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Colorado GMU 25-26

We will be elk hunting units 25 -26 3rd season. My question is has any of you hunted here and have any advice should we bring our 5th wheel and hike in everyday or should we use a guide service and have them bring us back in the wilderness and hunt from a drop camp. Also we all have put in for deer tags in the same units hope some of draw our deer tag we have 4 hunters

Would like any help!!

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Colorado GMU 25-26

That's a really good question. It also isn't a purely financial question, which only you could answer. Since you're considering both, let's take the $ out of the equation (probably cheaper to tow out the 5th wheeler) and just consider whether you'd like to hunt from a base camp from the road or from the wilderness. I think most guys would prefer to hunt from the wilderness to get the full experience. You will likely get into more elk that way also. Maybe not with the deer. In fact, it may help to be more flexible, depending on the weather to move camp if you are hell bent on getting a deer. If you're considering deer to be a bonus species, then do the wilderness elk hunt. If you truly want to take both (and have the time), set up your camp in a versatile spot, somewhere you stand a chance to get both elk and deer. The downside to this is of course, you won't be alone.

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Colorado GMU 25-26

the deer is a bonus we all want a elk one in the group is getting up in the years and I don't know how much longer he will be hunting he is 67 there are two 50s and a 44. We have all havested elk and we are lucky enought to be able to hunt in Calif on private land in two zones a year and we fill are tags in both zones every year for the last 3 years. Everyone in our group have havested elk but none in the last 5 years. We have been to Montana twice Idaho once and Eastern Oregon all DIY hunts seen elk but not able to harvest one My vote is hire a guide to pack us in the cost is not that bad I have priced it from $800 to $1800. Anyone know of any guides in those zones that you have used in the past please give us your thoughts. Or if any one has any info on Units 25-26 feel free to give us flat landers your thoughts.
Thank you for any help

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Colorado GMU 25-26

Live 2, ex' suggested some good advice. I would certainly vote for the drop camp unless you all are in very good physical condition. I've hike and horse packed into those units many times with average success. What you should also know is that although those areas have gobbs of critters, the DOW has whacked the elk population by at least 1/3 over the last 5-6 years--the incredibly liberal cow tags available and the publicity that the flattops gets has helped them (DOW) reach some management goals. BUT, the mythical 20-some thousand elk up yonder is no more. Having said that, its still a dang good area to hunt (including the deer), but the key is to get away from the crowds. Some may say that you can surely use the pressure to your advantage, but that goes out the window if you don't know the area thoroughly...although the drop camp narrows your mobility, it also narrows your focus and eliminates lots of headaches. I'll post you back some outfitter recommendations. Thats the gamble...lots of guys outfitting that area. You need a GOOD one! Spend some quality time researching these guys. Hope the other guys out there will help narrow your search too.

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