My dad and myself just got home from Colorado last saturday. We were unsuccessful in the hunt but had a great time. We saw a lot of Elk but we just weren't able to connect. The weather we had didn't help either it was hot and windy everyday. We saw several nice bulls working wallows that we hunted unfortunatly they didn't show up while we where there. We went in to the meadows trailhead off of coffee pot rd. out of Dotsero. Where will you be hunting just curious? If you have anymore questions let me know I would love to try to help. Otherwise good luck!!
unit 24 is a draw archery tag, but you only need a few points for an either sex tag. If you are DIY hunting I can recommend hunting from the UTE trailhead off of Forest service rd 238. Head south up the UTE trail about 3-4 miles and camp along the edge of the old burn. Great elk feeding area. It is just inside the wilderness area, and I would hunt uphill from there toward either Johnson park or Papoose Basin. The closer you get towards White springs or Johnson park the better. It is tough walking in the area due to the old burn, but a great spot if you are willing to work for it.
Why would you look at unit 24 1st rifle with a couple of prefernce points when you can draw it with 0? Not saying that all units are worth the number of points it takes to draw, but if you want a guided, horseback hunt, I'd want to go somewhere with fewer people and fewer outfitters.
We do have a directory of guides and outfitters here:
Exbio- that is why I am on this site asking for advice. No I don't want to be with a ton of other hunters and guides but I am a non-resident and free good information/advice is hard to find. I have been on 2 unscuccessful hunts and want to make this 3rd trip a great one and actually pull the trigger. If you have advice, please share.
I understand the wilderness mystique, but there is only one wilderness heavy unit in the state with good success rates, and that's unit 76. So if you want to kill an elk and are willing to pay for a guided hunt, do so in a private ranch setting. It'll probably cost a lot and you'll compete with fewer hunters.
Thank you. I hunted GMU 77 on my first hunt. We walked my tail off for five days. My hunting (2:1) partner killed a raghorn but I didn't get a shot. I felt like all we did was chase the same herd all over for four more days never catching up to them again.
Since my two hunts had been in the SW, I thought i'd have a better chance to see more elk by moving more north (.i.e larger herd). But it sounds like you are saying there will just as many hunters as elk.
I have been given the advice several times to get away from everyone by riding horses away from the roads. What does 76 present that you like so well?
As a Taxidermist I look at hundreds of Whitetail Bucks every year. I know that I have seen many different ways people judge the size of racks on live deer. I think for the most part they all are pretty close. I'm going to give you some measurements that I have noticed being right on in just about every deer. We have used it in the last couple years and have only been off by about 5-6 inches. We do study the deer while bowhunting so we get a little more time to look at them....