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And the Elk win Again...

I am a longbow archer and am in withdrawals from elk season being over.  This is my second year Elk hunting and this year I saw my first elk (8 to be exact), but I can't help thinking that I could still be in a better spot.  I hunted wilderness in unit 43 near Snowmass between 9000 and 11000 ft.  The entire time I was out, I didn't hear a peep but did get within about 50 yards of a big cow.  I even had a shot, but she jumped the string and I missed right behind her.  Being in withdrawals, I am already doing research on my next hunt.  I live in colorado now, but didn't grow up here so I don't have any experienced hunters to teach me where to go and I am a grad student and so don't really have the cash for a prearranged hunt.  Has anyone used the different hunt statistics services?  I feel like if they were done well they could be useful, especially if they talked about specific spots in units, but if done poorly, they could just be a waste of money.  I am not a trophy hunter and would just be excited to see more elk and have some good opportunities to take home some meet for the dinner table (my wife would probably appreciate it too).  Any ideas or tips to put me in the right direction for next year would be great.

Thanks,

Aaron

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Yeah, I used Exbiologist data

Yeah, I used Exbiologist data services with good results. Following his secret spot put me into elk last year. Give it a try, very inexpensive. Good luck Thumbs up

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I'll second that

The site that Ex built and his data are very helpful. He has a lot of info packed into his spreadsheet and breaks it down by unit, hunt and prey. His "Honey Holes" are also very good, even though I was dismayed to see my own secret area listed in there... In case you don't have it, the website is www.westernhuntingdata.com

Well worth the small investment.

 

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Thanks, I did take a look at

Thanks,

I did take a look at his site and it looked great.  I just wondered if others have had success using the data.  Thanks for the input and I will have to give it a try.

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Thanks for the plugs guys. 

Thanks for the plugs guys.  And a customer of mine did take a bull in one my spots in 43 this year.

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Yeah the elk beat me down

Yeah the elk beat me down during archery season.  I had an anterless tag and I had a real nice 5x5 come into 25 yards and never knew I was there.  I did ot see alot durning bow season which was deprerssing.  But I plan on getting back them durning gun season.....deer too.

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Isn't that how it always

Isn't that how it always works?  You have one tag, and a great animal that you can't shoot comes in and gives you a perfect shot..... lol

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I had a slow season as well,

I had a slow season as well, next year i think I'm gonna use EX's service just for more research material.

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Yeah the way my luck has gone

Yeah the way my luck has gone this year I will see all does and cows from here on out...all the buklls and bucls will stay well hidden from the .338.  They can run and hide but I am very deteremied to get even with them for having that bull walk in on me durning bow season!

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In case you aren't a believer

In case you aren't a believer yet... you can't beat exbio's knowledge of game populations around the west. He knows more about game in the west than any single person I know. I respect his opinion on any big game hunting topic. You will definitely up your odds by looking into his services.