I just signed up! I have been an on looker for a long time. What a great site!
I need some help on where to go near the Flat Tops in the White River National Forest. My wife received a First Season, Either Sex, elk tag for GMUs 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, and 231. Now that is a lot of land to choose from!
I have a muzzleloader, Bull tag for GMUs 35, 36, and 361.
Anyways, I really want my wife to get an elk. This will be her first elk hunt, though. She would love a bull, but will be extremely happy with even a cow. I have never hunted this area. Therefore, I have no idea on where to start. We have ATVs to use, if needed, will do scouting, will set up camp, will hunt in the wilderness areas... we will do whatever it takes for her to get an elk. We also live in Eagle, CO.
I know there are a lot of good areas and access roads in GMUs 25 and 26, and 12, 23, and 24 are good, as well. We will go as far away from home, as needed. I do not like crowds. I also have no idea about 131, 231, and or 211.
I have done some scouting off of and at the end of Coffee Pot Road and Derby Mesa Loop. These areas seem rather accessible and may be heavily populated during the first season?
I know this is hard to say and tell, but does anyone have any ideas on where I could start scouting and looking? What do you think will be the best for first season? Any areas that you would recommend, roads, etc.? I just want to get my wife an elk.
Thanks for all your help!