In 2011, I drew an elk tag at the Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City. I have always loved hunting but with my career and family obligations had made getting out difficult and scouting almost impossible. I had never been elk hunting but had always dreamed of going and had started collecting points. Drawing this tag and the experience that followed, rekindled the fire in me. When I learned that I would be moving to Colorado, I cashed in my points on the same unit in 2013. Below are links to stories about these hunts. The stories are posted on addictedtohunting.com, which is a blog site for a selfless individual named Jason. Jason, pointed me to his honey hole and even came up and helped on the second hunt. I wrote the first story and Jason wrote the second.
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Fri, 2014-03-14 16:50
A few stories
Fri, 2014-03-14 18:24#1
So you are one of those kind
So you are one of those kind of hunters that draw a tag at the Hunting Expo. Great stories, now you just need to get after them here in Colorado.
I started elk hunting above Fountain Green and killed my first 6x6 up there, that was a long time ago. That along with being stupid enough to hunt deer up Mona Canyon in the ledges, but there were big bucks up there at that time.
Fri, 2014-03-14 22:20#2
Wow! That is quite the story.
Wow! That is quite the story. Even without the success on the second day, your first day had enough excitement for several hunts. In fact, I think you would have to combine all of my elk hunts to get close to that much action. No wonder that brought you back to hunting. I enjoyed reading that. Thanks for sharing!
Sat, 2014-03-15 08:33#3
Very nice !
I enjoyed both stories very much and what an amazing first hunt. Way to keep it together on a great first bull !
I can't wait to read your first Colorado experience. Have you decided on what you and your daughter are going to do this year ?
Tue, 2014-03-18 09:53#4
Hunt options for the kids.
I think that I am going to just get a point for my younger daughter and concentrate on get my older daughter on some elk. I am looking at getting her a rifle cow tag, as a second choice, on 62 or on the Grand Mesa. Then try to get her a leftover muzzy tag on the the Bookcliffs. This would give us more hunting opportunity and then give us two areas to choose from, for the late season.
The DOW website states that the Books has good cow hunting for the late season. I have looked at the statistics page and there is good success on private but the success rate on public is pretty low. Are the Books worth hunting, without private access,during the late season? How is the late season hunting on 62 and the Grand Mesa? I have seen that a lot of the areas around here are private land only. What are the chances of getting access in these areas, without paying to high of a fee? Is paying a fee necessary?
Tue, 2014-03-18 21:51#5
Hunt options for the kids.
You can definitely have a good hunt on the Books even without private property. My son took his last cow on the late season youth tag in unit 21.
The late season hunt in 62 is a lot more difficult. There is a lot of hunters and a lot of pressure. It is the heaviest hunted unit in Colorado.
The Grand Mesa can be challenging depending on pressure and weather, but I have had years when you could just run out behind Palisade (38 3/4 Rd) and find a cow right at the bottom of the Mesa or even the chained areas just north of Lands End.
I have never asked to hunt on private, but have herd that some places will allow youth hunters on for free.
Sat, 2014-03-15 21:43#6
Thanks for posting the
Thanks for posting the stories, I really enjoyed reading them. Congrats!
Tue, 2014-03-18 10:04#7
The Hilton Rocks
These hunts were exciting. I believe the Nebo is an underrated unit. If anyone is looking for an easier draw in Utah and is not necessarily looking for a monster, I have a good spot. The Nebo is known as a steep and nasty unit, but the Hilton is one of those overlooked spots. It is not that steep, 15 minutes from town, just off the highway (both bulls were less than 1.5 miles), has heavily trafficked trails going right through it and yet on both hunts and while scouting, I did not see another hunter. Everyone I talked to, told me to go down the deep dark canyons and not one person, other than Jason, mentioned the Hilton.
On Jason's first hunt in the Hilton, he ran into some locals that told him that they call this area the Hilton, because the elk check in during the spring and do not check out until the snow pushes them down. I believe it because, on my first hunt, I went to the exact same spot and blew the elk out twice and went back a third time and shot my first bull. My second bull was only 1/4 mile from the same spot.
One thing that Jason couldn't hit on in the second story, is that I really got caught up in the moment. I had the smaller bull right on top of me and screaming in my face. My blood was really pumping and when the second bull bugled to my right, in the corner of my eye he looked huge, I just turned and shot. If I had my senses, I probably would have passed as an opening morning bull.
I did not have time to scout before the hunt and did not have a lot of time, so under most circumstances I would have been completely satisfied. However, the entire time we were dressing the elk and packing out, bulls were bugling everywhere. I have never heard anything like it. On one trip out, I heard at least five different bulls bugling below the trail, in different spots. It was hard to listen to it and know that there was nothing I could do about it. We also had two bulls walk right up on us while we were dressing my bull. It was to thick to tell if they were bigger, which was probably a blessing. In the end, I have a full freezer and we did get out before a big snow storm.