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Help with Colorado Elk

Uploaded on January 10, 2010

I am stationed in Germany and planning a trip to Colorado for the 3rd season this year. The dates are Nov 6-14th and I am planning on going to GMU 371, 37 and 28. I am looking for any information on these areas. I will be backpack hunting with my dad and brother so I am trying to find a few good places to start.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Here are two links that will give you a good start for some "internet" scouting. A buddy of mine has hunted the area I'll see what he will tell me, Most people in Colorado are very tight lipped when it comes to GMU's and advice.
CDOW also has a great DVD that helps with the research.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/F14B7F6B-BC09-4EDA-AE34-4B73920...

http://ndis.nrel.colostate.edu/maps/frames.asp?cmd=INIT&GMU=1&Topic=Hunt...

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from jason.mcmillen wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I appreciate the links. I understand the tight lipped stuff, but anything will help.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

GMU 37 and 371 have pretty low 3 year success rates around 12%. Those areas can become quite snowbound during the 3rd and 4th seasons some years. Last couple of years there has not been much early snow in 2nd and 3rd seasons. Are all 3 of you experienced backpack campers in extreme weather conditions? Lots of info on the CO DOW website. If you have never hunted the Rockies in the late fall, do all the research you can and choose your partners well. Plan B is the foul weather option...

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from jason.mcmillen wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Myself and my brother are experienced with the mountains, my dad isn't. Thanks for the info, I have gotten a lot off of the DOW website already and depending on the weather next season I might switch to a different area if it's too rough. Thanks

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The tag application deadline is April 6th unless you plan to hunt in an area that has over the counter licenses or leftovers available. Most licenses are only good for particular Units, so check the availability of licenses for the area you want to hunt. Unless the Unit you plan to hunt has Unlimited Bull licenses over the counter, don't count on leftovers being available. Good hunting!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Good advice to be careful about shooting something that's very far back in at that time of year. The first bull I shot (see pic in my profile) took two weeks to get out with horses after a storm blew in. And that was the first weekend of regular hunting season (Oct 23). I knew many places where I could almost always find elk but I'd never hunt them because I couldn't be sure I'd be able to get them out, even with my pack animals. By mid November I'd never follow anything beyond a slope or face that has a road at the bottom. Had to give up on a couple of nice bulls but that's the haps at that time of year.

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from 20daystohunt wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Hi,as you all can see I'll have 20 days to hunt wapity this Sept.otc been looking at the San Juans in there is taylor measa,any one hunted this before?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

In Colorado there are four separate seasons, each about a week long more or less. The shortest is 5 days and the longest is 9 days and they are separated by a break of a few days. You can only hunt one species in one season only. You could hunt deer in one season and elk in another.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter, as of the 2009 season there is still the combined elk/deer seasons available. Every year I have been at home to hunt I get a deer tag and an elk tag for the same GMU during the same season and luckily bow season is 30 days long give or take a day

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from hengst wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Jason,

is your ako email the same as your name??? If so I'll shoot you an email with a few different areas that I have scouted or hunted over the past few years will help you narrow it down and get you to some very "elky" areas where I have seen them in the past and would also hunt myself

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from pvanatta2304 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Try unit 28-Ute Pass south west end of Williams Peak over looking the Blue River.Tough country check the dark timber up high remember its 3rd season 2 wks of hunters pushing the elk will move them to the hard to reach areas aka the hole u cant miss it.Or try 371/37 above Spring Creek Ranch in to Elliots Ridge and Mahan Lakes.All the warnings on weather should be taken seriously though dont get so far in u cant get out quick.Cant get u any closer without tying him to a tree.lol Need more specifics just ask.Best of Luck

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Hengst

Nov 6-14 is 3rd Combined RIFLE Season in Colorado, not archery. RTFQ.
I think we are talking apples and oranges here.

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from jason.mcmillen wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

FOR HENGST my AKO is the same as my name here with the period in between. Thanks and I really appreciate the help.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Jason
Found you sent ( i hope ) email sent. Let me know if you need more info that area is close to where you wanted to hunt.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Good advice to be careful about shooting something that's very far back in at that time of year. The first bull I shot (see pic in my profile) took two weeks to get out with horses after a storm blew in. And that was the first weekend of regular hunting season (Oct 23). I knew many places where I could almost always find elk but I'd never hunt them because I couldn't be sure I'd be able to get them out, even with my pack animals. By mid November I'd never follow anything beyond a slope or face that has a road at the bottom. Had to give up on a couple of nice bulls but that's the haps at that time of year.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Here are two links that will give you a good start for some "internet" scouting. A buddy of mine has hunted the area I'll see what he will tell me, Most people in Colorado are very tight lipped when it comes to GMU's and advice.
CDOW also has a great DVD that helps with the research.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/F14B7F6B-BC09-4EDA-AE34-4B73920...

http://ndis.nrel.colostate.edu/maps/frames.asp?cmd=INIT&GMU=1&Topic=Hunt...

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from pvanatta2304 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Try unit 28-Ute Pass south west end of Williams Peak over looking the Blue River.Tough country check the dark timber up high remember its 3rd season 2 wks of hunters pushing the elk will move them to the hard to reach areas aka the hole u cant miss it.Or try 371/37 above Spring Creek Ranch in to Elliots Ridge and Mahan Lakes.All the warnings on weather should be taken seriously though dont get so far in u cant get out quick.Cant get u any closer without tying him to a tree.lol Need more specifics just ask.Best of Luck

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from jason.mcmillen wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I appreciate the links. I understand the tight lipped stuff, but anything will help.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

GMU 37 and 371 have pretty low 3 year success rates around 12%. Those areas can become quite snowbound during the 3rd and 4th seasons some years. Last couple of years there has not been much early snow in 2nd and 3rd seasons. Are all 3 of you experienced backpack campers in extreme weather conditions? Lots of info on the CO DOW website. If you have never hunted the Rockies in the late fall, do all the research you can and choose your partners well. Plan B is the foul weather option...

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from jason.mcmillen wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Myself and my brother are experienced with the mountains, my dad isn't. Thanks for the info, I have gotten a lot off of the DOW website already and depending on the weather next season I might switch to a different area if it's too rough. Thanks

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from 20daystohunt wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Hi,as you all can see I'll have 20 days to hunt wapity this Sept.otc been looking at the San Juans in there is taylor measa,any one hunted this before?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

In Colorado there are four separate seasons, each about a week long more or less. The shortest is 5 days and the longest is 9 days and they are separated by a break of a few days. You can only hunt one species in one season only. You could hunt deer in one season and elk in another.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from hengst wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter, as of the 2009 season there is still the combined elk/deer seasons available. Every year I have been at home to hunt I get a deer tag and an elk tag for the same GMU during the same season and luckily bow season is 30 days long give or take a day

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from hengst wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Jason,

is your ako email the same as your name??? If so I'll shoot you an email with a few different areas that I have scouted or hunted over the past few years will help you narrow it down and get you to some very "elky" areas where I have seen them in the past and would also hunt myself

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jason.mcmillen wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

FOR HENGST my AKO is the same as my name here with the period in between. Thanks and I really appreciate the help.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from hengst wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Jason
Found you sent ( i hope ) email sent. Let me know if you need more info that area is close to where you wanted to hunt.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The tag application deadline is April 6th unless you plan to hunt in an area that has over the counter licenses or leftovers available. Most licenses are only good for particular Units, so check the availability of licenses for the area you want to hunt. Unless the Unit you plan to hunt has Unlimited Bull licenses over the counter, don't count on leftovers being available. Good hunting!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Hengst

Nov 6-14 is 3rd Combined RIFLE Season in Colorado, not archery. RTFQ.
I think we are talking apples and oranges here.

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