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Hunt Planner / Re: CO either sex ML tags?
« on: February 20, 2021, 12:41:49 PM »
I found exactly what I was looking for there. Thanks!

Hunt Planner / Colorado gmu 14
« on: February 20, 2021, 12:41:10 PM »
What can anyone tell me about the fire damage gmu 14 received last year? How much of the unit burned and what do you assume the effects will be on the hunting conditions of 2021? I am mainly wondering about the early elk seasons


Hunt Planner / CO either sex ML tags?
« on: February 15, 2021, 06:31:05 PM »
I have done a fair bit of research and am having trouble locating a clear answer. Does Colorado still offer either sex muzzleloader tags in any units? I am trying to lock down a list of units so I can see what I will be able to draw. thanks

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Rut
« on: November 27, 2019, 07:21:47 AM »
I see this same conversation on forums in my home state regarding whitetails.   And, I've seen this/heard the same discussions when I'm hunting elk in Montana.  When trying to make a decision on when to hunt in MT, I called the local elk biologist.  He told me that the peak of breeding occurs nearly the same day every year.  Their breeding date data is derived from conception dates of calves.  He said that while the peak day may vary a couple of days from year to year, there is no huge swing as some believe.  We have the same with whitetails in NC.  The peak breeding dates do not vary more that a day or two regardless of weather or other environmental factors.  Remember, estrous is controlled by photoperiod.  Rut activity(bugling, tending, etc.) can be influenced by hunting pressure.

I understand this about the rut as well. Doesn't the leaf color change have to do with the same factors? less sun light?

Thanks a lot of the replies. I have been too busy chasing whitetails to look at a computer...unless at maps.

I really appreciate it and it gives me things to consider heading into 2020

General Elk Hunting / 2019 Rut
« on: October 08, 2019, 04:50:52 AM »

This year was my first year elk hunting. I hunted the Sept 21-27d between Steamboat Springs and Walden, CO. We heard some bugling but mostly only in the morning and late evening. Everyone hunting the area was claiming it was a late rut and that the Aspen's had not started changing either.

Did anyone else experience this and believe it was a late rut? If so, was this the general feel for most of the west of a regional dilemma?

Hunt Planner / Re: Walden area
« on: September 29, 2019, 06:28:15 AM »
Just got back. It was tough but we had a few nice encounters. Never sealed the deal. Very little bugling going on. All the local folks were claiming a late rut this year.

Hunt Planner / Walden area
« on: September 20, 2019, 09:49:44 AM »
Had a recent change of plans and going to be heading to the Walden Colorado area. Any Info on the area? What to expect, look for or stay away from?

Hunt Planner / Re: Colorado unit 18 archery
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:23:17 AM »
I am looking at arriving the last couple days of ML season. I hope to use that time to acclimate to the altitude and check the area out. Does anyone know how to get info on where outfitters will be set up? is that something the local Wildlife Dept would have record of?

Hunt Planner / Re: Colorado unit 18 archery
« on: July 15, 2019, 08:24:41 AM »
Thanks for the infor, especially those areas to check. Sounds like I have a great place to start scouting. So what can I expect as gas as elevations to start at and type of food source they will be on last of sept? Also I am not dead set on 18 but it looks like the closest Quality u it with good elk numbers. Thanks again

Hunt Planner / Re: Colorado unit 18 archery
« on: July 14, 2019, 05:37:08 AM »

Thanks Rdub. Like so many others this will be my first hunting trip out west. I am mainly looking for an enjoyable and safe trip with a decent opportunity at some encounters. I am not looking for a trophy and a cow would make me just as happy.
I will not be overly disappointed if  I come home with empty coolers as long as the experience is there.

Would you suggest this area for those expectations?

Hunt Planner / Colorado unit 18 archery
« on: July 13, 2019, 08:01:22 AM »
Fellas/gals, looking for general info on Colorado unit 18 for the last week of September. Never been in the are before. Some first hand Info would be appreciated. Thanks

Hunting Gear / Under Armour Infil Hike/Ops?
« on: April 01, 2019, 05:14:42 AM »
Has anyone tried the Under Armour  Infil  Hike or Ops? Just wondering how they hold up and if they provide support sufficient for the mountain. Thanks

Hunt Planner / Re: What you wish you knew...
« on: March 26, 2019, 10:53:51 AM »
Thanks a lot. Looks like I am doing everything I can for now. I am having a hard time deciding on boots for my big flat feet. I don't want to get out there and regret a decision...

Hunting Gear / Re: Bino Harness
« on: March 26, 2019, 06:49:39 AM »
I bought a horn hunter harness for my Vortex 10x42's. I like the harness and pack but it is just a little too big. There is a lot of extra room inside the pack. Good accessory pouches and pockets tho.

Hunting Gear / Under Armour Boots???
« on: March 26, 2019, 06:44:37 AM »
I have owned plenty of UA shoes but was wondering what you guys think about their boots in elk country. Just wondering if they make a boot that holds up and is supportive enough.


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