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General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado's jungle gym
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:04:37 PM »

You might want to change your username from "nolimit" to "CO blowdowns are my limit" lol!  It's bad but the blowdowns are in select areas.  If one drainage is exceptionally bad the next might be much better.  Also a drainage between two wickedly blown down ridges might be blowdown free.  I have seen elk in non-blowdown pockets but not directly in the blowdown areas.  I bet they cuss as much as we do about the blowdowns!

went to gmu371 this year to hunt elk. Talked to 3 different people on this unit before I decided to hunt it and none of them mentioned anything about all of the pine beetle kill and blow down in the area. chit man thought I was in a jungle gym stepping over, crawling over, ducking under and walking around blow down about ever 10 steps or so. I new it was going to be tough, I've been in the mountains before and haven't had any trouble hiking in. I went in about 2 miles and it felt like I went 20 miles stepping over or ducking under everything the whole way. Is this a normal thing for Colorado now where nobody would mention this to me? If someone would have told me maybe to reconsider my choice because of all the blow down in the area, at least I would've had a heads up. I feel they should have to disclose this to the hunters that call on these units, I'm from out of state, I can't just decide to go scout any unit that I want to hunt like the locals can. They need a map of these units to show how bad the blow down is in that particular area. Are all the gmu's like this or can you still find units without a ton of beetle kill and blow down? I know I wasn't in top notch shape,but I'm not a couch potato either. any advice on a better unit would be appreciated. thanks in advance

General Elk Hunting / How to get a response
« on: September 09, 2013, 08:35:00 PM »
So I'm hunting in CO GMU 481 and have scouted three different areas.  All areas have good sign (fresh steaming poo, fresh wallows, fresh beds).  I can get close enough approaching from downwind to see both cow and bulls (I have an either sex tag) but all areas are in heavy dark timber/alder/aspen and I just can't get close enough to even think about a shot (<50 yards, preferably <40).  I don't get any response from cow calling, haven't heard a natural elk vs ATV driver bugle so haven't tried myself, and frankly don't know how to make this happen.  This is my first archery hunt, btw.  Seems like the only time I have is when all I know are working and vise versa.  Thoughts?  Charge after them screaming banzai?  Cover myself in scents?  I'm at a loss...

General Elk Hunting / Re: Bugles?
« on: September 08, 2013, 10:38:41 PM »
Nothing! Today was 83 in Buena Vista and right now at 10:30 still showing 69 outside!  Miserable and hot September.  Even with the rain, water is drying up, grass is yellowing, but there is hope;  tomorrow a cold front should drop highs down to the mid 50's and lows into the high 30's so maybe the elk will be a bit more peppy and start calling for one another?

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2013 "Meatpole"
« on: September 08, 2013, 01:58:26 PM »
Nice job!  Good to see that the elk are holding to their promise of avoiding steep slopes! 

Just finished scouting/hunting this past week (central CO mountains) but didn't see a single fresh rub, didn't hear a single bugle, cowtalk, and was left wondering if they are still in velvet?  I saw a bull but through thick dark pines walking away and found freshly used beds and a couple of wallows but wondering why it was so quiet and no rubs?  I'll be back out Wednesday and see what the labor day weekend pressure did.  Thoughts?

Hunting Gear / Re: Sleeping bag question
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:21:46 AM »
Breathing into your bag is going to cause moisture/condensation inside the bag....not good for staying warm.
Within a minute or two you will be  warm.  Good bags breathe.  My bivy sack breathes also, receipt when is a very hard freeze when it gets all crusted with ice...then I invert it and shake the ice out.

Hunting Gear / Re: Sleeping bag question
« on: August 17, 2013, 11:45:18 PM »
Having had hypothermia and having been found wandering in the middle of the night by campmates as a teenager, do not skimp on a  warm sleeping bag.  Waking up right before dawn, disoriented, shivering, and freezing cold is not good.  The weight difference between a lightweight 30 degree bag and a -20 is not that significant compared to the value of the safety it provides.  The biggest difference is in cost.  That said I take a -40 that is right at 4lbs.  Anything goes wrong and you can always get warm.  If you are freezing and still can't warm up fire up your stove and fill your water bottle with hot water and put into your bag.  Inhale from outside and exhale into your bag.  I'm a big guy that is always hot but once cold it is tough to regain that heat.  Other things to do to help stay warm is to pee before crawling in, stay hydrated (your body requires water to metabolize energy), and have a combination of starches and fatty foods prior to bed.  In the desert sleep on top of your bag until it cools off and in the mountains at tree lineyou will still be plenty warm if you have a cold rated bag vs a warm bag where you will not be able to stay warm enough.

Campfire / Re: Where is everyone from?
« on: August 14, 2013, 11:04:47 PM »
Nathrop, CO

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Bag a bull in 48 hours.
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:49:20 PM »
Thanks!  What magazine?

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Bag a bull in 48 hours.
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:56:27 PM »
Do you have a link?

I've been using bing maps.  Pretty easy to see the game trails (can't say they are elk) leading from wet areas into the darker woods.  Here is an example:

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Bing Maps vs Google earth
« on: July 26, 2013, 06:28:26 AM »
It seems that Bing Maps have better resolution images than google earth.  Anyone else agree/disagree?  Anyone know of any other sites that have high quality resolution?  Check out and it looks as if you can see game trails coming and going into the head of Morrison creek where it is wet typically. 

General Elk Hunting / Elk movement and current elevations
« on: July 26, 2013, 06:20:02 AM »
I live in central Colorado (Nathrop) and am archery hunting GMU481.  Last night saw a herd of elk in a ranchers alfalfa next to the highway (8000').  I know their is a big herd on the northern slopes of Mt Harvard close to 14,000' as well.  We've had a rainy summer after a snowy spring and there is lots of green grass.  Any thoughts why a herd would drop down so low to graze surrounded by people when the hills are so lush this year?  Anyone have advice as to how a wet spring and summer will affect the elk come late August, early September?  Getting excited to do my final scouting and then get out there!

General Elk Hunting / Re: What elevation are they?
« on: June 29, 2013, 09:11:37 AM »
Last fall I saw a large herd in November on the northern flanks of Mt. Harvard at 14,000'....

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