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Hunting Gear / Re: Battery Powered Trail Bikes
« on: February 18, 2021, 05:59:39 PM »
If you're in an area with a lot of old logging roads they'd be awesome. Here in CO there is no point, besides they're being limited on trails all over.

Someone posted up a video on Archery talk about a year ago with "real world" examples of hunting off bike, it was a husband and wife duo,. Long story short, they hated it and didn't even make it as far as if they hiked.

Yeah, I think you need to be hunting a specific area that would really benefit from a bike.  I first started down the road of hunting off a bike when the USFS gated a road I used to be able to drive up to the edge of the wilderness.  So it was a nice road to bike up and still allowed mountain bike traffic from the gate to the wilderness boundary.  Saved me 5 miles of hiking with all my gear and was awesome to be able to hop on the bike and fly back to the truck to grab something and be back at my spike camp in no time.  Over the years the road got overgrown and covered with blow down, and then it wasn't worth the hassle anymore. 

Hunting Gear / Re: Battery Powered Trail Bikes
« on: February 16, 2021, 11:07:54 PM »
Tried out hunting off my regular mountain bike a decade or so ago...after building multiple trailer prototypes and finally coming up with a super light design that could haul a lot of weight.  However, I found a lot of limitations in where I could hunt off my bike, so I transitioned to more backpack hunting.  A few years ago I built an electric fat bike with a nice Rocky Mountain bike and an ebike kit from Luna Cycle that ended up being cheaper and likely more capable than the Bakcou, QuietKat, Rambo, etc.  I use it where I can for covering a lot of ground...scouting, glassing, and calling into different basins.  However, will all the torque an ebike can provide combined with your own pedal power...even the strongest chains/components I can buy seem to fail when I'm hauling my trailer and gear up a hill into the backcountry.  Changed my gearing this year to improve chain angle in the hope it helps, but we'll see next time I put it to the test. 
All that to say that I like that I can cover a lot of miles quietly and with ease on my ebike, but they have lot of limitations and probably aren't worth the investment if you can't put them to use in your hunting area.  I think if the areas you hunt allow the usage of ebikes, then getting your hands on one could be valuable, but if its only used occasionally then it may not be worth the cost....just my 2 cents.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Tire chains
« on: August 26, 2020, 11:27:59 PM »
Don't think cable ones will help much at all other than maybe on packed snow/ice.  In deep snow or mud, the larger the chain the better.  If you have larger tires like me, the best option out there (in my opinion) is to get a set of v-bar chains for a semi-truck and cut them down to the length you need for your tires.  Those are beefy as hell, will last a lifetime, and usually have the cam locks (also highly recommended for cinching them super tight), but will be pricey if you can't score a good deal on a new or used set.  You can also spend less and get the same style (v-bar w/cam locks) for pickup trucks in your tire size, they are just not quite as beefy as the semi ones.

Hunt Planner / Re: CO OTC Archery HELP!
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:50:02 PM »
I'd say have multiple planned access points and cover a lot of ground until you get into good sign.  Haven't hunted 25, but hunted the Flat Tops plenty for rifle season.  If you hunt the south side of 25 up Coffee Pot road, you can access and hunt 34 easily enough as well (guessing in your first post you meant 32 and 34? 33 is a draw unit for public land).  Seen some good looking areas in 34, but never got into elk when I was up there mule deer hunting.
Hooyah...thanks for your service brother...Navy vet myself and had some great times training and working (VBSS/FPTT/SSDF) with the SEAL community!

Archery / Re: compound bows with a 32 inch draw length
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:11:30 PM »
Bowtech BT-Mag X

Hunting Gear / Re: Wall Tent Pole Bag - What Do You Use?
« on: June 29, 2020, 10:38:31 PM »
I have a Davis tent and pole bag as well.  Only one tiny cut (nothing close to where a pole is going to slide out) after several years and multiple trips per year.  I had a feeling that the sharp pole edges where going to be an issue when the pole bag impacted anything hard, so I decided that the best thing to do was to wrap the pole bag in my large tarp (always with my tent and used as a ground cover).  The pole bag rolled up in the tarp added enough cushion that it seems to protect it very well...and hopefully many more years to come.  It would be nice though if Davis lined the last six inches or so on each side of the bag with leather or something durable enough to take a beating.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado unit 49
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:42:38 PM »
Hunted 49 the entire archery season a few years ago.  Now that archery runs during the entire month of September, this year you get a week and a half after muzzleloader ends rather than just a hunting the end of the season might be a good option if you're wanting more screaming bulls and calling action.  It was very quiet the first two weeks I hunted there, then bulls started to get fired up, then shut down when muzzleloaders start cracking off, and finally got fired up again a few days after muzzleloader ended.  The last weekend was a blast for sure, and guessing the point creep comes more from the quality of the hunt vs the size of the bulls (although I did see some nice bulls).  Not sure how the fires last summer may have impacted elk movement in the areas I hunted, but you're welcome to PM me and I can probably point you to a couple areas that will produce some elk.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Locator Bugle Sounds
« on: June 22, 2020, 07:37:46 PM »
I just wonder if there isn't some kind of ultrasonic frequency that the human ear can't pick up.
Is there would be some way to test this?

We got any engineering students on this forum doing their thesis on some fancy acoustic mumbo jumbo?  :lol:

General Elk Hunting / Re: Flat Tops Elk
« on: June 22, 2020, 07:33:12 PM »
Hunted archery (a few times) and first rifle (13 times) up on the flat tops.  Like you said, not much elevation change once you're up on top.  Nothing really high that gets you up above tree line.  I would say, unless snow pushes the elk down, the high meadows typically produce better elk hunting than the lower (at least in the areas I've hunted).  Pressure usually sends elk onto a steep face with dark thick timber and blow down, because it's extremely hard to get in there and get a shot without blowing the elk out.  The lower elevations to the east and south sides of the flat tops produce a lot of huge open parks that elk quickly vacate once hunting pressure arrives.  There are a ton of elk, and opportunity is always there, so being persistent is usually the key when it comes to hunting up there where you'll always have lots of elk and hunters.
I've taken about 8 elk in 13 years of hunting the flat tops just on opening weekend of first rifle, but it took time and research to find a spot with the right amount of pressure and elk.  Try to research spots that you think will see a lot of pressure (exp: good road access) that are near areas that elk might find sanctuary in (exp: steep wilderness), and let some of the other hunters work for you.  Certainly easier said than done in a area that sees so many hunters, but not impossible.  Good luck out there!  If you have a spot in mind and want to PM me with specific questions, I'll certainly let you know if I'm familiar with the area and what feedback I might have.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Locator Bugle Sounds
« on: June 16, 2020, 05:46:49 PM »
Jason Phelps has the same problem when he's hunting with Dirk Durham!  :lol:

That is tough to isolate I'm sure.  I don't notice a big difference between my calls and my hunting buddies, but I consistently get more responses on my bugles and he gets more responses on his cow calls.  Maybe a slight difference in volume, inflections in your voice, how quickly the pitch transitions into higher notes, or just coincidence/times he's calling before or after you.  Hard to say for me, because I've yet to figure it out myself.

On a positive note....if he's calling in more bulls when you're the win! ;D [size=78%] [/size]

Hunting Gear / Re: What is a good drop away rest?
« on: June 16, 2020, 05:32:45 PM »
Had a QAD for years, but had the same issue multiple times when stalking in on elk.  I'd nock an arrow and lock the rest up to capture it, then start stalking in only to bump the tab or string quickly enough to have the rest drop down.  Usually I caught it when it happened, but sometimes in the moment I didn't realize it until I raised my bow to draw and found my arrow between a lowered rest and the raiser (which sometimes cost me additional movement and a shot opportunity).  So something to be mindful of if you go QAD and your setup and hunting style might create same issue.
Went to a Trophy Taker Smackdown Pro several years ago and haven't had any issues yet.
Heard great things about the Hamskea Hybrid Hunter Pro as well, and will probably go that route when I decide I want something new.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Elk in burns
« on: June 16, 2020, 05:13:31 PM »
I'll echo what Elk Noob said.  I've see burns a year old that were great and some that were 3 years old and still looked like the surface of the moon.  Best bet would be to get out there and scout it (hopefully without spooking any elk) before the season opens and take a look at the quality of the sign.

Hunt Planner / Re: Colorado OTC Archery - Unit 28
« on: June 10, 2020, 07:15:42 PM »
Haven't hunted 28, but your thinking isn't bad at all (in conjunction with other plans). 
I have some areas far from the front range that I hunt and that are noticeably better than areas within an hour of work/home, but I like having some areas scouted close to home just in case I can bust out of work early and get some short hunts in close to home.

Archery / Re: Arrow weight with short draw length
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:42:18 PM »
I would say if you're draw weight is 70 lbs, regardless of draw length, I would recommend around a 400-450 grain arrow.  Having said that, I never want to be that guy that says..."you need to do this or you're silly".  I think a lot of folks focus more on arrow weight, FOC, arrow diameter, broadheads, etc.  In the end, if it shoots great out of your bow and you're confident and accurate...then you'll have no trouble getting elk in the freezer (beyond the inherent difficulties archery brings).  I use to focus way too much on arrow weight and FOC, shooting over 600 grains, and then I slowly transitioned to a lighter and flatter shooting arrow that allowed for more minor errors in my ranging of elk.  This resulted in better accuracy in dynamically changing hunting scenarios and more dead elk.  Modern bows are so efficient and fast compared to the old bows I started out hunting with, you can achieve a clean pass through on an elk with good shot placement with arrow weights you're currently using.  Just my 2 cents.

Campfire / Re: Happy Easter
« on: April 13, 2020, 09:59:24 PM »
Happy Easter y'all!!!!!

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