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CO ELk advice

In the first stages of planning a DIY CO elk hunt. I'm focusing on the OTC GMU's. Just wondering if anyone has any experiences or suggestions on GMU's.

I am planning a 10 day backcountry archery hunt in mid Sept. I will set up my spike camp at least a mile or two from trailhead to escape some of the crowds. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and feel free to PM me if you like.

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Re: CO ELk advice

White River National Forest, Flattops Wilderness Area.

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Re: CO ELk advice

One of the hardest things on DIY hunts is getting equipment in and out. Also the CO elk does not fit well in the typical backpack. Sometimes some type of cart will work well on getting equipment in and out along with elk meat.
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Definitely be hunting high as the heat bothers them. going this year or next? Buddy out in CO started ML hunting on Saturday - said weather has been cooler, elk just starting to bugle. He's hunting the Grand Mesa area which is west of Carbondale. Back Side (west side) of the Maroon Bells (which is near Aspen) always has a lot of elk up high - 10,000 ft. plus. Good hiking trails to get into the area as well.

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White River National Forest, Flattops Wilderness Area.
I could be wrong but Flat Top is not in an OTC Archery GMU, so unfortunately thats out. Got too much money going towards collecting preference pts in WY

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One of the hardest things on DIY hunts is getting equipment in and out. Also the CO elk does not fit well in the typical backpack. Sometimes some type of cart will work well on getting equipment in and out along with elk meat.
Yea figuring the logistics of getting one out will be tough. There are two of us so we will make as many trips as needed. Gonna suck but also part of the allure.

Planning for next fall. Will really start to pour over the maps after deer and duck season. Was just hoping for peoples past experiences for possible starting points.

Carts would be helpful but are also illegal in some areas so that will have to be decided once we narrow down a spot.

Thanks for all the input guys, keep it coming

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I hunt units 42 & 43 almost every year - both units are OTC tags for archery, with most of the units being in the White River National Forest. I'll be heading out for the early rifle season in 30 days. Also hunted public land up around Steamboat Springs a couple of years ago and had some luck. PM me for more details if interested.

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We hunted unit 49 during the ML season which is the same time as archery season. If you are interested in unit 49 PM me and I can fix you up with maps and other elk info.
The camping is at 10,500' and you hunt up until you run out of breath. We brought back elk both years we went there.
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You gotta stop living in the past buddy!

I guess you're starting to get a bit hopped up.
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