Another non-resident and myself are looking to bowhunt in units 23 and 24 (White River or Routt NF). Can anyone tell me if we need to apply for licenses or buy them online or even bowhunt on public land in these units?
Gonna have to help out a bit more. When are you planning on hunting? Next year I hope... b/c I pretty sure there are no tags left for this year. Archery is long over, and though you can use a bow during rifle seasons, they look to be all out of leftover tags as well! (shows only private land tags still avail)
We plan on bowhunting next September. Do we need to apply for a limited license to hunt in Unit 23 or 24? Or can we by an OTC license before the season starts after the April deadline? I'm a little confused still about which units require a limited license after looking at the DOW site.
For 23 & 24 they are limited so you will ned to apply. They are pretty popular units so you probably will not have a chance for any leftovers in there.
Of course our season license structuresa re changing a bit next year I would suggest that you request the bruchure and everything else you can from the DOW and then you will get them as soon as they come out.
Archery season is over and the elk are becoming gun-shy.
I've been living in Colorado for about 4 years and have just cracked the code on how to put in for draw tags. It can cost you an arm and a leg for non-residency tags and even then you are not guaranteed to score.
The areas you are looking at are pretty good for elk, but I would look at putting a tag in for Buena Vista and Salida area as well.
Archery season starts fairly early, put in for your draw area no later than the 1st of April.
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...