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Independence Mountain by Walden

Let me start with an introduction- My name is Heath, and I'm 23, and I have been hunting my whole life. I have bagged a cow elk and doe antelope, but have focused the majority of my time, energy, and money on waterfowl hunting. I love goose hunting but am starting to get the urge to try something new. 

My dad and I both have second season cow tags for units 6, 16, 17, 161, and 171. We have been "cyber" scouting the area and Independence Mountain north of Walden looks to be a good area to hold elk. We are planning to head up there within the next few weeks to scout it in person and find areas of interest. Has anyone hunted the area or familiar with it and have any advice. There appear to be numerous roads all over the mountain so one of my main concerns is pressure. I know on public land there are always going to be others out there, I am just worried about it being too crowded. 

I appreciate all the help and look forward to hanging around and contributing when I can!

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Het Heath, its Marty from

Het Heath, its Marty from Colorado Waterfowl.  How goes things.  I have never hunted Independence Mtn. but I know a guy that huntes there every year.  His son shot a nice bull two I think you will run into a orange sea storm, but if you get yourselves away from some of the roads I bet you would be better off.  Get into those holes that elk will goto once the preesure starts and they will have some security.  Might mean a bit more walking and looking but I bet you will get into some elk atleast.

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Hey Marty good to hear from

Hey Marty good to hear from you, hope all is well! That's kind of what I was thinking as well. It looks like up North closer to the Wyoming border there are less roads which I'm thinking could be a good place for the elk to try and hide. Like I said earlier I plan to go up there within the next couple of weeks and hopefully that will help clear things up and give me some more ideas. The Big Creek Lakes region looks good as well, but I'm assuming the sea of orange will be there as well!

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Welcome tot he site

Welcome tot he site Wooduckman, and best of luck on the hunt this fall!

Keep us updated on your hunt, hopefully with success stories, once that time rolls around.

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Thanks Ca_, hopefully I'll

Thanks Ca_, hopefully I'll have some good pictures from the scouting trip in a couple of weeks!

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you didn't mention what season you'd be hunting

I consider Independence Mountain to be better during the later seasons that early seasons.  Especially 3rd or 4th season.  It's always better to hunt where the elk want to be, not where they are forced to be.  So if you want to hunt North Park in the earlier seasons, I'd hunt higher than Independence Mountain.  I don't think any of it is over 10,000 feet, but there is plenty of cover on that north side.  Saw a party of four or five that killed something like 6 or 8 animals off there last year 3rd season (remember lots of snow in 2nd last year), and at least one buck and one bull were pretty impressive.  Also best to hunt an area like that after the Wyoming elk season.  The general elk season in Wyoming units 13 and 110 end October 31, which also sets up well for a 3rd or 4th season hunt.  But I guess 1st or 2nd season could work too since you're hunting at the same time the Wyoming guys are, probably pushing animals back and forth across the border.  Just wouldn't think archery or muzzleloader would be a super productive time to hunt there.

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Thanks for the input Ex. Our

Thanks for the input Ex. Our tags are for the 2nd season. The elevation (or lack there of) of Independence Mountain did have me worried a little bit. I had been looking at maps around Red Elephant Mountain as well as it looks like the elevation there is a little it higher. 

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Independence Mountain by Walden

Hi Heath, We have been hunting Independence mountain for 15 years and have gotten an elk every year. Also, the bear in my photo was taken off it too. If you are cow hunting second season you will definitely do well. There aren't too many people on the mountain second season. Please email me barbsporleder@yahoo.com and I can give you some very good pointers where to look and good camping spots. Just an FYI, a 7 X 7 bull was seen on the mountain last year and as far as I know no one got him. Too many stood with their mouth hanging open when they saw this majestic guy. I believe I saw him when he was a 6 X 6 and of course one of the only times that I didn't have my camera with me when I was cow hunting. Oh well. If you are willing to get off the beaten path the mountain holds a lot of prospect.

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Thank you very much for help

Thank you very much for help wonderwoman! That's quite the bear in your picture as well! I will be send you an email here in the next couple of minutes!

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Wow a lot of great info on a

Wow a lot of great info on a mountain that I did not think was all that productive. I may have to look into a late season hunt there sometime to give it a try. I always just heard it was a crowded place. Good to know there are some elk there to be had.

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Wow a lot of great info on a

If you hunt 3rd and 4th season you will see the orange army running the roads and maybe doing a little bush wacking. 3rd and 4th season is what we call the running of the gauntlet. Vehicles line up on the road from Cowdrey to Pearl in the sage brush bottom area and wait for the elk to make a mad dash from the trees on the west side of the road to the trees on independence. I have seen 20 vehicles lined up on the road because there is a herd of 200 elk out in the sage flats wanting to go onto Independence. It isn't pretty! Game wardens are very obvious in these two seasons. 2nd season is the start of the migration but you have to be willing to get off the road to see elk. In other words if you are a road hunter you will not have much success 2nd season! Please remember there is private land on this mountain, please respect it or you may be visiting the game warden or sherriff.

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