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General Elk Hunting / 2021 RMEF Castle Rock CO banquet invite
« on: April 23, 2021, 05:43:29 PM »
The 2021 RMEF Castle Rock Colorado chapter is having our annual banquet at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock on Saturday, May 8th. Tickets ($50 meal only) can be purchased online or via calling Heidi at 303.330.7746.  Online deadline is normally about 1 week prior to banquet.[/size]Online - can checkout some of the prizes we will have on our Instagram page [/size]rmef_castlerock[/size]which we will be posting in the next 2 weeks. Based on other RMEF events this year, many have been very busy so dont wait to get your tickets as we could sell out. NO AT THE DOOR TICKETS SALES since we have to order meals in advance. Specific invite flyer -[/size][/font]

General Elk Hunting / RMEF Castle Rock Colorado banquet May 11th
« on: April 29, 2019, 02:36:59 PM »
Colorados Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations (RMEF) Castle Rock Chapter is hosting their 2019 annual banquet on Saturday, May 11 at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock.  Tickets are $45 for dinner and entrance.  An annual membership in RMEF is $35 but you do not have to join to attend the banquet.
There is no at-the-door ticket sales! 

Tickets can be purchased online at or you can call Tricia Lecurex at (303) 688-3798.  The online sales will close Sunday May 5. After that, you
[/size]MIGHT [/b][/size]be able to get a ticket by calling but those will be very limited so get your tickets early or youll miss out on a lot of great prizes. 

Speaking of which, weve recently started an Instagram page to view SOME of our prizes. We actually have a whole lot more that well not be able to post due to the volume as our committee has been working very hard to get a lot of donations to raise funds to support the mission of the RMEF.  If youve never attended a banquet, well have raffles, live auctions and silent auctions as well as a great meal. This year we created an Instagram page to highlight SOME of the items well have at the banquet and to acknowledge many of our donors that support the RMEF.  If youd like to check out our Instagram page, you can find it under: rmef_castlerock

Hope you can make the banquet as its a fun night which supports a great conservation organization that benefits elk and elk habitat nationwide.

Classifieds / Crossover stabilizer 12-33
« on: November 30, 2018, 12:31:19 PM »
Selling a barely used 12"-33" Crossover and quick disconnect in perfect condition and not a scratch on it that I bought late this summer/fall.  I tried it for about 2-3 weeks and just couldn't get used to it.  Heard a lot of people love it but I just didn't have the patience to keep at it so I'm gonna go a different direction.  I see some have the "Crossover" decal on them but mine is all black. Sells for around $105 plus taxes so I'm asking $85 TYD.

I saw on the Crossover Stabilizer review that there is a discount available to UEH members but it didn't mention what it was.  Thought I saw it a while ago somewhere but didn't recall where I saw it.  Is there still a discount code I could use for the Crossover Stab?  Thanks!

General Elk Hunting / RMEF Castle Rock Colorado Banquet Invite
« on: May 05, 2018, 09:37:22 AM »
If you happen to be in the Denver area, youre invited to the RMEF Castle Rock Chapters annual banquet Saturday, May 12th with doors open at 4:00 pm. The event is held at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock. Tickets must be purchased in advance at
TICKET SALES SHUT DOWN ON TUESDAY THE 8TH ..NO AT THE DOOR TICKETS!   Its a fun nite of raffles, silent and live auctions all to raise money to support the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  Theres also games and prizes for the kids!  Hope you can make it and show your support for the great work that RMEF does for all Elk Hunters!

General Elk Hunting / RMEF Castle Rock Banquet Invite
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:02:14 PM »
If you're on the Front Range of Colorado, Castle Rock’s Annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) banquet is Saturday, May 13th.  Details on how to get tickets and to view some of our prizes are on our Facebook page at:   then go to the Events tab.  (You don't have to be a Facebook member to view it.)
New this year, we will have ARON SNYDER of Kifaru International and co-host of the Gritty Bowman, presenting a short talk on backpack hunting.  Aron is about as hard core as you can get regarding elk hunting and backpack hunting in general.  He’ll be there before and after to answer questions or talk to as well.
There are NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR. The DEADLINE to get your tickets is MAY 8th via the online system at the following link:
You might possibly get tickets after May 8th by calling our contact person (Tricia) but DON”T COUNT ON THAT as tickets will be very limited after we turn in our food order!!!
I'll be posting more prizes to our Facebook page as we get them.  Consider coming out to support the RMEF for a fun nite and some really great prizes to benefit the elk and those of us that love to hunt them!

General Elk Hunting / RMEF Castle Rock Colorado banquet invite
« on: April 21, 2016, 08:27:26 PM »
If you're on the Front Range of Colorado, you may be interested in this! Castle Rock's Annual RMEF banquet is on Saturday, May 7th.  You can find out more details and view some of our prizes on our Facebook page @

You need to purchase your tickets ahead of time as there are NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR.  The DEADLINE to get your tickets is May 1 via the online system at the following link:

Deadline for early bird entry is this Saturday, May 23rd so purchase tickets before that to beentered in the drawing for a separate early bird prize.

I'll be adding a lot more prizes to Facebook in the next week or two leading up to the banquet.  Join us for a fun nite and some really great prizes to benefit the elk and those of us that love to hunt them!

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Best time to Scout?
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:51:16 PM »
I hunted a good draw area last year and scouted 2 weeks prior to season opening and saw lots of elk glassing.  I also went up 2 days early to scout before opening day then hunted for 22 days.  A couple problems I encountered was unusually hot weather during the season  as well as cattle suddenly invading the area as soon as the season started.  I had cattle in nearly all of the meadows I had spotted elk in during my time scouting so needless to say, the elk seemed to all but vanish in the areas I was seeing lots of elk in before season.  So for this year, a friend of mine is going to draw the same tag so we need to decide when to scout.  I'm guessing he'll only be able to do 1 preseason scouting trip (3 days max including 8 hrs travel time) and possibly get there a day or so early.  We are very likely to backpack into a new area that I've not been to for the hunt (based on some knowledgable advice).  I believe last year was a fluke for me due to warm weather as compared to previous hunters experience that I've heard.

So my question is when do you think would be the best time to scout and why, with the options of 1.) 2 weeks prior, 2.) 1 week prior or 3.) arrive 3 1/2 days prior to opening.  (opening is mid-Sept) 4.) scout the backpack area in late August, then arrive 3 1/2 days early to scout other areas before backpacking in.

Season starts on a Wed so we could probably leave Saturday if we choose option 3 or 4.

General Elk Hunting / Two weeks of hunting
« on: August 25, 2015, 09:48:45 PM »
I plan to hunt this year for perhaps 2 weeks and I've never hunted that duration before.  I retired not long ago so now I can afford the extra time but just not sure how long I will last and still have the physical and mental energy.   I'll be in an area where there are 350 type bulls and I hope to hold out for one near that mark as this may be my only "trophy quality" area I'll have in my lifetime.  I'm planning on taking it relatively easy the first 4 days (hikes not more than maybe 8 miles) then I will be leaving to attend a wedding for a day so it will be a nice break.  So any advice for keeping mentally charged for that long of a period.  I think the physical part I'd have more control over but the mental part seems like it will be more tough.  I can hunt the whole month of Sept but will only have someone with me for about 10 days then I'm solo for any other time.  Any advice would be appreciated!

General Elk Hunting / Bachelor bull groups?
« on: August 25, 2015, 09:21:05 PM »
I was scouting last weekend and saw several bachelor bull groups of 3-7 bulls.  None of the groups had any really big bulls in them and I wondered if the bigger bulls tend to not join the smaller bachelor bull groups?  I know there are some 350+ bulls in the area and I saw probably 8-10 different groups with the biggest ones maybe around 320 class.   So any experience on whether the big ones stay to themselves prior to the rut kicking in?

General Elk Hunting / A BIG WOW to the ELK101 Team!!
« on: March 04, 2013, 05:41:54 PM »
All I can say is WOW and a big CONGRATS to Dirk, Cory and all the Jacobsen's for their calling at the RMEF Elk Camp World Championchips!

General Elk Hunting / CO units 49, 501 or 20?
« on: March 02, 2013, 07:42:37 PM »
Trying to decide where I might be able to use my 4 pts this year and I'm thinking about 49, 501 or 20.  It's a great year to muzzy hunt since it's the latest start possible.  I might be able to draw a muzzy and probably easy to get a bow tag.  I haven't hunted in any of these units but would have time to scount since they are not far from home.  Anyway, any advise on these units would be appreciated if you think it's worth burning my pts.  Not expecting a trophy hunt but hoping for just a mature bull.

General Elk Hunting / Monster Rub
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:09:53 PM »
Hope the photo is visible as I had to print a photo then take a photo of it to get it below 300KB.  I found this huge rub while on a muzzy hunt in Utah in 2011.  With my back against the tree and my gun on my shoulder, the rub was 2-inches taller.  That measures 9 ft - 1 inches.  We did see a couple huge bulls while hunting this drainage but the rub was just so unbelievable.  I couldn't imagine the size of the bull that made it!

General Elk Hunting / Great Meat Care and Prep Book
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:26:07 PM »
Just thought I'd share one of the best meat books I've found.  It's mostly about the meat and not a lot about hunting itself other than the stories that go along with the harvest.  It's called From Mountain to Tabletop by Matt Pelton.  Last I'd heard he was from around Provo I believe.  Anyway, I really learned a lot about meat care, preparation, aging, etc. so I thought I'd post a picture of it in case anyone's interested in learning more.  There's no meat cutting diagrams but there are several great receipes in the back.  Sells for around $10.

Hunting Gear / Maps for Smartphone and GPS stuff
« on: January 06, 2013, 09:41:41 PM »
I've recently purchased a smartphone (android) and am interested in any map apps that others have used.  Ideally I'd like to have it show private and public boundaries.  I'm not sure of the accuracy of a smartphone GPS would be compared to a regular GPS.  Also I'm interested in the ease of using a smartphone as a GPS relative to the ease of marking waypoints and other normal GPS tasks.  I have the Samsung Galaxie Note 2 and a Delorme PN60  (with SPOT).  I'm thinking of selling my PN60 and the SPOT and getting the Inreach to have 2 way texting.  Any shared experience on any of this would be appreciated as I'm not a techie and new to the smartphone world.

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