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Location: Hallettsville Texas
Joined: 12/21/2007
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Being new at this,have yet to do my first elk hunt.How do most of you all get 4 hunters together to take advantage of drop camp prices for 4 or more?Then finding that can hunt well as a team.Then all of you on vacation at same time,
have same tags for same season,same unit.Some serious elk hunters.Any one ever get your tags and outfit yourself.I just bought a horse.Got my own truck and trailer.Mules that will pack meat is something to think about.So just trying to see what is the best ways.Rather than pay a big price tag to ride out on a ranch and shoot an elk.Thats not sport to me,not what I am looking for.
Looking for serious partners to hunt next 10 years.

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Location: north idaho
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I have been way more succesful hunting elk solo. You can go where you want. when you want and it is a challenge to go on your own. The only thing i ever worry about is getting bored.

tim

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Joined: 01/25/2007
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I plan on giving it a go this year or next... decide in the next month or so. Planning DIY with bow in W Washington. Depending on how much info I can gather I will choose this year or next. If I can find a partner great, if not no biggie-just means longer meat pack-out time if I am successful. My biggest challenge as I see it is info on-site... I will hunt Washington but live in New Hampshire!

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did you go this year?

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Brahma Bull has visited the site since Jan7, So I doubt that he has much interest in this thread.. But I'll answer some of his questions.

1st. People who are friends and like to hunt will make time to come hunt together. Even if we don't all draw tags, We come and help those who did draw tags. We schedule our work and family duties so we can spend time with our friends.

2nd. Heck ya, I outfit my self. I own horses and provide the care, tack, trailer/truck etc. My friends in exchange, bring the food, Tent, Camp stove, pay the gas for my truck. We each contribute to the event.

I think Brahma Bull will find that his horses will be a major part of his life beyond elk hunting. If that's the only time he uses them, They will be wild and out of shape. I bought horses because I got tired of hauling elk out on my back. Now horses are a major hobbie and take up a LOT of my free time each day. I ride them year round. I have decreased the time spent fishing, skiing, basketball etc in order to spend more time with the horses.

Also he doesn't need mules to haul the meat. MY horses pull triple duty, they pack in camp, They haul me around the mountain while I hunt and they pack out the meat, the camp and me at the end of the hunt.

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Location: Umatilla Rez, Oregon
Joined: 12/10/2007
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Buds sure do help, especially in the pack. I have packed by myself recently, knocked one down at 8am, finished right at sundown. It really depends, there are times I like to go by myself, but most of the time I hang out wit buds.

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Painted Horse, a question for you. We have a group going fall of '09 for elk in CO. One guy in our group has horses, but they are flatland critters. They are well cared for, he exercises them on a regular basis.

We are aware of the regs in bringing horses into the state, that is not a problem.

Our concerns are, will the horses adapt to this different terrain easily? Altitude? What are some things you would recommend? WE have thought, it might be better to line up horses there.

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Just make sure your horses are in shape and they will do fine. If they are pasture potato's and out of shape, The mountains will take their toll on them. They are no different than you. If you hsow up fat and flabby, you're not going to want to climb those steep hills. If you have been running stairs every night after work at sea level, The mountains will have less effect on you.

Learn how to take your horses pulse and respiration. If and when they show signs of stress, You will be able to recognize the signs that they are being over worked and give them a rest. Remember your horses probably don't work 3-4-5 days in a row at home. So give them a day off during your hunt. We ride ours 3 days and give them the fourth day off to rest. But it really depend on how hard you work them and what shape they are in when they show up. Give them plenty of water and calories. They may be fine on straight hay at home, but need a little grain during the hunts because they are working harder.

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Location: SW Mtns. NM
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I hunted NM solo and will do so again in future. I'm useing 1x1 guide next year, no one else. And it will be HUNTING the whole time. I hunt alone mostly, don't have friends, just aquaintences.I wore the friends out , hunting. Laugh

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Thanks PaintedHorse for the advice. Thumbs up

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Brahma Bull wrote:
Being new at this,have yet to do my first elk hunt.How do most of you all get 4 hunters together to take advantage of drop camp prices for 4 or more?Then finding that can hunt well as a team.Then all of you on vacation at same time,
have same tags for same season,same unit.Some serious elk hunters.Any one ever get your tags and outfit yourself.I just bought a horse.Got my own truck and trailer.Mules that will pack meat is something to think about.So just trying to see what is the best ways.Rather than pay a big price tag to ride out on a ranch and shoot an elk.Thats not sport to me,not what I am looking for.
Looking for serious partners to hunt next 10 years.

It can be tough to get everyone's schedule arranged for dates. Planning a year ahead helps and I think is a must.

A group of us are doing an elk hunt next year also. We have been planning now already for 2 months. Our group of 4 consists of guys I have personally hunted with over the years. But only two of us live fairly close to each other any more. We all know each others ethics when it comes to hunting, what each guy prefers. We pair up accordingly. We get along pretty dang good actually.

We also have a place(private forum) where we can discuss plans, GUM's, resources, etc. This way everyone is up to date on what is going on, you can have your say. Makes if nice because no surprises, a guy can't say this isn't what I thought we were doing. Becauses the plans are all there for all to see and make comments on.

Its always been pretty much do it yourself hunts for our group. There are plenty of places to get research on areas if you start early enough.

Good luck to you.

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