Just curious, what do you guys do, or would you do? I plan on hunting next fall in CO, if I can get drawn for a deer tag, and then buy OTC elk. If succesful, second season (Most hunters, yes?) hunt, have both tags in my pocket.
Now the question is, I wouldn't want to go meatless, since that's that main reason I hunt, along with the experience (No doubt that will be great regardless). And, I have never shot a mule deer buck, or any elk. Many of you probably have hunted where you've held both tags, so I propose this scenario.
You are hunting public land, lots of hunters. Let's say Unit 62. Which would you "settle" for first, just to get yourself on the board. Which would you target first? In other words, go looking for elk, and just "settle" for a decent buck if you wandered across one? Or, would you target deer, and if you stubled on a herd or elk, with a couple raghorns in the group, take one of those to get one under your belt?
I know it's personal preference, but just curious if it is "easier" to target one, and if you can stumble into the other. Is there a species, based on your experience with their habits, tendancies, etc., that is harder/easier to target, when the hunters start hitting the woods hard? Obviously you want to focus on one, or else you could just be wandering around aimlessly. I'd be happy with either one, or both, even if they are barely legal.
So, would it be better to make this and "Elk hunt", and have a deer tag just in case, or make it a "deer hunt", with the elk tag there also?