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General Elk Hunting / Re: New to it all...
« Last post by trautman 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.


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Hunt Planner / Re: First time Non Resident Montana Elk Hunt
« Last post by westbound on March 30, 2020, 10:43:43 AM »
The general elk tags are good for the whole state.  If you want to hunt one of the limited draw units you would need to apply for a permit to hunt in that unit in addition to getting a general elk tag.  The general elk tag isn't really that hard to get.  They give out 17000 to non-residents tags I think.  It would be hard to get a limited draw permit without points.  With that being said, pretty much all the units in SW Montana are open for the general elk tag.  There are plenty of elk in any of those units and plenty of public land.  There are also a lot of hunters and grizzly bears in some of those units as well.  We seem to be able to consistently find elk but it is getting harder every year to get away from other hunters.  Good luck where ever you choose. 
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General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado public land hunt
« Last post by cohunter14 on March 30, 2020, 07:51:18 AM »
The OTC Units are all available via a map in the Big Game Brochure. Check out pages 37-39 for the different maps for different hunts.
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General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado public land hunt
« Last post by Bowhunter1 on March 29, 2020, 07:58:10 PM »
Your Texas hunter education is good to go in Colorado.  Just bring it with you, buy a tag and do it.  You have plenty of time to study online. Good luck.
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General Elk Hunting / Colorado public land hunt
« Last post by bowfishtank401 on March 29, 2020, 06:53:10 PM »
Yo Me and my buddys are planning an elk hunt in Colorado what are things your supposed to do. I know you have to have hunter Ed , will my hunters Ed done in Texas work or do I have to do it again over there? Things like that, some of the stuff online is kinda confusing. I know about over the counter tags are only for certain zones but its still kinda fuzzy


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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 »
Thanks!
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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).
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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
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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?
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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:
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