Just signed up for the forum, been reading posts for several months and really enjoy the topics and insight I am finding here, thanks!
I got drawn for my first CO elk hunt this year (been living here for a little more than 2 yrs). Its a cow tag for 1st rifle in unit 551. The unit is several hours away and I'm hoping to get over there several times this summer to start getting a lay of the land. Went last weekend and drove up to Whitepine and then south of Sargents a little, but due to snow/road closures wasn't able to go as far as I wanted.
Would love to hear any pointers/advice from anyone who has hunted this area for elk before, especially during this time of year. I have a friend from the east coast who got drawn for the same tag for his first elk hunt as well. Looking to get into the areas we are most likely to see elk of course, but at the same time would really like to be in some areas without much hunting pressure.
Most info I've seen says areas like Black Sage Pass, Tomichi Dome, etc. Has anyone hunted the southern part of this unit, starting from Hwy 114 and working north? Seems like maybe this area would have less hunters overall, but maybe that is because there are less elk?! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.