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By myself?

Well what started out as a year with many options has become one with only one to two options. All my hunting buddies are dropping out of hunting this year due to work. So my first option is going 2nd season Rifle here in co in unit20 with a buddy or wait and go 3rd maybe even 4th season in unit 28. If I wait to go 3rd or 4th season it will be all by MYSELF. I have never done this before or even made a harvest.  My question to my fellow BGHunters is this, What would you do as far season choice and w a buddy or by myself. I would like some opinions for you guys. Thanks for reading and giving me your opinions!Confused

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I'd definitely go with a

I'd definitely go with a buddy.  For me, hunting is also about the camaraderie.  Plus there is a factor of safety having some one else along.  That being said, I'd go alone if I had no other choice.  You might want to check unit 20, I don't think it's an over the counter unit for 2nd season.  I wouldn’t want to be alone 3rd or 4th season and get snowed in somewhere.

Maybe you could tell us about yourself, a lot of guys on this site (myself included) are always looking for new or additional hunting partners.

 

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I'm off by myself for 90% of

I'm off by myself for 90% of the hunting that I do here in Colorado due to a few factors such as yours.  As far as seasons I like the 4th.  It seams like there are not as many hunters out, at least where I hunt but then I usually have a cow tag for that season and hunt either sex during the archery season.  The biggest drawback is if you so get an elk you are in for a lot of work but like everything in life you just need to take it one step at a time.  As far as possible problems when you are alone you should look into the SPOTS locator.  There is a review here on the site if you would like to read about it. 

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It's probably better hunting

It's probably better hunting during 3rd or 4th season due to less hunters in the woods. But it can be pretty risky hunting the rocky mountains by yourself. There's no telling what might happen to you out in the rocky's. I'd suggest hunting with a buddy for sure. I've hunted alot by myself in the past and got stuck on a few ocasions in snow storms and nasty roads. It's not too much fun when your by yourself.

 

If you do decide to hunt by yourself, let somone know EXACTLY where you'll be and when you'll be expected to return. You never know whats going to happen out there.

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By myself?

Like many, the majority of my hunting has been done by myself. It always seemed that everybody I knew just couldn't manage to save up the vacation time etc. each year, while I saved the crap out of mine for hunting. At first it would bum me out, or I would adjust my schedule limiting it to theirs, but that got old fast. So I just got used to going mostly by myself, be it Deer, Elk, or what have you on my own terms. Been out in the woods for up to nearly two weeks alone many times in fact, so that wouldn't hold me back, LOL. There have been times as well other hunters came by and helped me, from just taking of pictures for me, to help cleaning game... we hunters are nice people, ha ha.

I can't help you with the seasons there though, having never hunted Colorado (I assume). Good luck.

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About me

mountain10mm Asked me to tell you guys alittle about myself. So I am a 40yrs YOUNG hunter and family man. A wife  and 3 kids, 22yr old daughter, 16yr old daughter and a 3yr old son. I also have a 3yr old granddaughter and another on the way. I love hunting whether it is bag game or small. I believe in helping people out even if I get nothing in return. Thats the way i was raised. Im not the best hunter by anymeans and am always ready to learn new things or teach somebody else something. I use Ruger 7mag and love the serenity being in the woods gives me. I hope this little bit helps out some.

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About me

Nice to meet you. I have three kids too, all adults now with two sons ages 24 and 20, and a daughter that is 22. I'm 56 and recently disabled now kind of cramping my hunting stlye, been married to my wife now for 25 years, and we all hunt together when we can regardless; and I'm especially happy my kids still enjoy hunting. I've been taking them since they were young, and they are all definitely Elk freaks, and with my oldest an addiction to Antelope hunting, and my daughter a special thing for chasing Turkey, ha ha. Doesn't get much better than that I figure...

Anyway, take care. 

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Either or

I love having family and or friends with me. But saying that, I go scouting alot of times by myself and it brings alot of peace and time to think. I harvested a buck by myself a few years ago, and after it was all over, the since of accomplishment was awesome.

Doing it alone, just make sure someone knows were you are at and dont deter from your plans. With todays technology you shouldn't be worried about going at it alone.

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I do have a couple of hunting

I do have a couple of hunting buddies, my 27 year old son and 28 year old son-in-law are my favorite. I think the 4 and 5 year old grand daughter and grandson are about to pass the boys up though.

Out here in southern NM I have done a lot of sand hill deer hunting by my self and like has been mentioned there is a great accomplishment when you finnaly make it back to the truck with a nice deer that you harvested by yourself.

Just let others know where you are and have fun and be safe. Yes  

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go solo.  with that said. 

go solo.  with that said.  elk can be a lot of work.  a little twine can come in handy for use as another hand.  tying the legs up so you can work on what you have harvested.  Also a little hand held radio is very good for in camp at night when you are by yourself.  i prefer radio over ipod in this circumstance.  But will use the ipod with an external speaker. mainly just for in camp making dinner etc. 

I can't help you with witch season as i have never hunted elk in colorado.  Also when solo, no one knows when you screw up and you can cover lots of terrain.  i prefer solo.

tim

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I like it

The comment on know one will know when you screw up is a great advantage. lol. I like the pressure of performing though, so I like the fact that when someone is there they can rag me if I do screw up. Keeps me honest I guess as well.