12 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Southern Illinois
Joined: 08/06/2007
Posts: 3
Need advise on Colorado GMU 54

Going to be there over Labor Day weekend archery hunting Elk...Since I have never been there before any tips, advise, guidance, would be very helpful. There will be five of us horse backing in with a outfitter to a drop camp then we are on our own for five days, all I know is that it is in the West Elk wildreness area north of Gunnison, anything I could learn or should be aware of would be very helpful and appreciated....

Offline
Location: Crested Butte Co.
Joined: 09/05/2005
Posts: 150
Need advise on Colorado GMU 54

Should be some good bulls in there, don't know right where you will be but there are some very nice bulls in that area. Been having lots of rain so they should be fat just glass and hunt , bigger bulls will be high up and hidden during daylight so get out early and stay late, bring a gps.

Offline
Location: Southern Illinois
Joined: 08/06/2007
Posts: 3
Need advise on Colorado GMU 54

Thats good advise, thanks, already have GPS packed, is there any special equipment that you would recommend, I'm use to hunting in the flat country in S. Illinois going to be my first time in the mountains, all five of us are avid deer hunters we spend two weeks every year hunting on my farm but we are going out of our element and trying to learn all I can before i'm throw out to the bears...

Offline
Location: Crested Butte Co.
Joined: 09/05/2005
Posts: 150
Need advise on Colorado GMU 54

If you don't have any steep hills around go start running bleachers, at a foot ball stadium or something like that. These are very steep mountains here and air is thin get your lungs and legs stronger, if you smoke try to quit. Rain gear is a must start checking on sites for stuff to pack. If you have it bring a good pack frame. I'll help you all i can.

Offline
Location: Southern Illinois
Joined: 08/06/2007
Posts: 3
Need advise on Colorado GMU 54

I have idea what to expect, wife's cousin owns ranch west of Fort Collins we spent a few nights there a couple years ago I walked around exploring, I have first aid kit, survival kit, etc. gathered up ready to pack, is there any odds and ends equipment that we might need you can think of, we are limited on weight on what we can take that makes it tough on someone who has never done this before to decide on what gos and what stays, have been reading that average temp, is 40 to 60 that time of year but in mountains be prepared for anything, keeping that in mind is how I'm packing. I just feel that there is little things I have over looked. Is the area we are going to going to be crowded, from what I understand we are going to be +/- 30 miles NNW of Gunnison. I really appericate your help....

Offline
Location: Crested Butte Co.
Joined: 09/05/2005
Posts: 150
Need advise on Colorado GMU 54

Sounds like you might go in around Soap Creek, good luck.

Offline
Location: Colorado
Joined: 10/05/2004
Posts: 126
Need advise on Colorado GMU 54

Depending on the pressure, the elk can be almost anywhere. Stay the hell away from the Rainbow lakes vicinity, as this is ther major corridor into the area as you come out of Gunnison and head into the area. Yhe Coal Basin and Soap basin areas are good enough to be considered, but expect the elk to be high. I've hunted in 54 for years with mixed success. The area between North baldy and Middle Baldy Mtns has produced over the years. No doubt, there are going to be other camps and outfits operating in this unit and this can be expected.
If the amount of traffic and pressure increases, the animals are going to boogie out of town and into some of the thickest stuff available, where they'll hang out out of harms way until forced out. Quite a few bears in there, so if someone has a bear tag, you may get lucky
I'd tell you exactly where I'd go, but posting this publicly will net alot of interest. If you have any questuions, flip me a PM and we'll go from there.
Good luck.

Boob

Offline
Location: Denver, CO
Joined: 10/07/2008
Posts: 34
Need advise on Colorado GMU 54

I'm new to this website and plan to hunt GMU 54 during third season. I was hoping by now the O.P. of this thread would have a follow up story.

Does anyone else have success stories from GMU 54 this year? I think we will try to camp as high as possible (Kebler or Ohio pass), then plan on hiking a few miles and a couple thousand feet higher, then glass for movement and stalk from there. Is that a decent plan for this area?

300remmag's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/25/2009
Posts: 11
GMU 54

I have 2nd season tags for 54 this year and am hoping to find out some general info on the area.  We will be on horseback and I am first just looking for an area that would be relatively easy to get a horsetrailer into to camp, but of course would like to be close to trailheads also.  I just got maps of the area, so I am starting to use those as well.  I am not looking for any secret areas, just ideas to get started.  I am heading there this weekend to camp and check out access.  Any available info would sure be appreciated.  Thanks guys!

Offline
Location: Denver, CO
Joined: 10/07/2008
Posts: 34
Ohio Pass Road is the main

Ohio Pass Road is the main forest service road, running between Gunnison and Crested Butte.  Along this road, you will see various side roads that you can pull up into and find places to set up base camp.  There are many trailheads all up in this area.  Pick one and pack in to the west--into the West Elk Wilderness--and get as high as you can.  The area is huge and bulls could be anywhere from a wide open clearing to deep timber on the side of a mountain.  The odds of spotting them from the trail are slim, so you will have to leave your horse at some point and get deep in the woods on foot.

Offline
Location: Colorado
Joined: 10/05/2004
Posts: 126
DRY CONDITIONS

Could be tough hunting; drier than a popcorn fart up there.  Was down in the Gunnison area, fooling around and fishing the Taylor.  Not a whole heck of alot has been coming out of there, according to a buddy of mine who hunts 54 on a regular basis.

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Non-resident looking for CO Elk Hunt Unit AdviseMinner2010/15/2008 15:21 pm
new guy colorado swa'serec51408/06/2010 20:59 pm
Leadville area advisemesingw502/22/2008 05:18 am
Leadville area advisemesingw405/01/2008 16:47 pm
Rand Colo hunting advise (archery)dakotabuckers208/11/2014 12:03 pm