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New Elk Hunter, HELP!!!!!!

I'm a Kansas City, MO firefighter who has never been elk hunting. I told my wife yesterday that next year I am going elk hunting in Colorado. She said, "It's about time!" So I got my blessing! She also said, "I wana go!" Which is great with me, but puts some restrictions on accomadations, i.e., shower, toilet, girl stuff. I need help from you guys who have done this before please.
I am looking for a reasonable priced (2000-2500), semi-guided, with accomadations, meals. I am bringing a very nice GPS so hopefully I won't need to be guided. Just help packing the game out. But like I said, I've never done this. I need some names and numbers of places that are willing to take on one hunter, with a non-hunter tag along. Thank you guys for any help. A trespass hunt would also intrest me, even if we had to bring our food. My email is kansasity@yahoo.com Please don't hesitate to email me any info you might have.

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Location: WESTERN COLORADO
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New Elk Hunter, HELP!!!!!!

Need a little more info,, rifle , archery , cow , bull ? These things make a big differance as to what unit you may hunt. also 2 or 3 preferance points can make a big differance in the quality of the unit.You may want to try a cow hunt first , the tags are about 1/2 price and you can learn the area and learn about elk hunting ,they taste great and you can get into a better unit with out preferance points. good luck.

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New Elk Hunter, HELP!!!!!!

I would really like to take a bull first if i'm gonna be spending this kinda money. I know that might sound a little unreasonable. I was wanting to get in on the first rifle hunt. Or archery. I've had guys tell me that getting a first rifle tag is no big deal. Tell me if I'm full of it. I don't want to be unrealistic.

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Location: denver, co
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some info

I am not experience at all, I have never seen an elk in the wild during hunting season but I have heard and tracked them for three years (archery). I just got back from a remote area and had no luck, I timed everything right, weather new moon and no luck. Ok that being said elk hunting is hard, very hard with a bow and just hard with a rifle. A rifle will increase your odds and take. I was looking into a guided hunt this year and just couldn’t stomach the cost. We found a trespass hunt with http://www.wstrnslope.com for $1250 for one week in unit 42, he also does guided hunts. You hunt on a ranch just below a massive elk herd, you have local accommodations in nearby new castle, CO and rifle, CO so your wife could be happy. If you are willing to shell out $3500 per person (you might pay less for your wife if she is not hunting just tagging along which is typical) you could find some real nice places with great accommodations (they will put you on an elk or dam near close to one). The best thing to do is call the forest service in the units that you think you might want to hunt and ask them for some outfitter names, some good units are, 18, 27, 28, 42 all OTC and have decent success rates. Talk to the outfitters and ask as many questions as you can think of. Below are a few others that you should call and talk to. If you come out with no knowledge of an area the best thing to do is a fully guided hunt, the next best thing is to do a trespass hunt. Your wife unless she is real tough and patient might get frustrated waiting, it gets tough to stay motivated if you are not on the elk, it can also get real cold.

Samuelson Outfitters - Richard S. Samuelson
Reg. #: 729
PO Box 868, Fraser, CO 80442
Phone: 970-726-8221
Email: elk@samuelsonoutfitters.com
Website: http://www.samuelsonoutfitters.com
Hunt Unit(s): 018

Mega Mountain Magic - Jacob S. Sr. Skobel
Reg. #: 2223
212 Augusta Dr., Leadville, CO 80461
Phone: 719-486-4570
Email: megamountainmagic@msn.com
Website: http://www.leadvillecoloradohorsebackrides.com
Hunt Unit(s): 045, 048, 049

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Location: northern utah
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New Elk Hunter, HELP!!!!!!

I've hunted elk for several years now. However, not in colorado. I would suggest trying to locate several guys that have hunted in or about the same area you are thinking of hunting. Try and get some information from them on where the elk are located. Once you know about where they are then it's a timing game. Each day is different with elk. One day they could be bugling and going nuts and the next you may not hear a peep. Point being, you're going to be hiking a fair amount.

I'd just find a hotel or something close to where you'll be and do it yourself. Packing is always going to be a little bit harder by yourself. I suppose it all depends on what you wan to do with the animal after you kill it. Say you got a bull and you wanted to get a shoulder mount with it and you were packing by yourself (wife thinks it's disgusting and won't touch it). you'd most likely be making 4-5 trips to pack it all out. 1 head, cape and antlers, 2 hind quarter, 3 other hind quarter, 4 front leg and backstraps, 5 other front leg. Amount of trips will all depend on location you shot the bull, the size of the bull, and how heavy load you wanna pack

I'd suggest just taking some friends to hike around with you to help you spot elk and i'm sure they'd enjoy the adrenaline, then they're there you help pack it out too.

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New Elk Hunter, HELP!!!!!!
kansasity wrote:
I would really like to take a bull first if i'm gonna be spending this kinda money. I know that might sound a little unreasonable. I was wanting to get in on the first rifle hunt. Or archery. I've had guys tell me that getting a first rifle tag is no big deal. Tell me if I'm full of it. I don't want to be unrealistic.

I can get you in touch with an outfitter in unit 74, first season they generally hit about 90% or more success for bulls the first rifle season, usually out of 12-15 hunters.
I believe he's in your price range but not sure, this is public land and beautiful country as well.

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That would be great if you could give me a name and some info.

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