I am a first-time non-resident elk hunter. I got my first choice, which happened to be in GMU 38 for a First Rifle Season Cow Elk.
I know what you guys are thinking GMU 38??? Cow???
Hey, I am attending a police conference in Denver right before the first rifle season starts. My costs to and from Colorado from South Florida will be covered.
I am not looking to ship a trophy back - but I would love to take some elk meat home.
I love Colorado and the fact that the state sets aside 65 percent of the available licenses for residents and 35 percent for non-residents.
I think because of the current economy, I had the advantage. Fewer non-residents will have the money to spend on hunter. MORE Colorado residents may be looking to put some meat in their freezers.
Again, I am excited. To anyone who is NOT hunting first rifle season in GMU 38, who would like to share some tips or areas for me to consider checking out - your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I just ended up with my 3rd choice cow tag. Got shut out of the either sex tags I put in for 1st and 2nd. At least I'll still get to hunt with friends, but another group, who I hunted with during first season last year got totally screwed with the tag reduction. Two kids were going to wait for leftovers which are normally available, but not this year. Two of the others in the group drew nothing and two others drew cow tags. So out of 6, there are only 2 cow tags, I think they are going to have to move.
Our hunting partners were shut out from the draw. My son (15) got his either sex tag for Unit 3/4 (1st choice) and I got my cow tag (2nd choice) for 1st rifle. This strategy has always worked well the past 3 yrs - accumulate preference points and have fun hunting for a cow. Our partners followed the same strategy but were left out this year.
Good to see you on BGH! Jeff here, Yes they cut way back on the cow elk tags this year in that area and many guys didn't draw, especially those who applied 3rd choice and from what I'm reading they will be no leftovers for that area 1st season. Ron drew but his boys didn't. I think he's going to turn his back in and get a OTC bull tag and hunt by his inlaws down south by Silverton, with his sons. Did Chris and his girls draw?
I'm just playing the preference point game in hopes that I can draw a tag for 201 before I apply for social security. In the meantime, I still draw my 2nd choice for a PLO cow tag. An elk hunt is an elk hunt and putting a cow in the freezer is a heck of alot better than eating tag soup and hunting in an OTC unit that gets the crap pounded out of it. I'll have to keep on doing this for a few more years.
Nada for 2nd choice muzzy cow general....13 pts though. If anyone received a muzzle cow general and is looking to trade it in for something else, I'd go down to DOW and see if I could pick it up at the same time.
I'm pretty sure that's doable. But it can't be done until the leftovers are for sale, I think. Although you can return your tag now. Of course that wouldn't make sense if you are trying to pick up someone else's limited tag that currently has no leftovers.
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...