Any info on hunting around Dolores, Rico area of Colorado? Looking at killing an elk up there, just camped there for a week and saw hundreds of elk! Don't know if bulls have started re- growth of antlers cuz we didn't see any?
That's all OTC elk country with fairly high success rates. There's also a lot of pressure come hunting season. Right now, only the young bulls should still be with the cows, most of the older ones will be off by themselves until late August or September. Antler growth on the young ones will be fairly small this early in the year.
Exbiologist is about right. That's beautiful country, especially unit 71 to the east of Dolores. I've hunted 711 and 71 for about 15 years, and there are critters. Lots of hunting pressure, especially during the 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons. Best bet by far is putting in for the 1st season. Either sex, limited hunters, unwary (relatively speaking) animals. You can usually draw a tag with only one preference point, which means you get one every other year! Hell of a deal....
When hunting whitetails there are many different languages being spoken afield that I key on when outdoors. All these little creatures living around whitetails have something to tell us if we are willing to listen.
My favorite tattletales of the outdoors are a handful of little birds that live in my state of Ohio. Maybe yours too. A tip for the upcoming season.
There are Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Killdeer, and Sparrows that all have language...