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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: First time Colorado Antelope
« on: March 07, 2020, 07:27:27 PM »
I was choosing 13,15 and 18 based on the chance to maybe draw the tag with zero preference points, that there were herds located there based on the colorado atlas and that there was some public land to hunt on. There are units in eastern colorado but that is almost all entirely private land.

I was choosing Colorado based on that I am a resident of CO. I will not have the time to do a long antelope hunt this year, so I am looking for an in state tag that will give me a learning lesson on antelope hunting and also allow me to give it a good solid weekend, as that is all I can afford this year.

I do like wyoming and am looking more into it, but I am not sure I can make it happen this year.

Thanks for the help

Other Big Game Hunting / Re: First time Colorado Antelope
« on: March 05, 2020, 04:46:39 PM »
Thanks CoHunter,

That was my primary focal point (hunting atlas). I saw a majority of the herd is east of I-25. So I looked at walk in access areas and SWAs but overall it seems that those areas are small and I would need a big blessing to actually have antelope stroll through those areas.

I will keep digging and see what happens. At the very least this will be a good educational year.

Other Big Game Hunting / First time Colorado Antelope
« on: March 05, 2020, 02:11:59 PM »
Hey Everyone,

So I have never hunted antelope before. I am last minute deciding to give it a try (mainly because I hear the meat is amazing).

I do not need any specifics about a precise area to hunt. But can anyone give a good recommended unit to try for my first year. I am only looking for a doe tag and one that I can likely draw and have public land to hunt on. I am looking on OnX, and the hunting atlas as well as colorado hunting statistics. But the best units I can come up with are 13,15,18. However, I am not confident in my selection. Any help would be appreciated.


General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« on: September 17, 2019, 08:44:46 AM »

I would love to hear advice on this as well. I am new to archery as well and I have had 3 similar situations. I would be able to get a bull to bugle back and we would have a back and forth for a while but eventually he would go silent. 2 of the times it was alone. The first time I think I was to aggressive to fast and the bull just left. The second time, it seemed as if the bull just didnt want to pick a fight and would rather keep leave the area (I also tried racking trees). The third time I was with  my buddy. I was the primary caller and he was the shooter. We tried everything. I racked trees, We tried the slingshot calling technique, I tried dropping further back to make the bull feel like he could come closer. My buddy and I tried calling to eachother from 200 yards apart to entice the bull and nothing. We ended up chasing him for 2 hrs. And I got him extremely agitated. But he never came in to challenge (and we even got close to him definitely within 100 yards and most likely at 50 yards at some points). Eventually, he just went quiet and we lost him. With peak rut coming up I am hoping they will be more aggressive, if not I may try going silent and sneaking in on the next bull. We will see.

If anyone has any other advice I am sure freshmeat and myself would greatly appreciate it. Best of luck to all of you.


General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 17, 2019, 08:35:19 AM »
Thanks Wyo67,

This is my first year archery hunting. I have done countless hours of prep getting ready, but realizing there is still a lot I need to learn that is just going to come from experience. Overall, I am happy with even getting the chances I have had this year, and I have learned a lot from encounters and mistakes. I think the more chances I get the more I will be able to read the Bulls and figure out what to do next.

If this happens again I will know what to do. Thanks for your help.


General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 17, 2019, 06:21:58 AM »
Question - This last weekend was a good weekend. Got into elk a few times. But just could not seal the deal. On one occasion, I was I let out a locator bugle and a bull responded 40 yards away from  me. I tried to set up as quickly as possible, but he got to me to fast. He was 20 yards away, perfect shooting lane but I didnt have time to draw my bow. We were in a staring contest for some time and he finally turned around and sauntered off. Since he did not run away but left in a calm manner, would it have been okay to try and follow him? Or was the gig up and time for me to find another bull?


General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 09, 2019, 03:20:07 PM »
Thanks Bull Fighter,

I will try to start out a little less aggressive to work him up next time.

Question for anyone. In Colorado Muzzle loader starts this weekend. therefore archery hunters now have to wear orange. Will this be a detriment to trying to get close? I understand that Elk don't see orange and it appears brown, but a big solid shade of brown has to stand out among the environment.

Thanks for your thoughts

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:52:58 AM »
Bull fighter, could you describe close? all instances took place within 100 yards and one of those cases was within 50 yrds. Maybe I was to aggressive in my calling???

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 09, 2019, 09:28:51 AM »
So I finally found Elk!! (After my 8th spot to look). Unfortunately I was by myself and it made calling the bull in very difficult. I tried to challenge him 3 times. But all 3 times instead of coming at me to accept the challenge he just pushed his cows away, like he didn't want to fight. So i finally decided to go silent and sneak in. I got within 40 yards but did not have a good shot at him. I made sure the wind was in my favor and he had no idea I was there. But before I could get into a good shooting lane he wandered off. I couldn't find him again.

Any suggestions on different things I should have tried? What do you do if a bull is not wanting to be challenged and would rather run?

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 05, 2019, 10:46:08 AM »
Thanks cohunter14 and elk noob. I will give it a go tonight and see if I hear anything. This is my first year archery hunting so I am just trying to put boots on the ground as much as possible and learn as much as possible. Already learned to reduce what I bring in my backpacking pack. Dropped significant weight on my pack.


General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:58:30 AM »
I have a question for everyone. Last weekend, I went out and saw nothing and also heard nothing. The elk were very silent (probably due to the hot temperatures and early in the season). Last weekend I checked out 4 different areas.

I am heading back out tonight. I am trying a few new spots. Would you recommend I get to a high glassing point and glass tonight or should I just start out in an area I believe to hold elk and hope I get a bull to bugle?


Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Backup Plan
« on: July 17, 2019, 06:56:46 AM »
Thanks everyone for your replies. These were all extremely helpful.

Good luck to everyone this year.

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Backup Plan
« on: July 09, 2019, 10:19:33 AM »
Thanks cohunter14,

This was helpful. I will sit down and map out my actual hunting paths for each day. And figure out a rotating schedule for what spots to hit each day (until elk are found).

How detailed do you get? As in figure out your path (say a 6 mile round trip hike). And then figure out the time you want to be at certain spots in that hike for the day. Or do you allow flexibility. You know the hiking path you want to take but if a bugle peaks your interest you deviate from the original plan.

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Backup Plan
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:09:36 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I am fairly new to elk hunting. I have rifle hunted 3 times in Colorado and this will be my first time archery hunting. I have done a lot of research, looked at statistics, looked at summer and winter ranges, enrolled in the Elk101 course, got in touch with the biologist for the area and am starting to get boots on the ground and scout.

My question is this. I hear often that you should have lots of spots picked out to hunt. Essentially have a backup plan. Currently I have 5 spots I am considering. But it sounds like a better number may be about 10. So my question is this, how far apart can/should these different spots be? 0.5 miles (not likely??), 1 mile, 2 Miles, 5 miles, 10 mile? I think you all get the idea. Can it be the same area as another spot but just up a different drainage, or does that count as only one spot?

Thanks for the help!!

So an update on this.

I was able to contact the Biologist for the area and he was able to help confirm some of my thoughts on the area. I feel like I have a decent game plan and now it is time to just get boots on the ground.

If anyone does have helpful tips I would be grateful for any advice. in the mean time I will just be going through all the old threads and try to glean as much as possible from them.

Happy Hunting to everyone this year!!

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