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!
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...