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Location: Colorado
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That's why I wouldn't recommend it for a first hunt.  Backpacking is not an easy way to go, requires a lot of physical and mental hardships, planning and other difficulties to get into the elk.  I just think most new people would be better off being more mobile and adabptable by being truck based on a first hunt.  By all means, have enough gear to do a spike camp if you're up for it, but get a feel for conditions on the ground before you commit.  A lot of first time elk hunters have never even seen the Rockies and don't really know what they're getting themselves into.  It

I think unit 14 requires a commitment to backcountry hunting, and road hunting would be difficult at best.  This particular guy is from Louisiana and Texas, and specificallly mentioned some camping questions which implied to me he wasn't ready to consider real backcountry commitment. 

So no offense, good question, but I'm of the opinion that mobility and comfort helps prevent newcomers from biting off more than they can chew.

Joined: 01/10/2009
Posts: 53

LOL....Sometimes, non newcomers bite off more than they can chew too.  Thanks!

Joined: 07/19/2010
Posts: 23
Ex,   That's a very good



That's a very good consideration alot of hunters forget. It's also fairly amazing how easy it can be to get turned around in the woods. Lost in the Rockies can sure shake a guy up and ruin any possible future hunts for a first timer. Unit 33 might be a considerable option North of Newcastle not to far away from civilization. Just a thought

Joined: 03/21/2011
Posts: 19
I'm taking your advice

I think a total backcountry hunt would be too much. I'm taking my 65 year old father with me and he has never been to the Rockies. We are planning to be truck based on this hunt to get our feet wet per say. I'm thinking we will set up a truck camp on public land, and hike into the woods a 1 to 2 miles each day with our bows looking for Elk. From Exbiologist's advice and articles I think I have settled on unit 53, but interested in the comment about unit 33. We would love to get an Elk, but the most important thing is a good father son exprience in the Rockies. Getting lost is definitely on the list of things I want to avoid. I will have maps and my GPS with me.

What do you guys think, am I on the right track with my planning? Any thoughts on unit 53 for archery season?

Joined: 03/15/2010
Posts: 53
first hunt

One thing I can suggest when you get to hunting is look for herd sign. that means lots of tracks and droppings. If you find really fresh sign you might try following the herd just remember an elk can travel farther in an hour than you can in a half a day. tracks of a single animal are probably a sattelite bull and they can make a lot of tracks, stick to the tracks of a half dozen animals or more and your odds improve. On a different note I have hunted colorado and the amount of hunters has to be seen to be beleived when people on this forum say to hunt as far from the road as you can they are not joking. There is a lot of public land but only a limited number of places to access it from you want to stay away from large camp grounds and avoid a 3 way contest between you, the other hunters ,and the elk. when you get there try to spend a whole day scouting with the aid of a good topo map. The DOW has a great mapping feature on their web site called mapit. If you can find a little used trail head to camp at you will enjoy your hunt more. good luck and welcome to the forum!!

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