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First Colorado Elk Hunt - And I'm Fat

Okay invited to go last minute on elk hunt in Colorado Nov 4- 10. Area is Northwest part and not real steep but not used to altitude - I am from the south.

I'm 35 and no problem actively hunting deer all my life, but I am not in very good "elk shape" from what I keep reading. But do I have a chance to take it at my own speed and enjoy the hunt or am I doomed????

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Sluggo, Welcome to BGH! Big smile
It really depends on what type of elk hunting you'll be doing. I usually hike and get after them and go 5-8 miles a day, up and down the mountains until I find them, then I slow down and hunt them. To hunt wapiti this way, you need to be in shape. Some guys ride 4 wheelers to their spot, walk a few yards, sit down and wait for the elk to show up. To hunt wapiti this way, you don't really need to be in good shape but keep in mind those buggers are heavy and like to die in deep, steep places that will require work to haul them out and that will give you a workout. You also might want to get to your hunting area a few days early to get your body and blood use to the altitude. Have a great hunt and let us know how you do.

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I agree with hiker. You can hunt at your own speed, but once you punch a hole in an elk, you have a serious amount of work ahead of you regardless. Don't get in over your head - don't kill yourself. Hopefully your buddies have common sense - if not - you better bring extra doses. Hunt where you can reasonably extract yourself and an animal. You cannot throw an elk over your shoulder. They are big. Unless you're with an outfitter/guide who will do the work for you while you watch - you need to be able to deal with a big animal. I generally de-meat my animal where it falls. An elk, especially, you will have to take out in portions Yes . Keep your knife sharp and work slow. Consider radios or some other form of comm if you haven't already. If you kill an elk - you'll want your buddies' help. You may want or need comm for other reasons also. Enjoy the trip. Good luck - let us know how it goes.

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Thanks for the input - I really appreciate it. I am very excited/ nervous about thr hunt. I have never been in this part of the world and know it will be a whole new experience. I'll take it at my own speed and if I get blessed an elk, all the better. I am looking at this as a perfect opportunity to learn what I need to do to get ready for next year... time to start elk hunting. I just don't want to be so stove up after the first day I can't move til the last.

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Good Luck Sluggo Thumbs up Hope you come back in one piece, with some meat of course Big smile

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I think your going to have a blast Thumbs up
Good luck!

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Amen to that. Being able to come out and take in the majesty of the country, with the chill in the air of hunting season, and with its glamor of fall colors - worth it whether or not you get one in the crosshairs.

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I would be more concerned withthe temps than what type of shape you are in. It might be cold in november. lol

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Good point - all the `colors' could be covered with a foot or two of snow. But the evergreens and sheer cliffs will still be beautiful.

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I trust you've already been working out some? It's not too late to get a little benefit.

One of the others said he routinely walks 8 or so miles when hunting elk. You might be surprised, though. While I've probably walked about that far too, I've also spent all day in about a 2-mile area if the elk are around. Try not to worry about it. I know a couple of very serious elk hunters that are pretty overweight and do ok.

Good luck, pard.

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Sluggo

I have quite a few folks from lower elevations come out and hunt with me. I think the most important part of your trip is to ease into it. The guys that hunt with me from the low country try and stop in Denver for a day and give their bodies a chance to ease into the altitude. After a day or so in big D then they head up the hill. Don't drink booze! Drink more water than you think you can hold and then drink somemore. The air up here is dry and the body needs more. Try and drink at least 3-4 quarts of water a day and you will spare yourself a headache for the duration.

Once you get here and ramp up to hunt I would suggest finding a nice patch of dark timber(pine trees on the north slopes normally) and still hunting for most of the day. Many of my elk have been bagged between the hours of 10 am -3 pm hunting in the dark timber. The Nortwest part of the state is known for open expanses of sage dotted with dark timber patches on north slopes. This allows fairly easy access to the patches via two tracks that a pick-up can make. A little bit of a warning for you though...the oil and gas industry is going great guns in the area and those trucks don't slow down for much.

Good luck and have fun.

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