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University of Elk Hunting ONLINE COURSE / Re: UEH Cow Elk Section
« Last post by Wyo67 on March 27, 2020, 08:31:05 AM »
General Elk Hunting / Re: New to it all...
« Last post by wapiti_will on March 26, 2020, 11:06:14 PM »
Welcome.  I would say you're just looking at just the western half, and you'd be dividing it into north, central, and southern.  I can only speak to my experience of hunting certain areas all over the state.  Southern CO is, like you said, now mostly draw only now due to calf survival rates.  Southern units used to be really fantastic, but experienced more and more pressure over the last couple decades and have declined quiet a bit.  Success can still be had for sure, and I wouldn't say any other OTC areas are significantly better or worse.  Central CO (specifically the Grand Mesa) has lots of access and a lot of atv/road based hunters, so if you can find pockets to get a few miles from the road it will serve you well.  In Northern CO, you've got lots of national forest and wilderness, and the largest elk herds in CO...but also some of the most heavily pressured elk.  Also, there are a decent amount of outfitters operating numerous miles back into the wilderness areas, so don't think hiking 6 miles into wilderness will get you away from all the hunters.  Like others have said, having multiple game plans and covering a lot of ground a few miles from the road until you get into fresh sign will serve you well. 
Also, remember that Colorado OTC elk are also the most call shy, so don't be surprised if you're in fresh sign and none of your calling tactics are producing much.  Spot and stalk or setting up on water/trails between bedding and water has produced many more opportunities and elk in the freezer for me.
All that said, I've had success/opportunities across the state and I would just keep sticking with your planning meetings and find a unit/area that is going to allow you guys to have as many areas to check out within relatively close proximity. 
Once you settle on a unit, shoot me a message and if I've hunted the area I'll give you whatever info I've got (unless it's my secret spot...haha).
Hunt Planner / Re: Colorado 2020 archery hunt
« Last post by Bruffolo135 on March 26, 2020, 01:00:26 PM »
Appreciate the advice everyone!   Looks like I had a typo in my original post, I was looking at unit 21 instead of 211.  I have 2 preference points so I applied for a muzzleloader tag there.  If I got the tag ill also be able to hunt in 22,30,31,32. I'm definitely do the online elk university.  I'm sure that'll be quite helpful
General Elk Hunting / Re: New to it all...
« Last post by trautman 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?
University of Elk Hunting ONLINE COURSE / Re: UEH Cow Elk Section
« Last post by cohunter14 on March 26, 2020, 07:27:24 AM »
Sorry for the confusion. Corey had just put the links in there for now, but it hasn't quite been finalized yet, hence why there is nothing there. It sounds like he is going to remove the links for now until everything is uploaded  :upthumb:
Hunt Planner / First time Non Resident Montana Elk Hunt
« Last post by dnieto12 on March 26, 2020, 03:50:14 AM »
So i'm currently deployed to Africa with the NM National Guard.  Missed out on all of hunting season last year.  I put my 12 year old son and I in for pretty much everything there is to hunt in NM this year.  I wanna do an elk hunt in montana.  Problem is i've never been to montana and dont know where the first place to put in for hunts.  Any insight on some units to look into would be greatly appreciated.  I can do research from there if I could just get some ideas of where to look.  I'm 33 and in great shape.  I'm in the Infantry and i've been hunting in NM all my life.  I'm willing to trade info for elk hunting in NM if you can get me started on hunting in Montana.  Thanks. 
Hunt Planner / Re: Colorado 2020 archery hunt
« Last post by nclonghunter on March 25, 2020, 02:47:44 PM »
I always think of the show "Mantracker" and the guy always said "Know your land, Know your pray". That means a lot!
The land; Cover ground, knowing where the north facing dark timber, aspen thickets, wallows, food fields and water will cover the land. Also,most elk I have hunted move down at night and up in the morning.
The prey; LEARN TO CALL! USE THE WIND! some may disagree with this one but I believe two hunters with one shooting and one calling is deadly on elk. Hunt all day if you can. If you are not seeing or hearing elk then move.

This is short but I believe it covers what I focus on.
Hunt Planner / Re: Colorado 2020 archery hunt
« Last post by cohunter14 on March 25, 2020, 01:30:36 PM »
Welcome to the site! I don't have any experience with those units either, but everything Elk Noob said is excellent advice. If you really want to dig deep, do some research on E-Scouting from Randy Newberg or take a look at Corey's University of Elk Hunting course here on Elk101. Ton of information in there. Good luck!
General Elk Hunting / Re: New to it all...
« Last post by cohunter14 on March 25, 2020, 01:27:41 PM »
Welcome to the site! As far as the SW units go, it sounds like it shouldn't be difficult at all to draw a bull tag. Cow tags might be a little harder to come by. I personally am not too familiar with that area, so can't really help on that. Keep up the good work and good luck to you! Jump on and let us know if any questions come up!
University of Elk Hunting ONLINE COURSE / Re: UEH Cow Elk Section
« Last post by cohunter14 on March 25, 2020, 01:22:26 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up. I am getting the same error. I'll check with Corey and hopefully get this fixed. Thanks!
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Re: UEH Cow Elk Section by Wyo67
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Re: New to it all... by wapiti_will
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Re: Colorado 2020 archery hunt by Bruffolo135
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Re: New to it all... by trautman
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Re: UEH Cow Elk Section by cohunter14
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