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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Colarado Elk Hunt

Myself and three buddies are leaving in two weeks. It's been 16 years since I've been out west hunting. Will be hunting north of Gleenwood Springs. I've never been to CO. Any advice ? Pictures look beautiful. Can't wait.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 11:54 PM
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Re: Colarado Elk Hunt

Good luck, I'm sure you will have a blast. Bring us back some good photos for those of us stuck in the East this year.

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Re: Colarado Elk Hunt

Send Tplank a message... he just got back from CO on a DIY elk hunt. He can probably give you some advice... Oh, and he got drawn for PA cow elk... so make sure you heckle him about that too.. lol

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Hope your in shape and take it easy first day there for your lungs to expand. Know the laws there different from back here, treaspassing is one of the worst and easy to do since they dont have to post there ground.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 01:24 AM
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Enjoy your trip and best of luck to you all! Post some pics when you return! Jayden41 goes out there quit often DIY for elk/deer. He just returned from hunting out west!
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 01:48 AM
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I hunt south of Glenwood most years - either archery or early rifle. Stick with north facing slopes if there isn't much snow and the temps are warm during the afternoons. Try to cover a lot of ground, and make sure to use a map in addition to a GPS - I've had some funny GPS readings out there. Drink more water than you think you need every day - especially in the morning. Take lots of pictures and remember to enjoy every minute of the trip. Nothing more satisfying than the feel of a warm hind-quarter on your back for a couple of mile hike.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 02:13 AM
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Re: Colarado Elk Hunt

Advice. Climb high. Stay late. Most hunters don't do either. that is why the elk are there. Don't be afraid to walk out at night.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 10:43 AM
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Re: Colarado Elk Hunt

Just got back from CO Saturday. Our experience, and experience of others I have been reading on the internet, has been the elk are not high due to the grasses above the treeline effected by the drought. They are just brown. Drought was bad were I hunted. It may vary for different areas of the state.

Find water, that is key.
We worked elk in the 9-10,000ft elevation range.

Altitude sickness prevention can include starting on 600mg of Ibuprofen a few days before you leave for CO. You can also ask your doctor for a prescription for Diamox. I have vacationed out west in the past and typically get an altitude headache, really ringing. I got that the first night I was in this year as well but that was it. No other problems.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 12:01 PM
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Welcome home, congrats on the PA tag.

I'll heckle you later.

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+1 on Diamox. Read and understand the signs of altitude sickness.

Need a good pair of boots. You may run into 60 degree weather or a foot of snow. Make sure you have wicking socks. A blistered heel can ruin a mountain hunt in short order.

Gaiters are nice for keeping your calves and feet dry.

A nice set of binos will make glassing enjoyable. A nice backpack with a kidney belt will keep the pressure off your lower back. I need about 3 liters of water a day. Staying hydrated is important.

Post some pics !

It's a good spot. Just not today.
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