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Colorado Archery - hunting pressure vs rut?

Question for the archery folks:  ML Elk season is set for 3rd week of September in Colorado and archery is open all month.  So when do you guys hunt archery elk, before or after ML Season?

Would think with all the ka-booms and extra hunting pressure, the elk would move onto private property or disperse out further. 

 

Thoughts?

 

 

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I have been archery hunting

I have been archery hunting the last 20 years and haven't noticed a problem with it.  But then where I find the elk very few hunters will go into that area.  I have even been watching some elk when someone has touched off a shot from either a shotgun or a ML and if they notice it they don't pay too much attention to it unless it was directed towards them or close enough to bother them.

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Agree with Critter,  I

Agree with Critter,  I archery hunted for years and never saw an issue. We hunted the opening week and the last week as a rule. Now that I do not archery hunt I ML hunt and still see no issues. In the area I hunt there are not many ML tags given out and in fact I have heard very few shots during the 9 day season other than from my wife or son. Biggest deal I see is weather being an issue not other hunters. Did not see another hunter last year and the year prior only saw one.

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ML hunting pressure is not

ML hunting pressure is not very high in most areas of Colorado.  There aren't any OTC ML tags and no "statewide" ML tags anymore either.  We've hunted muzzleloader for elk and/or deer for many years and have only bumped into 2 other hunters...both archers.  If I was planning on hunting archery again, I would make my plans based on my time-off, family, and hunting partner schedules.  If it happened to overlap with the ML season some I probably wouldn't worry about it.

Like so many others have said before about hunting pressure.  If you get off the road and hike into the woods a mile or more, you likely won't have another hunter within a mile or more of where you're hunting--regardless of weapon or season.

 

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Appreciate the advice and

Appreciate the advice and input.  im planning an OTC archery elk hunt on public land and was concerned about the hunting pressure. Looks like the rifle bear hunt overlaps as well....

okay, maybe im just thinking about the hunt a little too much.  Trying to plan it during the rut and looking at the last part of september, about the third week.

 

 

 

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A lot of ML hunters will hunt

A lot of ML hunters will hunt the first weekend and part of the following week and then bug out.  Usually by Wednesday, many of the camps are gone.

I've never encountered a bear hunter in September.  I know they're there, but I've never bumped into a hunter toting a rifle while ML hunting.  I would think pressure from bear hunters will be minimal too.

Good luck on the hunt and have fun with the whole process.  Before we know it, it'll be the end of September and you'll be posting stories and pics of your hunt!

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