Seems to me the threads of people asking: which state, which unit, which spot, which trail to hunt are a dime dozen on webforums. No one is going to give up their honeyhole or at least very unlikely. But in the good spirit of hunters, people try to help. The most common response I see is Go Deep!
Like many others I am in the planning stage of a DIY elk hunt. I have narrowed my choice of units in CO to a few and will begin to pour over maps after this coming deer season. The hunt will be me and a friend backpack/camp during archery next fall.
Finally, my question. When people say go deep, get off the trail, how far is realistic? Obviously the father is probably better but realistically that is not always feasible. We for sure want to get away from as many other hunters as possible, and ideally get on elk that have felt very little human pressure. I was thinking a reasonable range for camp would be between 4-8 miles from the trail head. Is this unreasonable?