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New to Elk, where to hunt for OTC Archery away from the crowds?

My son and I are first year elk hunters looking for an Archery OTC area that we can hunt on the weekends that may allow us to get away from the crowds. We live in 511 so hunt there during the week before/after work and have learned a lot about the elk so far, but the pressure of the Colorado Springs ATV crowds are altering their normal patterns/behavior. The ATV riders have no issue going off trail and showing up wherever you may be, so it’s pretty much impossible to avoid them with as many trails as there are in the area.

We would love to find an area we can hike into in order to keep learning and hopefully fill our tags this year, but are uncertain where to look. Obviously we’re not interested in finding trophy elk, but learning more in general and ability to shoot an elk would be great. (primarily want my son to get the opportunity)

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Also any suggestions to plan for next year would be fantastic as well. We were hoping to find an area we could hike in, drop camp and spend a couple of days at a time for next year. Obviously we don’t have many points for the draw, so hopefully can locate somewhere that would be beginner friendly.

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Not 511

Focus onthe wilderness heavy units to get away from other hunters more easily. You don't have to backpack in to avoid people, just get over a mile

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Any suggestions?

It seems everywhere I'm looking on the terrain maps and online appear to have numerous ATV trails. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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look into these areas:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Hunting/EHU/BigGameGMUMapWildAreas.pdf

 

Consider these areas, no ATV usage allowed in the wilderness areas, of course none of them are local to you, but that's sort of the point, as it helps reduce overall pressure on the landscape when you get off the Front Range.

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I have never hunted colorado

I have never hunted colorado so maybe this won't help you.
But find the gated forest service roads that do not allow atv's. I know they are there. Get a mountain bike and bike in a couple of miles. this will get you away from the crowds. it works real well, where i live.

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The vast majority of roads

The vast majority of roads that are gated or designated closed on a map here in Colorado are off limits to all wheeled traffic.

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A Buck knife in an ATV tire

A Buck knife in an ATV tire gives me that warm fuzzy feeling.

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That's an absolutely stupid

That's an absolutely stupid statement to make on this or any other hunting thread!!!

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Topgun 30-06 wrote:
That's an absolutely stupid statement to make on this or any other hunting thread!!!
Ya, that is what i was thinking too. to me, that would be the same as someone messing with with truck. they are either going to get there ASS kicked or go to jail, and maybe both.

A tire is over a $100.00, that makes it a Felony charge.

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Good grief. It's not

Good grief. It's not something i'd do. It just my way of saying how I feel about ATV's during hunting season.

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sirprized

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Good grief. It's not something i'd do. It just my way of saying how I feel about ATV's during hunting season.

It just sirprized me that you said that. I own and use a ATV. i am very picky about where i drive my truck, so i would rather use my ATV. but i never take it off road or on a closed trail.
But, it makes me madder then heck too, when people take them off road where they shouldn't be.
a few people make us all look bad.

Kevin

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