You would think so but that just aint the way it is. I drew Unit 2 as a NR about 7 years ago and ended up just hunting the Walker Ranch where I knew I could find bulls. Thing about 2 and 201 is water is key.Thanks! I've been a lookie-lou on Rokslide for a long time. I figured that since this is a once in a lifetime tag for most people, that previous hunters wouldn't mind sharing some info to help out a fellow hunter who's waited 26 years. Some may feel different and that's okay. I'll be scouting pretty much the entire month of August and half of July since I'm retired now and just wanted to get a good start without wasting a bunch of time or useless hiking. I'm in shape for it as I usually hunt near treeline in the Flattops.
So if anyone who's previously hunted archery elk in 201 would like to share something, I'm all ears.
Thanks to everyone who confirmed my thoughts about water. Time to head out and see what's out there!You would think so but that just aint the way it is. I drew Unit 2 as a NR about 7 years ago and ended up just hunting the Walker Ranch where I knew I could find bulls. Thing about 2 and 201 is water is key.
Did you stay on the ground all day by that pond or just the last portion of the day? Did you try other waterholes/small ponds as well? I spent 4 days last week hiking and mountain biking around the area and found quite a few waterholes but not much sign at them (some had elk tracks but not many and others had very old tracks). I noticed the BLM map was pretty bad with the trails. They were even close to matching what was out there. Do you recommend any particular map(s) which have more accurate trails?The BLM maps are the best we found for showing springs, but where we ended up killing our bulls was a tiny little hidden unmarked pond in a small canyon on BLM. The elk favored that more than other bigger waterholes in the area, probably because they could watch it from a high ridge above. My bull studied that little pond from multiple angles for a half hour before deciding to circle around and drop down for a drink at last legal shooting light. We hunted on the ground behind vegetation, but if someone had been in a treestand and fidgeting just a little, they would have been busted.