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.