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elk hunting

hi all... i am planing on a first time elk hunting trip to Colorado. i been talkin to this one guy and he said he hunts the Flattops Wilderness Area in northwest Colorado unit 24. he runs the eagles nest outfitting. i just wanted to kno if any one has hunted there or heard anything about this camp. he said a drop camp hunt will be fine for me, but i am not sure if thats a good idea since this will be my first ever elk hunt. just looking for some pointers and stuff. thanks all!!!

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I have never hunted there nor

I have never hunted there nor hunted with that outfitter, but to answer your question it all depends on what you are capable of doing.  A drop camp is just that.  You pay the outfitter to put you into an area and leave you.  Now if that outfitter knows his business he just may put you into a good area where with some hiking you will be into the elk.  Also if you are capable of dressing and packing an elk out by yourself or with your hunting partners that is a good way to go.  But on the other hand if you are a complete novice to hunting and need help or want a little bit more of a sure thing which there is no guarantee then pay the price for the fully guided hunt with the outfitter. 

An elk is a creature of habit, and once you know what their habits are in a given area it really isn't too hard to find them.  But if you don't have the time to scout them to find out what they are doing then having a friend or a outfitter that knows is the next best thing.   

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First timer

If you or no one in you party has ever hunted Elk ?, i would concider a guided hunt the first time, I don't know where your from ?. But hunting out west, is a totally different ball game then hunting whitetails.

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What season?

It's pretty awesome country out there, but keep in mind that archery season, 1st season and 4th season are limited draw.  4th season could be pretty rough with a normal snowfall year in 24.  Archery tags are also split between north and south of the North Fork of the White River.  It can be a tough draw with no preference points.

Flat Tops and Trappers Lake Country in July:

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ty guys.. yes it a first time

ty guys.. yes it a first time for all of us.. any pointers are great. is it better in the first season?

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The # 1 thing is to get into the best shape you can, the evelation will kick your butt.

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1st season

Most units have their top success in first season.  Might check 24 specifically over the last few years, but probably, especially since the tag is either sex in 1st season.

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very good area

I grew up hunting those areas 23/24 and just recently started hunting more forgiving areas with my health declining and all.... They are very good areas! they also get A LOT of pressure with other hunters. The rack in my signature was taken up in area 23 near sleepy cat...... we always hunted 2nd season and have been snowed out a few times up high.... cant really comment on that guide service or any for that matter as we have never used one.

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Your elk is like an our

Your elk is like an our european Red deer. This is red deer in our lands - Europe, Belarus. Hunting season for it is Sept.-Jan. Red deer (antlers weight up to 2 kg) cost about 450 USD. In your opinion is it expensive or not?

 We call elk as our moose. In our country europien elk (moose) hunting is very good and popular hunting. More than for red deer. Big trophy elk is more spread than red deer.

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flat tops

Flattops is a pretty good area to hunt elk.  Problem is that it sees it's fair share of huning pressure, but then again there's not many areas in the state that don't see a lot of pressure during the season.  My suggestion in that area is to get in deep and go into areas where other hunters are unwilling to.  Let the crowding work for you in your favor. When the pressure is on those elk may not go far, but they will hang out in pretty steep rugged sections of land where most hunters won't venture. 

I also will say that being in top physical condition is mandatory, especially if you are not used to high altitude air or terrain.  Start now getting into shape.  Cardio is the biggest priority, jog, do leg presses, stair steppers, etc.  The better in shape you are the better you will be in elk country.  I make a habit of doing cardio  at least 45 minutes 4 days a week and weight training 3 days a week.  When the weather permits I also jog up many of the front range trails that we have, not hiking, but jogging.

No you will not move like this in elk country while actually hunting, but you will be greatful you trained months before when you finally down an elk and have to make four to five round trips each carrying 70lbs to 80lbs of meat on your back for as many as 4 to 5 miles per trek in rugged steep terrain.

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