How many days to you devote to an elk trip?

Supranatural

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This is my first elk hunt this year...17 days and 3-4 will be eaten up by driving. First week scouting and seconds week hunting.
 

IrkedCitizen

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I try and take off the whole season if possible with a few days on the front end to get camp setup and scout.

This year I am hunting 3rd season rifle in Colorado which is November 12-18th. I took vacation from November 6-19th. With my current schedule I have the 4th and 5th off as well.
 

Rjmtr

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It dependent on how far the area is from home and how hard you plan to hunt.
 

nphunter

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I take 3 weeks for elk in September, this year 2 will be spent calling for a friend and 1 will be hunting myself and boys. Planning two antelope hunts, 1 week (8 days each), deer for my son 8 days and 8 days for another muzzleloader deer hunt this fall.

Hoping to bank some hours by filling antelope and archery tags sooner but you never know. I’ll most likely be sitting water in NV so hope I find a good spot and fill the tag quick, the next antelope we have two youth rifle tags so hope that is relatively quick as well. My buddy has a OIL archery elk tag so it could be over in a day or take the whole two weeks depending on how picky he is. The rest of archery will be used between me and my two boys, it’s pretty unlikely we will fill a four archery elk tags and an archery deer tag so we will probably use all of Sept. The rifle deer hunt is on private and if there are good bucks around it could be over quick although last year it took about 7 days, with this wet spring I anticipate more larger bucks though, last year the big drought displaced a lot of animals. The muzzleloader hunt we have 3 tags and only plan on shooting mature bucks so it will take the full 8 days, it’s also a wall tent hunt in cold weather so it’s a fun nostalgic hunt.
 

Elkkhunter

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17 days = Fly out west day, 2 days packing for tent camp, drive day, set up camp day, set up camp day two and scout, hunt 5 days, take down camp and drive day, drive day two, unpack camp gear day, clean and store hunt gear day, extra day for butcher etc, fly home day.
 

klj100

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I would devote all time time you have, I have about 2 weeks and depending on the ever changing pressures and land swaps the elk are never consistent.
 

Sccritterkiller

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I like 2 weeks to hunt plus drive time unless I drew a NM rifle tag...pesky 5 day seasons....this year looking like 16 days.
 

Musthnt

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I'll drive 1100 miles to my September DIY archery spot and hunt a full 10 to 12 days. Maybe longer if need be
and work isn't reeling me back! 2 elk hunts this year!
 

elkyinzer

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If PTO/life weren't a factor I'd move out there for September and hunt the few best weather days each week and do something else the other days. I've only done 3 elk trips but I can draw a sharp line in the amount of opportunities/close calls I've had based on the weather.
 

WeekendWarrior89

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Final dates booked, 14 days total, subtract a day for travel on either end and I am at 12 total. Will extent if needed.
 

11boo

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I’m lucky to have it so close, so I go all month. Come home weekly.

Like a friend told me before, it’s a marathon not a sprint.
 

tracker12

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Boy I have done 14 solo and I was talking to myself and answering. To long without company. At my age I like a 7 day hunt. This year I am planning on 10 since I will be in a new area
 
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Fjellvei

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As others have said, if it's a new spot then insulate yourself with a few extra days for plan b and c to unfold
 

mnduckhunter7

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I leave Friday and come back the following Sunday every year regardless of location. So trips with longer drive times seem a little short especially after spending all year obsessing over it. It's hard for me to leave my job for more than a week at a time (logistically not because i miss it) so I'm stuck to this schedule for now. Someday I'm going to have more freedom to do longer trips 😮‍💨😶‍🌫️
 

bigbuckkilla

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I have a solid two weeks (10 days vacation) off to spend the time in high camp 3rd rifle chasing elk with my dad and two brothers. Going to be an awesome trip to say the least!
 

smokinbobf4

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8 days and that includes 2 days of travel for me. Also hoping for more time some day, but this is better than nothing!


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Pony Soldier

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When I was working I used every vacation day I had to add to every holiday being offered. For some reason, the demand for my time increased as winter approached. They would get as frantic as moths at a light.

I found that if I just disappeared in mid-October my life got better and the public got better at planning.

Now that I am retired, I find the demand for my time is even worse. I just finished 5 weeks of 7 days a week, ten hr days. I think this is my last.

I hunt every day the season is open. When it is warm and poor hunting - I have been known to take a nap on an outcrop. Even killed an elk one time that came to look at my horse. If I kill something early then I spend the rest of the season scouting new land and adjacent areas to blocks I already know.

Hunting is primarily for food followed by sanity relief. A period when the time is mine. Last year I was in the woods for six weeks. Even my horses were looking for a break.
 
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