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colorado elk suggestions.

i am planning a hunt next season with my 12 year old son.  we are not looking for huge bulls, just anything legal and to harvest a cow as well.  i'm looking for some help as far as accessible game units with a fair chance at drawing a tag.  i've done some research on the colorado dnr site, but don't really know where it would be best to go.  i hunted to the san juan mts. back in 95 and it was wilderness hunting and pretty hard to get the elk on foot.  we have an atv and are planning on taking that as far as we can and then packing in and tent camping from there.

any help would be appreciated.

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Grand Mesa

If you plan on using an ATV, and are hunting with a 12 hear old, I'd suggest the Grand Mesa area.  Tags are OTC for 2nd and 3rd season, draw only for 1st and 4th, but it's an easy draw.  There are other Southern Colorado units where an ATV can be utilized easily, but the terrain is a lot rougher.

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thanx for the quick reply.  i

thanx for the quick reply.  i would assume your speaking of units 421 and 42 then?  how is the hunting pressure in the 2nd and 3rd seasons?  we were planning on going during those seasons, so that would work out pretty good.  

does anyone have any other suggestions?  i just want to give my son the best opportunity in a DIY hunt out there.  

 

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My only suggestion is to

My only suggestion is to seriously consider what Exbio has to say.  He has analyzed the population, success, hunter pressure, etc. stats way more than any of the rest of us, not to mention he has scouted and/or hunted more units than most of us will manage in a lifetime.  His blog The Western Hunter on this website has lots of useful articles, and he has more info on his website, westernhuntingdata.com.  

I still hope others will sound off with their advice, but I don't think you will go wrong listening to Ex.  

Good luck with your hunt, and let us know how it goes.  

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from what i've read,

from what i've read, exbiologist knows his stuff, so i am putting units 142 and 42 on my short list.  does anyone hunt the grand mesa NF area.  it looks like there are plenty of atv trails to get us in there.  Does anyone know if it is possible to camp anywhere in the park.  we are planning on parking the atv and hiking off the trail to camp.  I think i am leaning towards 3rd season, hopefully the weather has moved some of the elk down by then.  What is the hunting pressure like in that season?

I'm new to this site, but love the info on it, especially on the western states.  

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wasn't really talking about 42

42 is more like the Battlements, which will be rougher country for your boy.  421, 521, 52, 41, and 411 make up Grand Mesa proper.  You can pretty much, with just minor exceptions near the paid campgrounds, camp wherever you want.  You don't really want the elk to move down in this area.  It's a mesa, not a high peaked mountain.  The higher elevations are where the National Forest lands are, with the private lands below.  Though there are some mid to low elevation options too.  I'd hope for warm weather when hunting up there.  Hunting pressure is somewhat heavy in both seasons, but more so in 2nd season.  If want to avoid the bulk of the hunting pressure, pick up a 4th season bull leftover.  There will still be plenty of people, but you may have some good tracking snows.

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