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Offline Willdorf

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1st rifle season CO unit 18
« on: July 30, 2018, 09:06:16 PM »
Heading out for my first trip to Colorado this year. Never hunted here  and was looking for any tips for this unit. I know it's not the greatest for harvest ratio, but am hoping to  find some elk and get my first one. Was going to  bring my ranger to try and get away  from main  roads and crowds and to get back a little before hitting the ground. Are there logging roads and such to access? Restrictions on UTV's in  that area?  Just trying to get some general info or tips. This will  be my second  elk  hunt.  First trip was Utah during archery season last  year with no success.  Needless to say, I am addicted

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2018, 04:18:21 AM »
Dont believe the numbers on Colorados site.
What doesn't kill you, hurts like hell.

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2018, 08:37:52 AM »

Look around here 1st season


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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2018, 08:52:45 AM »
Thanks for the tip! Def not trying to get into anyone's secret honey holes, but being from Michigan I don't have the ability to go scout very easily. I appreciate the help!

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2018, 08:57:08 AM »
I've hunted 18 the past 5 years now, not hunting there this year and haven't been successful but I've found elk every year just haven't been able to close the deal. Lots of hunters, if you can find a way to get away from roads you're probably better off than most.


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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2018, 09:05:44 AM »
I am hoping I can find forest or logging trails to access with the ranger to get a little extra distance from the main roads before I hop on the shoe lace express. Are there any restrictions for UTV's in this unit? Or is it just stay on a path and don't go blazing your own?
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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2018, 12:01:12 PM »

Willdorf, to answer your questions regarding the UTV, yes, you need to stay on roads that allow access. You cannot just go driving it where you want to.


Check out the CPW Hunting Atlas: https://ndismaps.nrel.colostate.edu/


Once there, you can click the box on the lefthand side to show forest service roads. This will show you which roads and trails are there and what is accessible on each road or trail.

Good luck!

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2018, 12:13:27 PM »
Thanks for the link Cohunter, I knew there would be the restriction of not blazing your own trails, it was more a questions of if there are certain trails you are not allowed to go down. I.E  here in MI some trails are not supposed to be ridden by a vehicle wider than 50 inches. Being as I have never hunted Colorado I want to make sure I am following as many of the smalls rules an out of stater might miss. Thanks for the help

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2018, 12:54:09 PM »
I appreciate the input and tips from you guys. This will be my first trip with my dad on a big hunt so I am hoping to get my first elk and have him be there for it to really make it a memorable trip

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2018, 09:02:06 AM »
I would say in 18 the majority of the trails will have signs posted on if they allow UTV's or not. In that area there is a very large number of trails. My recommendation would be to venture away from RMNP, I hunted the W edge of the park last year and unless you come in from the E your UTV won't be much help. Tons of hunters essentially hunt the border of the park. Ran into a few hunters that were successful but they put on some miles and had a camp setup pretty far back prior to the start of the season.


I've heard the troublesome area is good elk country but again I've heard its hard to access, even with a UTV because there are only a few points to get into it. Hope that helps.

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2018, 09:47:33 AM »
Thanks for the tip, we have no problem putting boots to the ground and getting after it if that's what it takes. We are going to get to the Unit a few days before opening day and hopefully find some promising areas.

I can't thank everyone enough for the tips and advice. Most forums I have been apart of do not have many people that are trying to help each other bag an animal. This an awesome change and I am excited to be a part of it

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2018, 10:37:29 AM »
The Troublesome is crowded.
Didnt used to be that way, but thanks to forums and podcasts.... well...


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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2018, 07:32:38 PM »
I was also wondering about black bear in the unit. I see that you can get a tag for them. Is there a lot of bear in this area?

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2018, 05:02:47 AM »
Plenty of bear. But since you cant bait, or use dogs, you're left with calling them or hopefully getting an opportunity at one

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Re: 1st rifle season CO unit 18
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2018, 08:26:26 AM »
Thanks cnelk, do you know if I can buy the tag online like when I applied for the elk tag? or do you need to buy them from a sports shop or Walmart OTC? Here in Michigan you have to build enough points for the unit you want to hunt and I did not draw this year, so I am hoping for the chance at a decent sized bear. The average here is around 200 pounds
« Last Edit: August 02, 2018, 08:28:58 AM by Willdorf »

 

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