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General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado unit 49 archery
« on: August 10, 2021, 05:37:20 PM »
Plenty of great spots and, I hear, still decent elk in the unit. My buddy took about a 320 bull a few years ago.

Go where others won't and find the dark timber.

Hunting Gear / Re: Spotting scope questiono
« on: June 17, 2021, 04:57:40 AM »
Thanks for the replies/suggestions on the Maven line. I'll take a look at them as well as the Leupold lineup. I agree that for most of the time I'll be using my binos.

I do have a trip to AK planned in the next few years so I'll definitely be using the spotter then.
Another option, if you're planning for the AK trip, would be to rent. Especially if that hunt was a sheep hunt, you'll want really good glass.

General Elk Hunting / Re: First Timer - Units 44, 45, 444
« on: April 20, 2021, 04:32:42 PM »
I'll just leave this here...

I don't think the population has improved in the last 3 years.

Physical Conditioning / Re: Exercise Levels
« on: January 01, 2021, 02:40:49 PM »

Quick question for you all,

As a new hunter to the west, I am curious to understand what fitness level you should be at for a backpack hunt.

I currently am 259, looking to drop 25-35#'s by september. the weight loss in of itself should help, but i am looking for guidance on what my fitness level should be. running a 5k without stopping? running it in x amount of time? Being able to walk x miles with x weight? Are there any other gates that you measure your readiness by?

I have lost 20# in the past 3 months, so I hope I am on my way to success, but if there are other benchmarks I should be going after, will be helpful. I have browsed the forum and found some, but wanted to look for more.

Congrats on the weight loss! And welcome! IMHO, you can never be in too good shape*, but endurance and cardio are the two things that I find help me most.

5 years ago, I was around 240, but dropped about 60, walking, jogging but switched to elliptical (less impact) and backpacking with weight. I'll do either about 100minutes walk most days of the week or backpacking one day, adding weight through the season.

Cardio seems to help me with elevation in the Rockies, since I'm a flatlander.

Building endurance allows me to hunt all day roaming the mountains... With one day last year over 20 miles and a lot of elevation (gain and loss).

Past couple years, when we're not pandemic-ing, I've added Hiit, Tabata sets and stationary bike classes at the Y, to mix things up a bit.

My boys and I also do a big hike (3 day) weekend now (somewhere between memorial day and the fourth of July) on the AT as a gear shakedown and readiness check.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Backcountry and Meat Questions
« on: October 26, 2020, 10:48:52 AM »
Don't make it more complex than it needs to be. Have a plan for meat care to start. Find legal animals. Legal take. Butcher them.

If you're going x miles deep, you better know why your going there and have a plan.

But know the answer has lots of variables.

Temps and a cool place to hang meat definately figure into that plan. If you can maintain cool temps (N face, snow, cool mountain creek) you have more time... Easy season archery it generally is warmer (but not always) , late season rifle you may have cooler temps and snow (but not always). Deep snow is going to make things more interesting for packout.

Are you hiking/packing? Solo you may want to think practically about how much weight you can haul, how fast you can move... 2 people maybe you can go further if you're both off equal capabilities. Have your own pack animals/using a packer?  Now you may be able to go to use a UTV, bike, cart-plan/adjust accordingly.

Predators in the area? Hang/secure the meat accordingly. Use the appropriate protections and care for yourself.

But also know, you don't need to go 3, 5, 10 miles deep...

This last year I had a 3 mile limit hunting solo...i did go that deep and got into animals... Part of that motivation was to get away from other people (lots of recreationalists out this year)... But getting away from people doesn't just mean distance...sometimes it's going where they won't go.

But the cow I shot this year was <1/4 from a 4wd road and died <300yds from the road.

Know your limits. Have a plan. Find animals.

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Elk Meat Pole
« on: September 30, 2020, 06:57:45 AM »
She came in all coy and cautious, and stood in the trees at 50yds for a long time. But I had already decided first ES that I had a shot, when she stepped in the lane at 35yds the arrow flew.

[/size]Best part, the pack out was only 270yds down to the road.

General Elk Hunting / Re: How Many Days Until Your Hunt?
« on: August 15, 2020, 03:56:50 PM »
4 weeks.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Beginner suggestions for meat
« on: April 09, 2020, 12:12:16 PM »
You can keep the muscle groups (in the silverskin), but you have to get the meat cool, often, quickly.

Getting it deboned, especially if its warm, will allow more surface area (inside or bone side) for the meat to cool.

If its warm and you can't cool the carcas or larger hunts of meat, especially interior or close to the bone, the meat will spoil (or sour).

So, some key variables you need to be concerned about...temp, how long has the meat/animal has laid before recovery, how far you need to pack the animal out, how quick you are at butchering, how you intend to cool, etc...


Physical Conditioning / Re: Looking for a workout
« on: January 11, 2020, 08:25:57 AM »

Im needing to get in shape for some ruff hikes. Any workout or excel or tips will be greatly appreciated!

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What are you looking to achieve? What do you consider rough or what factors will make it rough? (E.g. Distance, terrain, altitude, incline...) And what is your starting point or experience baseline?

Physical Conditioning / Re: Jail-house workouts
« on: December 26, 2019, 11:05:38 AM »
The mtntough 22s for time, even without dumb bells to start.  Throw in the DBs and add weight as needed.

As I sit here coughing up a lung, recovering from the flu.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Archery Season Moving Forward
« on: November 21, 2019, 04:49:23 PM »
I see the full moon being Sept 2 and Oct 1.
I sit corrected.  So at least have that going for 2020. Not sure what I was looking at.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Archery Season Moving Forward
« on: November 21, 2019, 04:05:31 PM »

I guess I somehow missed this when looking at the new five year structure, but I got a bit of a slap in the face looking at season dates for next year. For the next five years, the season opens on Sept 2, which this year is a Wednesday. The next weekend is Labor Day Weekend, which should be busy. Muzzleloader starts the following weekend and goes through the third weekend, then there are ten days to hunt from there until the close of the season. Kind of a mess compared to how it currently sits, where you always had the second weekend to hunt in between Labor Day and Muzzleloader. And it's like that for the next five years, with Labor Day always falling that first weekend.

We have hunted the last week over the last two years and were planning on trying to hunt before Muzzleloader season this year, but I'm not sure I want to base it around Labor Day weekend either. Back to the drawing board I guess. At least I have time! 
And a full moon on 9/22-23

General Elk Hunting / Re: Gerber Knife giveaway!
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:15:47 AM »
TBD for elk (NM, CO, WY, ID, or MT)
NC for turkey, deer, bear

General Elk Hunting / Re: Making Coffee In Camp
« on: August 29, 2019, 11:56:01 AM »
Water in jetboil/pot. Turn on stove. Use time while water is heating, to:  fix something to eat/pour coffee packet in cup / pack camp / morning pee.

Pour water, stir, savor and eat breakfast.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Road-Trip...How Many Hours?
« on: August 26, 2019, 04:56:26 AM »
NC to CO 25hrs

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