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Location: New London,WI
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hunting in the flat topps wilderness

Just wondering if anyone can tell me what I mite expect for weather in unit 24 during the 2nd rifle season. I'm concerned about to much snow and safety. Any input would be huge help thanks in advance.

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hunting in the flat topps wilderness

Expect pretty much anything. We've experienced up to 2 feet of snow and also have sat in sun and 70 degrees, and sometimes could have both within a day or two. Night time will generally be low to mid 20's either way.

Oh and expect lots of orange, lots of hunters in flat tops.

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This is from an earlier post I made. You really need to expect it all with respect to weather; dry to feet of show. There are elk in unit 24 to be sure but it's still elk hunting which means some dissappointing days highlighted by moments of great excitement.

"My family has been hunting the Flat Tops wilderness in unit 24 since the mid 70s. It’s been a good place to hunt over the years primarily because we know the area so well. As elk country goes it’s great but like all elk hunting, you need to get away from people and roads to have a reasonable expectation. In that part of unit 24 (S fork of the White River) that means you will be walking 1.5 miles (one way) every day from your truck/car before you can be sneaking through the timber and have a chance to hunt on your terms.

The road in from Dotsero (I-70) past Coffee Pot Springs, Deep Lake, and down to the Meadows always has people camped along it so you would certainly have some healthy competition. Also, that road can get pretty nasty after a deep snow which drifts across the top. I personally would not hesitate to hunt there but I benefit from over 30 years of hunting the area. That said, I would recommend that part of unit 24 with the caveat that you need to be in great shape and you spend a few days scouting it before you waste time and money conducting an armed recon. You are investing a lot in this hunt so you want to get it as close to right as you can the first time. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions."

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hunting in the flat topps wilderness

We hunted up there last year and as has already been stated, we had nice weather for the 1st couple days and then about 20 inches of snow. Thus, be ready for anything weather wise.

As for hunting, get away from roads! The number of ATVs was astounding! If you truly go to the wilderness area there are no ATVs allowed so that could be a good place to start. We did see elk but they were in deep canyons. So, if you are willing to hike you could have success.

Good luck!

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Location: New London,WI
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hunting in the flat topps wilderness

thanks for the input guys any info is always a big help. I'm not to concerned about the crowds as we have our own horses we plan on setting up camp near the lost solar park area with hopes of leaving the novice hunters behind if anyone has an opinion let me know thanks!!

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If you are bringing your own horses you really need to get there a couple of days early. I found out a few years ago the animals get altitude sickness just like humans. You need to get them accumulated to the altitude along with yourself.

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shawn0915 wrote:
thanks for the input guys any info is always a big help. I'm not to concerned about the crowds as we have our own horses we plan on setting up camp near the lost solar park area with hopes of leaving the novice hunters behind if anyone has an opinion let me know thanks!!

Make sure to read the hunting regs. I'm not a horse guy, but I'm pretty sure any feed you bring in has to be certified as weed free and they have to be inocculted with a letter from the vet saying so.

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hunting in the flat topps wilderness

Once again thanks for the responses.
Critter you are correct about the altitude sickness. We always try to get out to gods country early for the sake of the horses and ourselves.
Boobzilla you are also correct about the feed we start the horses on weed free hay or cubes before we leave home. When we are on the federal land we graze the animals. And you have to have a cogines test done by a vet. to certify they have no diseases.

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