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General Elk Hunting / Re: Best CO Unit For 17 Points?
« Last post by Elk Noob on January 11, 2021, 08:58:55 AM »
Is he non-res? Even so, that's more points than i'd ever drop for 49.


Non-res Muzzleloader took 12 points last year (3/13 drew with 12) 13 points was 100%.
 
Resident was 6 points.


I helped a few friends out in 49 in 2019, it's not a unit I'd be dropping over 10 points on. There are a lot of elk, but not many huge bulls. Unfortunatley, having 17 points puts you in between a bunch of units, I think there are certainly better than 49, but your options are limited.

Edit: Get GoHunt insider, it will help you find a unit that you think will give you the best chance for success. Having said I wouldn't spend 10+ points in 49 doesn't mean it won't be a good hunt. If his goal is to see elk, and potentially get a bull then 49 would be a great hunt, if he's holding out for a 300"+ bull then I certainly wouldn't go for 49.
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General Elk Hunting / Best CO Unit For 17 Points?
« Last post by WChandler00 on January 09, 2021, 08:52:52 AM »
Hey everyone so my grandpa has accumulated 17 pref points in Colorado over the years and I am finally making him apply for this upcoming season before he gets too old and can't get around as well as he can now. According to Toprut the best unit to use up all of his points
is unit 49, can anyone attest to that? He wants to go during muzzleloader season so he can take one with his Hawken.  I would appreciate any advice on that unit or any other unit he could get with 17 points. I'm still pretty green when it comes to elk!
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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Elk Meat Pole
« Last post by cohunter14 on January 08, 2021, 07:41:00 AM »
Congrats! Love when things come together opening morning like that  :upthumb:
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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Elk Meat Pole
« Last post by sjl2012 on January 07, 2021, 02:24:29 PM »
Figured I'd post a picture of my 2020 New Mexico bull since it's been quiet around here lately. Shot him 3 hours into my first day, I was full draw on a 4x 30 minutes earlier that if he would've turned broadside he would be in the photo.
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Physical Conditioning / Re: Exercise Levels
« Last post by wl704 on January 01, 2021, 02:40:49 PM »


Quick question for you all,


As a new hunter to the west, I am curious to understand what fitness level you should be at for a backpack hunt.


I currently am 259, looking to drop 25-35#'s by september. the weight loss in of itself should help, but i am looking for guidance on what my fitness level should be. running a 5k without stopping? running it in x amount of time? Being able to walk x miles with x weight? Are there any other gates that you measure your readiness by?


I have lost 20# in the past 3 months, so I hope I am on my way to success, but if there are other benchmarks I should be going after, will be helpful. I have browsed the forum and found some, but wanted to look for more.

Congrats on the weight loss! And welcome! IMHO, you can never be in too good shape*, but endurance and cardio are the two things that I find help me most.

5 years ago, I was around 240, but dropped about 60, walking, jogging but switched to elliptical (less impact) and backpacking with weight. I'll do either about 100minutes walk most days of the week or backpacking one day, adding weight through the season.

Cardio seems to help me with elevation in the Rockies, since I'm a flatlander.

Building endurance allows me to hunt all day roaming the mountains... With one day last year over 20 miles and a lot of elevation (gain and loss).

Past couple years, when we're not pandemic-ing, I've added Hiit, Tabata sets and stationary bike classes at the Y, to mix things up a bit.

My boys and I also do a big hike (3 day) weekend now (somewhere between memorial day and the fourth of July) on the AT as a gear shakedown and readiness check.
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Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Which Week to Hunt?
« Last post by cohunter14 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: https://www.elk101.com/2020/12/the-best-week-to-hunt-elk-in-2021/

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Archery / Re: vpa vs cutthroat ?
« Last post by jstephens61 on December 29, 2020, 07:09:24 PM »
Switched to the VPA heads this year. Only animal taken so far is a WT buck. Not much of a blood trail, but he only went 40 yards.
I like the idea that I can shoot a head, touch it up and hunt with the EXACT same head. Used to shoot the original Snuffer and had great luck with it. Out of a dozen heads, they all spin true on my FMJ arrows.
Have a set of 2x8 diamond stones that make sharpening a snap.
I believe Ive found my forever heads.
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Physical Conditioning / Re: Exercise Levels
« Last post by cohunter14 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!
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Physical Conditioning / Exercise Levels
« Last post by Bwise903 on December 28, 2020, 02:26:27 PM »
Quick question for you all,


As a new hunter to the west, I am curious to understand what fitness level you should be at for a backpack hunt.


I currently am 259, looking to drop 25-35#'s by september. the weight loss in of itself should help, but i am looking for guidance on what my fitness level should be. running a 5k without stopping? running it in x amount of time? Being able to walk x miles with x weight? Are there any other gates that you measure your readiness by?


I have lost 20# in the past 3 months, so I hope I am on my way to success, but if there are other benchmarks I should be going after, will be helpful. I have browsed the forum and found some, but wanted to look for more.
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General Elk Hunting / Re: Ticks in CO Elk country
« Last post by Wyo67 on December 28, 2020, 08:36:38 AM »
I've never picked on up in Wyoming.  Way different than where I grew up in Missouri...
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Re: Best CO Unit For 17 Points? by Elk Noob
[January 11, 2021, 08:58:55 AM]


Best CO Unit For 17 Points? by WChandler00
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Re: 2020 Elk Meat Pole by cohunter14
[January 08, 2021, 07:41:00 AM]


Re: 2020 Elk Meat Pole by sjl2012
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Re: Exercise Levels by wl704
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