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General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado or Oregon
« on: March 02, 2021, 02:22:10 PM »
I don't know where cohunter14 is hunting, but any unit I was in last year in CO was busier than I've ever seen it before.

......This was hunting anywhere from 1-7 miles from the TH.

I hunt some of the most crowded OTC units in the state for both archery and rifle. Yes, there are hunters all over the roads, but very few venture off the roads very far.

Your last sentence tells me why you couldn't escape pressure though. Trailheads are the new 'in' thing with elk hunting. Everyone wants to get to a trailhead and go deeper than everyone else. I avoid trailheads for this exact reason. If I was going to hunt from a trailhead, I would go less than a mile up the trail and branch off 90 degrees from where the trail goes. That's how you escape pressure from a trailhead.

Getting away from other hunters isn't hard if you don't over complicate things. Go where other hunters aren't. If a large population of hunters are going to be heading to a trailhead, you might want to go somewhere else. You don't need trailheads and trails to get off the road, and you don't have to go seven miles deep to escape other hunters. If you find the right spot, you can escape other hunters in 1/4 mile or less. Those packouts are a lot more fun too!  ;-)

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado or Oregon
« on: March 01, 2021, 07:10:12 AM »
Personally, I believe the pressure is over hyped in Colorado. It's not that difficult to escape it.

If it were me, I'd use those extra two days to hunt instead of drive to Oregon. Your chance at success will increase a lot by adding two more days in the woods.

Hunt Planner / Re: CO either sex ML tags?
« on: February 16, 2021, 07:32:54 AM »
Yes, there are a bunch of them that are either sex. When looking at the Big Game Brochure, go to the elk section and look at the Muzzleloader options. Under each unit it will show what tags you can apply for: cow, bull, or either sex.

Hunt Planner / CO Big Game Brochure Now Available
« on: February 12, 2021, 03:57:12 PM »
Got mine in the mail yesterday. Also available to check out online here:

Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Video of daughters first bear
« on: February 02, 2021, 11:19:32 AM »
Very cool, congrats!!!  :upthumb:

Campfire / Re: Extreme Elk magazine
« on: January 28, 2021, 08:15:52 AM »
Corey might still have some copies left. We did a giveaway a few months back for a full collection. Try reaching out to him:

Hunt Planner / Re: Finding hunting dudes to elk hunt
« on: January 28, 2021, 08:14:55 AM »
 :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

That is hysterical!!!

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Elk Meat Pole
« on: January 08, 2021, 07:41:00 AM »
Congrats! Love when things come together opening morning like that  :upthumb:

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Which Week to Hunt?
« on: December 30, 2020, 07:48:51 AM »

Corey's annual article is out regarding which week to hunt this fall. Be sure to check it out here:

Physical Conditioning / Re: Exercise Levels
« on: December 29, 2020, 08:18:13 AM »

I don't know that there are necessarily benchmarks, but I'd say a lot depends on where you are hunting, how you plan on hunting it, and also if you are coming from lower elevations or not. For instance, if you are planning on hunting an area where you are going to be going 3+ miles in every day (and then 3+ miles out), with 1,500 feet of elevation gain in an area that is 10k-11k feet above sea level, and you are coming from sea level, you are going to need to be in way better shape than someone who lives at 5,000 feet, hunts at 8,000 feet, and is only walking 2-4 miles a day in relatively flat ground.

So, start by assessing yourself and your hunt. What elevation do you live at and what elevation are you going to? You say you are doing a backpack hunt. How far in are you going? Are you going to carry camp on your back every day or are you going to drop camp somewhere and hunt from there?

You don't have to be a marathon runner to hunt elk, but you do need to be in at least somewhat decent shape, especially if you are backpacking in. Your most important factor, at least in my opinion,
if you are backpacking in
will be leg and core strength. It won't matter if you can run a 5k in under 18 minutes if your legs, hips, or back start killing you a mile into your hike with the weight of camp on your back. In addition to trying to add strength to your legs, I would definitely do some hiking with your pack if you can. Load it up with some weight to simulate brining your camp in and make sure you'll be able to carry it to camp. Then add more weight to simulate an elk quarter on your back and make sure you'll be able to haul it out. Keep in mind that doing this at 500 feet of altitude on a flat street is very different than doing it at 8,000 or 10,000 feet and hiking up a mountain. So try to find a hill or use stadium stairs to simulate things.

One thing to keep in mind: your biggest obstacle, if you are backpacking in, isn't going to be getting your camp packed in. It's also not going to be how far you can hunt each day from that camp. It will be if you happen to shoot an elk and finding a way to get that elk out safely while not letting any of the meat spoil. So be realistic with your prep work and with your plans. The last thing you want to do is shoot an elk six miles in when it's 70 degrees out and be so worn out that you can't get it back to your truck in time.

It sounds like you are on the right track for sure though. Keep it up with the weight loss - remember that every pound you lose is one pound less that you have to haul around the mountains! Good luck!

Campfire / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 28, 2020, 08:17:17 AM »
I have bow hunted elk in Colorado with some success. I regularly rifle hunt elk in Colorado with good success. Thought to myself why not hunt in the peak of the rut with a muzzleloader. 

Santa brought me a CVA Optima, Williams western precision sights, Thor 250 grain Lightnings, some federal 209a primers, and a couple of cans of Blackhorn 209.
With 19 preference points Im not concerned about getting a tag. Still holding out to rifle hunt GMU 2 one day. So well see what comes together in 2021.

Very cool. Anxious to see what you think. I've considered doing the same thing, just haven't made the jump yet.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Ticks in CO Elk country
« on: December 28, 2020, 08:16:32 AM »
Shouldn't be a problem. I have never had a tick on me or on my dogs in NW Colorado in the past 40 years.

Not saying it couldn't happen, But it's not a likely problem.

Agreed. I've never had an issue with them in Colorado either.

Campfire / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 26, 2020, 08:24:50 AM »
Merry Christmas Randy and Merry Christmas to everyone else as well!

Randy, you have a muzzleloader tag you are saving up for or just hoping to try something new?

Hunt Planner / Re: Where to start...
« on: December 16, 2020, 12:13:03 PM »

Brent, welcome to the site and welcome to the addiction of elk hunting!  :-D

In regards to your question on group applications, it's setup so if one of you draw then you all draw.

It sounds like you are on the right track. The UEH course will have you more knowledgeable than 90%+ of the other elk hunters out there. Keep reading and re-reading that and feel free to fire away with more questions!

Hunt Planner / Re: AZ Unit 1 Late Cow Hunt
« on: December 07, 2020, 07:31:26 AM »

Welcome to the forum!  :welcome:

I've never been fortunate enough to hunt AZ, so can't really help with specifics, but one thing I will say is there is a very good chance that in late December the elk won't be anywhere close to where you find them in the summer. By that time, the elk should be into their winter range, which can be a long ways away from their summer range. I would recommend doing some digging to see what information you can find on where the winter range(s) is/are in that unit. Doing a quick google search led me to this:

Good luck on the hunt! Let us know how it goes.

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