New to the thread here so Hi to all. Love the sight. Seems like every time i google search something, I find my answer on here. So i just as well join in!! Just looking for some help on a colorado elk hunt I'm trying to plan for next september. I have been hunting all my life (27 yrs) and have great knowledge about being in the woods. I have always wanted to elk hunt but between going to school, changing your major, then changing schools then finally graduating (may 2012) I kinda didnt have the time nor the money!! But since Im graduated and still young, I would like to start trying to tackle the majestic colorado elk! Plus, I have shot enough ducks these last 5 yrs that i'm just not as mad at them as i used to be. And since trophy whitetail aren't running around in my part of Texas (near College Station) I am left with a choice. Spend money on whitetail or elk. Grew up on whitetail so got my fix there so elk it is!!!
First, I do know about the dow website and been spending time there. I am familiar with draw system and otc units. I'm interested in solo backpack otc archery either 1st of season or prime rut. I am leaning towards wilderness because i dont want to be crowded. Tall, steep, rugged, 10,000+, secluded, nasty areas that most average hunters shy away from because it would be "too much work" is what im thinking about. I have thought about hiring a packer but depends on how far in i have to go. (for me there isnt a limit on how far. young ambitious and crazy lol) also, cant really afford a guide either at this point, plus means more to me to go diy and shoot a raghorn. I am fully aware of the physical challenge that this will be which is why i have already started a 6 day workout routine. I know the air is thinner and everyone should prepare to acclimate. Gear is pretty much covered from survival to clothes to food to packs to toilet paper. Well i have a list of all i need to buy. which is all of it and will get pretty expensive due to my preferences on that list.
So....... What i really need help with is some advice on areas to hunt that fits the type of area i am looking for. I have been looking into Maroon Bells wilderness, (unit 43) Frying pan wilderness near Vail, Weminuche wilderness and San Juan forrest, and West Elk wilderness. Top picks right now are Weminuche, West Elk unit 53 63, and Maroon Bells. I know the terrain in these places are tough. Its why I picked them. So weekend warriors might not pile in. If i could get some advice on narrowing down to unit(s) inside a wilderness and preferably where to focus my attention at in those areas would be great. Please dont just say september go high find water. I got that part. I know that it changes year to year due to many factors, but i dont want to waste a drive 21 straight hours and spend 10 days in the wrong end of a unit or wrong end of a wilderness. If anyone wants to give any kind of specifics at all then please pm me and not post here because i want to protect any info shared for you, me, and other hunters in the areas posted. Also, any info sent pm will be strictly kept to myself. (being as no one i know would give a crap anyways) And if anyone knows of easy draw units that are better than most otc units or good draw units that usually have left over tags for sale then that would be great!! Thanks for any help or info or advice received. The sooner i narrow my search, the sooner i can start studying maps of these areas!