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Location: California
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3rd season solo elk

I will be hunting solo during the 3rd season for elk in Colorado seeking advice on the habits of elk during this time. I usually hunt the 4th season in unit 23 for cow elk. So if any one is willing to share your experience and knowledge I would appreciate your help. Thanks for your help.

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Welcome to CO for the hunt. I too will be out there in 23 for the 3rd season. The movement of the elk is going to depend on the weather. I have been trying to figure out how much snow has fallen on the flat tops and it looks like a couple of feet to this point. If it is sticking or not it may start to push them down the valleys from the flat tops. Should be a great season and as always a blast. Good luck

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3rd season solo elk

Thanks for the reply Footman. I usually hunt the Oak Ridge SWA it has been good for cow elk, but no cow tags avalible for the 3rd season. It is going to rain here in Cal tomorrow and tue so hopefully that will meen snow for Co.

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3rd season solo elk

We will be there as well at Oak Ridge SWA. We will be camping out over near Buford. The report is for snow Wed and the up coming weekend. Not sure on the amounts but it is a good sign. At this point It really is going to depend on the Flat tops and what they have recieved. I will be heading out on Wed. to set up camp and start scouting a bunch of different areas including Oak Ridge. I have some buddies heading out from Kansas as well. If you want to meet up with us you are welcome to.

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3rd season solo elk

Are you going to be at Bufords camping or at a public camp ground. I will be out there Wed/Thur I drive a silver Dodge.

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Location: ALABAMA
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Just got back from 12 just north of 23 and the snow has pushed alot of elk down lower. We had success but the general concensus was that things have been slow in 23. Carl at Ute lodge caped our bulls for us and said that the few bulls he had seen so far were smallish. Maybe the little warm up toward the end of the week will let them filter back up toward you. I would suggest you take a look around the south of Sleepy Cat and toward County road 8 if things are slow in 23.

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Thanks for the info snowman. I was thinking about a few other places like isles grove, Jensen SWA and up around sawmill mountain as well. any info on those areas? I will be staying in the camping area in Oak Ridge south of Lake Avery. I will be in a silver Tundra.

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Sorry, can't help you with those, but since you're near Lake Avery check out Log Springs and Patison Park. Also, one of our guys saw a great bull late on our last day up above what they call "Payloader Park" If that helps. I dont have a map with me today but I believe that is off of FS280 almost due south of Sleepy Cat peak.

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Payloader Park?

I think I know where you're talking about when you say "Payloader Park". It's not on any map. There is an old abandoned piece of construction equipment just off 280, looks like an old dozer to me. Is that where you're talking about? Pattison Park is usually pretty good. That whole area gets hit really hard and it can be hard to find elk in the later seasons. I would also suggest up 273 on Ellison Mountain. Look for fresh sign. If you don't find any, move on. There are some other good areas off 280 but that part of the mountain is really steep. Another good area to check out is Fawn Creek off of 280. Really steep valleys but I've seen a few tracks crossing the road there. I've never hunted Oak Ridge but I've heard some shooting down there. We've aleays hunted up higher rather than hunt the SWA. If you really want to see some elk, check out the field along the road going up to the Marvine Lakes trailhead around sunset. Private ranch just loaded with elk. Too bad you can't hunt them. Good luck fellas.

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That's it. He was hunting above there in the dark timber. Good spot. If I were to go to Fawn creek I'd take the east fork. The terrain is tough but its a good place.

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We hunted that area for 12 years. We tried a different area this year because we weren't happy with the numbers of animals we were seeing. It's been really hit or miss. The last few years we've seen very few animals. We hunted third season for the last 8 or so years. Sounds like second might be a little better. A few feet of snow will definitely clear out some of the hunters, though.

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