I'm new to this site and found it by researching some of the archery elk hunting forums. I have seen members like "exbiologist" responding to so many threads helping folks out. Hopefully, a few folks can help point me in the right direction.
I've hunted elk a couple times before with my bow in Arizona and Montana. I have a private ranch that I'll be hunting with a friend just southeast of Norwood, unit 70. We will be hunting the area the first week of September. The property holds a very good number of mule deer in early September, unfortunately I didn't draw, but my buddy did. I figured I'd buy an over the counter elk tag and try my luck while he chases the deer.
The property we will be hunting boarders the San Miquel and has a few ponds on the property. I was going to start the week off by checking the ponds to see if any elk were frequenting the water. If there's no elk sign I really need a backup plan.
Being totally new to the area any advice would be appreciated. My elk hunting this year would be limited to day hunts, since I won't have a tent along. I've been doing some research on the Little Cone area and have seen others mention the Dunn's Peak area or Uncompahgre National Forest. The southwest tip of the Uncompahgre is just across the river from where we will be staying. The Little Cone area is just south.
I could really use some guidance. Sitting in PA trying to plan for elk is tough. Future years will get easier but the first time out is a walk in the dark.