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elk in utal

i saw on the hunting channel on tuesday night elk in the 360 plus size.i asume this was not on public ground and it would cost several thousand $ to hunt them.can you find elk like this in colorado or not?i have omly a limit on money of say 2000 $ or so.maybe i am not ritch enought for such a big elk.
gary b

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Location: Wyoming
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elk in utal

Gary,

With all due respect, if it's only about a big trophy - there's probably not much you can do but save your money.

If you can suffer through not having the largest rack on the wall, if you can suffer through some "dry" elk seasons, but in the process learn more about elk? Eventually you're going to crack the code.

Hunting is a skill, not a nicely packaged product like what you see on those TV shows. It doesn't take a wad of bills to bag an elk. Sweat and smarts are really all you need. I'll bet that there are a lot of smart elk hunters hanging out here who could offer you the advice you'd need to get started - and for FREE!

Location: Utah
Joined: 02/24/2003
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elk in utal

If your post subject was suposed to say "Elk in Utah" then the answer is yes we have many bulls over 360 on public ground in Utah. The hard part is drawing the tag.

We have two types of units...limited entry...and general units. The limited entry units have a limited number of tags that must be drawn in the early spring. These tags are hard to draw but open to everyone and are mostly on public land. These units as you can imagine are managed for trophy class animals. Then we have general units. These tags are purchased over the counter and trophy elk nearly impossible to find.

A limited entry tag in Utah is $795 for a non res and with a little scouting or enough time to hunt the elk on most of these units are not hard to find.

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Location: Southern NH
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If you not afraid to work hard........

There are big elk on public ground in Colorado. I've seen them. A long ways away and moving fast. The odds for getting one these bulls are very low. In the 11 years I've hunted Colorado I've killed three elk....one bull calf, one big cow and one 5 X 5. Some years it's hard to even find them and by then the season's almost over. I would suggest trying to draw a blackpowder tag and hunt your butt off. In a few years you may be one of the lucky ones who gets the chance at a really nice, public ground bull. Or try a wilderness area hunt. It's a lot of work but the elk are around. You just have to go after them. You will still need a lot of luck to get the chance at a big one, though.

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Location: Idaho
Joined: 02/28/2006
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elk in utal

Gary,
I completely agree with Doghouse. If you think that the richer you are the bigger the elk you get you are watchting too much hunting channel. Turn the boob tube off and get out in the mountains. That is what elk hunting is all about. Not the score on the rack. I've saved 150 dollars for gas and eats for five days of elk hunting here in Idaho. My tag was around 40 dollars and I had to draw a permit. I've scouted some bulls in the 300-320 range and have spent very little money. It's taken time, work and patience,(it took 3 years to draw this tag). I don't expect anything for my money, but I know I'll have fun and be close to the almighty in the mountains and If I kill and elk thats a big bonus. Get to know elk. Watch them, study them, follow them and eventually you will get that 360 incher and you will have earned every inch. Don't be the commercial hunter that expects to pay the tab and get the game. Nobody respects that. Start putting in for limited hunts in Utah or even Idaho or Colorado and just hunt. Make time. Get in the truck, strap on your boots and get moving. You will be so glad you do. I promise.
Hank

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Location: Southern NH
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I'll second what Hank said.

Hank (and others) hit the nail on the head. For the cost of a guided pay hunt for a chance at a trophy bull, I've spent 11 years on DIY hunts with my buddies. I wouldn't trade that for a big rack to hang on the wall. I can hunt for a week for under $1000, including airfare from NH and an non-resident cow tag. A bull tag would be a couple hundred more. November 4th is coming quick and I can hardly wait.