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Meat hunts

Ex's article on meat hunts got me thinking...I didn't draw my deer tag of choice for archery, and am actually only very familiar with two GMUs.  My freezer is empty and I would like to take a doe or cow (or both) during one of the rifle seasons.

I know big game hunting secrets are like Ft. Knox, I just want to spend a couple of days outside in the late fall and have a chance of whacking a doe or cow.  My archery unit doesn't offer doe tags and DOW said I'm not allowed to hunt it more than once a year for elk.

If anybody can steer me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated!

btw, during elk archery I'm shooting the first piece of brown hide I see this year, this is kinda a back up plan.  After taking a small bull in 2009 I got snobby last year and let cows walk.

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look at the leftover lists

Late seasons tend to be the best bet for pure meat hunts, as long there is a good amount of public land available at low elevation (ie west of the Divide)

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Meat hunting !

RJ50,

I am stuck meat hunting also, but it will be doe tags, more than likely 3rd rifle season, for us on the Grand Mesa (because these units are the closest with leftover doe tags). The other part that is going to be tough is the fact that my wife and sons drew buck tags for both 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons in a completely different unit. I will have to help them and then spend whatever time I have left to get my daughter, dad, and I on some does to fill the tags.

Good luck with your hunts this year and i hope you get to fill some tags. :thumbsup1:

Quinton

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One problem that I have found

One problem that I have found with late season hunts for cow elk here in Colorado is that you have to pray for snow to drive the elk out of the private onto BLM or Forest Service land.  I have had a couple of these tags that start around the end of November and run through January and have had mixed luck.  I have watched elk just sitting on the edge of private and then over night move into the next unit across the road.  I have also seen them just stay up on the private until February until we got some nice snow to drive them down.  It is surprising on how long they will stay up high on a windy ridge and laugh at you as you watch them from down below.  That is one reason I have found that a fourth season cow tag is usually better than the late season and have been successful the last 4 years in harvesting a cow during that season.   

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I have hunted in the late

I have hunted in the late season as well on public land with similar results. I killed my first elk in unit 35 back in 92 in a very deep snow year. I had to keep my old Blazer chained on all 4 while we were hunting out there and still couldn't get very far. In just a couple of trips we were able to fill all of our tags. The next couple of years we hunted there again with little snow and were able to drive anywhere we wanted with no chains but this time we never even saw an elk on public land even with multiple trips. I tried one more time when my daughter was old enough to hunt 8 years later with the same empty handed results. If I try again it will either be private land if I can find some or I'll make sure there is enough snow to make it worth while.

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I'm assuming everybody is

I'm assuming everybody is referring to western units, like ex said?  Everywhere I hunt, public is high and private low...

Thanks for the input from everybody, it's why I like this website!

 

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Hey if you don't mind coming

Hey if you don't mind coming to New Mexico are late elk hunts on public land and low or high.  its just getting a tag when they go on sale. 

every hunt to me is a meat hunt but thats cause i love to eat wild game.  i like know what happens between the time i kill it and the time i grill it. 

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interesting

I find it interesting that you classify one hunt as a "meat" hunt and another as something else.  There isn't anyone out there that wants to take a BIG buck or bull more than I do, but there also isn't anyone out there that wants to EAT wild game more than I do.

I consider all my hunts, "meat" hunts.  My prime goal is to fill the freezer with good, healthy, clean and delicious wild game.  I very seldom turn down a chance at some good meat.  I look at a young deer or elk and instantly consider how delicious he/she would be.  I see that it isn't a big monster but I also can taste the tender young backstrap.  That thought goes through my mind almost every time I see a legal animal early in the season... do I wait for a trophy or do I fill the freezer with tender young meat?  Guess which one wins out almost every time?  That's why I almost always have venison of some type in my freezer.

Where I live, I don't have the luxury of deciding on a meat or trophy hunt.  I am given one tag and I take what I get.  That is, unless I draw a doe tag.  In that case, I must make the choice between a fat doe or antlers.  That's a bit more of a choice as we all tend to be macho and it doesn't carry much weight to go home and tell people you shot a young doe.  But when I'm eating that venison steak, there's no one there telling me how much better a big old buck would have tasted.

Fortunately, Washington just came up with a new tag a year ago.  It is a "second" tag and is only good for a doe.  It lets you shoot a doe for meat and still hunt for antlers.  Last year I was fortunate enough to get both.  My freezer runneth over with joy!

 

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i know what i said early but,

i know what i said early but, when you live in a state that everything is a draw. Meat is good, but antlers are bonus. 

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Meat hunting is all I do. I

Meat hunting is all I do. I don't have much use for antlers. A cow elk is delicious, and is plenty of meat for me. No stinky bull that rolls around in a wallow. Cows are ladies who stay clean.

I hunt the muzzleloader season at tree line. The hunters are few, and the weather is perfect. I still hunt the timber areas, and find it really enjoyable. At 68 i'm after a fun hunt, and this is the most enjoyable kind of hunting for me. Good tasting meat makes it even better.

 

I'm glad most hunters want trophys. It makes it really easy to get a cow tag for ML season. Hunting the Colorado Rockies in early September is heaven on earth. Long before the crazy rifle season starts. Big smile

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meat hunts

Regardless of how early or late the season I have a tag for....meat hunts are all I'm concerned with.  I don't hunt for trophy.  But don't get me wrong, if I had an imperial bull in my sights I sure as hell would not pass on him. Big smile

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