Guys I am heading out solo to unit 15 DIY for the last 2 weeks of archery season 2012. Gonna backpack in about 2-3 miles and post up hunting from there. Prolly going to hit the green creek drainage area for the first 3-4 days and moveanimals I can't locate the elK. Does anybody have any experience in 15. Is it worth buying a bear tag as I have heard a lot about some nice bears . Can I get some feed back as what I can expect as far as pressure and how to hunt the area.
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Sun, 2012-04-29 12:27
Unit 15 elk Colorado
Sun, 2012-04-29 12:59#1
That's a good area, I like it. Shouldn't see many other hunters. Not sure about the bears. I never run into them regardless of where i hunt
Sun, 2012-04-29 13:11#2
Thanks bud, was a little nervous but you gotta learn sometime as it's cheaper for me to do this than get a deer lease here in Ohio by thousands. So moving up . If anybody else has advice on how to hunt the area any helps appreciated.
Mon, 2012-04-30 10:56#4
Good luck with your hunt.
Good luck with your hunt. Keep in mind you have to take out not just the meat, but the head and hide too of a bear. A lot of extra weight for meat that isn't the best. Well, compared to elk anyway.
Mon, 2012-04-30 13:51#5
Thanks guys, I am right
Thanks guys, I am right outside Cincinnati 20 minutes east of bass pro. I'llkeep it in mind. Might end up going third not made upMIT mind yet.
Mon, 2012-04-30 21:35#6
Unit 15 used to be a better
Unit 15 used to be a better unit for elk, but is still OK. Of all the areas in unit 15 I like Green Creek the best. Not too many other hunters will venture 2-3 miles into the drainage. Watch out for the meadows in the creek bottoms, they are mostly large bogs and can be very difficult to cross.
Also, the further you're willing to go into the drainage the better the hunting (and higher numbers of elk) is. Harrison creek, the next drainage to the North is also worth hunting.
Good luck and feel free to send a PM if you'd like some more info and comments.
Thu, 2012-05-10 11:23#7
I bow hunted unit 15 the
I bow hunted unit 15 the last week of the season last year. It was OK. The week before was muzzleloader and I think the gun hunters got the elk a little riled up. We didn't hear a single bugle or cow call the entire week. It might have been the weather too, it was 60-70 and sunny every day - no rain, no snow, not even frost. I drew on a cow and a small bull but never got a shot, but I can't say that it was my hunting skill that provided the opportunity, I think it was luck. In any case, we got to see elk, which is always a plus when elk hunting. Expect to walk A LOT (a min. of 5 miles a day). There are only so many roads and access points into the unit and there will be several camps (oh like 10-15) along this road. So just to get "into" the unit, you will have to walk 2 miles from the road. Depending on where you camp, I'd advise tire chains and mud tires. Some of the roads are really rough. Everyone is hunting the same area, but as is typical in most units, most hunters don't venture too far from the road - bowhunters are probably more of an exception to that rule, so expect competition. We only saw hunters in the woods one time, but did come across two remote backcountry camps. I don't want to give away all the secrets as we will likely be back in this unit the same time this year if we don't draw our limited tags.
As for bears, we didn't see any, but did see some sign. Steamboat, CO, which is only a few miles down the road has a huge bear problem. Bears do abound in this area - so hang your food at night if you’re in a tent. Get a small game license and you can shoot the abundant blue grouse (now called something else). Got one last year with the bow! There isn't any backcountry fishing in the unit, so you can leave the flyrod and fishing license at home.
Thu, 2012-05-10 14:16#8
Not sure i'd blame the
Not sure i'd blame the muzzleloaders too much. The most elk are taken during the rifle seasons when it's like a war zone out there.