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Offseason blues.....already

Pretty new here. Last season was my first time elk hunting in CO. Posted a few times about my first rifle season hunt in 551. Since that was what I got drawn for it had most of my attention. Well got skunked on that one, had a blast despite the cold and snow that while not a surprise I was hoping to avoid in first season but what can ya do?? However..... Decided to do an OTC cow archery hunt in early sept and connected after owning a bow all of two months!! So after my first season in CO, and some beginners luck, I like I'm sure all of you, am having some real off season blues! Each and every day I find myself counting the days til fall, obsessing over when I can get back at it again....I am hooked big time.

My question to all those here that have been at this much longer than I have......WHAT do you do in these long, cold months that seem to drag on to keep the hunting mind occupied until the next fall???

Any suggestions/advice on cures for my case of Off Season Blues and my newly acquired hunting OCD would be greatly appreciated!

I think I've memorized the CPW stats and figures for every unit in the state! Practice the bow when I can....what else??

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It is easy, application

It is easy, application period started this month for a couple of other states and then in February there are a couple more then comes March and April applications.  For hunting you have all kinds of bird hunting from water fowl to chuckers, and pheasants.  Also don't forget rabbits, nothing much better than a couple of rabbits in the frying pan. 

Also by this time next week I'll be sitting in Arizona getting ready for my javelina hunt which starts next Friday.  It is a never ending circle, you don't have to just hunt deer and elk. 

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I agree with Critter but you

I agree with Critter but you can also add in coyote and mountain lion hunting. Calling yotes in with a call is pretty cool. Not only do you get in some hunting but you help the elk/deer population. Also I know it is not hunting but ice fishing can sure help with the hunting blues and cabin fever. Just think of setting the hook is like pulling the trigger.

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Turkey season is only a few months away!

Don't forget turkeys. I have olny been out the last two seasons and I am already hooked. IMO hunting these birds is second only to bugling bulls.

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I live where I hunt. So,

I live where I hunt. So, hiking the mountains where I hunt is something I love to do. Plus, it keeps me in shape for the hunt. Right now it means snowshoes, but that's part of mountain hiking in the winter. My dog loves the hikes too. Besides that i'll go to the range to practice, and hunt some coyotes. I've hunted for elk for 60 years. I've learned how to wait for the season without getting too excited. I try and save that for the first day of the hunt.

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Good advice, keep it

Good advice, keep it coming!   I was able to do some pheasant/chucker hunting in Nov. and I'm really looking forward to getting after some turkey this spring....I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to turkey but I'm learning what I can!  Looking forward to just getting out in the woods this spring reguardless of if I can find some turkeys or not. 

Critter, good luck on your javalina hunt.  I spent a few years in AZ a while back and my first successful hunt was javalina, good times!

One bad thing about the offseason is I keep finding gear I 'think' I need for next fall!  gotta be careful not to deplete the funds too much and stay out of trouble with the mrs!!

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I have 3' of snow in my yard

I have 3' of snow in my yard from this storm system that is working through so I am ready for Arizona even if it snows on us like it has the last coupleof years.  At least it doesn't last very long down there. 

Turkeys are not that hard to figure out but they can be difficult to find during the season.  Just drive the dirt roads and look for tracks where a creek crosses the road.  If there is still snow where you are hunting them follow the creek drainage up to the snow line and you will find turkeys.  If there is no snow and they are living in the gamble oaks they can be tough to locate unless you find where they are roosting. 

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You're lucky. I got 1 foot so

You're lucky. I got 1 foot so far, and it still snowing. Plus, more coming Mon and Tues.

 

Winter sucks this year.

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very good advice as others

very good advice as others have said I am not only a hunting addict but also a fishing one too! In the winter I spend a ton of time on the ice and in the rivers!

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Thanks for the advice on the

Thanks for the advice on the turkeys, I'll keep that in mind!  We got about 2 ft.  Spent half the day plowing and watching the kids have a blast.  Our biggest snow since moving here a couple yrs ago.  Love it!

Ruffneck, I too was/am a fishing addict.  Being from the southeast it was pretty much all bass and some catfish on the side.   Having kids and moving in the past couple yrs have put some distance between me and the fish, but this past year I started to get back into it.  Trying to figure out what these trout are all about!  Have yet to try ice fishing though, maybe next year.  Absolutely loving all the new types of outdoor activities available out here, and with the climate/game being so different from what I knew, its a great learning experience too!

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great advice

My advice get into predator hunting which will carry you into spring turkey then shooting your bow and fishing will get you into Sep. elk again. That's my cure.

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