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Estes Park Elk

I am looking for possible elk hunting units with good success for 2010. I am new to Colorado and living in the Littleton area. I dont mind driving 2-3 hours in any direction to avoid the crowds. I was up in Estes park last weekend and saw herds of elk. How is the elk hunting around that area come hunting season? Also seen a large herd of Doll Sheep.

I don't have any bonus points and can hunt archery, muzzleloader or rifle. I wouldn't even mind getting a cow tag. What are my best chances of getting ANY tag and what units would work for me? Any suggestions?

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Re: Estes Park Elk

O.K. Let's start by saying, there are no Dall sheep in Colorado!!!!! You are seeing Rocky Mtn. Bigorns. That area is good , but hard to learn with all the private/public hopscotch parcels. You would really have to be a good map reader and pay attention where you are at. Get yourself in a high density unit with lots of continuous public property that is easy to navigate. Get your feet wet, sort of speaking! White River area or late season around Craig or Maybel.

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Re: Estes Park Elk

Not sure if you applied yet, but many of the unit 20 bull tags require a point or two. Unit 20 is also one of the few places in the state with a late season bull hunt. There are some very good elk there. The cow tags have been severely pinched off in that unit now that the NPS is culling elk in the park. There used to be about 200 tags in each of three late seasons, now they are down to 75 tags in 2 late seasons. As with much of the Front Range, there are a only a few large, contiguous blocks of public land to hunt, but if you know your way around really well, you can find nice little pockets of elk. The National Park and the town of Estes Park act as a refuge of sorts, so there aren't a lot of elk on the public lands. There are some, and I frequently see them when deer scouting or hunting. A good friend of mine also too a 300 inch bull there three years ago.

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Re: Estes Park Elk

The CDOW gets reports of Dall Sheep every year. Mostly along the I-70 corridor. This is because when the Bighorns come down from up high, their coats have been effectively bleached by the intense sun reflectance off of snow.

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Re: Estes Park Elk

I have seen bighorn sheep twice now on 70-W. Both times they have been on the road grazing. They even have a sheep viewing overlook exit.

Looks like I may have a problem applying for a resident license for a draw. I have only had my new license for 2 months and they require 6. I will be a resident when the season rolls around, is it o to apply still? If not, what are my options for over the counter tags come September? Will they be archery only or can I hunt muzzleloader and rifel over the counter? As I mentioned before, I am totally fine with a cow tag.

Thanks Guys.

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Re: Estes Park Elk

You will be able to hunt bull over the counter in most gmu's.You can buy this right before you go hunting. Pick up a brochure and check out all the areas that allow OTC bull tags. Rifle tag and Archery have OTC GMU's. Too many to list. Good Luck!

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