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Advice on 4th season with all the snow Colorado is getting

I have never hunted 4th season and with all the snow now does anyone have tips on how to deal with it and how can I use it to my advantage? Will be hunting unit 28. Thanks everyone.

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Snow Shoes, dry socks

I'm in the Army and got back from Afghanistan. Try and keep your feet as dry as possible. There is nothing worse than sitting some where for a while and having cold feet.

Snow shoes: I was thinking the same thing as well and was eyeballing some snow shoes that you and D-clip onto your pack if the snow isn't that thick. You can get gators too,

Socks: Bring several changes of socks. If your feet do get wet and you still find yourself trudging several miles once you pause, try and change your socks. Dry feet are happy feet.

Dress in layers. You don't want to sweat too much. If you find yourself sweating abundantly... unzip your jacket or loose a layer. The last thing you want is to get hypothermia in the middle of no-where.

Good luck, and have fun.

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Advice on 4th season with all the snow Colorado is getting

New2Elk, good luck! We're also headed out 4th season and looking forward to having snow on the ground! Last couple/few years even in 4th season we've had little to no snow.

When fresh and powdery a nice new layer of snow can assist greatly. You can see where other hunters have recently been (and not been!), glass for tracks at longer distances, makes for spotting animals easier with higher contrast, etc, etc.

As army guy said, layers and dry feet are a must. Stay away from cotton - especially base layers against the skin! Stick with polypro or under armour cold gear undergarments, sock and glove liners, and again take OFF layers so you dont prespire within your base layers - damp clothing against skin = cold regardless of top layers worn.

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Advice on 4th season with all the snow Colorado is getting

Thanks. hope you all have a great hunt too. We went up yesterday and did some scouting, don't look very promising not all that much snow yet, and sounds like lots of warm weather headed our way. The hunters we talked to that where out hunting now, 3rd season, not seeing much and did'nt see much sign at all. Hope for snow and a elk to make a wrong move I guess.

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Advice on 4th season with all the snow Colorado is getting

Thanks for the update! 10 day forecast is showing snow in the Gunnison area Monday through Weds next week (where we'll be headed) . We can only hope!!

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Advice on 4th season with all the snow Colorado is getting

One thing if the snow is deep enough for you to need snow shoes the animals will be long gone down the hill.

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