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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...

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?

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!

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