Struck out in the NM draw, so backup plan is OTC in Colorado.
This will be my first Elk hunt, so I just want to go somewhere I have a good shot to see elk. Right now the tenative plan is to hunt the flattops. I'm not fond of the crowds I'm guessing will be there, but they wouldn't be there if there were no elk. I'm hoping to be able to get a cow tag, any meat in the freezer would be a success.
My questions are,
Am I right about the crowds, and the elk population in that area?
Is that a place a new elk hunter from the South really needs to be? (Thinking about the weather, but I'm guessing the chances of bad weather exist anywhere elk do)
My biggest struggle in planning this hunt is where to begin, as I have no experience to draw on. If you have any suggestions, I am wide open. I only am focused on Flattops because of the herd density. Other areas I've considered are 14 to the north and 53 to the South.
The plan is to car camp to start, but we'll have the equipment to backpack in a couple miles if we are up to it. I've never been up to 10K, so I'm not sure what to expect, but I know it won't be easy.