Elk Hunting Photos & Stories

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The Redemption Bull
Hawkeye270

Archery season was over and now it was time to focus on rifle season back in our normal stomping grounds; although it was hard to not think about the giant deer that had gotten away earlier that August. There was a lot of pressure to put some animals on the ground since our group had gotten skunked the year prior due to a massive blizzard. Our area delivered once again and our faith in the unit was renewed. One very special thing about that year was that it was my best friend Justin’s first year hunting and we would yet again get to baptize another person into the hunting family.

Hunting Lessons and Women
Hawkeye270

The year prior had been a great year for our group. My brother got his first deer, 2 bulls were taken (one 6X6 and one non-typical) and our camp found a new unit to hunt that was going to stay productive for both deer and elk. My brother and I felt so confident in the unit that we decided we were going to try our hands at bowhunting. This is the year that the CDOW allowed banking of preference points so we thought it was perfect timing to give the stick and string a try. I would hunt deer and my brother would hunt elk. He was in for a much bleaker hunt than he expected.

2005 Colorado Deer/Elk Hunt
Hawkeye270

I had been big game hunting for a couple years and had gotten myself a mule deer buck, but up to that point, the wapiti had evaded me. So when 2005 rolled around I knew it was time to try a new unit. We decided on a unit that none of the guys in our group had hunted before. Two of my teachers had hunted the unit before which is where our decision to make the switch came from. Many hours in front of the computer screen, many emails, and a couple of summer scouting trips had our camp feeling semi prepared and excited for our third season rifle hunt.

1st Bull Elk - A Non-Typical Club Bull
hawkeye270

Like any successful elk hunter, I will never forget my first bull. I got him the first year that I took over planning for our group's hunts. I did a ton of electronic and phone scouting prior to the draw that year and came up with what I figured to be the answer to our group's elk hunting dilemma. Our scouting trip to the area in August got us revved up. We were seeing groups of 15-30 elk on a regular basis. I even got video of bulls fighting and bugling.

A Boy's 1st Hunt
hawkeye270

It was my first ever morning of hunting. My dad and I were sitting on a point overlooking some pinyon juniper country, we had set up there just before civil twilight and I was really excited. I understood that I was in primarily deer country and stood little chance of seeing the elk that I had a tag for but through my 14 year old eyes everything turned into an elk. I tried to turn every stump, rock, and bare patch of ground into the cream colored rump of a wapiti.

Colorado Rookie
SOBLE

My first year with a Colorado resident tag in my pocket was for Elk in 2000. Being new in the area was daunting but I had made some good friends and was lucky enough to be invited into hunting camp with them. This hunt would be different than any other I had been on. Base camp was 6 miles in on horseback or in my case on the back of a mule. I am a big guy and apparently my new buddies figured I would hurt their horses so I got the lucky mule out of the herd. I have ridden horses off and on all my life but had never been on a mule. That was a great experience to say the least.

Work or Hunt and Taking It Easy
SOBLE

1997 found me in an awkward situation when hunting season rolled around. The opening day was moved to mid week and like most of us, I had to work. Now to me opening day is a religious holiday. You can take away my whole hunt but just give me opening day. My work schedule was 8-5 most days but quite often the opportunity to work overtime to make a delivery deadline came around. I was in luck today. Around 4:30 in the afternoon we had a delivery come in that had to be made that night. The customer was 4 hours away, so I struck a deal with the boss.

Quickie Elk Hunt
Critter

This is a short story about a cow elk hunt, just a few paragraphs.  This is just a story that proves that not all elk are found 5 miles off of the beaten path and sometimes good fortune smiles on you. 

Putting In The Time
Sean Roush

After a long and not so successful archery season with my little brother, our hope for the upcoming rifle season wasn't so good. We had chased a small herd of elk around but never really got within archery range. If we were on one side of the valley they happened to be on the other. The weather was starting to get colder and the snow picked up as archery season came to a close. I knew we stood a good chance of running into that same herd of elk.

Opening Day Pretty Boy, Arizona’s Early Rifle Hunt
Al Siebert

March 29 2009 I made a call to Arizona Game and Fish from work, and I think my entire crew heard me scream like a little boy, after I heard that I was the lucky draw of an early rifle Elk Permit in Arizona. From that moment on I didn’t waste a second learning something about the Unit.