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colorado elk hunting?
MrKrabs wrote:
Maybe I should do research on Arizona for my elk hunt of a lifetime. I was planning on beginning to build points for a Big Horn hunt, but that sounds like a futile effort.

Start applying to New Mexico, they have big bulls and are on a lottery system. So you could draw at anytime!

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colorado elk hunting?
huntquest wrote:
MrKrabs wrote:
Maybe I should do research on Arizona for my elk hunt of a lifetime. I was planning on beginning to build points for a Big Horn hunt, but that sounds like a futile effort.

Start applying to New Mexico, they have big bulls and are on a lottery system. So you could draw at anytime!

Great Idea! huntquest
the Gila National Forest is a good area for big bulls.

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Peanut,

Didn't mean to insinuate I feel cheated by CO. I don't. I'm happy that I get to hunt it every year. I just decided not to try to save points in CO for a premium hunt. Every year I've watched the required amount of points climb for those premium hunts. It's inevitable unless they change the rules. There are few tags alloted and a lot of people trying to draw them. Since I hunt CO every year, I just decided to use my points for a low points hunt to have many "better than average" hunts instead of one "dream" hunt. Who knows, I might still get a "big stinky" if I can get to him before the 1st season guys. It happens on public ground every year. Just a different way of dealing with point creep. I expect the hunts that took 2 NR points will start to require 3 or more as time goes on. I've got time to wait a little in UT and since they just upped the ante I'm hoping a percentage of players will fold...or draw a lesser hunt. It might not work out but I'll give it a year or two and see what happens. 'Til then you'll see me stomping around CO scaring every self-respecting bull with decent headgear over the ridge and into the next drainage. Laugh Might be a good place for you to set up! Thumbs up

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NM

BTW, I'll also recommend NM. I don't apply there currently and I've never hunted there. I did almost hit a HUGE bull with a Jeep just over the border from Pagosa Springs near Chama. A whole herd standing right in the road!

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Can any of you that hunt CO in the second season give me a run down of the types of clothing I should bring? I know this sounds like a strange question, but I've heard it could be 70° or extremely cold.

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colorado elk hunting?
MrKrabs wrote:
Can any of you that hunt CO in the second season give me a run down of the types of clothing I should bring? I know this sounds like a strange question, but I've heard it could be 70° or extremely cold.

Bring both light and heavy clothing. You just never know about Colorado weather!

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I would suggest something quiet, waterproof and roomy for your outer coat. Then bring stuff to layer with. You won't want just a heavy hunting coat because the weather and temps (and level of exertion) change throughout the day. I take a few pair of wicking type long johns, tops and bottoms because sweat will be a problem, that'sd pretty much a given. Polypropylene or some of the new fabrics are good, preferably one that doesn't hold the stink as well as the old polypro did. A couple of different fleeces. I usually bring a pullover and a vest. Some warm hats. Usually a knit one and one with a wide brim in case of rain or sun. A pair of wool hunting pants. A few pairs of boots from lightly insulated boots to arctic pacs (Sorels). I usually take up to four pairs. I also take snowshoes whether we think we need them or not. You don't want to have to stay in camp just because the snow is waist deep. I got my 5 X 5 when the snow was waist deep and you couldn't have got back to where he was w/o snowshoes. Don't think they all run off the mountain when the snow is a foot deep.

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I hadn't even thought of snowshoes. I'll add that to my list. We're actually going to be staying in a house instead of an outcamp so if there's a big snow we may be stranded in the house. We would probably be better off camping so we would have better access to remote areas.

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Most years you won't need them but I like to be prepared. We've also had to pull up camp early and bug out because the snow was piling up so fast and we were a long ways back in. You just never know. eye roll

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If your looking to buy a pair now's a good time to look. Some decent ones out there on closeout for $80. Check EMS, LL Bean, Sierra Trading Post, Campmor, places like that. Google is your friend and there are deals to be had. I almost bought another pair but I already own (4) pairs.

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