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First first elk

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

 

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1st season elk

Aaron,

1st season elk hunting is some of my all time favorite hunting. The elk in my OTC unit are typically vocal the 1st morning and after the shooting starts it is all over, except on rare years when they are stiil rutting pretty hard. Now if I am hunting really deep in my area they will still bugle in the mornings and the evening and one really cool thing I have noticed over the years is to sit back and watch and listen in a good undisturbed feeding area and the bull will bugle to let the herd know it is ok to head out in the open and feed.

I usually do not find the elk in my hunting areas in the same area in July/August as October, but if you are in a travel corridor and the elk are being pushed thru that area from higher areas it can work.

I learned along time ago to wait for light to start heading to my areas. I have pushed a lot of elk in my younger years trying to be the first one in the area. Some guys will disagree on this, but it has been my experience to wait for the light to head in.

Good luck on your hunts this year and I hope to read some great stories and see some great pics.

Quinton

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re: first first

Thanks for a great response Quinton. I am unable to get out until the Monday of the season, and so will miss opening day, so the info regarding the diminishing vocalizations helps.

Any of those bulls you observed giving the "all clear" end up in your freezer?

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1st season buls

Aaron77 wrote:

Thanks for a great response Quinton. I am unable to get out until the Monday of the season, and so will miss opening day, so the info regarding the diminishing vocalizations helps.

Any of those bulls you observed giving the "all clear" end up in your freezer?

Aaron,

I have been fortunate enough to kill a couple bulls that very way......  Yes Both from my OTC unit.

Quinton

 

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You clearly don't know what you are talking about. Sheesh, those are huge. I almost flagged that reply as offensive! In your initial reply, you mentioned being deeper back in your unit and still hearing elk sometimes. Are you camped back there at that point, or just putting in a long day on your feet?

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Camping ?

Aaron77 wrote:

You clearly don't know what you are talking about. Sheesh, those are huge. I almost flagged that reply as offensive! In your initial reply, you mentioned being deeper back in your unit and still hearing elk sometimes. Are you camped back there at that point, or just putting in a long day on your feet?

Aaron,

When I am rifle hunting I use my camper and enjoy long walks in the woods....... Sometimes very long !  Wacko

Quinton

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elkkill06 wrote:

Aaron77 wrote:

You clearly don't know what you are talking about. Sheesh, those are huge. I almost flagged that reply as offensive! In your initial reply, you mentioned being deeper back in your unit and still hearing elk sometimes. Are you camped back there at that point, or just putting in a long day on your feet?

Aaron,

When I am rifle hunting I use my camper and enjoy long walks in the woods....... Sometimes very long !  Wacko

Quinton

Quinton do you camp low and hunt up or camp high and hunt down.

 

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vinny217 wrote:

Quinton do you camp low and hunt up or camp high and hunt down.

 

Vinny,

The area I hunt is very large so I tend to camp in the middle, so we can be very mobile and head in many different directions. Where I killed these bulls was down country from my camp and there is no way at all to hunt up unless youn circle way down country. There are no roads below the area.

Quinton

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hunt

elkkill06 wrote:

vinny217 wrote:

Quinton do you camp low and hunt up or camp high and hunt down.

 

Vinny,

The area I hunt is very large so I tend to camp in the middle, so we can be very mobile and head in many different directions. Where I killed these bulls was down country from my camp and there is no way at all to hunt up unless youn circle way down country. There are no roads below the area.

Quinton

Its cool to see how hunters approach things in different area's I start in the middle most of the time also but I sometimes hunt from the top to get above the elk and try and catch them moving up.

 

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Hi Aaron77 I have hunted both

Hi Aaron77 I have hunted both units for over 30 years pm me and I can help 28 won't be good that time of year the elk haven't crosse the road yet. Is your tag also good for 371? If so I can give you a lot of starting points in 37 and 371 if you need me too.

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Yes on 37

Yes on 37, no on 371. It's an either sex tag

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