My son (16yr) and I are planning and hoping to make the draw on Co elk this fall. Due to scheduling conflicts, I am forced to muzzle loader, which I love.
Looking at the 2010 stats, EE-ML is hard to come by. However, I have formulated the following and would love to get the opinion of you more experienced with the Co draw and furthermore the geography, since I am over 2,000 miles away in eastern Ohio. We would like to camp about 1 mile from nearest road. Weather should be descent this time of year. We'd love a EE tag, but would settle for gaining a point, learning the area for future hunting with a cow tag. However, we'd like to be in one of the higher elevation areas this early in the year since the snow and hunters will not be impacting the elk yet. We will have fun camping and seeing the rockies! But seeing some elk would be nice as we learn the area. While in the NW area of Co, we can learn the lay of the land much easier!
In doing my research, I've grown fond of DAU 6. Since the regs changed a few years back, I now have to dial into a specific GMU. Here are my thoughts:
1st choice: EE01201M Odds are >20%
2nd choice: EF0121M Odds are 80%+
3rd choice & 4th are interchangable based on my limited info: EF01101M 100% or EF03301M 90%.
I've heard good things about Flattops wilderness area & Jensen Sate Wildlife Area. Just not sure where they are located. I think in northern GMU 12...
I am open to other options as well, so don't just focus on my choices due to lack of experience this early in the game.
Any input would be much appreciated. We drove and had a great time in Wy last year, now we are addicted! The eastern whitetails just aren't enough anymore! Wish I'd went out west sooner.
I'm feeling stressed due to running out of time before the applications are due. Work has been killing me. I'm actually out of town for work in a hotel doing my research right now! Priorities!
OK, blast away!