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colorado elk hunting?

I haven't hunted those units before. Hopefully someone who has will come on here and assist you.

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colorado elk hunting?
Hiker wrote:
Yes, when you apply for a tag in Colorado, you'll need to pay up front. If a few of you are applying, you can apply as a party, so either you all will draw or none of you will. In Colorado, as well as most of the Rocky Mountain states and Provinces after October 1st, you really should have a 4x4 with tire chains, especially on secondary dirt roads. We can get 2-3 feet of snow in a matter of hours. Bring a tow strap, shovel and a nice jack with you too.
Every area is different, some areas are better first season and others are better forth season. Much of that will depend on the elevation and how much snow is on the ground.
You can still purchase 2nd and 3rd "over-the-counter" bull tags for a lot of Colorado but be prepared to see a lot of hunters and very few legal bulls. Your best bet would be to hook up with a outfitter unless you want to do the legwork and scout out the area before season or find a friend who knows the area. It helps to hunt the same unit for a few years until you kind of figure it out and know where the elk will be going after the hunting pressure starts and after the snow starts to build up. Elk hunting is a blast! Thumbs up

We were looking at trying the 2nd season. That would mean an over the counter license. There will be four of us.

I saw that area 70 and 12 had very high success rates.

We are totally open to any ideas or suggestions as to where we should go for a second season hunt.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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colorado elk hunting?

I'm not to familiar with 12 or 70 but if I remember right there's a lot of private land in those units, especially down low, which would explain the high success rates. Most over the counter areas have a lot of pressure and low success rates, unless you get in 5+ miles or so or hunt private land. If you and your friends are going to hunt over the counter bulls, it might be a good idea to rent horses, so you can pack in a ways.

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colorado elk hunting?
Hiker wrote:
I'm not to familiar with 12 or 70 but if I remember right there's a lot of private land in those units, especially down low, which would explain the high success rates. Most over the counter areas have a lot of pressure and low success rates, unless you get in 5+ miles or so or hunt private land. If you and your friends are going to hunt over the counter bulls, it might be a good idea to rent horses, so you can pack in a ways.

Are you familiar with unit 231 near Yampa. It is located on the east side of unit 12.

What unit would you suggest we try for 2nd season?

Thanks

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unit 12

I've hunted GMU 12 and there is quite a bit of national forest land with good public access. We didn't hunt there last year because we wanted to try a different area. Unit 12 gets a lot of pressure because access is good and there tends to be a lot of ATV's. The elk get run out of the areas easy to access pretty quick. Lower elevations tend to have a lot more private land. We generally hunted around Meeker and Buford. We weren't very happy about the numbers of elk we were seeing and decided to move to a different unit. Doesn't mean they aren't there...you just have to work harder for them. Yes

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NH Hunter wrote:
I've hunted GMU 12 and there is quite a bit of national forest land with good public access. We didn't hunt there last year because we wanted to try a different area. Unit 12 gets a lot of pressure because access is good and there tends to be a lot of ATV's. The elk get run out of the areas easy to access pretty quick. Lower elevations tend to have a lot more private land. We generally hunted around Meeker and Buford. We weren't very happy about the numbers of elk we were seeing and decided to move to a different unit. Doesn't mean they aren't there...you just have to work harder for them. Yes

Any ideas about 231?

How much would horses cost to rent?

Any suggestions about units with good public land opportunities?

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colorado elk hunting?

Does anyone know anything about unit 11

Maybell, Colorado.

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11 or 231

Sorry, never hunted GMU 11 or GMU 231. eye roll

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Re: 11 or 231
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Sorry, never hunted GMU 11 or GMU 231. eye roll

Which units have you had success in ? ? ?

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I've hunted 12 mostly but I wouldn't call myself highly successful there. In twelve years I shot three elk, two cows tags and a bull. Is that considered successful? eye roll

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