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CO Archery Elk Season

Well we started out this season like we(me, my brother, and dad) usualy do, packing our bags and doing our last minute checks on our bows. We hiked from my dads house which is bordering BLM public lands in unit 47. After hiking with our packs for about 2.5 miles we reached our camp, Which was slightly lower in elevation from our planned camp that the bears got into last weekend. It sat at about 8300 ft. Kind of low for early season archery but great for the last few weekends of September.

Waking up about 5am we left camp and headed up for a few miles scouting. There was not a whole lot of fresh sign in the area and after marching to 9500 ft and back we decided to leave the camp until later in the season. Returning home that evening.

Sunday came around and and we were off to a late start. My dad decided not to go so it was my brother and I. We went as high as we could. After scoping an old logging road at about 11500ft We ran into a huge meadow with a watering hole and creek flowing down. Some weather blew in and we decided to sit on each side of the draw until it let off. We never did see anything come into the area. Waiting untill almost dark to head back to the truck, we circled back the opposite way and ran up on a steaming pile of Bull crap. The bull stayed in the dark timber on top of the ridge and we never even knew he was there.

The first weekend was very dry and noisy to walk untill we got that light rain sunday afternoon. We never got into a whole lot of sign down low and what we did find up high was spread out and mostly in timber. I'm not working today so we're heading out this afteroon when my brother gets off work a little early. First weekend is usually a lull anyways I can't wait untill the cold weather comes and they start to bugle.

I hope everyone had as good a time as we did opening weekend, I'll be updating this through out the year but my camera isn't taking good pictures for some reason.

Oh I almost forgot my aunt got a small buck in Unit 33 the first day. She hasn't taken an animal in a few years so shes pretty excited.

Pictures to follow.

View from camp.

Saturday 9500ft

Sunday meadow we sat on each side.

Walking back to the truck.

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I walked the entire weekend and didn't see any elk in my normal areas as well. It was pretty warm Saturday where we are in GMU50 as well. I did get a big 200lb doe that tied me over for the rest of the weekend though. I'll be hitting it hard starting tomorrow for the rest of the week. We have rain everyday in the forecast for the next week!! Hope you get some up your way as well. Good luck...

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Can't wait till I get my first crack at the deer come muzzy season in less than two weeks. My bro is archery hunting the same unit that I'm muzzy hunting but wasn't able to get out opening weekend due to my grand parents 50th aniversary. He's taking the two days off of school to make up for it though...

Keep the updates and photos coming man. Those of us who aren't in season yet love living vicariously through ya.

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Well I planned on having great news and posting some great pictures but honestly its been quite the opposite. We have hunted hard tried every spot I know in the area and to no avail we still havnt seen any elk. A few bears and a racoon in a telephone pole. We havn't even seen a mule deer in the area while hunting. Every hunter I have talked to is saying the same thing. NO ELK very little sign that is spread out and no bugles. The camera got to heavy so I left it behind most the trips into the woods.

It snowed on us up top this weekend and we got a heavy frost for a few days. I'm trying to stay optomistic but I think theres a problem with the elk heard in the area or lack there of. All we've seen is people on motorcycle's using trails that are for horses only. Nothing beats hiking in somewhere 3 miles and gettin setup then having 10 dirtbikes blaze up the trail right past you not even paying the no motorized vehicles signs any attention. I have also found atleast 5 dead spike bulls from last year and a few other dead cows. This leads me to believe we had too rough a winter.

I'm gonna try a new area in the unit next to 47. If anyone has seen any elk in the aspen area I would love to hear where. I have put a lot of time and money into this years hunt and hiked almost as far as my knees will let me. I have about 2 weeks to pull this years hunt together. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Here's a picture I took this weekend. The only wildlife I could snap a picture at. He was having a worse day then we were I suppose.

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Hang in there man... It's all about putting time in the woods and it's sounds like you have done that and then some. I bet you'll be rewarded.

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Afternooner

Well I just got back from an afternoon hunt, and getting pretty soaked. We got quite a bit of rain today, almost too much for my little 2wd s10. After taking my time up the muddy road I came to one of my hunting spots. I sat and glassed untill about 7:00. I saw a big 5x5 mule deer at about 10 yards. He would have been meat on the table if i had a deer tag for this unit.

Returning to my truck I saw 2 of those familar yellow spots on the hillside. I took out my bushnells and sure enough there were 2 cows about 150 yards away in the rocks. I called a few times and they looked at me and bedded down in the field. It was too late to make a stalk or i would have tried. I plan on going back there first thing in the morning. With all this rain and them bedding down I dont think they'll go far.

These are the first animals I have seen while hutning this season . I pretty pumped up about tomarow mornings hunt. Hopefully it will be a succesful hunt. Thumbs up

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So how did you do? did you find those cows this morning?

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Well...

Life seems to throw us in different directions. When I awoke yesterday morning I started to walk out toawards my truck. I noticed a trail of trash all the way too the tailgate, then saw my snack box tore open. A bear had got into the back of my Chevy s10 and had a midnight snack of my snack box.

After cleaning the mess up it started to storm pretty bad. The road we travel to hunt gets sloppy when it rains so we ended up not going up yesterday. Todays the day and we're headed up in a little while after this sun dry's out some of the mud.

It's been cold and wet these last couple days so hopefully the animals will be moving around a little more today. My trigger fingers getting itchy I think today might be the day. I'll let you know how it goes when we return.

Here's a picture out of my back door. This field is covered in elk during 2nd rifle season but none to be found during archery. Luckily where I live borders lots of public BLM and I can practicly walk out my back door to hunt.

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At last...

Saturday started out a little slow. My brother "forgot to set his alarm clock". and was a couple hours late to my house. I decided to head up the road ahead of him and meet up with my brother after the morning hunt. The weather is getting more favorible and we've had a sudden drop in tempatures and even the first snows of the year.

On the drive up saturday I spotted 6 cows on some private property. They were feeding on the edge of the field. I snapped a picture then headed up the road. It was raining a bit saturday morning as I started up the trail. I was trying to be really quit but still managed to spook a large 4x4 mule deer drinking from a stream. I also saw a doe on the way back to the truck. I met up with my brother and we decided to try a neighboring unit. The elk are the small yellow dots in the far field.

We parked at a local trail head and hiked a short distance to a local lake. The country was quite beatiful and a nice change hunting grounds. We saw lots of sign and heard a bull bugling like crazy off in the distance. Calling it quits we walked back to the truck and ended up a little further down then we expected. I managed to break the fiberoptics off of my pins on saturday. Sunday morning I put a new set of sights on the bow and sighted it in and not hunting that afternoon.


Weller Lake

I decided to take a drive this afternoon up to our normal hunting area and managed to get myself caught in a snow storm. After slip sliding my way back down the mountain i went back to my house. Later on I was arguing how far 200yards was with my little brother and stepped out back and saw a nice 6x6 bull and 4 cows in the field next to my house. I tried a quik stalk on him above the field and had the bull charging me at one point, but his cows went in the other direction and he shortly followed.

The animals are finally down to where im used to hunting them and plan on going back out after work tomarow. This bull was pretty nice hopefully I can get within range before sunday closeing. I'm just excited to finally see some animals moving. Thumbs up

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Get after em! Awesome to look out your door and see a bull of that class! Good luck and keep pics coming!

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We went out yesterday after I got off work. A buddy of mine and my two brothers tagged along for this trip to call. There was 4 of us total( 2 hunters, 2 callers). After making our way up the ridge we found a spot to sit down and start glassing. At about 6:00 a small heard of elk started accros the ridge opposing us. We believe this was the big 6 point we saw before. He had a smaller but still nice 5x5 satelite with him and 7 cows. The heard never left the ridge and it was too far to make a stalk.

I'm planning on going back out either this afternoon or tomarow morning. My batteries were dead in the camera so no pictures this time. I'll try to remember to charge it before I go back out. It's been cool tempatures and wet here so hopefully the weather will drive the animals down a bit further.

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