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With that said its hard to

With that said its hard to spend all that money and not even have an opportunity. Elk are hard to hunt. You can spend all summer scouting them, figuring out their travel patterns, where they bed, where they feed, where they like to use their wallows and then on opening day it dumps a foot of snow and pushes them out of where you spent all summer looking for them, or another hunter runs them out of your area. If elk get spooked they will leave the mountain. A DIY elk or moose hunt requires a lot of time outside of the hunting season. With that said its still not impossible!

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Location: wyoming
Joined: 10/08/2007
Posts: 77

WyomingElkHunting I agree with you. If you have never been in an area before and plan to go hunting there you will have a great experience but its far from guaranteed that you will even see and elk. I have camped and scouted an area all summer in the bighorns and opening day I find a super highway of tracks headed off the mountain form about a week prior. On the other hand last year I went to a new area between Dubois and Jackson and within an hour of driving around I stumbled upon 30 head with a decent rag horn. Wyoming has a lot of elk and a lot of public land. remember though that if you are planning on hunting in wilderness area you are required to have a guide or a resident that can buy a temp guide license for lack of better terms and stay with you while hunting there. Not to be a downer on the subject and I don't want to discourage you either. I meet 2 guys from IL years ago in the bighorns and we are still friends today. We meet when they showed up near our camp confused and lost. My dad and I ended up hunted with them for the week. You never know how the trip will go.

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Location: Loveland , Colorado
Joined: 03/22/2010
Posts: 498
Elk hunt

Browning, great advice from guy's on here! I can only add that it is tough on a person from out of state hunting elk for the first time. You really just do not know what to expect because you have yet to experience it. I would look at your first trip as soley that a learning experience.  Being prepared for everything and that everything has to fit in a pick-up. It is always better to have something and not need it than need it and not have it. This is what you will learn over many elk trips. Elk hunting is only a small part of the trip. If you use a guide or a drop camp at least they should have most everything taken care of and you can consentrate on your hunt. Then, the next year you can strike out on your own having a good idea of what it takes. I am one of those elk hunters that has too much crap and haul so much stuff I may need that it looks like I have no room for an elk if I kill one. But it could snow 30 inches and I know I am o.k. Might be stuck there for an extra week though!!!!

Don Fischer's picture
Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
Posts: 3206
No matter what, this trip is

No matter what, this trip is going to cost you. You've never hunted elk before and going into a strange place. If you can afford it, hire a guide. If you can't afford it, don't try it. 

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Joined: 07/18/2011
Posts: 2
another option

something in between the two would be doing a trespass fee type hunt on private ground. After packing in 12 miles 2 years ago and seeing more hunters than elk, I am trying that this fall - elk and mule deer blackpowder hunt in SW Colorado.