I'm 62 and have always wanted to go on an elk hunt and I'm going to do it in 2014. I have 2 preference points for Colorado. I'm quite overwhelmed by all of the different licenses, GMS's, and all. This will probably be my once in a lifetime. So, I know I will hire a guide. I need recomendations and I need help in understanding my odds in drawing with two points for the various seasons. I think I'd like muzzle load due to hunting in the rut. But is it possible to draw a ML tag with 2 points in a good area? I would love to talk with someone with experience who could mentor me in this. If you are willing I'd sure appreciate it.
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Fri, 2013-08-16 07:44
Trying to work on my bucket list
Fri, 2013-08-16 09:44#1
Welcome to the forum, at 62
Welcome to the forum, at 62 you are getting into this elk hunting thing a little late but there are some good hunts out there for you.
If I was a non resident of Colorado and wanted to hunt elk and was going to hire a guide I would check the ranches that offer Colorado's Ranching For Wildlife tags. A resident can sometimes only dream of drawing one of these tags and unless he wants to hire the outfitter on the ranch can't hunt it.
Here is the listing for the ranches that are involved with the RFW it does list preference points needed but that is for the resident hunter that wants to hunt the ranch. A non resident has to hire the outfitter so it may just be what you are looking for.
Fri, 2013-08-16 10:35#2
Welcome to the site and that
Welcome to the site and that is a pretty tall order. Not sure if 2 points will get you any of the higher quality unit for ML bull tag. You might want to look at the stats that the Division of wildlife puts out and see. http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/Pages/Statistics.aspx look at 2012 as 2013 is not posted yet. Not sure if you are a resident or non-res but I know the area I hunt in 12,23,24 will take 10 non-res points and at least 2 resident points to draw a tag. I suggest you pick one - three areas and go from there. Look at guides etc and see what they have to say. All ML tags are by drawing only so you have until April 2014 to make up your mind, that is if the guide is not booked yet. There are both bull and either sex elk tags avaliable during the season depending on the unit so look at both. If you have more question feel free to ask or send me a PM and we can talk more.
Fri, 2013-08-16 10:43#3
Thanks for the replies: I forgot to mention that I'm a non resident from Virginia. I need to read some more. I don't understand the Ranch for Wildlife deal. Also, I can't figure out how to send a PM.
Fri, 2013-08-16 11:45#4
Ranching for Wildlife is a
Ranching for Wildlife is a program that the Parks and Wildlife set up for ranchers to get tags for their clients that they guide on hunting trips. In exchange for this the ranch is opened up to the draw system and access by Colorado residents to hunt, but the draw isn't open for non residents for these ranches. The ranches in the list on the link that is in my first post are participants in this program. So if you go to this list and click on the ranch name it will give you the contact information for that ranch. You can then contact the operator and they should be able to either give you the outfitter information you need or they may be outfitting it themselves.
This way if you are planning on hiring a outfitter you will have a list of them that will almost guarantee you a tag for the season that you chose and on a private ranch to boot. And you don't have to use your preferance points go get the tag.
Fri, 2013-08-16 20:37#5
I'd second the advice from
I'd second the advice from Critter on the RFW program. One other consideration is the availability to hunt with a rifle during the rut on an RFW property. The seasons and tags available for private outfitted hunts vary for each ranch but generally begin in early September and continue through December. Thus, these ranches can provide very flexible dates and weapon choices. Probably won't be cheap, but for a once in a lifetime hunt might fit your needs pretty well.
Sat, 2013-08-17 12:27#6
What more important?
I applaud you for giving elk hunting a go at 62. My father hunted with me until the age of 68 so at 62 you still have a few good years left... That being said I would like to know what is more important to you. Is it more important to enjoy your time hunting for elk, seeing them and hearing them? Or is it more important to kill a big bull? The reason I ask this is because 2 points is really not enough for a big bull area. Not to say that other area don't have nice bulls but its more likely that you'll get a medium size bull in an area you can draw with two points. I am happy to help you out if you're more interested in enjoying your hunt by seeing, hearing, and most likely killing a nice average bull elk.
Mon, 2013-08-19 10:42#7
H2O Hunter: Thank you for your response. I don't have any issusions or the funds to pursue a Boon and Crocket record class bull. I would be happy with a nice bull. I'm from Virginia and have never hunted elk. I obviously do not have the ability to scout on my own. As stated I have 2 preference points. I don't really know where to begin. I am appreciative of any advice as to guides and units etc. It looks like muzzle loading is out with only 2 points. So, I guess the next best would be 1st rifle?