal? Id probably fly out depending on how much it would cost to send the meat back home in NJ. What is the closest city? Ive been bow hunting 33 years. I'm 48.

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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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Jun 01, 2014
Unit 76
by: Anonymous

I just drew unit 76 for 1st rifle any information would be helpful.

Feb 07, 2013
10 points min for archery
by: Anonymous

Last year the it took a minimum of 10 points to even have a chance at an archery tag. You had a chance at the 3rd rifle season with 9 points. For the first rifle hunt that they have during the rut it took 18 points min.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/Elk/MininumElk2012.pdf

Feb 02, 2013
consider waiting
by: Anonymous

I've never hunted in Unit 76. But I do follow these forums more than I should. All the pics of bulls I've seen from 76 are not that big. I am sure they are there, but a lot of lesser bulls are taken. The bulls I've seen in the OTC units around 76 seem to have about the same quality bulls.

If it were me I would wait until I had enough points for unit 61 or even unit 2 or 201. The pics from those units all seem to be 300+ bulls. You of course have to weigh your own situation, health etc.

Jan 16, 2013
unit76
by: unit 76

i was told it took 8 pp as a nr to get a tag for a bull....i have 8 and hope to go this year!!!

who knows what they are talking about???!!

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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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Dec 11, 2012
When to hunt those bugling bulls
by: Steve H.

I have bow hunted them for longer than I can remember and have gone at the beginning, middle, end, etc. For the past 10 years or so I plan my hunt so that my last day to hunt is the last day of the archery season. Bulls get crazier by the day the closer to the end of September it gets. It always gets me lots of action and bugling. Good luck

Dec 11, 2012
go the last week
by: Anonymous

This year Colorado moved the muzzle load season back a week which puts it closer to the prime time rut. The muzzleload season also falls during the archery season. If you want rutting activity I would go the last week after the muzzleload season.

Since they also moved the archery season back a week (initially it was scheduled to end the 3rd week in sept. along with the muzzle) you might get them going crazy a few days after the smoke poles stop going off.

I hunted unit 81 a couple of years ago, during 2nd rifle. This year I hunted unit 70 during the last week of the archery season (3rd week of sept) and even though there was a lot of pressure they were bugling. You just had to get away from road and trails.



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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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Feb 13, 2014
1st time Elk
by: Pete

Need info on area 33 for Elk hunt this year would appreciate any information on area for Nov-Dec time frame.
Thank You

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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.

www.outwestguides.com

Email at info@outwestguides.com

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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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Feb 06, 2014
Archery
by: Anonymous

Have you ever archery hunted in this area before? Everything that I read states that it is a better late season area.

Oct 07, 2013
Tips for 79
by: Anonymous

My dad has been hunting in 79 for 30+ years and I have been for 14 years. Unit 79 is a special unit to us like a second home. Hunting in 79 ranges from easy terrain to extremely rough terrain. Hunting in the lower parts of 79 near cathedral and twin peaks is abundant with monster muleys. Over the past 10 years it's gotten substantially warmer keeping the elk at higher elevations towards groundhog park areas. We've found that hunting the drainages in the mornings, thick timber mid day, and open valleys and tree lines in the evenings has been the best way to be successful there. Out of the 30+ years my dad has gone he's only been skunked 4-5 times. I have only been skunked twice. If it is cooler hunting down low is an option for the elk as well.
If you don't plan on getting off the roads and the old logging roads don't plan on getting anything. Make your own path and you'll have a greater chance of seeing something. The bulls are young there but we have seen some trophies. We've seen anywhere from 1-1000+ head herds before. Keep your eyes peeled and stay in the bush all day without returning to camp. We pack lunches and take them into the feild so we don't have to come out of the Forrest.
Hope this helps a bit.

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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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Aug 24, 2012
information
by: djkost

I understand getting low will help. We are flat landers and we were wondering also what the terain is like in area 34.

Aug 23, 2012
Excellent Advice
by: Dave, ElkHuntingTips.net

This is very well explained and good advice, Steve. I agree with all of it. I second the notion that you can get away with more movement if you are bent over as low as you can get while stalking. They know that two-legged form as human! Nothing else stands up and walks like we do.

Aug 22, 2012
Archery Elk colorado
by: Steve H

I am going to Colorado during the same time, different zone. I have made this trip for the past 18 years and gained a lot of experience which has made my success so enjoyable.

Treestand hunting: Effective near wallows and watering holes, but I like being on the ground so I can be more mobile. In a treestand you are confined to the range and view only from the treestand.

Hunting will get better by the day from Sep 16 through the end of the archery season as the bulls get crazier by the day. Bugling will increase and you can have action up into the middle of the day at times.

Cow call, cow call, cow call. I have had much better luck getting close to bulls cow calling instead of bugling. Bugling can certainly draw a response, but often then will take their cows elsewhere instead of facing down another bull. Once he bugles you have half the game won.

Stay low as you try to approach. You will be amazed at how close you can get to an elk without spooking them if you keep your human profile low to the ground and they do not smell you. they are incredibly afraid of the human standing profile, but it is amazing how they will tolerate something that is crawling around - if they don't smell you.

Smell - they have the best noses in the woods. I take a plastic puff bottle (like a nose drop bottle), and fill it with sheetrock mud that I have sanded off a wall. It is lighter than air, no odor, organic, and costs nothing. Use it to see what the thermals are doing as temperatures warm up around 9 or so in the morning. Worth it's weight in gold. If the wind is not right, take a wide birth and go way around to get it in your favor - else you will spook them to the next county.

In my experience, elk are in the lower elevations at night feeding in the fields, and at pink light in the morning they begin to move back up the mountain to their bedding areas. use this to your advantage. Remember, first thing in the morning the thermals are going downhill since the air is cooler. Around 9am or so as it warms up the thermals will begin to rise.

Best of luck - my email is SHINGEY_US_US@YAHOO.COM Drop me a note if you like and I'll give you my number to call.

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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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Feb 15, 2013
Durango area
by: Lonestar

I hunted twice with Mangus 5, 2004 and 2006. Very good outfitter.

Aug 13, 2012
Drop Camp
by: Nathan

I have used The MANGUS 5 Outfitter outside of Durango Co. They were a very helpful and efficient outfitter. They are a no frills drop camp outfitter. They don't have fancy trucks or trailers just a hardworking family that enjoys getting good people into the back country. They have fully equipped drop camps in a few different areas which can fit anyone's needs. I have no ties or affiliation with them. I am just a extremely satisfied customer of theirs.

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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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Apr 04, 2012
outfitters
by: Dave MI

Hi Matt,
What unit/area are you hunting? I'm from MI as well and just applied for Unit 55 (Gunnison area).

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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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Feb 25, 2014
Hills Guide Service
by: Forester

Anyone bow hunt with Hills Guide Service? Considering hunting there last week of bow season.

Feb 03, 2012
Great!
by: Bryan

Hunted out there 2nd rifle season 2010 and booked again for this upcoming October. Good guides who put you in places for success. Saw animals everyday and brought back a nice Muley. Beautiful country!

Oct 07, 2011
heading that way soon
by: Anonymous

I will let you know when I get back.

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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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Aug 01, 2012
BackCountry Backpack Hunting
by: Dave, ElkHuntingTips.net

Make sure you check out the new pages on the topic of backpack hunting: http://www.elk-hunting-tips.net/backcountry-bowhunting.html and http://www.elk-hunting-tips.net/backpack-hunting.html.

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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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Apr 19, 2014
Near Denver
by: Anonymous

I heard unit 39 is good

Jul 30, 2012
Tags
by: Anonymous

I have a statewide either sex except for limited areas. Thanks for the tip, I'll check those spots out!

Jul 29, 2012
Elk Near Denver
by: Tom

John-

There are many great places to try your hand at a bull not too far from Denver. When speaking of archery, we have two things to look at. One is whether you are hunting with a limited tag or unlimited either-sex over the counter. Needless to say the unlimited units do get hit hard with pressure (e.g. units 18, 28, 36, 371 etc.). However, within those units there are areas that you can bypass a lot of the pressure by hiking in a bit further. So, if you are willing to go a bit further than I would suggest the Eagle's Nest Wilderness area in game management unit (GMU) 371 and 36. There is some excellent summer concentration area on the north facings along that range. Some good landmarks would be Mt. Powell, Upper Slate Lake, Slate Creek. That is some high country, I believe Mt. Powell peak is at 13,500 something. But that isn't too far from Denver. There are endless places to go but I have had success there in the past.

The other route to go is by putting into the limited draw (deadline usually the first Tuesday in April) and have a shot at an area with a limited number of hunters. Units 39, 49, 50, 500, 501 come to mind as good hunts with limited number of people. Typically these units it is year on-year off or every two years to draw (unit 49 is at 2 or 3 right now). But, they are very good tags to have and those units (especially 39) are closer to Denver. Unit 39 is the one I would go with as far as limited tags go. For residents it typically only takes 1 preference point to get in and you can hunt the Mt. Evans State Wildlife Area and the surrounding National Forest. If you don't see any decent 6 x 6's in there during the rut, than it is an odd year or you aren't approaching the hunt correctly (the "it's hunting" frame of mind always applies, however). I wish I was not moving away from Colorado. I hope Washington has some elk I can chase...I know they do, it is just another system I have to learn.

So, hopefully this was somewhat helpful and really it is just food for thought and previous experience. Thank you.

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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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Aug 21, 2012
Unit 50
by: Anonymous

I hunted unit 50 for Elk a few years ago in the forest service area. It was horrible. I have had excellent success in other units around 50, but not in unit 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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Jul 29, 2012
Colorado Ppoints
by: Tom

So, last year in 2011 it took 10 points to have a shot at it. Even then, it wasn't a sealed deal. This year 45 individuals put in with 10 points. Of those 45, only 14 drew a tag. Of course, everyone with higher than 10 points drew that tag. So, next year you certainly do have a good shot at drawing out. But it is not certain. You can find all of the limited license information at the following page:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/Pages/Statistics.aspx

I hope this helps. Thank you.

Mar 26, 2012
Points
by: Matt G

Check out hunterstrailhead.com.

You can enter your info and it will give you your chance of getting a tag. GMU 24 is great hunting. If you know a good outfitter let me know. Thanks, Matt G.

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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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Aug 30, 2014
2014 GMU 62
by: Lee

I have a FIRST RIFLE tag. More or less DIY.

Mar 07, 2014
Unit 62 in Montrose, Colorado
by: Skip

Anyone hunt Unit 62? Would appreciate your input. Thanks

Jun 20, 2013
New hunters
by: Fencanova

Hi , we need a 4th for a pack in DIY hunt in unit 681 for bow end of sept fencanova01@yahoo.com

Feb 20, 2013
GMU 054
by: rexroad

I have hunted gmu 054 for several year. I will draw a second season mulie tag this year and a 3rd season e/s tag in a otc area. As I will be camping for 35 days just a couple of us will be making the trip for the hunt as the rest of the regulars cant travel the 1800 mile for the trip.Zip me a message at rexroad4372@yahoo.com and we can talk. We have a 50% rate on public land.

Aug 13, 2012
Colorado elk Hunting
by: Smith Rancho

Smith Rancho offers colorado elk and deer hunting with a limit of 5-6 hunters in camp. It also provides tips and guides of hunting. For more info contact Smith Rancho.

Jul 05, 2012
Archery Elk
by: DW Archer

I would be interested in discussing with you Archery OTC Colorado or any other state for that matter. If interested contact me at dwalleyehunter@hotmail.com

Mar 03, 2012
Planning GMU 24 Hunt in 2014
by: mike

I'm going to hunt in GMU 24 October, 2014 first rifle season. I'm looking for any pointers. Never hunted elk before.

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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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Oct 08, 2012
2013 Elk Bow Hunting Partner
by: RogerC

From Michigan,Looking to bow hunt for Elk next year 56 years old in good shape.A life long hunter and outdoorsmans.email croger45@aol.com

Aug 18, 2012
hunting partner
by: doug

I am also looking for an elk hunting partner in Colorado for this year.
I planned on going the first week of Sept. I am going no matter what but it would be nice to hunt with someone also. I am 53 and in good shape and I love to hunt with my bow. I was planning to hunt by Meeker or south of Rifle.

Any comments?

Jul 26, 2012
Partner for 2012 Archery Elk Hunt in CO
by: Dave

I saw your post from 2011. I am thinking of going for OTC archery elk in Sept 2012 in CO. I have to be in CO anyway to see clients.

I'm 58, easy to get along with, in pretty good shape, take 2-3 whitetails in NC each year.

My buddy can't make it this year. Anyone looking for a hunting partner?

Jul 11, 2011
So sorry to hear of your loss
by: Big Sky Outdoor News

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Hope you find someone to hunt with you.


Jun 19, 2011
Jeffrey
by: Roger

Jeffrey,
I tried to send you an email but the address posted kept getting rejected. You can contact me about hunting together in Colorado during bow season at ratwell@dishmail.net. I look forward to hearing from you

Regards,
Roger

Jun 19, 2011
Mililtary Dad Lost Elk Hunting Partner
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)

Jeffrey,

I am sorry for your loss. Thank you, your family and most of all your son for the ultimate sacrifice to keep the greatest nation on earth safe and free!

On this Fathers' Day I extend my sincere gratitude to you personally, along with my prayer that you will enjoy the honor of having fathered a young man who gave all he had to give.

I hope you find a good hunting partner!

Dave, Elk-Hunting-Tips

Jun 19, 2011
Hunting Partner
by: jeffrey

I am looking also. My son was killed in a military helicopter crash and a don't have my hunting buddy no more so looking for one also... I have hunted a few places in Colorado and have been successful at bow hunting 4 out the 5 times I have been. my email address is jeffreyscottangel@yahoo.com.

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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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Oct 17, 2011
I'm up
by: Andy

I'm ready to go anytime. I've been in CO for 9 years and haven't made it out for Elk yet.

Andy
atlesky@hotmail.com

Oct 09, 2011
Hunting Partner
by: Roger

Did you ever find anyone to go with you? I'm in Colorado Springs also.

Roger@BackcountryBowhunting.com

Aug 31, 2011
Hunting Partner
by: Bob

When do you plan on hunting and where?

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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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Feb 19, 2013
gmu 47
by: Anonymous

I have hunted this area during muzzle loading season saw a few and heard several bulls bugling didn't see any cows. Lots of the bugling was coming from private ground

Aug 30, 2012
gmu
by: Anonymous

I was in this area during archery season 2012 to do a little scouting for rifle. Saw a bull and a lot of cows, very serious if you got any.. You can email back at BankHessian@gmail.com

Jan 01, 2012
Private Property Hunting
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)

JennyRae,

The elk are considered property of the State, the tax payer, and therefore are all controlled by hunting regulations set forth in the state. Sometimes there are special owner permits, but that usually is for larger property owners. Check the CO hunting regulations for details.

Dave

Jan 01, 2012
private land hunting
by: Anonymous

I own land in Moffat County, Colorado. My share is 78 acres. Does anyone know if I can hunt on my land without permits or licenses? This is private property.

jennyrae2@live.com

Aug 31, 2011
Also seeking pointers (GMU 47)
by: Bow Only

I'm slightly familiar with the area. Have some possible starting points but looking to see if I am headed the right way. Anything is appreciated.


hill9325@bears.unco.edu

Jun 26, 2011
GMU 47
by: Roger

I tried your email address you posted for me and I could not get it to send. My email address is ratwell@dishmail.net.

thanks
Roger

Jun 26, 2011
GMU 47
by: Anonymous

Email me at mcinteer1@yahoo.com. Thanks

Jun 26, 2011
GMU 47
by: Anonymous

Bow hunted this unit last year. Post your email and I will give you some info.

Jun 02, 2011
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Jun 02, 2011
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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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Sep 23, 2010
Colorado Hunting
by: Dave- MT ElkHuntingTips

Dennis, I'm going to move your post so it will be under "Elk Hunting Colorado". I'm hoping someone will help you out.

Dave

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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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Dec 19, 2010
CO Outfitter
by: Dave, MT (ElkHuntingTips.Net)

Here are a couple of links from the Outfitter Page on this site:

http://www.colorado-outfitters.com/

http://huntfind.com/" Enter "discount #364".

I'm not sure if that will help. Keep us posted.

Dave

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Dec 18, 2010
Another contact
by: Dave MI

Well, you came to the right place. There are a lot of guys here that will be glad to help you out. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them, as I live in MI and others will be way more helpful than I could be. That being said... You might try Elkheaven.com contact Gary Lear or John Lear, Sr. or Jr. They are great guys that do a TON of scouting. They should be able to get you in the right spot. Their website will give you a lot of information as well. Good luck and let everyone here know how the hunt goes.

Dave

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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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Jan 16, 2013
unit 76
by: unit76

i have 8 pp and hope to draw archery 76 unit in colorado....what are my chances and where is a good area to diy there??

Aug 19, 2012
RE: Colorado GMU 551
by: Jake

Hi Donny,

I'm not sure if this post is recent or from a past year, but this Fall I'm in pretty much the exact same boat as you. I missed the drawing and selected a cow tag 3rd rifle season in unit 551. I've never hunted that area before, but spent last weekend hiking around there. Nice area. Shoot me an e-mail if you might be interested in meeting up there in November.

-Jake
decotoj@gmail.com
Calhan, CO

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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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Aug 01, 2012
Unit 55
by: Dave - MI

Luke, what season are you hunting? I'll be out there for 2nd, hunting the Round Mtn. area.

Aug 30, 2011
GMU 55
by: Arlie

Hey Bob...

I've been hunting 55 since 1984. We started hunting muzzle loader in 2000. Previous to that we hunted all of the rifle elk seasons. I have hunted lost canyon on numerous occasions in the third season. If it's still warm you might want to try hunting in the Cement Creek area. Walrod Gulch, Double Top and Spring Creek are all good. Heavy green timber on the tops of the ridges usually hold some good elk. It's a summer range area for them and unless there is some major snow they tend to hang in there till the end of Oct., or so. Hope this helps.

Arlie

Aug 23, 2011
unit 55 3rd rifle
by: Bob

just looking for some assistance with some good 3rd rifle hunting season in GMU 55, 1st time in GMU 55 so some help might be nice.

Bob

Sep 29, 2010
Find Round Mtn.
by: Dave - MI

We hunted this unit in '07. 2nd to last day we ran into some guys from OK using horses, mules. They had 4 or 5 nice elk and were packing out another. They got them all on the east side of Round Mt. just south of Crested Butte. There is a public access right off Hwy 135. On a topo map, look for a saddle on the east side, right in the middle. Elk will move there once they start getting pressure from private property hunters. On my last day, I was walking up the north side, came to an open field w/ small spot of aspen. Could smell the elk, but being the novice, I turned around to try to get to the saddle. Made it to the back side of the mountain, but had to start back to make it back before dark. Google Maps will give you a great view of the area. Google Earth will give a great 3-D view. Will go there again if I make it back. Good luck, and let us know how you do.

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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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Jul 26, 2010
Hunt that area
by: Brian

I have been hunting the area since 2006. We have had success. We hunt hard and cover alot of ground--on foot.
Out of seven of us that hunt together, we generally bring 2 to 3 elk home per trip.
Good luck to you.

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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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May 29, 2012
Thanks!
by: Dave (MI)

Thanks for the comments. Very much appreciated. Just knowing that there are a lot of elk in that area is encouraging. And I completely agree with you about the camo, caliber, etc.

What "walking program"? :-)

May 29, 2012
Unit 14
by: Anonymous

Unit 14 and the whole area up there is loaded with elk. It is a very good area but you need to get away from roads and trails. Everyone who comes out thinks they are in good shape from their "walking program", but I guarantee you're not unless you can run a ten k and are strong in the weight room.

Forget about which caliber you need and what power scope and which camo pattern you need, blah, blah, blah. That stuff is so over-emphasized and has little to do with elk hunting success. yes, you need a rifle of sufficient power (almost anything will do that is legal with good shot placement) and sights that you can hit with. But you have to find the elk first. There are a lot of elk up in that part of the state but you need to cover ground to find them, and that is where the fitness comes in. Spend your time in good habitat (aspen, oak brush...) and look for fresh sign and you will have a good hunt.

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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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Oct 11, 2010
Good area. Yes, pack in at least two miles.
by: Osconda

If you take Williams Creek trail up to trail split, where you go right to Indian Creek, you will soon come upon a campground area right on the banks of Indian Creek. You could pitch a camp there and hike a short ways back to the trail split and continue on along Williams Creek trail. The area looks very promising after you cross a couple of small meadows get past a steep incline along the trail.

Take care with snow in this area. 2nd rifle is a week later than last year and you could easily get a foot of snow over night. Last year, the day we packed out, it snowed about a foot that night in the upper elevations. Be prepared.

Last year, 2nd rifle season, I went up along Indian Creek all the way to Palisades Meadow area and pitched a camp there on a knoll. We were on foot, and packing in 75 lbs on your back that distance and elev (10.5K) is too say the least, exhilerating/crazy. And we're from Texas too, so we didn't have any extra lung capacity.

We actually called in a huge bull but missed the shot due to heavy timber. Heard lots of bulls bugling in the distance (lower elevations?). That really surprised us. Didn't see any other hunters in the area, except a few passing through on horseback. Area is very rough to hunt in due to all the downed timber caused by bark beetle infestation. If you get off a trail you can not walk a straight line for more than 100ft. before you get to a fallen tree.

Sep 28, 2010
GMU 77 Williams Creek Area
by: Anonymous

I'm a lowlander from PA who has hunted this GMU for 14-years.
First, I assume you have a place to stay. It's a long drive from Pagosa Springs each morning. Second, this GMU is moderately crowded; but you can use this to your advantage if prepared. Now for the details:
1. Get in shape! Push your exercise routine up a notch until your lungs burn (cardio) and you think you can't take another step. This will be your normal operating mode for the duration. You'll be hunting from 8k' to 12k' and its no picnic.
2. GPS with good basemap and learn to use Google Earth and Mapquest. A good set of topo and trail maps are critical since I assume you haven't scouted the area. Choose a few trails with drainages before you arrive and program into your GPS. There are trailheads throughout this area. Get to know them. Poison Park, Cimmaron, etc. Study the Sand Creek area. This is a huge flat that is accessable by vehicle and offers many trails into the wilderness. Your success will be completely tied to the weather. If snow hits the high meadows shortly before or during your stay (must be Elk pecker deep to move the herds), the herds will be moving and you must be there to meet them. If it's sunny, hot and dry, you'll have to search for them at the higher elevations and in the dark timber. The moon is full during the entire second rifle season which (with the 1st season pressure) will drive them nocturnal. If the snow came early and drove the herds down, they will continue to flow-in toward the south (private ranches) in smaller numbers. The big bulls will be the last to leave. The past few years have been very hot with crunching leaves and daily temps in the 60s-70s.
3. The hunters fall into two groups: those who have paid for a guide and will spike camp 5-10 miles into the wilderness, and those that rise with the sun each morning and never get more than 1/2 mile from a road. To be successful you must occupy the middle ground between these two groups.
4. If you have the experience and equipment, the most effective method is to hike in 2-4 miles, find fresh sign, do an evening hunt, stay the night and do the morning hunt, return to your base camp(lodge) re-provision and begin again on a new trail. Keep in mind, what you shoot must be packed-out so choose your kill area carefully. These aren't Texas Whitetails! Know where the private ground is and stay clear.
5. If you arrive a day or two before your season begins, ask the departing hunters where they saw animals. This will narrow your scouting. If you don't find fresh sign, you will have a difficult time havesting your trophy. Know your poop!

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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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Aug 17, 2012
Unit 12
by: Troy

I drew a cow Elk tag for the 2nd season for this year 2012. My hunting partner that I was going with will not be able to go so I'm looking for a partner. I've never hunted this area.
Thanks Looking & waiting for your reply
Troy

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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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Oct 08, 2012
any luck?
by: Anonymous

I just wondered how you guys did? I am also from Michigan and I am heading out there for the 2nd rifle season this year. We are going to be hiking in from Williams Creek Resevoir.

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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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May 26, 2011
Glenn Send an E-mail
by: Anonymous

Glenn,

I have hunted many areas of Colorado and would be happy to talk to you about your area. Send me an E-mail at murf4422@yahoo.com

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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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Feb 20, 2012
Unit 43 & 521 Elk drop-camps, semi-guided and fully-guided Hunts
by: Dwight Cox

Check the page on ELK DROP CAMPS, SEMI-GUIDED, & FULLY GUIDED HUNTS.

Oct 25, 2011
3rd rifle
by: flewthecoupe

I'm looking at that area for 3rd rifle. Please post and let us know how things went. Good luck. Wish I could give some advice but I've never hunted that area.

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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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Oct 15, 2012
Where to hunt units 301 & 4
by: Bull Elk

Check out the Y Lazy S Ranch just outside of Craig, Colorado. The price is very fair $1200 and another $400 if you want to stay in their very nice cabins on the ranch. We saw more deer, elk and antelope in one day than most have seen in a lifetime. Lot's of game on the ranch and many big ones. I'm headed back October 17 for the second season hunt. One nice thing about this ranch.....if you don't shoot an elk, you don't pay for it. How much better can you get?

Nov 18, 2010
same boat
by: Anonymous

I am a seasoned marksman but new to elk hunting. I am having the same trouble hunting unit 2. Did you ever get good advice?

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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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Aug 13, 2012
Colorado elk Hunting
by: Smith Rancho

Smith Rancho offer real adventure of colorado elk and deer hunting. For best hunting season tips and information visit at http://www.smithrancho.com/

Sep 13, 2011
Any Luck?
by: Brad

Just came across this post surfing. I've hunted Silverton archery Elk several times. Would love to hear your experience there.

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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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Mar 03, 2012
Advice
by: Anonymous

Try Circle K Ranch.

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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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Jun 04, 2011
gmu 76
by: Anonymous

Make sure you drew a tag for this area. It is a trophy area. You cannot buy an over the counter tag for this area.

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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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Mar 17, 2011
elk hunt
by: Anonymous

I want to go out to Co. this next elk season to bow hunt and would like to know who to contact for a memorable experience. the Inexpensive hunt would help me some..
thanks,
jeremy
jeremy.tiedye@gmail.com

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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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Nov 10, 2013
GoPro Video Camera
by: Dave, ElkHuntingTips.net

I now have a GoPro. I got my bull elk archery kill on video this year (2013). I'm still not good at getting it on at the right time and getting things out of the way. You learn from mistakes. I practiced taking my quiver off before every shot this year, in order to improve accuracy. Then I forgot to take it off when I was waiting for the bull to come in to my call! It's a bit in the way of the camera.

The video can be seen on this page: Calling Elk Up Close.

Sep 07, 2011
Check regs
by: kelly, Co

Great story but you better check Colorado regs. I'm pretty sure you cannot use a pistol to hunt deer in Colorado.

Dec 17, 2009
Elk Hunting and Helmet Cameras
by: Dave, MT

Sounds like a fun night, Kevin! Spend some time reading everything under the Elk Down, Now What? tab to the left on this site. You'll find lots of information about handling elk carcasses and moving the meat.

I used a helmet video camera this year during archery elk hunts. It is a pretty good camera, but the quality was just not there. I filmed the bull I arrowed and could barely see him on the video. It was disappointing. Those helmet cams are just not that high a quality.

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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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Jan 30, 2012
DIY hunt
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately no, I did not. My hunting buddy had some misfortune this past summer which consumed his vacation time up. Hopefully this year, but so far we've had some bad luck while trying to make hunting plans together.

Jan 28, 2012
I am doing the same hunt
by: Anonymous

I am planning on doing the same hunt next fall myself. Did you make it out to the Weminuche Wilderness? and how did it turn out for you?

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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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Feb 09, 2013
ammo
by: Anonymous

Isn't a powerbelt considered to be a sabot type bullet? Col. regs. says no sabots and bullet must be a conical type.

Aug 27, 2011
Muzzleloader loads
by: Bearzden

I have been successful in Colorado for elk ever since I came here in 1997. I use 100 grains of triple 7 with a 245 grn. powerbelt. You cannot use pellets in Colorado and you cannot use a scope on you gun during muzzle loading season. I have found that the Powerbelt is the easiest bullet to use and is as accurate as a centerfire shell out of my gun. I shoot a Knight Wolverine, and would not trade it for any other gun on the market. This gun uses a plastic cap over the nipple to hold the 209 primer making it water tight, which I have fount to be the best time to hunt elk in Colorado. Good Luck and get some pics on here when you score!
Bearz

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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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Jul 29, 2012
Colorado Hunt Planners
by: Tom

Hi-

I would definitely give the Colorado Hunt Planners a shout. There number is 303-291-7526 (plan). They work for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and can give you all the tools to do your homework, show you how to acquire a tag in a unit of interest, and possibly give you tips on certain areas of the state. It is nice to talk to a live person about hunting sometime and they are a good resource to have when planning a hunt in Colorado.


Mar 12, 2012
Elk Hunter
by: Anonymous

Rifle, or Bow?

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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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Dec 31, 2011
North Park Hunt
by: Winston

Hi Eithen...

I'm curious about how your hunt in NP turned out. I have a place in unit 161 near Pearl, and we hunted here and in the area that you were thinking of going near Rabbit Ears. We saw a lot of sign but saw no elk during the 3rd season. We have had better luck in prior years.

If you guys are interested in hunting NP next year. I have a great setup and would be interested in renting it out to you if you guys are interested. Price is reasonable and accommodations are hard to beat.

My email is wway001@carolina.rr.com.

Best.

WWW


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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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Apr 08, 2012
Careful about hiring locals
by: WyColoCowboy

It is illegal for an unlicensed outfitter to get paid for guiding in Colorado. My suggestion is to look at the harvest statistics from CDOW for the GMUs, consider the type of hunt you want and then use Google Earth to do some reconnaissance for the area. Plan on coming out a few days early and do some scouting in the most promising areas.

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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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Jun 04, 2014
HUNTING UNIT 41
by: RNDY

i PLAN TO HUNT UNIT 41 THIS YEAR 2014 FOR ELK COW AND MULE DEER. Sorry had caps on

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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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Aug 17, 2011
Round Mtn.
by: Dave L (MI)

We hunted there in '07. Only saw one elk between 3 guys, but that's another story...

2nd to last day we came across a few "mountain men" type - teepees and all. They were doing great and willing to share info. They had about 4-5 elk and were packing out another. They also had a few nice mule deer. Find Round Mountain, just south of Crested Butte, right on Highway 135 (38°46'57.44"N; 106°52'13.87"W). There is a public access right on the highway, right across from highway transportation dept. (at coordinates above). Can park right there and walk in on the trail around the W side, aallllll the way around to the East side, about 2.5 miles. There is a hiking trail there so it's an easy walk, not many people though. If you check it out on Google Earth you will see a "saddle" between Round Mtn. and a wilderness area. That's where they got all their elk. I followed the path about 3/4 mile and then walked uphill and peaked over a small crest into a small grove of aspen at 38°47'24.44"N; 106°51'52.43"W. Could smell elk and see some beds. Just missed them. Continued back down hill and around to saddle, started getting dark so I turned around and went back to access. The whole mountain is good but get to the saddle and hunt that area.

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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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Jan 22, 2012
Unit 18 Crooked Guide
by: Anonymous

Guide J.A. eagerly accepted our down payment to guide my father and I the first rifle season in unit 18. Monday before the season opened, he called to inform us he got kicked off the ranch he was leasing. The story he told us was someone left a gate open and the rancher accused J. so he got booted from the ranch. Numerous calls/texts from my father have gotten us nowhere. He still has our money and once when we called him, someone else answered his phone and said J. wasn't able to come to the phone because he was out guiding some hunters. We're from Minnesota so it's not easy to pursue legal action from MN to CO. BE CAREFUL if you hire this guy.

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Area 85 Spanish Peaks Wildlife area

Is this a heavily hunted area for archery elk?

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Jul 31, 2014
Muzzle Loader or Archery
by: David, ElkHuntingTips.Net

Archery hunting elk is a thrill! Talking to bulls during the rut is a hoot! I called a 6X7 up and shot him at five yards with a bow last year.

As for elk hunting in the Spanish Peak area, as mentioned below, I killed my first elk near Aguilar. It was on private land and was a depredation hunt. I could only kill a cow and was glad to get it.

Jul 21, 2014
Hunting choice
by: Larry

Do you find it better to muzzle loader hunt or archery hunting for the best odds of bagging a elk? I love to archery hunt but never hunted a elk with a bow. Looking for some suggestions.

Thanks

Jul 22, 2012
good luck Jerry
by: Elkman

I was raised outside of Aguilar in unit 85 and have killed bulls from raghorns to 370 gross. But as everyone says it is almost ALL PRIVATE! one of the SWA areas borders my Dads place. Any of the State areas are fair on a really good year. Rut seems to change every year now. I think weather,DRY- has a bunch to do with it, so we have to hunt different ranches- around DEVELOPMENTS! but, I kill a bull every year. I stay in great shape and find a way to pattern them. Easier when you live here of course. There are plenty of elk around, but the majority stay in and around the huge Twin Peaks Ranch. which is a high point RFW property. I don't want to discourage you but, like you, there are hunts out of state that I'm looking for answers to!

Apr 09, 2012
Maybe a little help...
by: Rojo

Most of the area there is private land so hopefully you've already got a place lined up. Spanish Peaks SWA is the only real public huntable land to speak of. Would be OK for early September archery. First or second rifle can be good as well but on private land only. There's a lot of cattle ranches with water and hay fields to hold elk. Have seen lots of big bulls taken in unit 85 but all on private land.

Hope this helps.

Rojo

Mar 31, 2012
Peak of the Rut
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)

Jerry,

No one can predict when the peak will happen in a certain area, but it happens within 5-10 days of the autumnal equinox (September 22). Of course, what we see and hear of the rut is affected by local weather, hunting and predator pressure. You can't predict those things.

That said, my favorite time of the rut is the first week or two of September. Most bulls are running around checking other bulls and the cows out in preparation for the rut. They're looking for the early estrus cows. Act like one and be ready for a quiet bull to show up.

Once the noisy part of the rut starts, the big bulls are harder to pull away from cows, but the brush bulls (younger, smaller ones) are ready to rock and roll. You can you read more about it here.

Mar 31, 2012
Elk Hunting Colorado Unit 85
by: Jerry

I'm looking for any good advice on hunting elk in unit 85 in Colorado Spanish peaks area. I applied for first rifle but will likely be hunting the archery season if I do not draw. Does anyone have any idea about when the rut takes place in that area? Any info would help a bunch. Thanks.

Aug 26, 2011
Spanish Peaks Wildlife Area
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)

Brings back lots of memories, but none that would help you. I killed my first elk ever near Aguilar, CO. I had little clue what I was doing. That was over 24 years ago! I hope someone can give you some good advice.

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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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Apr 17, 2012
hunted flat tops 2011
by: dan

We hunted the flat tops last year in archery, GMU 24. Our outfitter put us in a dry area and we didn't take the initiative to get out of the situation. We didn't see much but there are plenty of elk if you aren't led to an empty area. You can email me:

Mar 26, 2012
gmu 24
by: Matt G

Check out Marvine trail head, I hike in about 4 miles between slide lake and Marvine lakes. Great hunting.

Oct 07, 2011
I'm 3rd Rifle
by: Will

I'll be interested in comments for this season, I'll be hunting it 3rd season. Good luck but leave a big one for me.

Sep 26, 2011
Flatt Tops Scouting
by: jack elk rookie

We are going into the Flatt tops 2nd rifle this year. Going in about 30 miles east of meeker. I have never been there before. I'd be interested to hear what you find during your visit this week. Maybe we can share observations which in turn could help us this year and you next. jack

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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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Sep 09, 2012
Daughter of the late Dale Dilley
by: Misty Dilley

From a long line of outfitters, yes I can help you get in touch with my brother Jeremiah Dilley who would be more than happy to help. Or Billy Dilley or Cowboy.... mistyhayley13@yahoo.com For those of you who knew Dale Dilley, my brother and I will be starting up our dads old outfit with great pride very soon.

May 05, 2012
Unit 76
by: Anonymous

Years ago the Dilley boys guided up into 76. Dale Dilley has passed away but Billy Dilley may still be guiding to 76. They worked out of Del Norte and Center.

Apr 17, 2012
Frazier or Wilderness Adventures?
by: dan

We are planning to hunt 76 for 2012 archery. We are looking at both outfitters and considering DIY due to past outfitter experiences. I'd like to find out more info, too. We're planning a scouting trip in July.

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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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Jul 05, 2012
Lost Trail Creek
by: FreshPow

Lost Trail Creek is crawling with elk and moose.

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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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Apr 04, 2014
Relentless Determination
by: Dave, ElkHuntingTips.Net

I can identify with that. What you describe is relentless determination. It pays off. It took years for me to become successful at elk hunting. I maintain my relentless grip on "success" by the throat and simply will not let go, no matter how much effort it takes. I see it as fun. Somewhat like the marathon I run every spring after training for 6 months. Success, continued success, requires great effort. Success should never be limited by numbers, however. My numbers have changed for the marathon, because I am approaching 60 years old. An elk goes down every year because I live in elk country. Otherwise, I doubt that would happen.

Apr 03, 2014
elk are tough to come by
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I hunted hard for 11 or 12 years without even getting a shot at an elk. I came from a hunting family, my dad and uncles and cousins had gotten lots and lots of nice bulls on public ground. I would come out of the woods after a long day of walking and see antlers in the back of somebody's truck. I couldn't sleep at night. Then, one year I started killing elk , one, then another, then another... it gets in your blood

Dec 08, 2012
Cursed
by: Skip

Hey, I know the feeling. I too have been unsuccessful harvesting a bull or cow elk. I have been trying for 11 years. My thoughts:
1. Don't give up.
2. If elk hunting was easy, everyone would be out there.
3. Enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.just being able to be there is a blessing.
4. Focus on how great the joy will be when you do finally get that elk. Good luck, and may God bless you.

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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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Aug 15, 2013
Be patient and sit.
by: Doc

My buddy and I are both from South Carolina. Every year for the past 6 years we have killed elk in Colorado in the same zone and almost in the same area. 4 of them were killed all at the exact same spot 4 years in a row. We never walk and search for the elk. We use cow chirps sparingly and we know these animals are going to move from bedding to food everyday. The same way white tail deer do back home. The third guy who goes with us has been hunting the same area as us for over 20 years and has not shot an elk yet. This is because he feels like he has to walk all over the mountain side to search for one. Most of ours have been 5x5 up to 7x7 and we can back the truck up to them because we neck shot them and they don't run off. Stick to one area where you know there are elk present and learn where they are bedding and feeding and get in between and wait.

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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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Mar 09, 2014
out of staters
by: Big'un

Us out of staters have to pay 10 times as much for an elk tag each year and then drive 1 to 2 days to get there. paying for motels, setting up camp, buying most of our groceries after we get there and eating out in your restaurants. We don't
always get a elk but we do get a lot memories and good times with our hunting buddies. we tend to leave the area in better shape then we find it. Can you say the same. Each hunter usually spends
1500 for our DIY hunts and most of it in Colorado.
If I lived there as long as you I would have most of the elk named.

Dec 13, 2012
Do your home work mike!!!
by: Anonymous

With some of the best numbers in the country on elk and public land available to hunt it sounds like you need to change you methods of hunting. And as far as being mad that out of staters are in your state you should be thanking us for propping up your economy.

Nov 14, 2012
Tough Luck
by: Cory

Hey Mike, I feel your pain. I am really grateful to the posters here too. Thanks for encouraging rather than cutting him up with all negative comments. I live in New Mexico and have hunted the past four years here. The last successful hunt I had was with German Shepherd size deer in North Dakota. They taste great, but sure are small. As I said I have hunted the past four years here in NM. I got skunked on the deer side this year, but am due to go on a cow elk hunt this Friday. Did I mention I didn't get any deer or elk over the past four years. I know the reason is I am hunting a different way here than in North Dakota or East Texas where I grew up. The animals act differently and are harder to hunt than where I grew up. I won't quit though. One morning of looking up into the dark sky with no light pollution and seeing so many stars you can't count them is worth it all. Watching squirrels fight each other in the nearby trees is pretty incredible too. I would rather have walked away with some meat for the table, but I will settle for a good time out in nature, sitting around a fire at night with good friends and family any time. I would like the meat as I said and you usually forget all the cold, hard climbs, and sleeping conditions when the shot is good, but there is more to life. Hang in there, cool off and try again.
Cory

Nov 11, 2012
There is more than filling a tag...
by: Pat Cassidy

Elk hunting offers much more than killing an Elk. The beauty of the outdoors is always there, even if the Elk aren't. If Elk hunting gets you down...call it Elk Camping and have a good time no matter what!

If you have the coordinates of where you dumped your gear it may be a boon to a devoted geocacher out there??

Good luck in future outings.

Nov 10, 2012
Don't hunt harder, hunt smarter
by: Anonymous

It is a major job to learn the aspects of elk hunting. The worse part, if someone has taught them the wrong way, the wrong tricks, the wrong side of the mountain to hunt. Elk are there, at least somewhere in the unit you are hunting, but most units are not tiny and some units might have rough terrain, worse than others. Elk are territorial and there are plenty of them here in Colorado. They are very, very, very smart and very scent sensitive. They can side step around you, without you ever noticing. They can stay dead still and watch you walk on by. Again, if you are hunting hard and not seeing, check the side of the mountain you are hunting on. Happy Hunts, I am going 4th season in 181 and I will find em, come hell or high water, lol!

Nov 07, 2012
Please don't give up!
by: Anonymous

I know how frustrating it is, and I do sympathize with you. However, even when I don't get drawn, I go out and call elk in, watch them in their natural habitat, take pictures,whatever....Getting involved with elk isn't just about eating them, although they are delicious....Hang in there Buddy!

Nov 06, 2012
Hard Hunting for Mike in Colorado
by: Dave, ElkHuntingTips.net

Really Mike? You'll find all three of your posts on this forum. Like the average elk hunter, I have to work during the day. I personally approve all submissions to make sure they are family friendly, often at night after work. I moved all three of your posts under the topic of elk hunting in Colorado, so maybe someone there can help you out. (See the others above.)

I'm sorry you're having such a hard time hunting elk. You're certainly not alone. While I do kill elk every year, it is because I hunt A LOT! From early September through November. It helps to live in elk country, of course.

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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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Aug 15, 2013
good luck
by: Anonymous

I have hunted it the last two years. plan on hiking a lot. it will be very rewarding. I will also be there for archery this year. good luck.

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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 ELK 054 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

by MARK
(PUEBLO COLORADO)

Hello,
I have managed to pull off a EE 1st rifle tag for elk this year and am looking for some tips or tricks to those that have hunted this area before.. I am a novice hunter but am definately determined my tag at any costs. Please reply to this post or send me an email if you have any information that you would like to provide or help me.

MPACH1123@GMAIL.COMN

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