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Location: Montana
Joined: 10/24/2006
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Advice on Elk hunting.

I agree completely with fuzzy, success shouldnt be booked by a harvest wich im sure wasnt the main intention. Most of my post was and is as a guide is to not only find game but to make the hunt as enjoyable and safe safe safe as i possibly can which sometimes goes against what the hunter likes to do or hear. My main point was that the rockies arent anything like the smokies out east and to be prepared physically and equipment and knowledge, glad to hear you have a drop hunt. Fzzy has some good advice, by looking at where he hails id say we probably have crossed the same ridges a time or two. But i realy wasnt trying to burst your bubble neener! Hope you have a great hunt!

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Location: Coeur D' Alene, ID
Joined: 01/04/2007
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Romey...thanks

To Romey:

I was really happy to see you weren't insulted or upset about anything that I said, and I surely wasn't trying to disrespect you....I was really worried I was going to burn a bridge to someone that obviously would be able to teach me a thing or two. One of my weak points in my profession is communicating constructive criticism to my peers, and it can carry over into other conversations as well.

I was actually really excited to find this forum, I'm super stoked that I get a chance to learn from mature and experienced hunters.

~Cam

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Location: Coeur D' Alene, ID
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Knives

p.s. The link to the knives you have on your posts....are they your design and make?

I dream of owning my own custom knife one day. Being as I'm newly married and only 25, I have priorities that precede spending that kind of money on a knife that is considered art work.

I couldn't handle seeing my hardware go into the hands of another man to grind on them with who knows what kind of power tools....so I started sharpening my own knives. Hundreds of hours later I have it down and can get a hair popping edge on my knives....hunting to kitchen to pocket.....the more i sharpen the more I respect gorgeous knives made of quality materials. This has lead me to the dream of working up to buying a piece of art blade that will cost me into the thousands of dollar range.

If those are your design....they are gorgeous and you do great work...for what its worth coming from an Idaho country boy.

~Cam

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Location: Kentucky
Joined: 12/14/2006
Posts: 21
Thanks

I would like to thank everyone on there advice. By using this site it has helped me greatly on planning our elk hunt. I know that the odds of us killing a large bull is very slim but experiencing the wilderness with my boys will out way everything else. Thumbs up

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Location: Kentucky/ Colorado
Joined: 06/23/2005
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Advice on Elk hunting.

doublej, I hope you and your boys have a great hunt and create memories that will last a lifetime. Please keep us posted on how it all turns out.

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Location: Southern NH
Joined: 09/13/2006
Posts: 379
flat tops

The Flattops Wilderness Area will be a great place to hunt. I have hunted a little in the Marvine Lakes/Ute Creek area but have only done day hunts so we weren't able to get too far back in. We don't have horses and you can only go so far on foot. I saw two nice bulls through binoculars (picked the wrong drainage to hunt that day) and I don't think the crowds will be as thick as they are north of the White River. As a fellow "flatlander" I would recommend getting in shape early. The altitude will suck the life right out of your legs unless you're in shape. I was too busy at work this year and didn't do enough leg work and by day two my legs were fried. Still gotta hunt hard though, even with sore legs. Not much you can do about the altitude other than "suck it up". I get a headache for the first day or two then I'm fine. Drink plenty of water all day long. Dehydration can be a big problem. Read all the books you can on elk hunting and believe about half of it. Just because the guy wrote a book doesn't mean it's gospel but you will get some good information. Do a lot of looking on the Colorado DOW website. There's some pretty good information there, especially the game maps in the NDIS system. The system is a little clunky but there's some good information in there once you get the hang of it. Here's a link:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/GMUnitMaps.htm

Here's a link on some good info for first-timers to CO:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/ResourcesTips/

Which outfitter have you booked with? You may want to inquire on specific areas where they will most likely set you up. It's big country and someone on here might be able to give you some more specific advise. I'm looking forward to taking my boys hunting out west in about five to seven years. Maybe sooner.

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Location: Kentucky
Joined: 12/14/2006
Posts: 21
Advice on Elk hunting.

I'm hunting with Bar H outfitters out of Meeker. I've talked to people that used them in 05 & 06 and could not find any thing bad. I spoke with people that were had taken Elk and those that did'nt. The over all harvest rate is 82% and everbody I talked with had an opertunity but either passed up hoping for a bigger bull or missed the elk. The drop camp is about 4.5 hrs back by hourse back and is at around 9,000 ft.

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Location: michigan
Joined: 01/11/2007
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Advice on Elk hunting.

Nice original post fuzzy. I wish I had those game stats under my belt![/b]

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Location: Montana
Joined: 10/24/2006
Posts: 448
Re: Knives
fuzzyballs44 wrote:
p.s. The link to the knives you have on your posts....are they your design and make?

I dream of owning my own custom knife one day. Being as I'm newly married and only 25, I have priorities that precede spending that kind of money on a knife that is considered art work.

I couldn't handle seeing my hardware go into the hands of another man to grind on them with who knows what kind of power tools....so I started sharpening my own knives. Hundreds of hours later I have it down and can get a hair popping edge on my knives....hunting to kitchen to pocket.....the more i sharpen the more I respect gorgeous knives made of quality materials. This has lead me to the dream of working up to buying a piece of art blade that will cost me into the thousands of dollar range.

If those are your design....they are gorgeous and you do great work...for what its worth coming from an Idaho country boy.

~Cam

Cam, I wasnt offened at all like I said much of what you said i completely agree with and if i sounded overly stern with warnings its because i have been on several search and rescue teams pulling hunters out of areas where they got in a bind. As for the knives, yes they are soley my design and make by hand,the steel starts out as round bar and forged into blades and the handles, fittings made by hand as well by me. I do my best to make them show peice quality and tough for very rugged use.

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