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Father and Son looking for ELK hunting advice

First off, thanks for taking the time to read my post. My son (14) and I are looking to head out west this next fall in pursuit of ELK in CO. I went on a guided hunt about 15-years ago with a guide (archery) in Idaho and after 6-days finally shot a bull. So I have limited elk hunting knowledge. Now that my son is of age and we have been practicing, practicing, practicing, Archery we are ready as a team to head out and try our luck. We would like to spike it out somewhere so we can hunt right from our tent in the morning. Willing to pack in within reason to get us into game. Not looking for trophy elk but trying to at least see some and have a shot (so quantity over quality). I want a good experience for my son and I, we are willing to work hard but not climb Mt. Everest. Prefer to be by oursleves as much as possible and not a bunch of other hunters...main reason why we are going archery. A tag that is easy to get is also a benefit since I will have to take time from work well in advance. Love Colorado but open to any Western state if you think is better considering my situation. Any help, tips, resources, Address, GPS coordinates smile, UNIT, I would greatly appreciate. I have one friend who rifle hunts (unit 35) and said he can show me where to go in there. However, he has never archery hunted it. Worth it? Thank you very much!

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WI Guy... I am in the same

WI Guy...

I am in the same boat as you... I would consider archery or rifle but am looking to get my foot in the door.

Archery would be great - I think - less crowds and the chance of catching the full rut... but challenging simply because it is still a bow and arrow.

Keep me in mind if you want someone to pair up with... maybe we could make it four and do a drop camp - semi guided hunt...

This forum is simply the best... you will get some great advice here, that is for sure.

I am not qualified to give any advice- I am greener than you are (no insult). I am researching as hard as I can, however...

There are some incredibly knowledgeable folks on here and they are quite helpful.

Good luck in your quest - and again, I am open for September / October 2011. (at least I hope I am).

Thanks!

Jim

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Food for thought

Wisconsin Guy wrote:

First off, thanks for taking the time to read my post. My son (14) and I are looking to head out west this next fall in pursuit of ELK in CO. I went on a guided hunt about 15-years ago with a guide (archery) in Idaho and after 6-days finally shot a bull. So I have limited elk hunting knowledge. Now that my son is of age and we have been practicing, practicing, practicing, Archery we are ready as a team to head out and try our luck. We would like to spike it out somewhere so we can hunt right from our tent in the morning. Willing to pack in within reason to get us into game. Not looking for trophy elk but trying to at least see some and have a shot (so quantity over quality). I want a good experience for my son and I, we are willing to work hard but not climb Mt. Everest. Prefer to be by oursleves as much as possible and not a bunch of other hunters...main reason why we are going archery. A tag that is easy to get is also a benefit since I will have to take time from work well in advance. Love Colorado but open to any Western state if you think is better considering my situation. Any help, tips, resources, Address, GPS coordinates smile, UNIT, I would greatly appreciate. I have one friend who rifle hunts (unit 35) and said he can show me where to go in there. However, he has never archery hunted it. Worth it? Thank you very much!

I have plenty of GPS coords but you ain't gettin em;)  Check around for outfitter drop camps as most will bring a kid in your sons age at a substancially reduced cost.  Elk hunting has changed dramatically in the last 15 years and it has not gotten easier.  If you do a drop camp with just you and your son, I would also recommend you get at least CPR certified, and preferably, wilderness first responder certified if you are not already.  Also take the time to prepare a proper wilderness first aid pack.  Not trying to scare you, and you will probably never need any of those things, but being prepared for the worst is necessary when bringing "yutes" into the back country. 

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There are two great places

There are two great places that you can go for a lot of information.  One is the Colorado Division of Wildlife web site  http://wildlife.state.co.us/  and in it you can go to the Elk Hunting University site http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/ElkHuntingUniversity/ and learn a lot about elk hunting. 

Also a member here has a web site that for a small fee you can come up with all kinds of information as far as where to hunt along with a lot of other data that he has compiled.  http://www.westernhuntingdata.com/

So after checking out those places don't hesatate to come on back and ask questions. 

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Thanks everyone! What a great

Thanks everyone! What a great site this is! TwoBear, never thought about the CPR side I agree though I guess things could turn ugly very easily. If anything my son should get it because I will be the one needing it...

The Drop Camp is not a bad idea more $$ but may be an option. I will keep you in mind Jim and the offer goes both ways. Keep me posted.

Critter, I will take your advice and hit up these other places for more info. Thanks for everyones time to answer me, really appreciate it! Count on me having more questions.

Do any of you know someone that has hunted Unit 35 for Archery? I do have a source for that (gun hunter) who can give me some info but he has no idea how it is for Archery (ELK). Happy New Year to everyone.

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I have never hunted Unit 35

I have never hunted Unit 35 for archery but have done it with a rifle.  The elk will stay close to the top of Castle Peak during the summer but I have seen where hunters have had success on the east side of the mountain near Blue Lake that you reach off of Highway 131.  Also there is a lot of private in that unit but you can get around it. 

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Thanks Critter!!!!!!! That is

Thanks Critter!!!!!!! That is a start and I will look at those areas. Hey if I can here a bugle and see some hide I will consider that successful! Again, thank you very much!

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I am a rifle hunter so don't

I am a rifle hunter so don't know much about archery but if you are willing to shoot a cow I would suggest you look at some of the Dec. cow hunts in CO.  The elk will be lower,bunched up,and a lot less hunting pressure.  My son and I got two in two days last month.

Weather is cold and snow can be deep so camping might not be as great an option.  The Lic. fee is also less.

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