Decided to post with some background info. Retired from the USAF in Nov 04 after 24 1/2 years. I have been living in Colorado (Peyton Co) for 6 years now and because of my TDY's I was always away from here. Haven't been able to do any serious hunting since 92-95 when I was stationed in Rapid City SD. Hunted mainly in eastern Mt around Broadus. I was able to go out 2001 for a week of elk hunting and was unsuccessful. Mainly due to lack of education on elk. Anyhow since I have a steady job again (but limited vacation time) I'm getting serious about harvasting an elk. I drew a muzzleloader tag last year for deer. Probaly won't put in for a muzzlerloader again. Way too hot. Passed up a 4x4 for 2 reasons: 1) shot was about 80 yards (a little risky for open sites for me) and 2) it was the first couple of hours on the first day and wanted to hold out for possibly something bigger. Well not to be. SO this year I want to focus on elk. I bought some videos, the big game cd and a book to help with the education part and have decide on a couple of areas. I plan on scouting as much as possible.
Observations: Seems all the elk hunting videos wouldn't be videos without outfitters. These so called hunters don't seem to put in anytime scouting becasue they pay an outfitter. That ain't happening on my income. I just wonder how many videos there would be if they had to hunt public land?? I spent 2 days last year driving around the eastern plains trying to find land to hunt mulies. I offered to help out during the year for permission to hunt. No dice. That is how I got permission to hunt on private land in Montana. I would help the owner brand his cattle. So I guess I will have to stick to the area I have gone to in the past. It is pretty rugged and i backpacked in ( I should say up in) 2 miles and put up my tent. Did'nt see anyone for 3 days. It makes the wife nerous going it alone but I am prepared if something would happen. I mark on a topo the area I'll be and I stick to that area for that reason. This year I am looking at the same unit just a little further north. I'm planning on going out next weekend to have a look see.