My son and I would like to hunt cow elk out west this year. Is there a place where we have a pretty good change of getting a tag on state or federal land? I am new to this process and have a limit budget. Thanks in advance for any info..
Don is right. The only thing I would add is that there are sometimes unsold limited tags available too. These become available after the general draw in units where not enough hunters put in.
If I remember right last year there were quite a few of these tags available. Plus the DOW opened up even more tags to try and knock down the herd. Last fall they feared that coming off the drought the winter would be harsh and many elk would starve. That turned out not to happen.
I think out of state cow tags in CO are $250 a pop. Over the counter bull tags are more (maybe $450) but you can harvest a cow too. Unit 62 is a popular "over the counter" unit. It borders Delta, Olathe, and Montrose.
Many if not all units have left over cow tags usually available in colorado. Although in the next few years you are going to see a cut in cow licenses in many units due to the fact the DOW is achieving their population objectives for many units right now with the past record harvests. Cow harvests and licenses have been issued historically to keep the herd in check.
I have always looked for ways to save money and gain skills. I have the firearms basics covered so I rarely buy firearms these days. But I do watch for bargains. Sometimes a little TLC with simple tools will let you bring an old gun back to life without investing a lot of money. One such find was a side by side 12 gauge marked “W. Richards” It is not from the fine English gun maker Wesley Richards, it is a cheap knock off copy probably made in Belgium about a hundred years ago...