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Hunt Planner / Re: Unit 11 Late Season Cow Colorado
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:13:01 PM »
Well, no luck this weekend. Man was it cold out there. Saturday morning was 5* with a windchill that put it into the negatives, and Sunday was even colder...

I did get out of the truck and actually put in some good miles hiking around. I will say, the elk were certainly there, however they weren't this past weekend. All of the sign I found, and there was a lot, was at least a week to 2 weeks old.

It looks like I might not be going to CA this weekend for work, so I'll be back out again and will likely go to that same area as I think it's just a matter of time before they are back there.

Thanks for all the encouragement and suggestions everyone.

Hunt Planner / Re: Unit 11 Late Season Cow Colorado
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:29:35 AM »
I agree about the good advice. Thanks everyone.

I'll be back out this weekend and will report back with results.

Hunt Planner / Re: Unit 11 Late Season Cow Colorado
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:56:59 AM »
Rdub, I sent you a PM, but quick answer yes I was northwest out of Maybell near Cross Mountain.

Hunt Planner / Re: Unit 11 Late Season Cow Colorado
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:20:21 PM »
This tag is for the entire month of December, but I will likly be missing a couple weekends to go back to Chicago for xmas, and California for work.

I'll be back out hunting next weekend, and if nothing happens will be out there for the last weekend in December.

I'm hoping this little cold snap and snow this week brings the elk down lower.

Like I said earlier, this is a hunt that is completely foreign to me. I typically spend my time hiking 10+ miles a day and this past weekend I had no reason to even get out of the truck.

Hunt Planner / Re: Unit 11 Late Season Cow Colorado
« on: December 04, 2017, 12:21:28 PM »
Well, I went out to Unit 11 this past weekend to little success.

If I had a deer or pronhorn tag I could have filled those hundreds of times over. I did manage to find some elk, the problem is those elk were on private land and there was seemingly no way to get on public that was near that land.

I think this unit could be a really good spot if the weather up higher would cooperate a bit. Right now there is barely any snow up high, and I don't think the elk have moved down to this area yet.

My other observation was that the northern end of this unit is a completely different type of hunting to me. It is very flat, and there is no forest etc. I spent my time driving around looking through Bino's vs. putting in miles on the ground. I certainly wouldn't want to hunt this Unit during the earlier seasons.

Hunt Planner / Unit 11 Late Season Cow Colorado
« on: November 30, 2017, 05:09:55 PM »
Hey Everyone.

I've got a late season cow tag for Unit 11. I've done a ton of searching online and google earth etc. for places to go, but was wondering if anyone had any first hand experience in this unit? Looking at recent late season success it seems that the success rate is pretty high.

I was hoping we'd have plenty of snow up high and the elk would be migrating down lower, but I'm thinking that likely won't be the case this weekend.

If anyone has any tips and doesn't want to share online feel free to send me a message.

I'll be hunting solo as usual, just looking for a cow for the freezer as I ate tag soup for my other seasons.

General Elk Hunting / Re: First Archery Bull
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:29:21 PM »
Congrats on a very nice bull. I'm still trying for my first. I'm on year 4 of archery and have had some good opportunities in the past, I just haven't been able to make it happen yet.

So far this season I haven't seen much, saw a couple of cows while glassing and called in a spike Sunday night. I'm heading out for a week with my dad during muzzleloader so hopefully we can get on some elk.

A goal of mine since I started bowhunting has been to call in a bugling bull for my dad to take with a muzzleloader, and vice versa, I would love to have a chance at a Bull with my bow my dad has called in for me. Hopefully we can make this happen.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Hunt Updates
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:22:52 AM »
I haven't had the greatest prep this year. Broke my big toe early July which set me back a bit, and then tore some ligaments in My ankle 2nd weekend of August, but I've still made it out a couple weekends.

Opening weekend I let my eyes do the walking and got up high to glass. Found a couple cow elk, but no Bulls. Tried hunting them the following day and wasn't able to get close.

This past weekend I rode my mtn bike up a service road at a ski resort to get up 7 miles (about 3k vert) and back in on an area that I had some good intel. Opening weekend there were quite a few elk in that area. From the amount of sign and age of the sign in that area I'm sure the elk were up there. This past weekend it was just so hot, and dry up there, I think the elk have moved closer to water. I was able to call in a spike at last light on Sunday, but that was it. Heading out for a week long hunt with my dad next week so I'm really looking forward to that. He'll have a muzzleloader while i'll have my bow.

The slightly cooler weather really has me getting excited.

General Elk Hunting / Re: What to when it's windy
« on: September 13, 2016, 02:50:15 PM »
I'm also interested, as this past weekend was windy as hell in CO Sat night and Sunday Morning. I found some elk and got close, but couldn't get close enough.

Physical Conditioning / Re: Wilderness Athlete 28 Day Challenge
« on: September 08, 2016, 11:00:29 AM »
The green infusion is vomit inducingly bad.

I like most of the WA products that I've had, but I think the 28 day challenge is kind of a waste. If you want all of the products in the 28 day challenge then go for it and buy it because you will save some money, but as a "challenge" it is a waste imo.

You still need to have your own meals etc. all that the challenge includes is a protein/meal replacement shake that you take for 2 of your meals, and you are still responsible for the rest. It includes a short 2-3 page "Nutrition guide" as well. I really don't think it's worth it as a "challenge" you can easily do a challenge on your own for much less. I also didn't really care for the WA multi vitamins, but really their Green Infusion is terrible. I would much rather just eat my greens/veggies than have that.

I really like the WA hydrate and Recover, and Energy and Focus. I combine these for a "Superman" and use this as my morning drink when I'm out in the woods.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Northern Utah the Bulls are talking!
« on: September 07, 2016, 07:22:08 AM »
How high are you hearing the bugles? I've been out the last 2 weekends in CO and haven't heard any bugles yet. I'm hunting between 9500-10500'.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Spike Only Archery Hunt Calling Strategy
« on: September 07, 2016, 07:20:13 AM »
The spike I called in during opening weekend in CO came right in on a Rope on a Carltons bull hooker call. Right at around last light and wouldn't leave me alone until I ended up scaring him off to walk down the mtn.

Campfire / Re: Tactics to use to fish while bowhunting
« on: August 23, 2016, 02:05:17 PM »
Look into a Tenkara rod. Thats what I use when i'm backpacking and want to get a little fishing in the small streams.

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