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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Colorado Big Game Brochure Now Available
« Last post by cohunter14 on February 15, 2020, 07:52:13 AM »

Here is one of the biggest changes for this year:

■ Most elk, deer, pronghorn and bear licenses not issued through the primary draw will now be made available in a secondary draw that is open to anyone, whether they applied for the primary draw or not.
■ There will no longer be a leftover draw.
■ Applicants must have a qualifying license to apply for the secondary draw.
■ The $7 resident and $9 nonresident application fees will apply per species for the secondary draw as well as the primary draw.
■ The secondary draw does not use preference points, and you cannot apply for preference points.
■ Secondary draw applications are accepted June 5July 7, 8 p.m. MT.
■ Any licenses remaining after the secondary draw (except for Ranching for Wildlife licenses) will be placed on the leftover list and available for purchase on leftover day, starting Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. MT.
■ Applications for both the primary and secondary draws are only available online or by phone.
■ NOTE: "Unsuccessful options" have been removed for the draw application process. A list of hunt codes eligible for the secondary draw will be posted online June 5. Over-the-counter unlimited licenses will be available for purchase starting Aug. 6 at 9 a.m.

See page 4 for more details on the secondary draw.
General Elk Hunting / 2020 Colorado Big Game Brochure Now Available
« Last post by cohunter14 on February 15, 2020, 07:45:32 AM »

The new Colorado Big Game Brochure is now available. Check it out here:

General Elk Hunting / Re: New to the forum
« Last post by TA2510 on February 15, 2020, 02:01:03 AM »
Welcome Hunt4em!!
General Elk Hunting / Re: New Guy
« Last post by TA2510 on February 15, 2020, 01:59:55 AM »
Welcome Doc :welcome:
I've been archery elk hunting mostly solo for about 7 years, 6 of those years I was able to put elk in the freezer with my bow in Idaho and Nevada. But, I'd never been able to seal the deal on a bull, Id called several in very close but it just didn't happen.
 I'm 60 so like Randy says I've got a lot more hunts in the rear-view than in front of me so I decided I needed to shorten the learning curve if I was going to fulfill my dream of getting a bull, so last spring I signed up for UEH and found a lot of information that I'd learned from experience, and a lot that I knew but it just "clicked' when I saw it on the course, so I took that information and some new tidbits that Id learned into the steep and deep of Idaho last fall.
 With a ton of hard work, and year round dedication I was able to get in close and call a nice Idaho 6x6 into 8 yards where he fell from a frontal shot. DIY, solo from the hunt to the packout. Great time.
 I'd say that this course is great if you're new to elk hunting and very useful even if you are a successful elk hunter, I learned a lot of things that I was able to add to my existing knowledge and I'm sure it played a role in my success.
 I'm a meat hunter and I think any elk is a trophy but we all dream of that nice bull I believe this course made me a better elk hunter.
Hunting Gear / Re: Best Frame to Just Haul Meat?
« Last post by sniperbait on February 14, 2020, 08:19:22 AM »
this >

I didnt realize how bad the Badlands pack was until I bought my Exo pack. The Badlands 2200 is really uncomfortable. There is no ventilation in the back area at all so its really hot. It is not adjustable at all, which really matters when hauling heavy loads. The shoulder straps and waist belt are kinda stiff/hard, not enough padding. I dont think the Badlands pack hauls heavy loads (meat) well at all. I dont like the meat shelf...it places the meat further away from your back, especially if you have other gear inside the pack. With the Exo, the meat packs tight to your back, much more comfortable and less chance of a back injury. The Exo also has a far superior frame design in general, it really does fit and move with your body. And I believe the 2 packs weigh roughly the same...so why not just always take the Exo? Ive packed out elk with the 2200, and I got it done, but for the cost of the 2200 plus another designated pack frame for hauling meat, you could probably be close to buying and Exo pack that you could use for a day pack, backpack hunts, and just hauling meat.

With all that said, I do respect the fact that we all have different perspectives and preferences regarding gear. Just giving my 2 cents.

If you dont want to take the pack on the Exo, you can get the meat hauler panel and just use that to haul the meat.
Hunting Gear / Re: What is your choice in bino cases?
« Last post by sniperbait on February 14, 2020, 08:16:33 AM »
I also have an Alaskan Guide Creation harness and I'm a big fan of it. Im able to keep my binos, rangefinder, and wind checker easily accessible.
Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Calling In Cows
« Last post by nclonghunter on February 13, 2020, 05:00:46 PM »
Just an observation from the last couple years. When a bull gets on a cow in heat and she has a calf, the calf will get booted out of the herd or the calf may not be able to keep up with its mom getting chased by a bull and was left behind. Either way they will make a repeated and loud call while moving through the woods. They are desperate to get back in the herd and find mamma. Learn that calf call/sound and you can bring in cows. Plus it's a good bet that a bull is in the area chasing a hot cow if you locate a calf running by itself calling.
One call I use to mimic the sound is the "Elk Reel". It's also a good call to mix in with adult cow sounds.
Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Florida archery buck
« Last post by nclonghunter on February 13, 2020, 04:43:15 PM »
That's an excellent Florida buck. Congrats on a close encounter harvest. Those ears are probably cut by those 3 lb skitters doing flybys.
Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Florida archery buck
« Last post by WW on February 13, 2020, 08:52:38 AM »
Notched ears?? Looks like he escaped from a cattle ranch. :mock: Congrats!
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