I would still be interested in Rabbit Ear's info... I'm not looking to get in anybody's honey hole, just some basic information on where to get started. Another area that looks nice on a map is near Red Elephant Mountain and Davis Mountain. Does anyone recommend or disrecommend that area?
New to the forum and resident in CO. Hunting different areas with not much luck. I am thinking of hunting walden-steamboat area and looking for advice on season and units?? Thanks
I can help you out with units 5, 161, 6 and 171. I have hunted and worked in these areas. Most of my hunting was during the archery and first rifle seasons. I had also hunted the early season deer in the area. I was going to post the info on here, but didnt want to spit the info out over the web. If you are interested I would be happy to send you a pm as it sounds like some guys on here may hunt the same areas. If you are still looking.
I basically hunted right at the base of Rabbit Ears Mountain and my dad would hunt about 1/4 to the east and down a little lower but still on the mountain it self.
Just east of the ears is a real nice saddle and have seeomn alot of animals cross from one side of the montain to the other right there. Just south of the ears and below them is alot of nice little pockets...the farther to the couth you go it open up nice....but durning hunting season alot of snowmobliers like to hang out there....so I try to stay north, east and west of the ears.
There is a road that almost goes all the way to the ears but it is gated as are most roads in the general area. After the gate it would be by foot or horse back. After the gate there is some old loggin roads back there you can follow...the main road will take you all the way back in there. It comes to a Y...one stays low and the other will go to the west and keeps you on the North side of the ears...that is road I take to the top. After a ways of walking on this road you will get into some think timber....good place when it is hot.
East of the ears is also a good place to see alot of animals......killed my first cow there. Bad thing there is always some hunters sitting on the road in different places this road circles the moutain from the east to the west and the south. This same road if you drop down go east there is some good aspen groves down there.....few yaers back a guy killed a real nice bull there.
As far as camping goes..the main roda that goes in has two Cmpgrounds.....Grizzly Campgrounds and Closer to the mountain is Hidden Lakes Campground. We usually take the road up alot farther to the top....not alot of spot to camp but there is some all just off the road a bit. just after the Percy Lake trailhead there is a real nice opening and that is where you might find the most hunter.
Now we used to hunt there 2nd season and we never really had alot of pressure from other hunters and there was never that many there at the time. I do not know what it would be like during other seasons. We were up there one time during Bow/Muzzleloader seaon and saw two different camps....so that being said there is not alot of pressure there.
Bad thing up there that we came across if we get a real early bad snow it pusshed the animls out and at the same time if is real hot(like the last year we hunted there) as always the animals were very hard to find.
I hoped I help a bit and if you need some more feel free to ask.
Would I hunt there again you bet...actaully thought about it this year!!
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...