mtraised.....man, you have picked a mighty high pass to go elk hunting....over 12,000 feet. I assume you won't be hunting the pass itself but rather north of it in unit 481 or south of it in Unit 56. Either way if you are close to the pass it is going to be rough hunting. There are elk in there but the hunting is rough and the % success on bulls is not that great. What season are you going? Have you hunted elk at this elevation before? Maybe you are going to be farther west in Unit 55? Why Tincup Pass? Have you been 4-wheelin' through there? Give me some more info and I will try to help you.
One of the guys on my shift has access to a cabin outside of Buena Vista. So lodging is free. He goes there on family vacations in the summer and has rode quads some where around tin cup pass. He states that he has seen elk in the area.
I'm not exactly sure where in unit 481 or 56 we or he is planning on taking us. He did explain to me though that we pass through the town Tin Cup and head upwards to the pass. That is why I am trying to do some of my own research. There are about 8-10 firemen planning this trip for Nov. the 2nd season 2006.
Some of us (including myself ) did put in for a preference point this year. I grew up in MT and have hunted some high country elk but no never at 12000 ft.
Have you hunting either one of those sections? Any advise would be great. The guy with the cabin access is taking a trip in July with his famil and was going to do some pre-pre-pre scouting.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...