Our 1st rifle season starts tomorrow...elk only. Good luck to all the hunters that venture out in the woods. I will right behind you in a week so save a few for me. Be safe...know your target and get home safely.
Just curious, i know CO has something like 4 or 5 seasons or something, but which ones are available OTC? Do the first, or first couple of seasons go through the draw, or does it depend on what unit you apply for?
I want to try and hit the SW area next year, but was wondering how late I would have to wait to go.
Thanks for the reply. I guess I will need to research it a little more. Do you happen to know if the OTC 2nd/3rd elk seasons overlap with any deer seasons in the zones around Durango? Would there be a possibility of doing a dual hunt?
Wow another hunting season is upon us. So far this year I have had my Colorado archery hunt for deer and elk, with no trophy to hand in my home. Then I headed to Utah for a muzzleloader deer hunt but couldn't get close enough to finish the deal of the right buck, but I did see him along with a few more. This last week I have been chasing spike bulls in Utah and only seeing the monster ones in a limited entery area. So after 22 straight days all I have to show is a rabbit, 3 grouse, and a 2pt buck mulie that I hit with my truck. But after I get through scrapping some more skin off myself in this motel I'll head back out and try to bag that spike before heading back to Colorado for my final hunt in November.
I've had a pretty good year so far so I can't complain, but I do have a bull tag for this first rifle season which I was really looking forward to hunting. Thing is I just started a new job (which I'm very fortunate to have, it's a really good job) and seeing the schedule yesterday and being the new guy, I've got a twelve hour shift opening day Saturday, off Sunday, then another 12 hour shift Monday. I thought I would at least get one full day to hunt, but with how it's shaken out I'll only get to hit it for a Sunday morning hunt. I liken it to a hail mary pass in football terms as for as my chances go. If I was fortunate enough to get something in the morning it would give enough time to pack it out by Sunday night get back and be able to sleep and get to work Monday morning. Getting something in the evening just wouldn't cut it. I guess a half day of elk hunting is better then no elk hunting and you never know even though the odds are against it there's always the x factor and luck.
Good luck to all heading out hit it hard and give it your all!
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.