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4th season Douglas/Baxter Pass

Im looking for advise on my 4th season cow hunt. I have a cow tag for units 21,30, but I'm an archery guy and have never hunted cows, or even bulls for that matter, this late. Not to mention I've never hunted in this area before. I live close by in Grand Junction and am hunting Nov 17-19. I have a friend (Mark Davies) who hase been a professional guid his whole life who has shared some info about this area. Although he has not spent much time hunting for elk in this area, he has spent much time there guiding lion hunts and has seen many elk down low, but this is in the coldest and snowiest time of year during lion season. I know there are a lot of elk in these units, but considering it's 4th season I'm looking for advise on elevations were they'll be and some info on the terrain I should be looking in (High timber or low scrub, deep canyons and draws or high ridges, etc...). I'm running lean on time, have only 1 day to devise a game plan... Any advise would be beneficial and mcuh appreciated. Thank you, ahead of time!

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there hasn't been enough snow yet

They'll be up high still.  Get out on a ridge with some good visibility and start glassing.  Elk can be hard to spot in the scrub oaks, but if they are moving they'll be very visible. 

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Thanks for the advise... We

Thanks for the advise... We killed our cows right at sun up this morning and made it back into town by noon! They were feeding over the top of the ridge we were driving along (7,200 ft.). We both got good 200 meter upper shoulder shots that dispatched them where they stood. What a muddy, greasy MESS, the roads were, I say!

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Congratulations on getting

Congratulations on getting your elk.

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Very nice!  Congrats!  If

Very nice!  Congrats!  If it's that easy to bag an elk, I'll have to keep those units in mind when I put in for a tag.... lol

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Easy

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

Very nice!  Congrats!  If it's that easy to bag an elk, I'll have to keep those units in mind when I put in for a tag.... lol

As you proably know it really isn't that easy but all the snow storms that we have gotten in the last week helped a whole lot.  The storms drove the elk lower and out into the open areas.  I know that the elk that I ended up with was on the move from the higher ground to mix into the herd around the Colorado River that I hunt. 

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C'mon now, you got yours by

C'mon now, you got yours by 11 AM, he got his by 10 AM, it's gotta be easy.  Don't be bashful about it.... Wink

 

 

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The last time that I did one

The last time that I did one like I did this year I paid for it the next year.  I took a running shot at one and knew that I had hit her.  I went over to where she was and there was blood on the ground.  I tracked her out about 2 miles down a draw and found and finished her off.  I had only clipped one of her front legs and quite possibly she would of made it through the winter but you never know.  I packed pieces of that elk until dark and went back in the next day to finish it off.  Sometimes you just can't win.

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That's the way to do it.  I

That's the way to do it.  I had to wait until 11am this morning to bag mine but she was only around 20' off of the wheeler road that we came in on.  I do have to agree that the roads were a mess today and I'm 150 miles to the east of where you are hunting. 

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Big Congrats !

You have got to love it when it works out easy. One way to really get spoiled as an elk hunter. Thumbs up

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I just read your postings about your elk hunt.  First let me say congrats.  Second--I was wondering if you could give me some advice.  I am heading up to hunt on baxter tomorrow morning and neither me or my friend have had time to scout.  What altitude were you guys seeing the most elk at.  My friend has a lot of experience with the unit but I have never even been there so any advice you could shoot my way would be very much appreciated.  Thanks and congrats again.

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