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Hunting CO elk for first time!!!

Ok, so here's what I got so far. I was going to buy a leftover cow tag for unit 54 for the first rifle season and just come up and camp in my truck and hike in by myself everyday. Instead, I might have found someone to help me out. About 4 or 5 years ago here where I'm from we caught a call (i'm a fireman) for a car accident, it was the day before Halloween and it was super foggy. At first I was thinking sure, a little fender bender. On our way we started getting more info, this kid had crashed his car 2 days before in the fog and drove down a large treed embankment and could not be seen. Once the fog finally lifted they put a helicopter up and pinged his cell phone and were able to locate him. Hints where I come in. When we got to the 17 year old star baseball player for his school, he was VERY close to death, he would squeeze my hand when I would say his name. We had to cut him out with the jaws of life. Both legs trapped and crushed by the dash and front end. Anyway, he survived, I went to visit him the next day in the hospital. Of coarse he was in a coma for about a week or so through all of the first few surgeries, I think he's had close to 30 now. But I wanted to stay in contact because this kid was going hunting when he crashed. His mom and dad were so thankful and told me how much this kid loved the outdoors and so did I. Know I have a new fishing buddy and elk buddy for next year. 

It turns out he has a cousin near Leadville CO, I called him, told him who I was and he said come on up and we will put you on some elk. Sooooo, here's my plan, I'm going to buy a over the counter tag for 2nd season rifle and go have some fun, Another fireman friend has a friend out there who said he would also take me as that's where he hunts all the time and knows the area very well. I might even have a place to stay (keep my fingers crossed)!!!! This is going better than I thought. I will be hunting units 47 and 48. Wish me luck and any pointers on roads to use or trails to take, I would love to hear them. Mike

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I live 30 miles south of

I live 30 miles south of Leadville. There's no OTC tags in unit 48, but 47 has them.

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I thought all second season

I thought all second season was over the counter for the whole state?

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Only specific GMU's have OTC

Only specific GMU's have OTC tags available. Here is a link to the big game brochure you can download.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/RulesRegs/RegulationsBrochures/Pages/BigGame...

There is also a PDF on the same page of the link that shows all 92 GMU's that have OTC tags available.

Good luck on your hunt and be certain to post some pictures of your success.

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Thanks for the help, I just

Thanks for the help, I just took a look at it and think maybe I should've looked at that first. So any help with good general units like 55?

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I thought you were going to

I thought you were going to hunt with your friends cousin? That would be your best bet.

 

You're sort of all over with your ideas. I'd suggest you go to the DOW web site, and study it. So, you know what you can and can't do. They also have Elk Hunting University. It should help you a lot.

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Ya I was going to until I

Ya I was going to until I realized you cant get a OTC tag for his unit, so yesterday I went and bought a four wheeler and I'm going to unit 55 as I had planned to begin with. Now I just need to find a place to camp. I know what I can and can't do, it's just where to go and what trails I can take and then do some hiking and hunting. 

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You'll going to have a lot of

You'll going to have a lot of company in that unit. Tons of ATV roads, tons of ATV's, tons of hunters.

That's why I won't hunt there. Get as far away from the crowds as you can. Hike a lot. Elk can hear ATV's from a long ways away.

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What unit do you hunt Still?

What unit do you hunt Still? Is it a over the counter unit? I'm basicly doing this by myself and can change my plans at any time as long as the rules apply to what I am looking at doing.

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Unit 55

kansasity wrote:

What unit do you hunt Still? Is it a over the counter unit? I'm basicly doing this by myself and can change my plans at any time as long as the rules apply to what I am looking at doing.

 

I hunt right next to unit 55 in 481. What you're doing is ok. Just try and get away from the crowds. Which will mean stashing the ATV, and hiking in the rest of the way. Keep the thought that if it was easy for you to get where you're hunting. It will be for others too. Good luck.

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If you're bringing a 4

If you're bringing a 4 wheeler you will need to get an OHV permit for it thru Colorado Parks. It is $25.25, see page 14 of the big game regulation for all the details.

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