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General Elk Hunting / Re: New to it all...
« on: March 30, 2020, 11:30:56 AM »
Thank you! Very helpful info to start. I will shoot you a PM when we get closer to knowing where.


General Elk Hunting / Re: New to it all...
« on: March 26, 2020, 08:00:59 AM »
Thanks! Appreciate the encouragement! We have been getting together once a week to game plan and discuss options. But now with the state on lock down we are trying to conference call to discuss. Nowhere near as fun. Anyhow, I think since we are super green we may try and go for a either sex unit and hope that just one of us can take meat home for the 3. But the bigger more real picture is getting our feet wet. I know that blind squirrels find nuts but the reality is I hunt coyote at night and am pretty good at it. Call some in almost every weekend...but we have only killed a few this year of the dozens we have worked. I get the odds on this hunt. BUT its the challenge of this hunt that is appealing to me. If we end up with icing on this cake well...all the better. If you had to pick a section of the state of CO. if it were divided into 4 equal squares, which would you focus on?

General Elk Hunting / New to it all...
« on: March 25, 2020, 07:45:49 AM »
Good morning folks!

Don't really know where to start just wanted to get started. Putting the first DIY Elk hunt together. Avid hunter. South Dakota every year, Whitetails and long beards here at home in Ohio, UP michigan grouse twice a year, predator year round, and now that life long dream of chasing Elk. Have watched every video on youtube... (prolly twice) took 101 course. Working on learning how to e-scout. Use this alot in the UP. Work out with a 40lb Mystery Ranch pack almost every day. My friends who do this say ...good start...lol. We are planning a 14 day hunt, 10 solid days to actually hunt. I was planning to hunt the SW units that have now gone to draw in CO ...so change of plan. However, I hear we should try and put in anyhow and use OTC units as a backup as a friend who usually hunts around Wilson mtn. says all will probably draw. Any thoughts or ideas on this? Any advise on units to at least look over? I know that is a broad ask and I certainly remember Coreys advise about broad questions. However, if you were to ask me the same type of question in regards to Ohio I would say...The SE counties that border the river are good trophy counties. They have good public access and rugged country. Much of the ground is Wayne Nat forest and has plenty of road access. I would like maybe something like that if possible. I think I can figure out some spots I just am looking for a little help with the needle.



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