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Coveted advice for Colorado archery elk hunt

I am looking for some advice on a possible location (general or specific) to take myself and my 2 older boys on a Colorado archery elk hunt.  I have been on 2 rifle hunts in unit 54 about 10 years ago and enjoyed it greatly.  Now that my boys are abled bodied, I am looking for a early season, over the counter hunt.  We are not looking to shoot a "monster bull", just having a possibility to shoot a cow would be awesome!  Our plan is to hike in a ways, set up camp, and then hunt further in.  Any advise would be huge blessing!

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welcome to BGH

So are you looking to be truck based, motel based, or were you planning on packing in?  Do you mind dark timber, or were you hoping to spot and stalk near timberline or could you handle srub oaks and P-J?  Any other requirements?

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My initial plan was to drive

My initial plan was to drive in as far as we can and then pack further in on foot, setting up a tented base camp.  We would sleep at the tented base camp. 

As far as the type of terrain, I was leaving that up to the experts here.  As stated earlier, I have hunted unit 54 twice, but we would still be considered green.  I am looking for (if possible) to find a spot where we could cut our teeth on the whole archery hunt thing, enjoy the scenery and camping, and chase a few elk around with our bows. I am not asking for much, right?

I was looking at the 2011 statistics.  Units 211 and 22 looked to be productive during the archery season.  Will this information cause an overabundance of hunters the following year with fewer elk or don't the statistics change hunters patterns as much?

Thanks again for your time and info!

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careful....

211 has very little public land and 22 is scrub oak intensive.  All BLM, plenty of public, but much lower elevation country than what you hunted in 54.  Good success like you mentioned, mostly due to visibility, limited water and limted heavy timber allowing you to focus your efforts in a few areas.  However, not scenic mountainous country like most people envision when coming out to Colorado.

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Thanks for the info

Thanks for the info Exbiologist!

Coming from Minnesota, to hunt Colorado, like many other out of state hunters takes a lot of time and money.  The last thing you want, is to tick off a resident or more experienced hunter when your just trying to learn the ropes.  That is what makes this forum great.  Individuals, like yourself, really make a huge difference in educating inexperienced hunters to the customs and laws of hunting western states.

Thanks again!

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