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Your age isn't a big deal, i

Your age isn't a big deal, i am 58. and i go west some place every year, i have found riding a bike is the best thing for me to get my legs in shape.

with the Weather it doesn't matter what Season you go for, when your in the Rockys,, it can and does change fast, my first hunting trip to CO was in 1986, Mid September, we camped at 10,500' the weather was nice, on the 3rd day a storm moved in, started with rain and it was about 70 degrees out, with in a hour the temp dropped to about 30 degrees and there was a foot of snow on the ground.

camping at 10,500' was my first mistake, try to keep your camp in the 6000' to 7000' range.

You will love it out west, there is nothing like, and if you go once, you will be hooked for life. i don't even deer hunt here in MI anymore, if i can't be chassing a Elk i don't even want to hunt.

As i was reading thru your thread i saw something about getting along with a hunting partner.

There are 3 things that i tell anyone that hunts with me.

1 - i am not the maid everyone helps around camp. you would be amazed how lazy some guys are.

2- No Drugs period.

3- no drinking during hunting hours, when we are done hunting for the day if some wants a beer that is fine.

if you have question i will be happy to answer what i can.

 

Kevin

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Kevin, Thanks - again, great

Kevin,

Thanks - again, great information... it would have never occured to me that the camp must be at a lower elevation.

I did not even know - and this may not be written in stone - that most folks camped... when we go on deer hunts out east here, we either camp, stay in a motel close by or look for some local place we can stay, like a farmer that has an extra room, etc.

We camped more earlier in our lives - but a camp in the Rockies or somewhere else out west sounds like an absolute bonus!

When you camp at say - 7000 ' - can you get your vehicle to the camp or are you allowed (or maybe even forced) to use ATV's to move your supplies to your base camp?

Do you sleep at the base camp every night or do you move higher and do overnight trips, weather permitting?

I am sure that old age, beer and altitude do not mix, at least as it relates to endurance.

I am going to be in Steamboat Springs in a few weeks for skiing - and we have not been for about 6 years now - so I am interested to see how my endurance holds up while skiing after being out of the sport for that many years.

I know that hunting will be a LOT more strenuous than simply skiing...

Great information, I appreciate it greatly!!!

Jim

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Jim I say to keep camp at

Jim

I say to keep camp at 7000' or below for 2 reasons.

1 - the weather, the lower you camp the safer you will be.

2 - when you get over 7000' it gets hard for us flat landers to breath, and you run the chance of altatude sickness more if you stay over 7000'.

I have only hunted in CO and MT, i stay at my base camp ever night, in most places you can drive up close to where you want to hunt. the only exception to that is if your hunting a wilderness area, in wilderness areas all travel is by foot or horse back, you CAN'T even use a game cart in a wilderness area to retrieve game.

where i have been hunting in CO, the nearest town is 40 miles away, so camping is almost a must.

and for camping a wall tent is the only way to go, they will stand up to anything the weather throws at them.

and out west a 4 wheel drive vehicle is a must, i take a ATV with me too, for place i don't want to drive my truck. some of the things they call Roads out west are more like cow paths.

if you would like to email me you can at buckykm1@hotmail.com, and i will send you some pictures of my camp, i have a pretty nice set up.

 

Kevin

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Kevin, I would love to see

Kevin,

I would love to see the photos and will send you an email right now!

Since you state you have your ATV it sounds like you drive out there... from Michigan, that is a long way!

Will be a long way from SC, also...

Thanks for the photo offers and also for the good camping information...

Look for an email from jboyd1100s@aol.com - thanks!

Jim

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I would go with CO for first

I would go with CO for first hunt, You can get OTC tags but can also draw a decent area. I would pick one animal for your first trip. But if money isnt a problem buy both tags and be happy with filling only one and the second being a bonus. Elk is easier to draw then deer for rifle. Either though is a great hunt.

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