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My First Elk Hunt?!?

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Topic: My First Elk Hunt?!?
Posted By: swtucker
Subject: My First Elk Hunt?!?
Date Posted: September/20/2008 at 20:49
I'm going on my first elk hunt.  We're going to Colorado (unit 65).  I've got a cow tag.  I understand that the area is mostly aspen, with open meadows.  I'm a whitetail hunter, so I'm used to waiting in an area that the deer will come to.  I understand that elk move much farther than deer and aren't nearly as easy to set up on.  Does anyone have any experience with this type of hunting???  I'd appreciate any tips that might increase my odds.  Thanks in advance!!!



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Posted By: pyro6999
Date Posted: September/20/2008 at 21:01
sometimes waiting for them, like taking a nap in the timber is the best way to see elk, sometimes walking all day is the way to go depends on pressure and weather among other things.

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They call me "Boots"
375H&H Mag: Yeah, it kills stuff "extra dead"

343 we will never forget

God Bless Chris Ledoux
"good ride cowboy"


Posted By: supertool73
Date Posted: September/20/2008 at 22:03
Elk are extremely noisy in the mornings with the bulls bugling and the cows calling.  They also have strong smell and you can usually tell when you are in the general area of them.  Make sure you have some calls to use and know how to use them.  Lots of times you can call the bulls right to you if you get close enough to the herd.  The satellite bulls are always very curious and are easy to call in.  The herd bull will usually round up his heard and push them on if he feels to threatened so that is where the cow calls will come in.

You are right that elk run in very large areas.  One morning there can be hundreds of elk in one area and by evening they are nowhere to be found and they are 10 miles away. 

If you don't see them in the morning and are able to do spot and stalk then you pretty much just have to go to an area and do some spotting and them start humping it and hope to cut tracks and find them in the trees.   


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Posted By: pyro6999
Date Posted: September/20/2008 at 22:13
dont forget to shoot the lead cow if you can, more than likely she will be a little older and will not have given birth that year or have been bread by any bulls, and will taste very good. +1 on the smell, its a very unique musty smell.

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They call me "Boots"
375H&H Mag: Yeah, it kills stuff "extra dead"

343 we will never forget

God Bless Chris Ledoux
"good ride cowboy"


Posted By: helo18
Date Posted: September/20/2008 at 23:56
When will you be going?

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Posted By: swtucker
Date Posted: September/21/2008 at 05:09
I forgot to add I'll be there in the second rifle season, Oct 18-26th. 


Posted By: snowflake77
Date Posted: September/23/2008 at 00:31
They don't smell they stink. Those little mud holes are not a place to wash your face! Good luck on the hunt! I am heading to Idaho the Oct. 25th - Nov 7th for mule deer and elk. Gotta love this time of year.


Posted By: cheaptrick
Date Posted: September/24/2008 at 17:17
Best of luck on your hunt! Let us know how it goes for you.


Posted By: pyro6999
Date Posted: September/24/2008 at 17:18
yeah and we want pictures too

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They call me "Boots"
375H&H Mag: Yeah, it kills stuff "extra dead"

343 we will never forget

God Bless Chris Ledoux
"good ride cowboy"


Posted By: martin3175
Date Posted: September/24/2008 at 22:51

Good Luck,,,Ditto on the pictures



Posted By: Tip69
Date Posted: September/24/2008 at 23:34
Have fun!

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take em!


Posted By: Tip69
Date Posted: October/07/2008 at 12:53
Getting closer........ what are you taking?

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take em!


Posted By: swtucker
Date Posted: October/07/2008 at 14:30

Rem. 700 in .300 win mag.  180gr Accubonds and E-tips.  Leupold VXIII 4.5x14x40 LR Varmint.  (and a Zeiss conquest as a back-up scope)



Posted By: Tip69
Date Posted: October/07/2008 at 20:00
Sounds like a recipe for success!!  Don't forget a camera!!!

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take em!



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