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GMU 12, 23 and 24 Elk Hunt

Hey folks, heading up for 3rd season rifle.  How's it been so far?  Didn't have much luck last year so I'm hoping this is the year.  Anyone have any insights, tips or stories to tell?  I'm excited to get up there and the wife is tired of all the hunting and camping gear boxes showing up from Amazon!

Cookster

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It's great getting out,

It's great getting out, getting new gear, and hunting...isn't it!  We've enjoyed several good hunts this year.

We didn't hunt the Flattops, but the 2 different areas we did hunt (south of Grand Junction and the NW corner in unit 201) the elk were not where we expected to find them.  They were much lower in elevation, even with no snow to push them down in the earlier seasons.  Don't know if that will hold true for 12, 23, and 24 but if you're not seeing them where you usually do, I'd go lower and check it out if you can.

Other than that, have a great hunt and let us all know how it goes for you!

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Good to know

Thanks for the info.  Last year we tried going high and still saw nothing.  I'm definitely going to try lower. I'm thinking of taking my 16 ft. camper trailer.  Think it would be a problem getting it back there on those mountain roads?

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Camper is probably OK

It will probably be OK if it dries out well.  With the fresh snow, I'd expect the roads to be pretty muddy down lower.  A 4x4 will help with the mud, if you don't have a 4x4 you might want to think about a "backup" camping spot where you know you can easily get the camper.

Good luck!

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Camper

I've got a tundra 4x4 so I think I'll be fine.  I didn't take it last year and it was a little rougher coming out than I had expected so I'm a little nervous hauling the trailer.  It should weight around 3500 pounds full which is probably pushing it but that's the price for comfort!! 

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Cookster, I don't have info

Cookster, I don't have info on elk hunting in those units, but I jsut wanted to say welcome to the site!  there is plenty of information to be had on here, especially if you are talking about elk hunting in Colorado.  Be sure to stick around, check out the forums, and throw up a few stories and photos of your hunts. 

Best of luck to you during 3rd season!  Hope you guys get a nice one!

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Cookster, I hunt 12/24 and

Cookster, I hunt 12/24 and have for years but due to being overseas did not and will not this year. Send me a PM and let me know what areas you are looking at in these zones and any other questions you might have. As a rule we hunt earlier but our hunting group has done well over the years for elk and very well on deer. One thing I would recommend is to get a good set of chains if you do not have them. The mud up in that area can get really slick and nasty.

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Thanks

Just shot you a PM.  I'm definitely grabbing some chains, no cheapies this year either.  Looking forward to hearing from you for that area.  Drew for deer and elk this year so we're ready to rock and roll.

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