I plan to hunt Unit 28 third season this year for the first time. Any general advice/information would be GREATLY appreciated! I'm looking and scouting the Byers Peak, Devils Thumb and Junco Lake trailheads.
It's good news if you like lots of leftover tags for deer, or are coming from nearby.
Otherwise that's one of the lowest success units, and the lowest success seasons in the state. Lots of black timber makes it so the archers are just as successful as the rifle hunters, which isn't good.
Yes there are plenty of elk there, but it's going to be hard to get them, no matter where you are, unless we get a snow like last year, in which case success doubled.
If you just want to see them up in the high country right now, the Byers and Vasquez Peak, Fraser Forest, Jones Pass, etc areas are decent places to see them. I've mostly seen them in the slides around midday because it's tough to get all the way in there early in the morning.
News isn't so bad as I'm an archer, but trying something new this year for the adventure. I will be hunting mule deer. As an archer I elk hunt in Unit 371 and am used to the black timber. Neither the low success rate or timber will discourage me. It's called hunting not killing and I ENJOY EVERY minute in the mountains of CO. I've read your other posts and enjoy your honesty! Keep up the GOOD work!
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...