I come here like a lot of people searching for information from you folks that are more experienced than I am. I live in Oklahoma and have been making the trip up hunting in CO for several years alongside my dad. We always hunted the same areas around Delores Peak up above Dunton. Some years this was a good area, some it wasn’t, however it was always heavily trafficed by people.
Well, I lost my dad a couple years ago very unexpected to a massive heart attack while we were on a fishing trip. He was only 55yrs old. It was a total life changing tragedy for me. He was my main hunting partner. I am planning to return to CO this season (2012) for another elk hunt, however I will most likely be doing it alone as I don’t have many friends that hunt and even less than can make a commitment to go on a trip like this. This is not a problem for me, I dont mind doing it by myself, it will just take a little longer getting there and setting up.
I have always archery hunted in the past. I want to try a rifle hunt this year. I am going to put in for the draw for the 1st rifle season. If I dont get drawn out, Ill take my point and just buy a over the counter tag for the 2nd or 3rd season. I dont expect much as I dont have any points at all. So, drawing a 1st season rifle tag with 0 points is a hope and dream I guess.
I already have all the gear/tent/cooking equip to set up a good camp. Id really like to camp as I think this adds alot to the overall experiance of the hunt. Ive never stayed in a cabin or trailer before, not against it, but just never done it. I do NOT want to camp in a camp ground around other people. I want to be somewhere with a minimul amount of traffic down low,but close enough to areas that I can hike into 1-5 miles and be off the beaten path with less chance of seeing a sea of orange. I have a 4 wheeler if I need it and its allowed in the area Im in. I dont mind buring up the boot leather to get away from the 1/4 mile road hunters. Im in good shape and can go all day.
Can you all help me out figuring out some units to focus on/look at based on the info ive given. I am not looking to kill a trophy bull. Im the kind of guy that enjoys the hunt as much as I do the kill. My dad taught me long ago not to go to CO with high expectations of always getting a bull. Ive learned to enjoy the overall experiance from this. My only requirments are that I want to rifle hunt, be able to camp (not in a campground), and not be run over with hunters once I get back off the beaten path. Also, (not as important) Id like to see some country that was less "desert like" and more high country parks, meadows, aspens, pines, heavy timber with openings to glass. With all the years of hunting in one spot in SW CO it'd be nice to get away from the rock slides and see some new ground.
Im NOT asking for anyone's secret honey hole. Id just like a few options/units to look at that I might be able to draw a 1st seaon rifle tag with no points and if not, some units for a 2nd or 3rd season over the counter tag. Im not against getting a guide, but ive never had one before and im not familar with that type of thing. Im not expecting to get a huge bull, but Id atleast like to see some elk. Due to my job and the distance it is to CO from Oklahoma, I most likey will not be able to make the trip up mid year to scout any units. If the chance came about, I certainly would though.
Thanks in advance for the help.