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Colorado Elk Hunt

Looking for some hunting friends. I posted on here about a year ago that I was moving to Colorado and I did in fact move to the Thornton area 3 months ago. I'd like to meet some people who can show me the ropes so to speak. I bowhunting in Ohio for Whitetail but I'm looking for to bow or rifle hunting for big game out here. Please PM if your interested in meeting up. I hope to hear from some people soon. Thanks.

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Hi

I'm not looking to take on any more newbies, but I just wanted to suggest a few things for you.
First: get your driver's license.

It's going to be hard to prove you've been here for 6 months if you haven't got a driver's license yet.

If you did already get your driver's license, wait until the end of March or April or whatever your 6 month period is before you apply for licenses.

If you can afford it even at nonresident rates, put in for the drawing, just to start generating preference points. That'll put you in a great position to have a lot of options for next year.

If you don't want to actually pay for a nonresident license, put in for points only. You'll get your refund by the end of June. After that, get ready for August for leftover licenses or just hunt OTC.

Second:
Familiarize yourself with the regulations and stats to get an idea of where you'd like to hunt. DO NOT expect to find good OTC hunting in an area near where you live.

Third:
Start looking into OTC areas or areas that traditionally have leftovers if you don't want to pony up nonresident license fees in the drawing.

By that I mean, start cruising around and getting an idea of what kind of country you want to hunt, and what you think you can handle.

There are a fair number of guys on here that are looking for new people to hunt with, maybe try hitting them up, even if they haven't been there for quite a while.

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Thanks for the response. The

Thanks for the response. The license idea was one of the first things I did when I moved here. I will have my 6 months just prior to the drawings luckily. I have in fact been attempting to familiarize myself with the rules and regs but reading sometimes doesn't get you the whole picture. It's partially why I'd like to meet some fellow hunters that can help me along with that process. I really appreciate the response and ideas. Thanks,

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elk

If you haven't already. Read all the lessons on Elk Hunting University. Lots of good info to get you started.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/ElkHuntingUniversity/Pages/ElkHuntin...

 

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Co Elk hunt

aldrichd88, my hunting buddy and I are always willing to take people with us.. We live about an hr north of thornton. if you are interested in going contact me thru pm or however and lets talk...

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What an offer! I hope you

What an offer! I hope you guys can work something out!

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Archery Range

Does anybody have any suggestions or references to archery shops? Would really like to find a place to shoot an for some bow tuning.

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I go to No Limits archery

I go to No Limits archery shop off I-70, a ways west of Bass Pro.  They have a nice indoor range, and I have found the staff very friendly and helpful.  

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I wantto second the Elk

I wantto second the Elk University on the DOW website as well. Last year was my first hunt(WT hunter from IN in the Army) and I found it really helpful. Also, going to a DOW office and actually talking to the folks there about the drawing and application process. Other good news is that you are now eligible for Ranching For Wildlife hunts as well!! Oh yeah and when you go use the Cow Elk Urine wafer safety pinned to you as cover scent, worked like a charm this year! Here is mine and good luck to you. http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac118/lawrenceborn/Antlermount.jpg http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac118/lawrenceborn/Ivory.jpg

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Then when you eat all your

Then when you eat all your lunch, and you're still hungry. You can snack on the wafers.

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If you snack on those wafers

If you snack on those wafers your day will turn BAD in a hurry Ours had to be kept outside the tent but I can tell you that I had both elk and coyotes within 100m of me down wind and never got busted Man, took a couple of days at home to get that smell out of my nose :>)

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