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!
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.