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Elk Advice

I have recently moved up to Colorado Springs from Florida-thanks to Uncle Sam! Hopefully this will be my first season going after Elk. I am anxious so archery is what I am mostly concerned with now. I missed out on putting in for any tags earlier in the year and to be honest, the whole system is new and strange. I am hoping to get an OTC archery tag for elk and then find a place to do some hunting. Can anyone point me towards any resources that might provide advice? (besides this forum, of course) By the way, I have learned a lot already just by reading other posts. Oh, and perhaps someone might be interested in taking a newbie under their wing on a hunt. I am willing to chip in for gas money. I can use information from planning the hunt to what processors to use.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Jimmy

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Re: Elk Advice

Hey welcome to BGH Thumbs up

did you check out the DOW website?
http://www.wildlife.state.co.us

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Elk Advice

I have checked out the DOW website. I have been reading as much as possible during my 12 hour shifts. Not much else to do while I monitor my equipment! I look forward to learning from the folks here.
Jimmy

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NDIS maps

jdr4bama2,

For scouting, checkout this part of the CO DOW website:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/GMUnitMaps.htm

Learn how to use the mapping functions. If you've got 12 hours a day to play with it, you'll be an expert in no time. Once you get the hang of how the draw works in CO, you'll find that some of the other western states are similar. There's a lot of good information on the DOW website. Follow the various links and explore. Plenty of stats there, too.

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Re: Elk Advice
jdr4bama2 wrote:
I have recently moved up to Colorado Springs from Florida-thanks to Uncle Sam! Hopefully this will be my first season going after Elk. I am anxious so archery is what I am mostly concerned with now. I missed out on putting in for any tags earlier in the year and to be honest, the whole system is new and strange. I am hoping to get an OTC archery tag for elk and then find a place to do some hunting. Can anyone point me towards any resources that might provide advice? (besides this forum, of course) By the way, I have learned a lot already just by reading other posts. Oh, and perhaps someone might be interested in taking a newbie under their wing on a hunt. I am willing to chip in for gas money. I can use information from planning the hunt to what processors to use.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Jimmy

Welcome to Colorado. I would say Colorado isn't the best elk hunting state. It gets alot of national attention because of the sheer size of the elk population, but success rates are relativley low compared to Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It seems to me that bowhunting the high basins above 10,000 feet are the best places to bugle in bulls. The elk love these areas because it is nice and cool with plenty of green grass and water.
One thing I love the most about high country hunting is the elk are not as spooky as they are down low because they don't get as much hunting pressure. Because of this, the bulls are more vocal and more willing to move toward your cow calls or bugles.

Alot of guys worry about shooting a bull in the back country because of the logistical problems of packing out the meat. But a good idea is to bone the elk out and just pack out the meat. The meat that will come off a mature bull is usually around 200-250 pounds. This is about three trips of packing meat. But the pack is always down hill, which isn't too hard. You can also take a couple of days to get the meat out because the temps at 11000 feet are usually cool enough to keep the elk form spoiling within the first day or two.

Hope this helps.

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Elk Advice

wellsj, Good post! Thumbs up Welcome to BGH!

jdr4bama2, Welcome to Colorado & BGH! Big smile

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Wellsj,
Thanks for your advice. I guess I better plan on packing any meat that I manage to harvest out. Shouldn't be too bad. Like I have read before, the hard work will make the meat taste oh so much better. I picked up a Big Game guide today and that should give me more information. I am thinking of purchasing an either sex archery license. I am of the understanding the license will allow me to hunt any public property in any GMU statewide. Is that a true statement? Should I just head west from the Springs and look for public land to hunt? Can someone tell me the difference between a limited and unlimited license? What does a purchase over the counter with a cap mean? Thanks so much for helping me out. I realize these questions must seem very primative. In Alabama, where I am from, it is soooo much easier.-Jimmy

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Flat Tops
jdr4bama2 wrote:
Wellsj,
Thanks for your advice. I guess I better plan on packing any meat that I manage to harvest out. Shouldn't be too bad. Like I have read before, the hard work will make the meat taste oh so much better. I picked up a Big Game guide today and that should give me more information. I am thinking of purchasing an either sex archery license. I am of the understanding the license will allow me to hunt any public property in any GMU statewide. Is that a true statement? Should I just head west from the Springs and look for public land to hunt? Can someone tell me the difference between a limited and unlimited license? What does a purchase over the counter with a cap mean? Thanks so much for helping me out. I realize these questions must seem very primative. In Alabama, where I am from, it is soooo much easier.-Jimmy[/quote

The Flat Tops Wilderness is some excellent elk hunting. The elk density in this wilderness is unreal. I'm a rifle hunter so I've never hunted up there in September. But I know as of right now the hunting up there is great. I know a guide who puts his bowhunters on ground stands right next to wallows and his clients have an 80% chance of pulling there bow back on a branch antlered bull. Whether they hit there target or not isn't up to the guide.. I'm not sure how the bow seasons run in this unit but if it is open for bowhunting, I feel it is worth checking out. It's a 2 hour drive from Colorado Springs but might be worth it.
The problem with hunting west of the Springs is that some units don't have the elk densities that the units in the North Central and NorthWest parts of the state do. But then again it is nice to hunt close to home.

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archery elk

jdr4bama2,

No, you can't hunt anywhere on public land with a "statewide" tag. It's really a bad name for it. You can hunt in any of the "statewide" units. Please see the excerp from the big game rules.

ARCHERYELK
Only legal hand-held bows can be used during
archery seasons.
Unlimited Archery: Aug. 25-Sept. 23
Unlimited either-sex archery elk licenses are
valid in all units except 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10,
12, 19, 20, 23, 24, 29, 33, 39, 40, 46, 48, 49,
50, 51, 56, 57, 58, 61, 66, 67, 69, 76, 84, 104,
191, 201, 391, 441, 461, 481, 500, 501, 512,
561, 682, 791, 851 on Bosque del Oso SWA.
Unlimited antlerless archery elk licenses are
valid in all units except 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10,
12, 19, 20, 23, 24, 29, 33, 39, 40, 46, 48, 49,
50, 51, 56, 57, 58, 61, 66, 67, 69, 76, 84, 104,
191, 201, 391, 441, 461, 481, 500, 501, 512,
561, 851 on Bosque del Oso SWA. Either-sex
and antlerless archery licenses are valid only on private land in units 4, 5, 12, 23, 24, 33,
441. License agents only: E-E-000-U1-A for
unlimited either-sex archery. E-F-000-U1-A
for unlimited antlerless archery.
Limited Archery:
These licenses are limited in number, available
by drawing for specific units. See hunt code
tables.

Beware! Read the regs over a few times until you understand them completely. They won't cut you any slack in the field if you're caught breaking the rules. Even if it's an honest mistake. It's all about the Benjamin's, if you know what I mean. In Colorado, hunting is big business. eye roll

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