I have always focused on mule deer 3rd or 4th season, and brought along an OTC elk tag/ or draw cow tag just because we know we could run into them. But we've never targeted elk primarily.
That's all changing this year, me and my boys got 1st season rifle tags for 28/37. I know this unit is heavily hunted, however, we have some good access and anticipate some more. I know there are a million variables; weather, pressure, rut etc...but for those of you who've hunted first rifle in Colo before, succesful or not, are there any general truths that you've found most seasons?
For instance, are they generally still occaisionally vocal at that time? I know not to anticipate peak rut conditions, but if it was silent all day, would you move on? Or, have you found July/August scouting translates to October locations sometimes, never? Do you hike through good country pre-dawn to get to a glassing location, or wait until legal hours to start to slowly move through so you don't bust a group? thanks for any reply, happy hunting