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Archery Elk Colorado

Ok, guys this will be my first year hunting in Colorado.  I just moved up from AZ.  I am looking into buying a new bow for archery elk season 2010.  I had a few questions I was hoping you could all answer or give advice.

1. It looks as though the archery elk season starts at the end of Aug.  My question is, are all units over the counter for Archery or are they also draw units? Do I need a bowhunter safety course as well as a hunter safety course?  I have a month and a half to get prepared.

 

2. I am looking to purchase a new bow.  Here is the issue I am having.  I can buy a mid level package deal bow such as the PSE"bowmadness xs" or a QUEST "hammer" for around 600$-700$ ready to shoot including release and arrows.

     I have also been thinking of going all out for a mathews "DXT" or "Z7" but that set up will put me close to the 1200$ range.  At this time I am unsure if there bows are woth the extra money seeing all these bows are totally capable of hunting with for years to come.  I know the saying you get what you pay for, but I am having a hard time choosing. Any advice is welcome. 

Another thing to think about is that I had my girlfriend shooting a bow for the first time yesterday.  She is addicted and may want to try hunting next year.  I may have to buy her one by next year or pass mine down and upgrade.  Again, any advice is welcome

Last but not least, what is the best setup for Archery elk hunting? 

Arrow weight? Broadhead(fixed, expandable)? Broadhead weight?  kenetic energy required?

 

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We've been over this a couple of times now

Page 26 of your regs book, only the OTC archery units are OTC.  It's similar to the OTC rifle list, minus the Flat Tops and Bear's Ears and Gunnison Basin. 

I wouldn't bowhunt for my first elk hunt unless you also plan to buy a cow license for a rifle season.  Bowhunting's great for a long season, and if you are actually going to hunt more than two weekends (which you've got for 2nd and 3rd rifle season), go for it.  But also get a rifle tag.

Put the money into scouting trips if you want to be successful. You've missed half the summer, still have another month and a half.  Get out there, worry about equipment later if it is serviceable now.  I love guns and hunting gear too, and it's one thing we feel we can control, but you need to worry about where you are going hunting now. 

You may not even know the girl next year, so don't worry about equipping her.  Let her tag along, see if she really wants to do this.

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All you need for hunter safty

All you need for hunter safty is one unless you haven't gotten one yet.  Also on your bow if you have one now and know how it shoots don't change for now.  As Ex said you need to get out there into the hills and find the elk.  You only have a month left to do it in and if you only have weekends to do it it may take all the time from now until the hunt opens.  Granted there are a lot of elk here in Colorado but there is a lot of country for them to hide it.  I would also just let your girl friend tag along and see how she likes it.  I had one that hated the up and downs of hiking not to mention how she felt when it came time to clean an elk.  For an arrow I am shooting a set up that is just over 400 grains witch includes a 125 grain broadhead and my bow is set at 70 lbs. 

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Pretty much the opther guy

Pretty much the opther guy hit on kost and all is great info.  As far as tjhe bows you listed I have shot them all.  I would go with the Quest or the Z7.  I have a buddy that shoots the Quest so I get to shoot it alot.  Super quite and smooth drawing, may be faster biows out there but speed is not everything.  If you have the money to burn the Z7 is a great bow quite, fast and a light hold bow, no recoil, no hand shock.  If I was not a fan of Hoyt I would go with the Z7.  But my Katera and me get along to well to switch.  Good luck in your choice and have a great time chasing elk!

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OK guys, I started a new job

OK guys, I started a new job and have been extremely busy so no scouting as of yet.  I did manage to buy a QUEST "smoke" and extremely happy with how smooth, quiet and how little vibration it has.  I am shooting carbon express "maheim's" 350's with blazer vanes.

I need to get out scouting ever weekend until the season opener.  Does anyone have an over the counter archery unit they would recommend? I am not looking for secret spots, just a starting point since I am new to the area.

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How far are you willing to

How far are you willing to drive ? If I remeber right you are on the Eastern Slope. Think

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I kive in littleton, willing

I live in littleton, willing to travel up to 3 hours,

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What do you guys think of

What do you guys think of units 28, 35, 36?

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Unit 35 is tough due to the

Unit 35 is tough due to the private but can be done.  I've hunted 36 a little up on Red Table Mountain out of Avon  and off of Vail Pass but depending on when you go hunting up there the crowds can be a little bit on the heavy side.   

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This year I would like to try

This year I would like to try archery season.  Aug 28th start.  Will I be facing the crowds?

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The last time that I was up

The last time that I was up there during archery season was 15 years ago and there were quite a few campers.  You have to figure with archery season starting the weekend before Labor Day you will have a lot of hunters that week up until after Labor Day.  But the same thing holds true for just about anywhere. 

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