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Elk hunting question

A buddy of mine and I, both Minnesota residents, are looking to possibly do a self guided elk hunt next year, but neither of us have hunted elk before and don't really know where to start. We have been looking at Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Idaho as possible hunting locations. We are going to archery hunt and want either a bull only tag or an either sex tag. We are looking for any information on possible buying over the counter tag oportunities, and also information and if this is not available anywhere, what states have the highest draw percentage. We are both college kids, so price is somewhat of an issue, but want to hunt elk no matter where we have to go and what we have to pay for a tag, but we don't want to go on a guided hunt. Any information would be helpful. If anyone knows any specific zones that are good that would also be helpful. We are planning on spending the off season learning as much about hunting elk as possible. Also, what options are there for Elk hunting in Canada? Any non residents out there that have had any experiences, both positive and negative, hunting elk in one of these states?

tim
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Elk hunting question

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner

this is the idaho hunt planner. Lots of info in there.

tim

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Elk hunting question

If you are going to go Colorado, you can pretty much purchase an over the counter Archery tag that covers a lot of the state. If you are going to hunt Wyoming or Montana you should plan on putting in for the draw, which usually has a deadline for the application in January for WY and March for MT. If you are going to come out for a elk hunt. I'd start building up points to help you draw a tag when you decide to come out. Most of Idaho tags are on a first come basis and that starts in December. So as soon as the tags for a certain unit are sold they are gone for that year in ID. I would plan your Archery trip around the rut.
Hope that helps,
Jeff

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Location: Crested Butte Co.
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Elk hunting question

Colorado also has second and third otc tags, archery is vocal and later to love those close bugles looking for hunting partners this year maybe ,get back if interested.

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