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We drew our 1st week rifle hunt Elk tag this year,we are hunting wih Pack Country Outfitters,just NW of Steamboat Springs. What should I expec?This is my first Elk hunt.

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Get into as good of shape as you can. The air will be thin and you'll probably be hiking up and down real mountains (sorry, but those things you have out east aren't REAL mountains!), so you need to be in excellent condition. I would also suggest that you come out a day or two early to acclimate to the altitude. If you can afford the time I would fly into Denver and spend one night here. Then drive up to Idaho Springs or maybe Granby and spend a night. Then go on up to Steamboat. In any case, plan to take it easy for the first day or two and drink a LOT of water! You'd be surprised how many people have issues with the altitude.

Be prepared for almost any weather. First rifle season you might have afternoon highs near 60, or you might never see it get above freezing. You just never know for sure.

There are a lot of elk up around Steamboat, but not a whole lot of trophy sized bulls. Not sure what you're looking for, but I'll tell you that the best eating game meat I've ever had was an elk calf I shot a few years back. Not as much meat as a big cow or bull, but MMMMM GOOD!

Mainly, though, talk to your outfitter and listen to what he tells you. Hunting elk in Colorado is NOT the same as hunting deer in the East. Good luck!

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Yep, just what Denver D0n said.

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Thanks for the info,my real concerns was the weather I dont know what to bring as far as clothing,and I'm limited because of the plane.I hunted New Mexico last year and when we landed in ElPaso it was 103 degrees not what I was expecting.

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Wishfish, Do you know what area by Steamboat your outfitter will have you hunt?

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Your outfitter should supply you with a complete clothing list for your hunt and any other info you might ask for. call and ask him with every question you have.....this is what your paying $$ him for. good luck!!

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Hiker I think that we are going to hunt the Routt Forrest. Its a tent hunt so hopefully we can get in close to the Elk early in the morning.

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Wishfish-

look at this website it will be helpful

http://members.tripod.com/~elkhunter2/index.html

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Well, as for clothes, I'd say plan to layer. I usually hunt the muzzleloader season, which is even earlier in the year than first rifle season, but I bring plenty of layers. Lightweight, polarmax-type long underwear as the first layer. Then cotton/poly pants on top of that if it's warm, and a pair of wool pants if it's not. Same thing for shirts. Then I also bring a fleece jacket and a heavier-weight set of underwear in case it's really cold, and a poncho in case it's wet.

In the hottest weather I'll just have on the lightweight long underwear bottoms and tops, and the cotton/poly pants (no other shirt). I can stay reasonably cool in that. In the coldest weather I'll have on the heavyweight long underwear bottoms and tops, wool pants and shirt, the fleece jacket, and maybe even the poncho on top of that.

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also a handy little trick is to carry rolaids with you. if you are feeling the symptoms of altitude sickness pop one in and take one about every hour. i do it when i feel it and i live here, but when you are climbing those HUGE hills and working your body to its limits it happens to the best of us. i have also given them to out of staters when they feel like poop. they feel better real wuick. and DRINK WATER, we are an alpine desert. two or three saummers ago it was drier (spelling) here then the sarah desert. take a hydration bladder with you and drink it all. pack for any type of weather like denver said. hope you have fyun its beautiful country out here soak it up

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Like the others have said, dress in layers. Mornings will probably be at or near freezing but by noon after packing around you'll be cooking. Bring sun screen...

First and second season are usually pretty warm or at least they have been for the last few years.

It is possible you could encounter snow, but it is not likely and if it did occur it probably melt within 24-36 hours at that time of the year and at that location.

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