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hi,
am a new person on this forum.i have heard that there is a large migration of elk in north west part of colorado.does any one know if it is accross public lands?my frieds hunt near independence mountion above walden.i have heard it is the largest migration in the lower 48 states.
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Gary - Welcome to BGH Big smile We have alot of guys here from the Colorado area. They all have good advice so stick around I'm sure you'll get all your questions answered Thumbs up

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I do not know abiut the largest migratin, but there is some elk there. There is alo alot of hunters there. Make sure youm wear alot of orange. I think the Craig area hold more elk in the later months.

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I've heard stories of herds crossing the highways and stopping traffic for 5 minutes while the entire herd passes. Sounds like the Serengeti or something.
I have not experienced that phenomenon in the South part of the state - yet.

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Welcome to BGH Gary!

There are elk all over northwest Colorado, on private and public land. When it gets cold they do move to lower ground and bunch up. They hang around valleys through the winter months.

This thread has some photos I took in March of 2005:
http://www.biggamehunt.net/node/13736

I would recommend studying maps, we have lots of public ground up here. Yes, I have seen herds of elk cross highways here, in fact in the spring when the first grass greens up along the highway traveling around here is downright dangerous, too many elk hanging around close to the road.

The migration you're heard about is probably the herd that moves across units 2, 3, 301, 4 & 5. It is huge. You might want to check with the DOW and see if they have any stats on that herd. Its usually November and into December when they're really on the move. The photo below was taken by a friend that has a ranch in unit 301. I believe it was taken in December.

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that was taken by the fortifacation rocks wasnt it looks like the field right off the highway in fact weve killed many elk in that field

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I didn't take the above photo, so I'm not sure where the rocks are at in relationship to this field. This field is on east side of Hwy 13, north of Craig on private property.

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the migration that i asked about was seen on jim zumbo outdoors.he was hunting with westen clark of colorado springs.
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I would not beleive anything jim zumbo says!!!

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westen clark of colorado springs.

Gary, I haven't heard of a large migration west of CS. The migration above the one of the largest in the world. These elk move to private from the public lands when the hunters move in and stay until the snow moves them out. They will cover 50 plus miles and number into the 1,000's. Most of their migration route is on ranching for wildlife properties and these ranches can hunt them until after Christmas. Very few mature bulls make it, as they have to make it all the way through the "gauntlet". Which is near impossible and they slay the older bulls. To find a 4-5 year old bull in this area, you are one blessed hunter.

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