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Season 4 cow elk hunt

First I want to say HI to everyone, what a great website. I will be taking my nephew elk hunting in Colorado this year during the 4 season for cow elk. This is his second year as a hunter and I could use some help from all of you. What GMU would be our best bet for cow elk and what area? We will buy a left over cow tag. He has harvested his first buck a nice 4x4 California Muley.

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Season 4 cow elk hunt

Hi Wolff,
You might not be able to hunt "the best" area starting this late in the game, but there are some possibilities. Check out the leftover license list at:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/hunt/BigGame/pdf/leftover.pdf

I would suggest EF01104R

That gives you a very large geographical area that has a bunch of elk.

Nice buck, thanks for the picture.

Good luck

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Season 4 cow elk hunt

Thank for the reply peanut64. Any spacific area in unit 11?

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Wollf,
That tag is good in units 11,12, 23, 24, 211 so you don't have to limit yourself to unit 11. Animal location is very dependent on weather and as of now the only weather we have had is sunny and warm. Maybe some of the guys (gals) that have been out during the second season can give you some ideas where the animals are. Keep in mind that things can change overnight. I am hunting the third season and maybe I can update you after that. You will probably be on the road at that time though. There are some members of the forum that are closer to the White River herd that may be able to point you to a specific location.

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Season 4 cow elk hunt

I think peanut's recommendation is good. 23 and 24 are part of the white river national forest, thus access issues are minimal.

Might want to call the DOW ALS line to buy the tags before coming out. There should still be tags available but best to get them before hand.

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I did take a cow elk back in 1998 out of the South White river area in unit 24 during the second season. But I don’t know if that area would hold any elk during the 4th season. Here is a picture of myself and the muley I took 2 minutes before my nephew took his.

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Wolff,
Just wondering what you guys ended up doing and did you have any luck?

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My Neaphew wasnt able to go, his grades wern't up to par. So I ended up going myself. I hunted in Oak Ridge SWA in game unit 23. I was only able to hunt Fri, Sat, and Sunday. I seen elk every day but no clean shots. They were to far away or the brush was to thick. Sunday spotted 5 bedding up on a bench on top of a ridge, so I made a stock on them. I had the wind in my favor and was about half way to them when they started coming over the ridge line about 800 yards above me. I hid next to some shrub oak and sat for the next 3.5 hours in plane view . Well there turned out to be 15 to 20 cow elk in that herd but the did not come any closer to me. I only had about 1 or 2 hours of day light left so I tried to sneek my way up to them. I made it to within 250 yards when the wind changed and gave me away. I was able to take one shot but missed. Had a great time. I seen your pick very nice bull.

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