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Coloarado or Wyoming For a Bull Elk?

Starting to do some research on areas to hunt some Elk in. I know Colorado is know for their elk pops. How is Wyoming though?  I see the tags are very close in price and the cost of gas getting me to colorado vs wyoming would be alot more.  We are planning a DIY hunt in the next few years.  I have experience with the WY fish and game drawing system.  If the elk hunting is decent with DIY hunts in WY, I dont really see the need to spend the extra gas getting colorado, other than the excellent scenery that Im sure colorado provides.  Any thoughts?

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tough choice

 

In general, success rates are much higher in Wyoming.  This probably due to longer seasons and less cover in most areas.  Since Wyoming limits hunting pressure from nonresidents a little more, and they have far fewer residents ( I think we have almost as many hunting residents as Wyoming has total residents) that hunt, you should have a better chance at an older bull.  But, in running the numbers there are definitely places that shoot just as high a percentage of bulls as Colorado does.  

However, Colorado has a lot more elk, and tags are much easier to come by, and nonresidents can hunt the wilderness areas without a guide.  The no wilderness hunting is a significant issue for me. So, while success may or may not be lower (depends on the unit and season), getting tags and getting to the elk in mountainous country is much easier.  Also don't have wolves, which tends to bunch elk up, rather than have lots of smaller herds, which makes for better hunting for everyone.

You will need a preference point to draw the tag, so you're looking at a two year proposition unless you pay the special price, in which case, cost is no longer comparable.

 

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   "You will need a

  

"You will need a preference point to draw the tag, so you're looking at a two year proposition"

Im not looking to do an elk hunt for at least 3yrs. probably more along the lines of 4-5.  So, gathering points and waiting is going to be OK with me.

"The no wilderness hunting is a significant issue for me."

This is a concern for me as well.  While I currently dont know that much about elk hunting, most harvests that I have seen on the TV shows has been in the mountainous regions.  How difficult is it to hunt the elk in WY in the non-wilderness areas?  And, are there many herds walking around outside the wilderness areas? Im really not looking to utilize a guide service.

"In general, success rates are much higher in Wyoming.  This probably due to longer seasons and less cover in most areas.  Since Wyoming limits hunting pressure from nonresidents a little more, and they have far fewer residents ( I think we have almost as many hunting residents as Wyoming has total residents) that hunt, you should have a better chance at an older bull.  But, in running the numbers there are definitely places that shoot just as high a percentage of bulls as Colorado does."  

Thats very good news to here. And while Im not necassarily looking to shoot a trophy record book elk, I definatley wouldn't mind a decent one! In your opinion what are sme of the better places to try for a bull in WY outside of the wilderness areas?

 

 

 

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I've hunted both states and I frefer wyoming hands down. You have to see the hunting pressure in colorado to beleive it . there may be areas that have low pressure but it usually takes lots of points to draw them . I don't like not being able to hunt the wilderness areas either i'ts a ludicris rule. the grays river area has good numbers of elk but quite a few hunters as well however it's nothing compared to colorado. now that being said colorado does have lots of elk and we did see a trophy bull but we could'nt close the deal. the locals in colorado are a freindly bunch for the most part. as far the scenery you won't be disapointed either place . My advice is to put in for wyoming pref. points starting now . I like the western part of the state there is wilderness but plenty of good non wilderness areas as well. with a general permit you can hunt a lot of different areas. Wyomings weather can be a challenge I think they laid out the state borders with a thermometer every time it dropped 10 degrees they drove a stake. there are a few other people on this forum that hunt wyoming hopefully they can help. good luck!!!!

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Thanks nebugle.  This is all

Thanks nebugle.  This is all very good intell for me and my hunting buddies. I reviewed the Preference point draw results for 2011 elk in Wyomin and it looking like Im pretty much going to need a minimum of 4 point to get drawn.  Would you agree with that?  What units would you recommend I should be looking at?

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not sure what you were looking at

It only takes 1 point, at 50% chance to draw the general tag, which means it should take two to three years max.  And buy a point this year.

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