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Elk Hunting 7 & 8

I have hunted GMU 54 for years and done OK but this year my father in law and my father are going to tag along. In 54 you have to be able to "hoof it" in the back country and I wanted to hunt an area for them that wasn't quite as physically demanding. Does anyone have any advise for Elk hunting in GMU 7 & 8?

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elk hunting 7 and 8

The density in Unit 7 and 8 isnt great, but I harvested a great bull there last year (07). I assume you are a public land hunter and there is plenty of that to work with. The country isn't ridiculously steep in many areas and if you aren't looking to kill yourself, try hunting the edges of Bull Mountain or The Green Ridge. I'm sure you know that there is no such thing as an easy public land hunt. On both the Green Ridge and Bull Mountain there are numerous old logging clearcuts which may hold an animal or several.
Whatever you do stay away from the Red Feather area. Most of the hunter pressure will be around there, but most of the animals are harvested in the western half of the units. Since you stated you don't want to hoof it too far, stay away from the Rawah Wilderness. Most of it is heavy timber until you are more than 2 miles in, except for the foothills of the Laramie River Valley.
You didn't state what season you are hunting and whether you intend to hunt deer at the same time. I took my bull during 1st season, but I spent a lot of time scouting. 1st season in this unit has much less pressure because there is no deer hunting and no cow hunting. Last year there was only 600 tags.
I've attached a few pictures to help you out, but I don't know why this forum keeps saying the bull picture is an empty file so I can't share it. And for God's sake get your hands on good maps, like BLM maps and USGS topos.
This link should show my bull:

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Great Bull!

Thanks! I will be hunting the second season with the two of them. I am usually an archery hunter but I told them that we would all go together this year and go rifle. I work in the Red Feather area so i spend alot of time up there and will be able to scout several times over the next several weeks. I have looked at the Green Ridge a little and liked what I saw but I had seen an outfitter there for the muzzle loading season and figured it got alot of pressure there. I really like the fact that the deadman area has alot of elevation differences for any change in weather. If you are hunting in this area again I will let you know how scouting goes before season.

Good luck this year!

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Elk Hunting 7 & 8

I wouldn't advise going on Bull Mountain, the last couple years have been bad up there! I talked to a guy thats been going there for the last 20 years and he has been really disappointed with bull mountain. I don't know to much about greenridge but I do know thats where everyone says to go.

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I suggested Bull Mountain because he stated he wanted a hunt that is father can handle. Bull Mountain and the Green Ridge are fairly flat. Both of those areas are conducive to walking down logging trails and sitting on old cuts or meadows. I personally kick my own ass while hunting, but I recognize not everyone can handle that. Bull Mountain does receive quite a bit of pressure, but I would either hunt near the southeastern rim or northern edge.

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Elk Hunting 7 & 8

I appreciate the input. I talked to the other guys tagging along and they will be willing to "hoof" it with me. Don't know what its like on the west end and Rawah area but I am going to scout it hard over the next couple weeks. I personally like to be "off trail" and away from everybody and there brother. I know where I want to set my father and father in -law up. Do you have any info about the wilderness. I have (like you say) kicked my own ass in 54 to pack back in (you have to there to see any numbers) so if you can help me at all before I head in blind I would appreciate it.

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Elk Hunting 7 & 8

From what I've scouted so far, the rawahs are going to be a little more rugged and than deadman area. There are a lot of places to hunt and get away from everyone. I've also noticed that there is a lot more draws in the rawahs that run for a long ways. I'm with yea on the first time stuff though. Were simi walking in blind but there so many places to hunt.

GOOD LUCK! let us know how it goes!

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