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Guys,

I am needing some advice on an Elk hunt this upcoming season. I am trying to get some info about some areas near Greeley. My parents live there. I am from Oklahoma and am not familiar with any of the areas. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Brandon

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not much elk hunting near Greeley

The closest elk hunting would be in unit 20, which is draw only, and there will be no leftovers.  There usually are a handful of leftovers in the Poudre units, but I would not recommend those units for at least another 5 years.  Just aren't many elk, and coming from out of state to hunt there would be silly, especially since you can't scount.  Leave it to the locals.

After that, you start talking about 2.5 to 3 hour drives.  Units 18 and 28 are on the other side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  They get a ton of pressure.  Usually more hunters than elk if you'd believe.  BUT, there are certainly more elk there than in units 7,8 or 19 west of Fort Collins.  Success rates are similar though in the high single digits and low teens.  Also, there are usually plenty of leftover tags and the bull tags in 2nd and 3rd season are unlimited, plus archery is unlimited.

A better option would be the North Park units 6,16,161, 17, 171 which is OTC in archery 2nd and 3rd.  Won't be any 1st season either sex leftovers, but there often are 4th season either sex leftovers.  Still a lot of pressure, but more elk.

If you want to do a deer elk combo, you'll want 2nd or 3rd season.  The North Park units are trophy managed, and there won't likely be many deer leftovers.  Not the case with units 18 or 28, usually plenty of leftover deer tags.  

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also...

see these articles:

http://www.biggamehunt.net/blogs/western-hunter/colorado-elk-and-mule-deer-combo-hunts

http://www.biggamehunt.net/blogs/western-hunter/colorado-otc-elk-hunting-options

http://www.biggamehunt.net/blogs/western-hunter/colorado-elk-hunting-reading-harvest-stats

http://www.biggamehunt.net/blogs/western-hunter/colorado-elk-hunting-overview

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Me Again!

Exbiologist,

I didnt get to go last year but I am now trying to get a hunt put together for next year. I only have a few days left to get my app in, what is your advice on areas, camping, success rate etc.??? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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you have to do some homework

Were you trying to do a combo hunt?  If so, you're pretty much limited to 2nd or 3rd season and will want to focus on the deer units that can be drawn with 0 nonresident points or even 2nd choice in an OTC unit so you don't have to worry about drawing a tag in one unit for one species, but not the other.

If just elk, I'd go first season, as the success rates are highest.  There are no deer tags in that seasonTry to look for either sex tags that you can draw easily in mountainous regions of the state.   If you were to split the state in 4 quarters, focus on the 2nd quarter.  Then you have to decide whether or not you're willing to come out with a cow tag.  If so, make that your second choice.  If not, you have to weight the pluses and minues of OTC bull tags in 2nd or 3rd season.  2nd season has a little bit better success, but a lot more pressure than 3rd season.

 

Here's the map of OTC units:  http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Education/pdf/HunterEducation/OTCRifleElk.pdf

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You heard the man... hop to

You heard the man... hop to it! haha But really that is some great information. You also might want to check out http://www.westernhuntingdata.com. There is some awesome information available there as well.