6 replies [Last post]
808bowhunter's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/18/2010
Posts: 7
best timing of elk archery hunt

My friend and I are headed to Colorado this september for elk archery season.  We are planning on a two week long trip backpacking deep into the South san juan wilderness. We wanted to hit the peak of the rut but were also concerned about pressure and the moon phase.  We are debating on going for the season opener with a new moon waxing, or the last two weeks with a big moon waning. The last two weeks would get us more into rutting activity I am guessing but also over laps our first week with muzzle load season.  

If anyone has some advice as what might be our best bet to filling our tags it would be appreciated.  Also any advice on the South San Juan Wilderness would be nice. We dont want to hike deep and run into an outfitters camp.  We have a couple canyons and creeks picked out but are open to suggestions. Also thinking about renting a pack horse.

Thanks

exbiologist's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/19/2008
Posts: 2399
I've never worried about moon phases

Worry about length of daylight, that's what triggers the elk hormones, and if you're going for two weeks (pace yourself), then yes, muzzleloader through the end of archery.  Even better would be to go from the Monday of muzzleoader season through the end of archery.

808bowhunter's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/18/2010
Posts: 7
Thanks for the info. that is

Thanks for the info. that is what I wanted to hear.  I was leaning towards the last two week hoping on getting a little cold weather and get the rut going. A few people were telling me I had to beat the pressure of muzzleloaders, but was planning on getting in deep to get away from too many hunters.  

numbnutz's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: portland,oregon
Joined: 09/06/2007
Posts: 3058
I would have to agree with

I would have to agree with exbio on this, if this coming season is anything like last season then the last 2 weeks would be best, I didnt hunt in Colorado but in Oregon the rut didnt get into full swing till the last week of our season. That seemed to be the case through out the west. most reports of heavy bugleing didnt come till almost the first week of October. Good luck with whatever you choose to do, come back and tell us how you did.

Topgun 30-06's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Allegan, MI
Joined: 12/11/2010
Posts: 695
The rut was very weird out in

The rut was very weird out in northcentral Wyoming last year also.  Normally we are really into it big time the last half of September for bow hunting.  Last year the animals were all in big bunches and there was minimal bugling and very little sign that they wanted to breed.  Then when the rifle season opened the second week of October it appeared the rut was all done and the bulls were starting to go off to themselves.  Many feel that it's easier to call in a big bull before the rut really gets into full swing when he is still looking to build up his harem.  Others like to wait until the rut is really going and it is definitely easier to hear them bugling a lot, but it's almost impossible to get a bull away from his cows and normally a lot of satellite bulls will come in and get shot that time of year.  One thing for sure, if I was going into the rugged country you are talking about it would be with at least one and probably two mules or horses to do a lot of the work, especially bring out an animal if you are lucky enough to connect.

808bowhunter's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/18/2010
Posts: 7
Sounds good. Finally we got

Sounds good. Finally we got our camping spots lined up on google earth and now the exact dates. Just gotta get in solid shape and practice shooting.  Cant wait to go, first backcountry hunt and archery for elk.  Trying to do as much research as we can to fill at least one tag.

I will let you know how it goes, win or lose.

Topgun 30-06's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Allegan, MI
Joined: 12/11/2010
Posts: 695
You will have a blast whether

You will have a blast whether you fill your tag or not.  There is nothing like getting out there with bugling bulls screaming their heads off during the rut!  Good luck to ya and be safe out there!!!

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
good timingexbiologist1110/27/2011 20:44 pm
Need information for Archery Cow Elk Hunt in ColoradoBS23R1307/07/2008 06:10 am
Experience in CO GMU 78redfletch1009/16/2010 23:01 pm
What timing with the rain !!bearklr910/06/2010 14:12 pm
NM Archery Elk hunt 5000.00 price loweredRockn9858107/28/2009 17:40 pm