We have been getting alot of snow lately, but I think most of it has been at the real high elevations. Most of the passes have been getting hammered. have not heard anything on how the elk are doing, but I would guess they are still OK as like I said I think the snow is staying higher up and they elk may already be in the wintering grounds?
Elk are smart animals when it starts to snow like that they head to the lowlands. Right now I am located at 6400' elevation and I don't have any snow on my lawn. But head 30 miles to the east and you are in the Vail Valley and they have all the snow that they want right now.
The time to worry about the elk in in the spring of the year. If we get heavy snowfall then that will cause problems for them.
Ok I got it. The snow is high country snow. Sheeze, I thought you guys got pounded everywhere in the state. We have some snow on the valley, but the mountains are getting deep. Same thing, elk are pretty wily about when the come down to the winter grounds. Usually, just after hunting season and just before the snow gets too deep:)
I do not feel qualified to comment on this post other than to say thank goodness for snow in Colorado!
My wife and I are going to Steamboat Springs for skiing and MusicFest in early January and the resorts there are touting tons of snow since mid October.
This is our first ski trip since 2004, so we are stoked.
I hate to burn valuable vacation days so early in the year (read that hunting days) but I consider this trip "money in the bank" as it relates to getting a kitchen passes for hunting later in the year.
My better half knows I have this tremendous desire to get out there and hunt - maybe I can work on that as we enjoy some of the scenic vistas that Colorado has to offer - while we are there.
Wish me luck boys... I am working it as hard as I can!!!
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