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Location: Fort Collins CO
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CO GMU 28 & 37 - Where dee Elk be?

I've hunting here a few seasons and seen them in different places but can't seem to get it 'dialed in.'

Family has a home in Dillon they let me use and I'd really like to find 'em around here as this is a great 'hunting camp'

I've seen them in the Straight Creek drainage (parallels the S side of I70, just west of the tunnel). Also, Tenderfoot Mtn just on the S side of this drainage. Specifically near the county dump.

I've seen them up Bushee Creek, just N of Silverthorne and on the E side of 9.

I've heard they go up and over Hoosier Pass area.

Really just not sure where to go anymore.

Any advice/help/direction you can share is appreciated.

Steven
Fort Collins

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Location: western co.
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CO GMU 28 & 37 - Where dee Elk be?

i hunt early elk in that same area and we only saw 7 elk in five days of hunting our rears off. Had my safety off and crosshairs on a raghorn the second day,with the wind in my face and a little cover between me and him i moved for a closer shot and when i peeked my head over he had moved and started headin in the trees,i blew it and should have just waited in my original position until he presented himself with a better shot.Some good elk country as i have shot three elk there in the past three years.there is a big logging operation going on near tenderfoot that has been pretty noisy all year and i could hear the faint sound of their chipper/planer from the tops of those peaks around there.there is also a ton of illegal dirtbiking going on there that the forest service seems to be able to do nothing about.there are a bunch of singletrak dirtbike trails all over the mountain.one even goes from the keystone side straight over the top through the tundra to I-70 straight creek side.other than these deterants we saw a good amount of elk sign.hard not to go back there for next season because of the 340 bull that spoiled me that i got last season.do you hunt there by yousself?i know a bunch of other good spots in 28/37 that you have to do some good hiking to access.

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Location: Fort Collins CO
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CO GMU 28 & 37 - Where dee Elk be?

I usually hunt with my old man. He's gettin up there in age and he's much more comfy in the house here in Dillon than his usual wall tent.

My buddy took a cow up Bushee Creek 4th season. Sounds like he got into a nice herd of them.

A lot of times we'll do the 'I70 road hunt' meaning we just have someone drop us on the S side of I70 and walk into Straight Creek. I've only seen 'em once or twice. Theory was, hunting pressure from the more accessible S side of Tenderfoot would cause them to head up and over to this drainage. I spent a lot of time here the last two season and really only run into 'em once though - I'm discouraged with this area.

I'm stumped at this point.

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CO GMU 28 & 37 - Where dee Elk be?

what season do or did u hunt?there is alot of area to hunt in those units.most of it is steep rough hiking.alot of public up high,some easier hunting west of fraser aroung little muddy creek towards williams fork res.killed my first bull up there.gets pretty crowded during rifle.i wouldnt get to frustrated,they are in there you just have to keep in mind it is elk hunting and this isnt the densist area for elk that many other units hold,still a good elk area. i have shot a total of 5 elk there in so i have faith.we hunt there because of the number of available left over tags.