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Area 11 first rifle season elk

Ok, so I'm new to the elk stuff and my bro-in-law and I drew 1st season elk in area 11 (under the guidance of his cousin who hunts there in December...hmpf) and I was hoping someone had some idea of where/how to at least get a shot at ANY elk. I'm an experienced West River SD deer/antelope hunter but this is my first rodeo with elk. Anything is helpful!

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Area 11 first rifle season elk

There isn't much in common with the Ponderosa covered West River/Black Hills and elk hunting in the oakbrush/aspens, etc of western Colorado. Unit 11 is better in the later seasons as it is mostly winter range. But there are a few higher spots that you may want to try to get to. Specifically Cross Mountain and the Citadel Palteau. Might also try Pinyon Ridge or Colorow Mountain. If it were me and I wasn't worried about hunter pressure I'd head towards Cross Mountain. If I was looking to escape the people, I'd head towards Windy Gulch WSA.

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Area 11 first rifle season elk

Exbiologist: Thank you for the intel, much appreciated! Thumbs up

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