I'm from Michigan looking to plan a first time elk hunt for my brothers and dad this fall. First thing i dont want to come across as the guy thats posting looking for someones hunting spots or for it all ot be handed to him. I'm posting here only because this is all new to us and i wanted to post what i've found out and what my tentative plan is and see if there is anything that i'm missing or any suggestions as far as preparation or anything else to consider. We're looking to double up on a hunt so that we can do Elk and Mule deer to try and increase our chances of going home with something.
I've talked with a hunt planner from the Colorado parks dept for over an hour talking OTC and 0 point draw units available for the 2014 Elk season and have narrowed down the search so far.
Thinking of the possibility of season 1 Elk for a bull only tag and then sticking around for season 2 Mule deer and possibly a cow tag depending on the outlook of the hunt. The units available dont seem to have vast areas of land that you can hike back into and set up camp to get away from the crowds which we were preparing ourselves for but rather it seems that there are county roads that are scattered throughout. we're looking at GMU 3, 301, 65 or a few others.
We were originally going to do the OTC tag for the second season and hike in to increase our odds and haven't gave up on that idea yet but right now i'm looking into the season 1/2 split based on what i was told about success rates for Elk and Mule deer and what i would be able to consider my best odds.
If anyone has suggestions for a first time out west hunter any help would be greatly appreciated.