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Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: High Bull to Cow ratio calling
« on: September 23, 2019, 12:59:14 PM »
If they're sounding off unsolicited go to them...

Hunt Planner / Re: Walden area
« on: September 21, 2019, 07:04:56 AM »
Expect a lot of hunting pressure

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« on: September 11, 2019, 10:05:22 AM »
Opening weekend I heard a few bugles. Last weekend was quiet in my area. Others are reporting Bugles in CO though.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Elk oufitters
« on: September 09, 2019, 12:01:33 PM »
day three we went too hunt public land on our own and shot 2 elk on our own.

Did you have Public and Private land tags?

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 05, 2019, 10:42:41 AM »
Head out early or late at night and do some bugling. The elk up north have definitely been talking so far. I've been surprised, but they are bugling.

I like glassing because I'd rather let my eyes do the walking, but with vocal elk walk the trails at night and listen for bugles.

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Calling
« on: September 05, 2019, 10:33:57 AM »
In the areas I Hunt I wouldn't call during scouting unless you're calling at night. If you aren't hunting I wouldn't call because imo I think that's a good way to get the bulls to go quiet during the day.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:56:39 AM »
Saw tons of hunters in our area but we went where they weren't and did hear some bugles. Thought one of us would fill a tag Mon morning but winds weren't cooperating. Heading back this weekend and have a plan of action.

Felt good to hike around a bit for the first real time since breaking my foot, put in 30 miles over the 3 days and foot held up. This should be a good year.

Hunting Gear / Re: First Lite Rain Gear
« on: August 30, 2019, 01:00:22 PM »
The first lite stuff is awesome, but very expensive. What are your requirements for rain gear? Do you want the best you can get? Do you want to stay dry at all costs sacrificing some breathability etc? Is price a concern?

For the best rain gear you can get to prevent you from getting wet I like Frogg Toggs honestly. That stuff just works. It doesn't breath very well, but if you want to stay 100% dry and not spend a fortune it's awesome.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Making Coffee In Camp
« on: August 29, 2019, 10:12:24 AM »
Are you going for Caffeine or something warm in the morning? If just caffeine I'd suggest making a cold brew before and just drinking in the morning.

For heating it up faster I don't have anything for you, I use a teapot and a french press in the truck camper and it doesn't seem to take too long, when backpacking I just drink powders from Mtn Ops etc.

Hunting Gear / Re: Tents?
« on: August 28, 2019, 09:41:11 AM »
Has anyone tried a CVT or Roof top tent?

I personally don't like the roof top tents. They're extremely expensive for what they are.

If you have a truck you can likely find a slide in camper for the same price or a similar price and it will do a much better job. If you have an SUV build a platform for the trunk and sleep inside, it'll be warmer and cheaper in the long run.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Who's Hunting the Colorado Opener?
« on: August 26, 2019, 02:27:33 PM »
Ouch! At least you are still getting out though  :upthumb:

Yup, the goal was to heal enough to get out with the bow. I put in about 8 miles scouting some spots this weekend and the foot held up alright. I won't be bivy hunting this year as I can't carry the weight i'd need, but at least I'll get out for day hunts.

I've yet to tag out with the bow so I was doing a lot of mountain biking to prep this year, unfortunately broke 5 bones in May and was off my feet for 2 months.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Who's Hunting the Colorado Opener?
« on: August 26, 2019, 12:56:27 PM »
I'll be out hobbling around. Have an OTC either sex archery tag. I am limited in what I'll be able to do this year, but I won't let that stop me from getting out.

Recovering from a broken foot is a slow process...

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« on: August 19, 2019, 10:23:40 AM »
That Temp is awesome to see. I was up higher this past weekend and the bugs are out of control at tree line still.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Overestimating Success?
« on: August 06, 2019, 03:05:45 PM »
I agree, I thought the success %'s were very high as well. As someone that's gone 0fer in the last 5 years with the bow I know how difficult it is. I've had chances each year but manage to screw it up one way or the other. Hunting solo hasn't helped, but it has given me a lot of valuable experiences.

With a Rifle i'm at about 75%.

I do think adding time is the best thing for success, for me at least. I'm mostly a weekend warrior with a couple days of here and there. One of the issues I often run into is finding the elk the day i'm leaving and not having enough time to chase them.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Hunting Colorado 63 first rifle oct. 12
« on: August 05, 2019, 10:56:18 AM »
I wasn't in 63, but last year the Unit I was in for 2nd rifle (I think about the same time as first rifle is this year) the bulls were still bugling their heads off and there was certainly a lot of rutting activity going on.

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