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Ga. Cracker needs your help

My two sons and I will be heading to Colorado unit 75 in mid November to try and harvest an Elk. This is my gift to myself for 30yrs as a lineman. We are doing a drop camp with Mangus 5 outfitters. Any and all advice,comments and opinons on anything is appreciated. 

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be flexible

Since you're doing a drop camp so late in the year, don't be so wed on particular spot.  I'm sure the outfitter will do their best to get you into elk, but that's a tough time of year to pull off serious wilderness hunts.  This is probably going to be a really dry year, so you might be fine in the higher country, but if it's obvious (no tracks in the snow) that the elk are below you, you need to be able to move.

Other than that, get in shap, expect to hunt all day, don't be afraid of walking back to camp in the dark and keep an eye on the wind.

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Thanks EXB.Are you saying I

Thanks EXB.Are you saying I shoul bring a small tent so I could hunt further? What type of weather should we expect? Thanks again.

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Snow

Been a feW yearssince we didn't have snow in November.  Are you talking about third or fourth season?  I wasnt suggesting you pack another tent, just that you should plan on a lower camp unless  conditions dictate otherwise. If you're planning a high camp, you might run into difficulties

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Will be fourth rifle. If we

Will be fourth rifle. If we draw.I guess the outfitters will determine where we camp.

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weather

In mid Nov you could run into some really ugly weather. you never know in the mountains.

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If there's a lot of snow the

If there's a lot of snow the elk will probably have moved lower. The problem is if we haven't gotten a lot of snow by 4th season, and we get it when you're camped up high.

You should hope we have a wet year, and the elk have moved down. It's much easier hunting.

Since you're using an outfitter. He should have answers for all your questions. That's part of what he gets paid for, and can be more specific with the answers then we can.

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You may just want to check

You may just want to check with the outfitter and see what his plans are encase you do get into the inclement weather scenario.  Fourth season here in Colorado can get real nasty and if you are not prepared for it and capable of moving you just may be out for a camping trip in the snow. 

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You should takes their advice

You should takes their advice seriously.  Last year I was planning on tenting 1st season elk (mid oct) at 11,000ft and most people on here said it would be too cold and camp lower.  We decided to tent at 9000ft and it was in the low 20's every night and woke up to 2" of snow the 3rd day.  It makes things extremely uncomfortable when your freezing all night and have to get up st 5am to head out into even colder weather.

I also had a second season mule deer tag(Nov) and there was almost 16" of snow on the ground.  I was up to my waste in some snowdrifts walking down draws.  It was 14 degrees every morning when I walked in. No sleeping in a tent for that week.  Although i had a few friends who did.  They must have had a butt load of whiskey or totally crazy.

So as everyone has mentioned be prepared.

 

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A heater

That is why they make heaters, i don't care if it is zero out side, it is nice and toasty in my tent Big smile .

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buckykm1 wrote:

That is why they make heaters, i don't care if it is zero out side, it is nice and toasty in my tent Big smile .

Kevin

It is nice to have a heater in your tent as you are sitting there drinking coffee waiting for your outfitter to come get you and move you to a lower elevation where the animals have moved to. 

I watched this happen one year in Utah.  It snowed for 2 days and there was up to 3' in some places with no animals to be found up that high.  But once you dropped down 3,000' there were deer and elk everywhere.  The tracks in the snow when they left the high country looked like a herd of sheep or cattle had been driven off that mountain and they were all headed straight down. 

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