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New to hunting, new to Colorado. Looking for help/advice

Hey all,

I'm relatively new to Colorado and new to hunting in general. I'm interested in turkey and waterfowl and will most likely gravitate towards deer and elk now that the marriage and kids are "back to normal". I live in Douglas county and am looking for info or advice from the experts regarding archery and gun hunting in this fine state. Please forgive my newness! I've talked to the guys from DU, PF, and the turkey group at the sports show this weekend and, needless to say, I am raring to go. I'm planning on scouting Rampart Range in the upcoming weeks, but am open to any and all advice you guys can give me! Thanks in advance for all your help...

Jeff

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Welcome to BGH

Hi, 

Where did you move from? Are you familiar with the residency qualifications and the big game drawing deadline? Or are you new enough that you won't be a resident until after the draw?

 

How else can we help?

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Pretty broad question. You

Pretty broad question. You need to come up with more specific questions.

Start by reading the DOW web site from one end to the other. It has a wealth of information.

For elk hunting, read all the lessons in Elk Hunting University.

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How new to hunting and how

How new to hunting and how new to Colorado?  Do you have your Hunter's Education card yet?  

Since you mentioned turkey, the deadline for the Colorado Spring Turkey draw is February 14th.  Most units are Over-The-Counter (OTC), but it might still be worth your time to get a preference point.  You can get a preference point and an OTC license in the same draw.  

Even though there is a ton of information out there, you will eventually understand everything you need to know.  Just stick with it.  

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Thanks for the replies to

Thanks for the replies to what I now see as a horribly open ended question! I've been here 3 years now so I have residency established. I got my Hunter's ed card a few months ago and have been reading and researching as much as possible. Any other recommendations besides the DOW website? I plan on putting in for a preference point with the upcoming turkey application, as well. In your opinions, is it worth it to join up with any of the "clubs" like Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, etc? Or should I just save my cash for more gear? Thanks again for your patience and replies!

Jeff

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Welcome!!

Diggler,

I was in a similar situation (still am to some degree).  Last year were my first elk and bird hunts and I have been Whitetail hunting mostly in the Midwest (I'm from IN / Army) for about 5 years.  I didn't have any family to draw upon so I searched out work colleagues that hunted and did what you are doing here, found some forums to join and learn from others.  Another site I can recommend is Elkcamp.com.  It does have some stuff that the founder sells on there, but the forum is a great elk country resource.  I hooked up with my current camp there and took a 5x5 on my first hunt.  As mentioned above the DOW website is full of information although somewhat difficult to navigate.  Elk Hunting University has great info and you should go into the local DOW office as well to pick those guys brains.  They are interested in getting people hunting and I have found them very helpful.  This year has gone like this for me: 5X5 in second season GMU25/26, 8 geese and 10 pheasants on the South Platte and three WTs in Texas.  Here is my elk.

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SFC, Nice! I'd definitely be

SFC,

Nice! I'd definitely be happy with a start like that...I hunted whitetails growing up in Wisconsin as well as some birds. Thank you for the advice, I will look into everything you have suggested.

 

Jeff

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Deer...gld to give some

Deer...gld to give some ideas!!

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