I'm new to the Colorado hunting scene, but want to bring horse/mules to ride trails in August and see Elk herds. Any info for the White River National Forest area or Grand Mesa area would be greatly appreciated.
This time of year the elk are where you find them. There is no set place that you can go and see a herd of them other than the town of Estes Park. But the elk will be in the large meadows early in the morning and night and depending on the number of biteing flys and bugs they may be where it is a little bit more windy to keep them away. From what I saw on my last scouting trip a couple of weeks ago they are also scattered and not in large herds which will happen later in the year.
Both the Grand Mesa and the Flat Tops area are a great place to ride a horse so if you want to go on a pack or day trip go ahead and go to either location but don't expect to see lots of elk.
Welcome to the forum! I don't know how much help I could be to you as I attempted my first elk hunt only last year, but I did spend a week of second season rifle smack in the middle of Flat Tops (The white river side). Ask away!
January: Last years Season has ended.Time to start focusing on next year's season. You will need to find out what bucks might still be alive that made it through the last years hunting season. After the hunting season sometimes bucks and does might leave your area and go to another traditional winter yarding area. But they will return to the area around late February early march to spend the rest of their summer there. At this time of year, the use of scouting cameras will be the tool in...