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Offline mertzga

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We all want to get away from people...
« on: September 19, 2018, 08:26:00 PM »
I have recently begun doing some research of elk grounds in Colorado and Idaho trying to decide what to do next year. I have had the opportunity to go to an area in central CO twice OTC with my bow. My nephew hunted this area this year and encountered 11 other hunters. It is fairly common to read on these forums hike in deeper to avoid people. I certainly believe that is a accurate strategy. Getting to my question, you study up decide on an area, figure out access, is it reasonable to think you can avoid other hunters on public land. What are some unwritten rules when crossing paths with other hunters? One other question In general are BLM lands less pressured than general USFS land?
Thanks for thoughts.


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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018, 08:39:17 PM »
Deeper isnt always the answer. Sometimes is just straight up or across some natural barrier others dont want to spend the energy on. Trail access will always invite the lazy people not to mention hikers/bikers etc.


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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2018, 10:05:08 PM »
Deeper isnt always the answer. Sometimes is just straight up or across some natural barrier others dont want to spend the energy on. Trail access will always invite the lazy people not to mention hikers/bikers etc.


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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2018, 10:12:03 AM »
I hunt a lot of corporate timber lands and not only is it hard to get away from other hunters but with the building boom we are experiencing its hard to get away from loggers. A lot of the places I hunt are being actively logged right now. The clearcuts will be good hunting in the future but its one more thing to have to contend with when searching for elk.

It is nice though that when they are logging every basin but one you know which basin to start looking for elk in.

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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2018, 10:25:49 AM »
Also, deep downstairs have to be six or more miles. In past years I've hunted drainages within a couple miles of the truck and saw no one. A huge tool is on x maps. If you can figure out how to drop in off another area that gets you closer to your waypoint, what 10 miles back for some people may only be a couple for you.

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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2018, 11:21:51 AM »
Deeper is not better, more difficult and smarter is better. Horses can go much farther than youll ever dream. If theres a trail, someone will take it 12 miles. Hike off trail, through dark timber, up steep slopes, etc, and you wont have to go near as far. As far as un-written rules: treat everyone as you would want to be treated. 90% of the people out there are courteous and will share. Dont forget that every tax payer in America owns that piece of ground just as much as you do. Unfortunately, there are some a-holes who just need to be avoided. Usually they are lazy and hunt close to roads and trails tho  ;D :-D

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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2018, 11:41:28 AM »
Same as above find tough terrain and stay away from trailheads.

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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2018, 02:28:53 PM »
One thing I've noticed is just parking, if there is literally no parking for tens of miles you can find little pockets that will hold elk.  Biking on roads has opened lots of these areas that everyone drives by.  Crossing a river will do the same.  We carry waiters during the season and have had great encounters.  My first bull was called in 100 yards off a paved road that we heard from a mile away on the opposite hill side.

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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2018, 02:35:54 PM »
Im no hero so I dont try to get hella deep but I stopped making an effort to get away from people. Once you get off the trailhead you will probably see no one. Veer off trail, no matter how deep, youll probably see no one. Its much easier to make a hunt plan if you jettison the burden of avoiding people. Im actually glad if I run into another dude to BS with for a minute or two because I hunt alone and get lonely. Ill often let them know what my plan is because he doesnt want to run into me either. Or if I dont have a plan Ill ask if there are areas or directions (no specifics) he would like me to avoid on my random wanderings. Then we part ways. But overall if you do see people its not the end of a hunt. I dont feel like I need to pull stakes and find a new area. Just this past weekend I ran into another mule deer hunter Sunday morning and shot a buck not 200 yards from where we chatted a few hours earlier. Animals dont see people and run to the next county. They would never stop running. Theyll move over a drainage and go back to being an animal.


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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2018, 06:11:02 AM »
Some of my best spots are 400-500yds from parked trucks.


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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2018, 02:01:13 PM »
Some of my favorite spots are closest to town. I rarely camp anymore, just day hunt!

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Re: We all want to get away from people...
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2018, 03:05:33 PM »
Deeper isnt always the answer. Sometimes is just straight up or across some natural barrier others dont want to spend the energy on. Trail access will always invite the lazy people not to mention hikers/bikers etc.


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Good answer.  What did that old boy tell Corey? If you can't hear the highway, you've gone too far.

Of course, our general rule is, if we can get at least 1 mile, we loose the majority of the people.

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