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Elk Camp and CO Hunting

I am going to try and go light this year for hunting and I am taking a 9x9 popup tent and was wondering on how to outfit it to keep warm and other camp essentials that I should take with. There will be two of us and was wondering on heat for tent and cooking. I am going first rifle season in CO. I also was wondering how the elk are doing in CO units 33 and surrounding area?

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During the first rifle season

During the first rifle season for elk here in Colorado you can expect just about any kind of weather that is possible.  You could get snow, rain, or it could be so hot that you just want to lie down in the creek.  As far as sleeping in the tent and if you are going to be sleeping on the floor I would get a quality air mattress that has some insulated qualities along with a sleeping bag rated down to at least 20 degrees.  That along with a couple of extra blankets just in case.  Along with that a couple of blue tarps.  One large enough to cover the tent with some extra in case you need something to sit under during a rain or snow storm and the other just for general purpose.  Also a good length of rope to use to hang the tarps over along with wet clothes.  I wouldn't worry about heating a tent since you'll be using a lot of fuel to do so.  A couple of plastic folding tables and a Coleman stove for cooking and eating and your lawn chairs for relaxing.  A wood saw/chain saw, shovel, and a ax and you should be pretty well set up.  Others will chime in with what they think that you should bring.  As far as hunting unit 33 I have never hunter there so I'll leave it to somebody else on that.     

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I agree about the weather.

I agree about the weather. Expect everything from great to horrible.

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A popup tent is going lightweight?  What did you haul out before?

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We had a 16x20 wall tent, a

We had a 16x20 wall tent, a 9x9 pop tent is a lot different.

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going lite

I'd say a pop-up tent is good enough for 1st rifle season in the high country.  Like was menioned earlier, just bring some tarps and extra blankets or a 3 season sleeping bag.  Wall tents are good late season hunts, but I don't hunt late seasons much anymore.

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Since you'll be west of

Since you'll be west of Denver near GJ, CO, weather shouldn't be too bad.  I travel up that way often for work and quite frankly, I love going there in October, the weather always seems to be very comftorable.  I agree with Critter, bring what he stated along with some extra blankets for the evening.  I always bring a buddy heater for mornings and evenings before going to sleep.  At night, I run it for about 30 minutes to get my sleaping bag warm before I get into it - yeah, I know, I'm a 'girl' but damnit, I'm getting too old for the tough guy crap Grin Also, when I run it in the morning, I only run it when it's below freezing, otherwise, I find it more than warm enough in the tent with body heat and long johns.  If the Buddy Heater isn't what you want, they sell other heating elements that attach to the top of a propane tank and they provide heat for cooking as well as comfort.  Good luck!

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elk camp

My son and I hunted in that area first season last year, the weather was too good, for my liking.50's in the day teens at night.We couldn't buy some weather, just wanted a little. We used 0 degree sleeping bags without a heater in the tent we seemed to be fine,It was cold though at night, especially the 2am step out of the tent too pee time. It was cold enough a few days in day that if we were in camp during the day you had to have a fire.We saw plenty of elk, and even more hunters, But with that said my son shot one and I should have, they are there. We set up a big tarp in the trees with rope to cover our cooking area and called it good. Some advice though,its Steep at least where the elk were,after opening day, if your not in shape you better get started.Its about 9200' down to 8000 and up to 10000 where we hunted, up and down, We went 4 days early to scout saw nothing first 2 days besides deer and coyotes, Then saw elk, in the meadows,in the trees, drove one evening through a herd of 20 on the way back to camp, Then the hunters came, the day before, camping everywhere we saw elk. The area we saw most of the elk had a camp of 15 guys, with speakers playing music so loud you could here it a mile away. There are tons of hunters here, However, I had a great time, and would hunt here again.Just get back in,away from other people. Don't be discouraged, about the number of people is what I'm saying,just get away from them, We never saw another hunter, after our opening morning, where we ended up hunting that wasn't a ridge away.We talked to some when we were getting started in the morning who were parked, asked where we were headed, and when I said, down to the bottom up the other side to hunt that mountain, the guy said your nuts.

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Spotnstalk can you PM me where you were at, what ridges you were on if you have the name of them?

 

Thank you to everyone for your help. Any honeyholes to get an elk in or at least see some in would be great just PM me.

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