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Flat Tops Advice

Heading out this week for 1st rifle and I'm noticing that the weather is going to be warmer than I am used to hunting elk in. I usually go out 3rd or 4th rifle. With this being my first time Hunting Flat Tops, I was wondering if anyone has some advice for the warm weather. Should I expect to spend most of my time up high on the plateaus or would I be better off hitting the valleys and heavy cover.

I'm liking the South end of the Big Fish trail by treeline maybe working around Guendolen Lake.

I've speant a lot of time looking over the area, but really was thinking we would be colder by this time of year. Brick Wall,) Any help is appreciated.

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Anybody with some advice on the type of terrain I should be hitting in warmer weather? I'm heading out Thurs. morning and would appreciate some insight.
Thanks all!

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Flat Tops Advice

I would not hunt high on the plateau. There is not enough cover there and they have been relentlessly pursued for the last 5 weeks, excepting this past week. Also, it is not going to be all that warm. It should freeze every night and there is a chance of showers. But if it is warmer (i don't know exactly what the temps will be there), the elk will be closer to water. However, there is no shortage of water in that country. So I don't think the weather will change much about how you would hunt them. If it really is warm, hunt the cover. And between food/water and cover at dawn or dusk. Same as you would otherwise.

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Thanks for the info. Thumbs up
I am saying warmer than I'm used to as I am typically a 3rd and 4th season hunter and working through a couple feet of snow and rarely see temps above mid-high 30's. According to the weather reports it is going to be high 50's low 60's for the week which is a big change for me and I was just wondering if the elk would really behave differently.
It's nice getting a earlier season to hunt this year and I want to make the most of it.

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Gotta love Colorado! Gettin' some snow and gonna keep the temps down. Love it how the weather changes so quickly. 10 day forecasts don't mean diddly. :\:D/

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