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#5662030 - 03/21/15 01:29 PM First Colorado Elk Hunt
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Registered: 12/03/14
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Hello folks,

Getting ready for my first Colorado elk hunt. Any tips would be appreciated.

Thanks,
CM
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#5662141 - 03/21/15 03:14 PM Re: First Colorado Elk Hunt [Re: Chunky Monkey]
presley Offline
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Registered: 04/21/12
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Where are you hunting? Best advice is get in shape and start now. I hunted the San Juans north of Dolores up to 12 thousand feet 2 years back with some guys who knew what they were doing, Helped a bunch for a first timer. Either have someone who has done it with you or get an outfitter. You can get in trouble very easy in high coubtry.

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#5662407 - 03/21/15 06:46 PM Re: First Colorado Elk Hunt [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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I am going with a group that has been going to a certain location for the past 25 years. They are really experienced so I feel good about it. They are full of helpful information but I wanted to see if anyone on here had any tips.

For ex... Do you prefer a bow sling or a strap for your range finder when hunting like this?

I would image that it would be nice to have the extra hand and not carrying your bow by hand all day.
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#5662410 - 03/21/15 06:47 PM Re: First Colorado Elk Hunt [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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We are hunting near Montrose
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#5662599 - 03/21/15 08:17 PM Re: First Colorado Elk Hunt [Re: Chunky Monkey]
presley Offline
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Registered: 04/21/12
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My pack would handle my bow but only used it once. You want it in your hand. Carried my gps on a cord clipped to my pack. One of the guys I hunted with told me about dropping his down the side of a hill way back in the mountains. Not a good thing. Your associates will get you ready. Start training. We were hiking vertcal 2500-3000 ft and up to 12 miles a day.

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#5662737 - 03/21/15 09:32 PM Re: First Colorado Elk Hunt [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41814
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Chunky Monkey
I am going with a group that has been going to a certain location for the past 25 years. They are really experienced so I feel good about it. They are full of helpful information but I wanted to see if anyone on here had any tips.

For ex... Do you prefer a bow sling or a strap for your range finder when hunting like this?

I would image that it would be nice to have the extra hand and not carrying your bow by hand all day.


I use a FHF bino harness I attach it to that via lanyard. My range finger has a clip. You want it as handy as possible.

To biggest things:
Never set up behind or in a tree/ bush. Be in front
And know your thermals and wind. The wind will beat you more then movement or drawing your bow.

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#5662750 - 03/21/15 09:43 PM Re: First Colorado Elk Hunt [Re: Chunky Monkey]
rifleman Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 44029
Loc: Kingwood
Originally Posted By: Chunky Monkey
We are hunting near Montrose


So doing OTC Archery 62?

If so, get in shape. Uncompaghre is a beast to get to the elk concentrations.

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#5665802 - 03/23/15 05:22 PM Re: First Colorado Elk Hunt [Re: Chunky Monkey]
Chunky Monkey Offline
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Yes, I am hunting in 62. Thanks, for the tips. I will start exploring some of the options mentioned here. Thanks.
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#5665812 - 03/23/15 05:28 PM Re: First Colorado Elk Hunt [Re: Chunky Monkey]
Cajun Raider Offline
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Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 559
Loc: Texas
Bring a Bic Lighter for signaling or starting a fire if you get lost. I have hunted the Uncompaghe a few times and after sunset it is just plain dangerous!
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