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Archery Elk anyone?

Well, I have been out the last 3 Saturdays Archery Elk hunting. I have put on an average of 6 miles per day and still have not seen an elk. I have been getting closer since I have seen fresh sign only hours old. I have my rifle hunting coming up in a few weeks, hope I have better lunck.

I had 2 mulie buck in velvelt feeding 12 yards in front of me this past weekend, but no tag!!

Any suggestions on how to find these elusive elk? How did everyone else make out?

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Bummer about the bucks.  Did

Bummer about the bucks.  Did you opt not to buy a tag, or is it a draw zone for deer, and you didn't get one that way?

I am seriously considering changing plans for next year and doing an archery hunt for deer and elk versus rifle.  I would have to get alot better with the bow, expand my range about 20 yards, but I might be able to swing it.

Keep us updated.  Hopefully you will stick one soon, assuming there is some season left.  If not, then good luck in rifle!

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No idea where you're

No idea where you're hunting?

 

I did good. I got my cow with a primitive Hawken rifle during ML season. It took 8 days to get close enough for a shot, but my freezer is full now.

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Right now there is so much

Right now there is so much feed and water out there for the elk that it can be quite a challenge to get close to one.  I have had a few cows within range but I want a bull so I haven't taken a shot yet. 

Vermonster: if I was you I would stick with the rifle tag.  The archery elk success rate is only around 12% where I believe that the rifle success rate in in the 30% range.  This year has been a hard one for some hunters here in Colorado.  I had a friend that was out muzzle loader hunting elk for the last week.  Now this is a hunter that has access to private property and in 7 days he only found a couple of bulls and no cows which he had a tag for.  Also this is one of the types of hunters that usually always gets his elk every year.  After talking to him last night I feel lucky getting into the cows that I have. 

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I wish they offered an either

I wish they offered an either sex tag in my unit. I had lots of shots on bulls. I found the cows hard to get close to. Too many eyes looking for danger.

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I have drawn a 2nd rifle deer

I have drawn a 2nd rifle deer tag. Could I have also put in for an archery deer tag or is it one or another?

I have a 1st season either sex Elk tag. I will take a cow if thats what presents itself 1st.

Been seeing quite a few mule deer.

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Thanks.  I will probably end

Thanks.  I will probably end up doing that anyway, considering I have never harvested anything with a bow, and it's been a long time with any weapon.  I gotta have the best chance to fill my freezer. 

There is just something appealing about being int he woods during the elk rut.  Bugling, cow calling, it sounds pretty fun.  Maybe I can get a hunt or 2 with rifle under my belt, and then worry about archery a couple of years down the line.

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Remington...............No,

Remington...............No, you couldn't get both rifle and archery tags for public land. That would be two A tags. 

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Ahhhhh, I figured as much.

Ahhhhh, I figured as much. Thanks for the info. With so many of these mulies running around I am surprised they don't up it up more.

I am sure they they count numbers and manage them as seen fit. I hope I see this many during rifle.

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brown down

Got me a little five point bull on the 6th. There was a heavy overcast and nice light drizzle of rain. I was on one of about twenty little cedar ridges overlooking a big drainage. I knew that one elk was coming up this spot but until this day he had been going through in the dark. I saw him comming but wasn't sure if he would come up one of these ridges or go all the way up the drainage. What do I do, I think about dropping into the drainage to get a shot as he comes by but if he takes a ridge before he gets to me I will never see him again. If I stay high and he stays low I wont be able to cross these ridges fast enough to keep up with him. What should I do, he's getting closer, what do I do? I decide to keep my elevation and if he walks past my ridge I will try to cow call to him. Calls don't work well in this area this early in the year but I got to try. He goes out of sight below my ridge so i'm waiting for him to walk out on the other side and as soon as I see him I'll call. Nothing, where did he go? No way for him to get out without me seeing him. Then I see it, to my left twenty yards below me on my ridge, horns going through the trees. The trail takes him over to the ridge straight across from me. He never knew I was there, fifty yards double lung pass thru and he was done in about eighty yards. The pack was easy, only about five hundred yards to the truck. He is already home in the freezer and the steaks are good. Good luck on you're hunt.

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A big congrats Stepup!!!  Did

A big congrats Stepup!!!  Did you post a report and photos in the elk section?  If not, throw one up, and maybe even expand a little and submit it as a story.  We love to hear about the success of everyone on this site.

I want to see some photos!!!! Wink

 

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