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Colorado archery elk hunt!

Hi guys, I am a 15 year old CO resident. I am not new to elk hunting but very new to bowhunting. I do understand it is much more challenging. And I realize I am not likely to harvest an elk. I do have experience hunting numerous rifle seasons. Doing that I have been pretty sucessful. But I am ready to try bowhunting. Do to school I am very limited on time. I am looking at several units. But I am not asking where to go I can find that out on my own. I just want advice from some seasoned bowhunters. I can only go opening weekend and four days over labor day weekend. And I will only have one weekend to scout between now and then. I am hunting 1 of the following units 42,53,511, and 26. I have done my share of reasearch on the areas and have spots lined up to go in all units. But I wanted a prefrence of how I would hunt elk this early in the season. Also is the rut a different timing in high country vs like unit 42. Also when should I call, And so on. Thanks in advance.

Tristan

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Hi Tristan, I don't know

Hi Tristan, I don't know those area's but there will be people on here that will. Since you are new to bow hunting I would shoot as much as you can and learn how to use a cow call maybe get a few videos on how to use them and when is the best time to use them Primo's has a lot of great video's about calling. I always try to get above the elk in the morning and try and get the wind in my face. The elk usally will move up the mountain during the day. The first couple of weekends the elk probably won't be as vocal but they will still come to calls but they come in quiet. It depends on the weather though. Also when I first starting Archery I was trying to hold out for a Bull, I learned after a couple of season's to take a cow if the opportunity arises. This will give you more experiance, the bull opportunity's will come.

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Thank you Vinny, I will check out the primos videos. I found an area in gmu 42 that will get me off the grand mesa and away from the atvs. It is steep terrain so I will hunt high. And hopefully spot some elk. Like you said I understand any elk is a good elk. I plan to take any legal animal since the tag is either sex. I will hunt hard and hopefully at least find some elk.

Thanks,

Tristan

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Call sparingly in early

Call sparingly in early season, especially in pressured units like those you have listed. My rule of thumb is no calling until you hear elk vocalizing that early in the season. If they arent talking to eachother, what do you think goes through there head when they hear a random elk yelling at them? Like vinny said though, it can still work but they will come in silent more out of curiosity than anything else. It's a bit of a crap choot and every elk will respond differently. To me a more important factor would be finding where the elk are at that time and still hunting timber or posting up on a good funnel where you know they will be moving through. Use your scouting time wisely and find these funnels on google earths and maps before heading out. And pick a unit and focus on it. You are young and have a lot of time to hunt pick a unit a year and learn it well. dont try to learn the whole state all at once. 

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good points

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Call sparingly in early season, especially in pressured units like those you have listed. My rule of thumb is no calling until you hear elk vocalizing that early in the season. If they arent talking to eachother, what do you think goes through there head when they hear a random elk yelling at them? Like vinny said though, it can still work but they will come in silent more out of curiosity than anything else. It's a bit of a crap choot and every elk will respond differently. To me a more important factor would be finding where the elk are at that time and still hunting timber or posting up on a good funnel where you know they will be moving through. Use your scouting time wisely and find these funnels on google earths and maps before heading out. And pick a unit and focus on it. You are young and have a lot of time to hunt pick a unit a year and learn it well. dont try to learn the whole state all at once. 

Totally agree call sparingly and try get out early and often to learn the area also check out colohunter trailcam post I haven't had a chance to try it yet but it has worked really well for him. Also have an exit plan if you do get an elk you will need to get it out fairly quickly its pretty hot during archery and you don't want the meat to spoil.

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I agree on the calling about

I agree on the calling about not doing it until you have some spotted or have one that is moving through where you are set up at and you need them to stop, then a cow call will usually do it but be prepared for them to look straight at you. 

I woud find a spot where they are watering and then perhaps set up a ground blind or if you can tell just what direction that they are coming in from to set up just off of that trail for your best chance. 

It always seams that I run into elk while bow hunting at the most inconvient time.  Either when I am so far down into a canyon that I don't want to pack one out or when I am in mid step and out in the open where they will spot me if I even twitch.  Usually the ones that I have  a good shot at are the ones down in a deep canyon.

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Thank you guys, I will use all your tips this upcoming season. I am trying to pick a unit but it is a hard task. When I think I have it narrowed down. Another area comes up. But I think I have decided on 42.

Tristan

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best of luck

best of luck with the upcoming hunt. i am going on my first archery hunt on Sept 7, but im tagging along with some guys that have done it before to try and learn as much as i can. i would be interested to hear how your hunt went once you get back, what you learned, etc. its all stuff i am trying to learn also, and i think this upcoming hunt will be a good opportunity. could be good to share what we figured out. 

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thanks

best of luck to you to cogunmoney, I would love to share after the hunt. I will contact you.

 

Thanks

Tristan

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thanks man, sounds good

thanks man, sounds good

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Hi guys, Just got home from gmu 43. We backpacked in 4.5 miles and hunted from camp. I am very dissapointed with my experience. Although it was awesome country it was pretty void of elk or elk sign. In 22 miles we only saw 6 tracks that were from the same week. We also saw very little old sign. In that much miles with the ammount of elk in the unit. I expected to at least see a fair amount of sign. We also hunted high and low. The little sign we saw was up high. I am very shocked at the lack of elk. i am wondering what I am doing wrong. We only saw one other hunter so they were not pressured out. We worked very hard to find elk but they just were not there. If anyone has any ideas of what I could have done different please let me know. Might get back out on the 19/20. I hope everyones season is off to a good start.

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Tristan 

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