- May 7, 2012
Bunch of great tips so far...thought I'd add my .02cents since this site has been so helpful to me over the years.Hey everyone, I am a first time elk hunter, Been hunting whitetail for 20 years. My plan is to tackle Colorado first and build from there. I am a member of GoHunt and am looking to narrow down some units. Gohunt is a great tool but doing this for the first time can be overwhelming. I know the odds are stacked against me headed there with archery equipment but I'm always up for the challenge.
My question is for anyone that has experience in Colorado with archery public land, can you help me narrow down some units. I will be driving there from Buffalo NY and I will be by myself. I am looking to take a legal bull but wouldn't pass up a cow toward the later part of my stay. I plan on getting there August 30th to do some scouting and plan on staying until Sept 12th. Other than that all my scouting will be done on the computer.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
2019 was my 10th straight year elk hunting in CO (All archery)...all the guys on here were right when they said that my first hunt in 2010 wouldn't be my last
9 years have been OTC, 1 year Draw tag. I've taken 3 bulls (2 OTC, 1 Draw)...didn't tag my first until year 4. I've hunted 3 different units, all different terrain and vegetation. The most time I've ever had to hunt was 5.5 days due to drive time and my family schedule. Not ideal, but I've made it work...and I'd honestly drive out even to hunt just 3 days as I'm so dang hooked.
-Year 1 - covering ground is the name of the game (reason why you can't be in too good of shape). Miles = encounters. You need your first encounter (even if it's busting an elk) to even know that you're finally into elk. Old sign is deceiving, once you find fresh sign (smells of a barnyard) then you finally know what you should be looking for.
-you can be more aggressive with elk compared to whitetails...go right at them
-Wind is everything, I swear an elk's nose is 100x better than a whitetail. No amount of scent reduction in the world will help, YOU HAVE TO BE DOWNWIND!
-Good boots to keep your feet in shape and covering ground.
-No need to be many miles deep, find hard to reach spots under 2 miles...or even under 1 mile most times if it's hard to get to
-learn how to debone meat gutless method if you are by yourself
-Stay positive (enjoy all aspects of the hunt - there's nothing better than Sept in the mountains)
-I ran my first marathon in 2012 because of elk hunting and work out nearly everyday now (because I enjoy it and I'm not getting younger)...I've never been in too good of shape. But with all that physical prep, mental prep and the mental battle of elk hunting stops/ruins more hunts 10 fold than physical shape.
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