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Elk scouting

Well, my first scouting mission didn't go so well.  An 8 mile backpack trip with not one sign of elk.  Of course I stayed on the trail and I understand I will have to get off the beaten path, but everywhere I looked it was thick brush. I have a few more areas to check out before the season starts.  Does anyone have a good starting point for Units 371, 28, CO?  I went in through Rock Creek Trail(which is overpacked with hunters during archery).

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get off the trail

You need to venture off trail, get to a high area that overlooks some meadows where you can glass with binos or spotting scope.  Look for an area with a water source around timberline this time of year.  But you really need to get way off trail away from the beaten path. 

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I wouldn't say that you are

I wouldn't say that you are going to have to get near the timber line but you are going to have to get to a high spot off of the trail to where you can do some glassing and check out the trees and meadows below you.  This last weekend I was out and spotted two nice bulls at around 7500' and the top of the hill is close to 10,000'.  They are where you find them but if you locate a water source where they are drinking then a lot of your work is done, that is unless that source dries up come hunting season. 

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I plan on trying another area

I plan on trying another area this weekend.  The topo map and research online looks promising.  I am sure the late start 9:00am and the heat didn't help with the animal movement.

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Good luck to you, hope you

Good luck to you, hope you run into some elk!

Take a camera along, and bring us back some scouting photos!!!

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yep

You HAVE to treat it like you would treat a hunt.  It's even hotter in the summer, so don't expect to see much for game between late morning and early evening if you're below timberline. Still, I'd expect to see some sort of signs of life.  Fresh feces can be hard to find in long green grass in the summer time, so spend time on the banks of ponds and streams in the soft mud looking for tracks.

On my last scouting trip, I think I saw one deer out past 9am, everything on the public lands was at dawn or dusk  While it's nice to just lay eyes on the area, if you're going to use presence of game as a way to determine where to hunt, you have to be out way before the sun comes up.

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Scouting trip this weekend

Scouting trip this weekend was better than last weekend. The terrain was much more open and game trail were found. We even ran across 2 bull moose. Unfortunately we didn't get out till late afternoon.

I have attached a picture of the moose.

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That's a very good looking

That's a very good looking bull!  I'd take him!

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