I will be archery hunting Colorado unit 61 next year and want to begin scouting soon. I would appreciate any information or tips on general areas to start. It's a big unit and any info would be appreciated. Thanks
I am rifle hunting the third season down there this year for a cow. Quinton gave me some good starting points, but we should trade info down the road on our scouting trips. I will be heading down there over Labor Day weekend, and then again before the season my season (Nov 1-9) starts up.
you been down to 61 again yet this summer? i am heading down over labor day weekend, and i am hearing a lot about the southern end of the plateau now, around Sanborn Park. i cant decide where we will scout, so maybe we will try the north end one day, and the south end another. but that could be overly ambitious. Elkkill pointed me to some good trails up in the NW corner, so we will probably start there. happy to report back on what we find. looking forward to getting down there and checking out the unit.
I did manage one more scouting trip earlier this summer. Made it as far south as Tabeguache Creek area, but not to Sanborn Park. Saw one really nice bull near Bucktail Creek. I think you will find elk just about everywhere you go. I am very interested to hear what you see over Labor Day as that is during bow season which is when I plan on hunting next year. I'm interested in how many camps you see and what you hear in the north as I have gotten to know that area a little. I may do another short trip between now and Labor Day. I will probably look a little further south this time. I will let you know if I make it as far as Sanborn Park. I will send a private message if I have anything specific and woud ask you to do the same after your trip. Thanks and good luck.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...