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Colorado Elk

Just thought I'd throw this out to you guys and see what your thoughts are:

My brother is going to be coming out from the great flat land of Illinois to see if we can't get into some elk. Being that I've only hunted elk once, I can't say that I'm overly familiar with various areas around Colorado. What we're looking for really is something that is a little more remote (we're not opposed to - actually wanting to - hiking in a ways), that has a good chance for seeing some animals. I know it seems kinda vague, and I'm not asking anybody to give away any 'secret' spots, but any help we could get would be greatly appreciated.

I'm in Centennial, we're not really going to limit ourselves to a given distance from town, and we'll be hunting public land.

As always, thanks in advance for all you help.

Kupe

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Colorado Elk

If you're willing to hike in, I would suggest almost any of the designated wilderness areas around the state. Because they're "wilderness" there are no roads, so you won't have any competition from the hunters who stay within 1/2 mile or so of their Winnebagos. The only other hunters in a wilderness area will be horseback and mule hunters, and those like you who are willing to hike in.

I know one guy who hunts the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area every year and comes home with an elk pretty regularly. I don't know exactly where he goes, but it's close enough to Denver to spend some time checking it out.

There's also another wilderness area (can't remember the name of it off-hand) that spans the divide from East of Grand Lake up and over to West of Boulder. I know another guy who goes up to the Grand Lake side and hunts there pretty regularly.

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Colorado Elk

Thanks for the info!!

I was hoping to get into the Mt. Evans area, but as it turns out, it's in GMU 39 which is a draw unit all 4 seasons and has no leftover tags. I'll have to look into the Grand Lake area. If it's where I'm thinking it is, it's in GMU 38, which does have leftovers.

Thanks again!!

Kupe

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Colorado Elk

Your thinking of Roosevelt national forest in boulder county which runs into arapaho national forest near grand lake (which borders on rmnp).

unit 62 out in uncompahgre national forest is a popular destination. never hunted that specific area, but some folks complain that it is too crowded. not sure if that is just road hunter complaints, but there is a lot of open area out there.

the northwest corner has lots of elk. units 2, 10, 11, 211, 3, 301, 12, 13. Although you will have to get quads to determine what is blm and what is not. This is rolling sage brush land (although it can climb to aspen/pine in areas) different kind of hunting than timber hunting.

People like to hunt white river national forest and routt national forest east of buford. more to the south west, gunnison is a popular area as well.

good luck.

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