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General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!
« on: August 02, 2019, 12:13:56 PM »
1. 11
2. 40%
3. 42%

These odds posts crack me up. With all the people being so much higher than actual results the non forum members must be like .1%. I figure for myself every trip without an elk drives my odds that much higher with the help of the law of averages.

Without looking at the units re: questions 1&2, could it be more due to the amount of public land in each unit? Not sure exactly which numbers youre looking at (or whats on gohunt) to arrive at hunter density estimates. Id also agree with/defer to cohunter on these two issues.

For question 3... in my (limited - 3 early season archery hunts, 35ish days total) experience, the elk are where the hunters arent. With everyone looking to hunt the edges of the 2 yr old burns, hunters are stacked up on the darkest greenest draws and a nighttime bugle is liable to draw 5 bugle tubes by morning. On the flip side, weve had opportunities within 200 yards of the truck. One particular situation was a very steep draw with a few scree chutes where the rim passed within 40 yards of the road. Instead of camping out up top by a historical bedding area, we circled around the bottom and came up behind the elk. Unintentionally. We were  within 30 yards before bumping two bulls, one definite shooter (didnt know they were there, we were heading back and not hunting smart.) The point being, no one else was aggressive enough to flip the strategy on the head and go 1.5 miles out of their way to arrive within 300-400 yards from the road from the opposite direction, with the wind in our favor. Those elk were there because they had the advantage from below and from the road and it was steep. The elk are where its hard to kill them, whether deep or steep. Think of the hardest spots to get in position on an elk with the thermals in his face on the way up and rising once hes there. Wind from the likeliest hunter pressure also helps. Then do what it takes to avoid bumping him and keeping the wind/thermals/sound to your advantage. Sorry for the book and any redundancy.

I started a 15 day course of Prednisone. Luckily theres no PED testing in the elk hunting world. What was initially diagnosed as scabies last Wednesday has since been diagnosed as poison ivy/oak after a second opinion or two. So now that Im being correctly treated I should be on the mend in a week or less. I did get a workout in last Thursday (post scabies treatment) but the blisters are now on my palms as well as the back of my hands, and definitely pick up in itchiness during any heat or physical exertion. In 6 hours the prednisone has already knocked out the itch so Im hoping in 3-5 days and Ill be back on track, hopefully with a little extra oomph in my workouts.  :-D

Went to the gym today. Bench, Squats sets of 10, shoulders, curls+triceps, back. Leave tomorrow afternoon for a work trip through late Thursday. Ill be at the mercy of whatever the gym at the JW Marriott in DC... probably okay, if I actually have time and energy to get there. The squats today after the ski hill Thursday... Definitely a good follow up for the legs. Going to be limping for the front end of this trip.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!!!
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:14:28 AM »
Colorado for elk, WI for whitetail

13 days for elk... 35-50 for whitetail

25% for elk, 50% for whitetail buck

Love the confidence in all these posts but the OTC success rates are <10% for a reason. Its hard. With every knowledge advantage possible, not only from Elk University but also including knowledge of the specific areas and how elk use it given weather/hunting pressure/water/moon/temps, there are still SO MANY variables that can derail a hunt in an instant. This will be my 4th trip out and I damn sure expect to finally close the deal after countless close calls and a healthy dose of education from some wily public land bulls, but I still wouldnt put my odds higher than 25%, though maybe its more like 25% going on 100. No matter what, a couple weeks in the elk woods beats a couple weeks anywhere else.

Tonight I finally loaded up my new MR Metcalf with a good amount of my gear and a 50lb sand bag. That plus water came out to about 75lbs. Then, being a flatlander, I headed to the nearest "ski hill", which is about 270' of elevation. I managed 2 trips up, which is better than zero trips. This is my first time working out with a full load in the pack. I usually do some hills, ride a bike/jog, and lift weights. And that's being generous, I definitely fade off as the trip approaches and end up more focused on getting my shooting locked in. I'm going solo this year so I don't have anyone to share a pack out with (no successful hunts to date, 0/3), so conditioning for the pack out seems far more critical.

One benefit of doing this is that I now definitely know which muscles need to get stronger in the next couple months. I also learned some lessons in how to (and not to) stand and catch your breath on a steep incline with 75lbs on your back and little strength left in your legs. (hint: weight downhill poses serious drawbacks).

All in all, a positive step forward tonight. It got easier once I reminded myself of the only reason that this would be happening on the mountain.

Peloton is delivered tomorrow so maybe I'll get to ride off some of the soreness I'll no doubt be experiencing.

Hunt Planner / Re: CO Elk, 1st rifle season GMU 6
« on: June 13, 2019, 09:36:42 PM »
I've only hunted these areas during archery season, and even then the pressure can get pretty heavy, especially in 161 in my experience. At least part of that pressure comes from campers/hikers during archery season, which I'm guessing drops off by rifle season. Also guessing it is more than made up for by the hunting pressure. When we're leaving town and the muzzleloader season is firing up, the hotels in Walden have gone from 8-10 cars to trucks with trailers double parked and filling up the parking lot. The traffic heading up the mountain looks even worse. While we rarely if ever have actually run into hunters on the mountain (except in 161), I have to imagine that it's difficult not to during rifle season (especially with the increased visibility of the orange). I don't mean to discourage you though. I'm positive there are areas tough enough to get to that it weeds out a good bit of traffic. There are also a lot of guys that think they're going to outwork everyone else by going to the furthest spot possible, when they would have been better off going 50/50 on outworking and outthinking.

Made it to the gym this afternoon. Honestly, my above post probably helped keep me honest. I actually had a heck of a workout and gained some confidence that my yardwork regiment hasn't been for nothing. I wondered if I could generate some productivity out of my "workouts" for a few weeks and I think it wasn't for nothing. At least it kept the wife pretty happy. Past time to buckle down.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Do you carry a sidearm?
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:39:44 PM »
I never have, never felt the need. Still don't, really, but going solo this year I will.

Last year was pretty exciting, and that was without the camping I'm doing this year. (not that a 9mm would do much in a moose situation...)

Physical Conditioning / Re: emailed my doc about my max heartrate.
« on: June 11, 2019, 08:12:26 PM »
Nice work! It's nice to get the doctor's sign-off so you know exactly how hard to push it and not be worried by it. Maybe your heart rate will come down just from the peace of mind.  :-D

Keep at it, it's good motivation for those of us that have been too busy making excuses.

I bought a peloton. Delivered friday... Not sure buying exercise equipment counts until you actually use it. I was off to a great start in feb-march and then we had a baby. Most recently my exercise has come in the form of yardwork and getting the garden ready, which isn't nothing but isn't enough. I have dropped about 14lbs since late April, with another 10 or so to go. Down from 232 to 218, hoping to be sub-210. I also bought a sandbag exercise bag and built a plyo box, which I've used a few times. My goal is to start alternating gym days (or bike, depending on home demands) and hill with pack days (w/ the sandbag (50 or 70lbs, prob start at 50).

So basically, I have a plan and need to get after it. In my defense, breaking new ground on a 1000sqft garden, and then rototilling it a second time because it firmed up before I could get plants in due to weather... All excuses the elk won't care about though. So, gym tomorrow. Peloton delivered friday.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday (3/1/19)
« on: March 01, 2019, 06:23:33 PM »
  If the elk are quiet, keep moving until you find them. Keep that call in your mouth (or at the ready) because you might just step on them. If you do bump them, don't give up on calling them back. They don't always know what spooked them (unless the wind is what did it, but it's unlikely you'll hear it Biggest piece of advice is dont quit, dont let doubt creep in, and keep hunting.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday (3/1/19)
« on: March 01, 2019, 06:20:14 PM »
  Hunt your way off the mountain and avoid switching over to hiking mode and shutting off your hunting brain or you just might blow a great opportunity. On this note, elk are not always as far as possible from every road and human access. Sometimes theyre just holed up in overlooked spots (that are usually overlooked for good reason, because they suck to get into.) My buddy missed a nice bull 100 yards from the truck in 2014, the bull was chasing cows.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday (3/1/19)
« on: March 01, 2019, 06:19:55 PM »
  Trust your instincts. If youre seeing fresh sign and it feels elky, slow down and consider how elk might use the terrain to their advantage. Use technology or paper maps to your advantage in the moment (but be careful of glare). An aerial on OnX can be a great way to anticipate a bulls approach in the moment.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Spike tent
« on: February 03, 2019, 03:56:21 PM »
I picked up a Kelty Salida 2... Talk about not breaking the bank. It was listed for $90 from Kelty (On Sale) and an extra 40% off through LEO Adventures (Federal, State, Local government pro deal site... teachers, law enforcement, any federal government...).

The biggest downside I've read about this tent is that it's only got one door. Since it's only me using it that is no big deal. I was ready to buy it for $105 on Amazon so the extra sale was an added bonus.

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