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Had a long first weekend looking for elk near Roach. I saw two mountain lions, several deer, moose but no elk. Any suggestions of where to go in 7 and 8? checked out greenridge area and was wondering if anything is good that area. Scouted Roach area a lot and have seen nothing at all, only old sign. Any help is appreciated!!!

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Did we run into you? Big smile

My buddy was hunting mulies further east just up Hohnholz Lake rd and a couple of miles into the Nat Forest near where we camped. He saw no elk either while out hunting, a couple young calf/cows ran by the camp though one afternoon as we were eating lunch. We heard bugling each morn though and on Sat night about 2:30am and again from 4am till sunrise, then nada!

I was hunting lopers down the hill by the lakes and chased "Ol Crooked Horn" w/ two stick & a string for two days all for naught! Brick Wall,) Brick Wall,)

Folks we talked to and the ranger all said the elk round there were not there yet; meaning they migrate through and they have not seen them yet. The only bagged animals we heard of were from two guys who were bringing their first load back to the truck. Both cows and several miles to the north they said near the state line.

Good luck!

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yep we probably passed each other Big smile We hunted a lot along the border and didnt see anything. We did pass some fresh poo and prints but couldnt follow them for long. We also hunted east of the old roach site and saw a real nice buck but again no elk! this seems to be a reaccuring theme! are you headed back up to hunt again soon? Thanks for the info about bugling, we got up there a little late saturday so it was probably to late for hearing much of anything. Were they more active in the evening or the morning as far as bugling goes?

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The only bugling we heard was in the middle of the night at those times. A couple about 10pm, but mostly between 2am till sun-up then nothing.

I might have to try for tha crooked horned pronghorn again! ...but headed out east today for the week to hunt turkey & dove for a few days. Not sure if my bud is going back ip for his muley or not. There were a ton of antelope on the BLM props so might have to stake out that water hole again!

Can't see him real good as I was stalking in and still about 80yds away. He is on the other side of the water tank, but you can just see his right horn sticking strait out from above his eye. After drinking he was working right towards me over to the left of this pic a bit and not sure what spooked him! Brick Wall,)

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I think I almost hit that guy on the way home about mile south of the honholtz lake turn! He was out in middle of the road and didnt want to move. Thanks for the info again!!! i'll be headed back up this weekend for another good scouting run before the rut gets into full swing.

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I normally wouldn't recommend Bull Mountain, but it might be a decent option for archery season.

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Do you know much about Greenridge EX? Roach just looks like Elk country to me and I know there, just a matter of finding them

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There are some elk on the Green Ridge. It's pretty long and better to do with an ATV. However, there are often elk near some of the cuts square in the middle of the Ridge. I've only scouted and not hunted up there. I prefer to go even further north of Ol Roach and shot my big bull there two years ago. I've seen the elk pretty low, even during first season. There will be more as the high country dessicates, but there are always a few (emphasis on FEW) elk in that area.
I normally rifle hunt, so I'm typically looking for small isolated meadows where a bull can lick his wounds. But during archery season, you'll have to be near water (not a problem up there) and LOTS of food (that's what you need to focus on) . The bulls are looking for the cows and the fat girls want to snack while the boys fight over them. So the trick will be finding the largest feeding grounds (meadows/grassy hillsides) that receive the least amount of pressure. And don't be afraid to follow the bugles in the middle of the night. Go after them. You might miss a night of sleep, but you should be able to figure out where exactly they are.

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We were hunting around rut road and east of the Roach Site. I guess is it best to hunt the sage around that area or wait in the timber. We hunted some beaver ponds late one evening but saw nothing so im assuming that the elk are not down yet. What do you think about the aspens on the slopes?

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I rarely see elk around the beaver ponds. There will be more or less resident elk around the lower sage in the timber pockets near those. Elk are often associated with aspen stands, but there isn't much of it in that country, just tiny patches along the edges of the timber in the spots I'm familiar with. However, there are also some great hillsides to hunt outside the Rawah Ranch, at the edge of the wilderness farther south.