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Late Season Colorado elk

Hey all. I have a late season cow hunt coming up this weekend for Bosque Del Oso SWA just outside of Trinidad, CO.

This will be my first trip to the Bosque and I would greatly appreciate any advice / tips that you can offer.

Thanks in advance.

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Late Season Colorado elk

Welcome to BGH! I haven't hunted that SWA before but have heard great things about it over the years. Let us know how you end up doing.

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Bosque del Oso

I've wanted to hunt a bull on the Bosque but, alas, as a NR my chances are pretty slim. Good luck with the hunt!

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Location: PUEBLO, CO
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Late Season Colorado elk

IVE HUNTED ACROSS THE ROAD BUT NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO HUNT THE SWA. IVE BEEN IN THE TERCIO RANCH THAT BORDERS THE BOSQUE AND ITS CHALK FULL OF ELK, BEAR,TURKEYS, AND DEER SO I THINK YOU SHOULD BE ALRIGHT! LET US KNOW

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Thanks for the input

Thanks for the input. I'm heading out this weekend. I'll let you all know how I do.

Thanks

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Late Season Colorado elk

SO HOW DID YOU DO?

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Bosque elk hunt

Well, no elk in the freezer but an awesome hunt anyways. Hunted for 3.5 days, got snowed on 99% of the time, saw some amazing animals and some amazing elk country, but never pulled the trigger.

Quick summary:

Within the first hour of opening morning we stumbled into a group of about 20 elk, most of which were cows, bedded down in a thick patch of oaks. Despite getting so close, we never had any clear shot opportunities, as the majority of animals escaped through some really thick black timber. We spent the rest of the day and really, the rest of the trip trying to find them again. We did manage to find a number of decent bulls throughout our hunt, but of course having all cow tags, you'll see that. We did manage to cross a fresh set of tracks on the last day and wound up catching up to the group of 2 cows, but it was just more flashes of tan through dark timber with no clear shots.

I think the majority of animals were still really high (despite some really significant snow throughout the weekend) and we were just chasing around the resident population. I would hope that the next good snow will bring them down for the folks hunting in Jan.

Good Luck!

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AT LEAST YOU HAD A GOOD HUNT! THATS WHY THEY CALL IT HUNTING AND NOT SHOOTING RIGHT! YEAH TYPICAL OF SEEING NICE BULLS WHEN YOU DONT HAVE A BULL TAG! WELL WE GO IN JANUARY SO HOPEFULLY WE TAG OUT!

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Bosque Elk

It really was a great hunt. Definitely got to learn the area a little more and I am excited to go back down there next year.

Good luck on your hunt in January. I'm sure they'll be down low by then.

Let us know how you do when you get chance.

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Late Season Colorado elk

I WAS WONDERING DO YOU NEED TO HAVE PREFRENCE POINTS TO GET INTO THE BOSQUE?

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Late Season Colorado elk

Yeah, I think it's something like 10 to 11 for a bull tag and for cows it depends on the year. This year for cows I got in on a 2nd choice though.

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