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DIY Archery Hunt

I live in Michigan and have been bowhunting my whole life. I have been wanting to start hunting out west and believe that I should be able to plan for 2009 hunt. I want to do a DIY Archery Elk hunt and I know that I will have a low succes rate. My hope is to find a good area that I can continue going back too year after year so I can learn the area and up my chances of a good bull. What state would you recommend? Would it be best to fly in or drive? I plan on camping and my party will be small 2-3 hunters. What other informations would you recommend?

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Location: gulfport MS
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Idaho

Utah is rapidly becoming the primere trophy state. but drawing a tag is almost impossible until you have 15 yrs of time in. you can purchase tags for alot of cash from land owners and guides. but as far as general season archery utah does not have much to offer. my suggestion is idaho they tend to treat the non resisdents quite well. the wildlife division is helpful and will steer you in the right direction. I have hunted a few states and now i hunt idaho every year this year i have the b tag for the frank church unit 27. I will rifle hunt during sept i imagine that a bow hunt in the frank would be quite a challenge. Idaho just seems to have thier act together. One last thing is that the idaho wolf population has taken a toll on elk and deer alike. For a few years this was denied by many factions including the Ifg. however in a recent article the division head openly admitted that the wolves had damaged the herds. the LOLO unit being the hardest hit. But he also said the wolves were their to stay. and now they are trying to issue tags. Hope this helps.

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Re: Idaho

Colorado might a good option for you. They have over the counter archery tags in unlimited number. Then you can pick from like 20 areas in the state to hunt

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DIY Archery Hunt

Thanks for the help. I am not too concerned with a trophy animal right now I just want to see some bulls and learn an area where there is some possible trophy potenial. I will check out Idaho and have been looking at Colorado already.

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Location: lebanon, pa
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DIY Archery Hunt
gamechaser wrote:
Thanks for the help. I am not too concerned with a trophy animal right now I just want to see some bulls and learn an area where there is some possible trophy potenial. I will check out Idaho and have been looking at Colorado already.

If you want a relatively easy hunt, check out the missouri breaks areas of MT, tons of elk and I mean tons, huge bulls and lots of land to hunt in the CMR. Now the bad news, the elk are really pressured and calling a bull in is unlikely at best. So its mostly a stalk and ambush or a stand hunt. Your chances of drawing a tag are 50/50, if you dont draw for there you can go to CO or ID.

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Location: santa clara ny
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DIY Archery Hunt

I'd suggest CO unit 6, state forest and NF , cabins available around Gould, KOA campground, etc...all good area, only unlimited archery tags in that area really.

good area. i might say forget my usual try at draws and go there myself.

drive. dont fly. you'll like it much better.

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DIY Archery Hunt

As has been mentioned, CO has an over-the-counter either sex elk tag. In some units left over deer tags are available as well.

You might try the white river national forest units: lots of public land and lots of game.

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CMR MT. Bow Hunt as we know it is over in 2009
Ghost wrote:
gamechaser wrote:
Thanks for the help. I am not too concerned with a trophy animal right now I just want to see some bulls and learn an area where there is some possible trophy potenial. I will check out Idaho and have been looking at Colorado already.

If you want a relatively easy hunt, check out the missouri breaks areas of MT, tons of elk and I mean tons, huge bulls and lots of land to hunt in the CMR. Now the bad news, the elk are really pressured and calling a bull in is unlikely at best. So its mostly a stalk and ambush or a stand hunt. Your chances of drawing a tag are 50/50, if you dont draw for there you can go to CO or ID.

Cry

MT, CMR is one of the best places to bow hunt for ELK. I just started to hunt there 3 years ago and have been successfull the last two years. This will all end in 2009. Montanna locals want the non-resident bow hunter out of the
breaks & they have accomplished this with getting the regulations changed for the 2009 season. If you get drawn for a big game liscense you then must draw for a bow liscense in the CMR which they are only going to give out 120 non-resident tags for Bull Elk. I was told they are giving approx. 1100 tags to residents. I thought the CMR was federal land. If a person has a 50% chance of drawing the big game tag & then has a 10% chance of drawing the CMR bow elk bull tag then your chances are 1/20 or 5%. From 50% to 5%.

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Location: lebanon, pa
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Wow, I knew they were trying to limit the tags for NR but I didnt think it would be to that extent. 120 tags for the entire CMR, gheez that seems a little harsh. I really really need to move out west.

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