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Join Date: Oct 2011
Re: ?'s Western Elk Hunt
I have done 7 DIY elk hunts in Colorado and have scored 7 times. The above two posts are right. Get in shape and be prepared to hunt your butt off hard for 5 days dawn to dusk.The National Forests will give you a good opportunity to score in you get back in further than the other guys want to go. Weather plays a big part also. Get a snow storm and the elk start to move down. If its not to bad they move up. They like it cold but don't like deep snows where they can't find food. Seems like the biggest bulls wait till the last minute to move down. Plan on covering alot of ground. Once you find the elk you'll have to figure out how to get close for the shot. 1st and 4th season is a draw so you'll have to wait till next year. 2nd and 3rd are over the counter tags. Good gear makes the hunt alot more enjoyable. Remember there are no Walmarts close if you need something. Most drop camp guides will give you a satellite phone in case you need help or put one down. No cell service up there. Taking a cow is just as good as taking a bull. Just my opinion cause you have to work your butt off for either one. One you get one down the real work begins. If you have a buddy to go with you take him/her. the help is always needed and for safety its good to have a partner. Once you hunt the Rocky's you'll want to go back every year. It gets in your blood bad. I could spend hours nit picking on details but the best way to learn is do some research and go do it. Money wise I figure about $2,000 for a do it yourself hunt. We drive out and that includes gas, motels, food, licence, ect. You may spend more. Good luck.
I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.