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1st time Elk Hunter

Hi all,

Been lurking on here for a while and thought I woudl post up. I recently moved to Colorado and woudl like to take advantage of the big game opportunities out here. I've been a fanatical bird hunter for 30 years but have never tried big game. I

I'm going to put in for a cow tag for GMU 4 and 5 up by Steamboat. I've been studying the DOW's Elk Hunting University online info and the harvest stats. Those units seem like a good bet. I'm just looking for a meat hunt and thought by putting in for a cow in the ML season I'd have a good chance.

I want to start scouting now (as least as long as the snow is light) but am hoping to get some input from those who have hunted that area or any other suggestions. If anyone wants company on their hunt and would be willing to teach a newb a few lessons in hunting big game I'd welcome the opportunity. Thanks and good hunting!

Utah

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Location: Canon City, Colorado
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I cannot help you with that

I cannot help you with that area as I never hunted that those units but wanted to say welcome to Colorado and good luck on drawing a tag and your hunt. Looks like you have done some of your home work and have a good chance of drawing a tag. The new regs should be out about mid Feb and due in by 03 April. Let us know how it goes.

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Good choices

Those are some good choices for a newby as the terrain isn't too rough, there's good road access, plenty of elk and a good mix of aspen and timber, which all add up to a high success rate

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Thanks

I appreciate the comments; it's good to know  I'm at least in right spot. After bird hunting for so many years I can just look at a spot and know if it looks "birdy." This big game pursuit is a whole new ball of wax. Biggest part for me right now is getting in shape and losing weight. 8 months isn't that far off. Thanks again for the help!

Utah

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welcome

Utah wrote:

I appreciate the comments; it's good to know  I'm at least in right spot. After bird hunting for so many years I can just look at a spot and know if it looks "birdy." This big game pursuit is a whole new ball of wax. Biggest part for me right now is getting in shape and losing weight. 8 months isn't that far off. Thanks again for the help!

Utah

Welcome.  You are very wise to get into peak physical condition. I can't stress getting into shape enough when I hear of someone wanting to hunt elk in the high country for the first time.  You will be thankful you did.  It pays off. Yes

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In time the spots will look

In time the spots will look elky to you.  Yes

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