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Second Season Elk Unit 7&8 advice

Looking for some info on second season elk in unit 7. going to set up base game and thinking out hunting shipman, housman and the big mcintyre burn area. has any one hunting in these areas? how is hunting pressure and access by foot? any other areas i shoudl be looking at?

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There will be an outfitter out of shipman, but it's a big area. Lots of dark timber and eve n the big McIntyre burn is a pretty long hike. Definitely elk up in there though

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going to check out the burn

going to check out the burn area on a scouting trip next week. is it alot of dead fall? is it huntable or is it new growth dark timber. how about housman park? do you know if the outfitter stays in the shipman park area or does he hunt in the rawah area?

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Shipman/Rawah/Housman

I have no personal knowledge of Housman.

And as far as I'm concerned Shipman is the Rawah area, unless you mean the higher country.  By the way, one of the largest bull I've ever seen was just outside of the McIntyre Burn area.

It's not deadfall, it's like a 30 year old regrowth area.

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got any other suggestions or

got any other suggestions or do i have a good starting points? this is my first year hunting 7&8. hunted 191 the past 5 years with my father in law and we have harvested 2 bulls in those years but they have also been the only bulls we have seen. not a big fan of hunting the dark timber so i liked shipman and housman. with 30 year old growth in mcintyre burn i am picturing smaller trees and you are able to see more than 20'. did you access the area from the link trail?

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Yes, you're looking at decent country, just not a lot of elk, and a whole lot of dark timber. The burn was mostly 10 foot high stuff, so not exactly open country. And yes I got there from the link trail

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Housmer Park

Hunted this area alot when I was a younger buck. Some very nice bulls in this area, but as stated before few and far between. If you are hunting from the campgrounds each day you may want to try the Macyntre trail and hunt up to the north after you cross the creek at the bridge. That hill side is nice and flat on top and if you drop off the back side north facing slope you can hunt forever by yourself... This is not as far as housmer but you can head west and you will be headed toward housmer park. Petersons used to have a base camp in housmer not sure if they still do that or not. Very nice area but has changed alot since the beetle kill. Another consideration is to approach shipman from the north side which you can access from the Honholtz lakes road to the east. Good luck and let us know how things pan out.

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mule skinner thanks for the

mule skinner thanks for the advice. do you know if the guides that hunt shipman approach it from the north or do they go up mcintyre or link trails?

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Outfitters

They come in from the south at Glendevey. Mcintyre trail.

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Units 7&8

We have hunted units 7 & 8 for quite a while and I agree that the area is large, but the number of elk is pretty small. We are heading up this weekend for 1st season rifle and are prepared to a lot of walking!

Has anyone heard how the bow and muzzleloading seasons went on the Deadman/Bull Mountain side of the unit?

I know of some folks having luck in the Rawah's during muzzleloading, but haven't heard about the other side of the river.

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Massive, you see any animals

Massive,
you see any animals up there last weekend?

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