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#5820646 - 07/06/15 09:31 PM Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations
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Planning a future trip to CO for elk. Need recommendations. I do have a brochure for the Fishtail ranch and Google has bred some good prospects, but I dunno which one I should pursue. Thanks for any information.

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#5820964 - 07/07/15 08:06 AM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Do you have an elk tag? Are you hunting public land? In my experience, hunting season in CO can be a circus. First thing I would do is find an area where no ATV's are allowed. Guys from all over the country go to CO to race around the mountains on the four wheelers pretending to hunt. And for some reason, it's not just during the day, they seem to enjoy being out at night too. This starts about a week before the season opener, so the odds of an animal not knowing what's going on is pretty slim. I've found that you have to get so far back into the remote areas where the four wheelers can't go. If possible, find an outfitter that can pack you into a Wilderness Area where nobody else is at. I've had some success in CO doing this, but my overall displeasure in the crowds there makes it the one state I don't care to hunt in anymore.

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#5821752 - 07/07/15 05:48 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: EddieWalker]
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Originally Posted By: EddieWalker
Do you have an elk tag? Are you hunting public land? In my experience, hunting season in CO can be a circus. First thing I would do is find an area where no ATV's are allowed. Guys from all over the country go to CO to race around the mountains on the four wheelers pretending to hunt. And for some reason, it's not just during the day, they seem to enjoy being out at night too. This starts about a week before the season opener, so the odds of an animal not knowing what's going on is pretty slim. I've found that you have to get so far back into the remote areas where the four wheelers can't go. If possible, find an outfitter that can pack you into a Wilderness Area where nobody else is at. I've had some success in CO doing this, but my overall displeasure in the crowds there makes it the one state I don't care to hunt in anymore.


agree - Colorado can disappoint due to all the traffic - if I am spending my time and money I go to Idaho, Utah, etc. But New Mexico is the best overall IMO
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#5821790 - 07/07/15 06:03 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Originally Posted By: chital_shikari
Planning a future trip to CO for elk. Need recommendations. I do have a brochure for the Fishtail ranch and Google has bred some good prospects, but I dunno which one I should pursue. Thanks for any information.



Rifle or archery?

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#5821895 - 07/07/15 06:52 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Look into private land hunts. i have done two in the Yampa river valley and have enjoyed both. I used to hunt with Flanders ranch however I understand they sold the north pasture where we had best luck. There where a lot of cows on the southern pasture feeding in timber along the river next to alfalfa fields though.

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#5821898 - 07/07/15 06:53 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Look into private land hunts. i have done two in the Yampa river valley and have enjoyed both. I used to hunt with Flanders ranch however I understand they sold the north pasture where we had best luck. There where a lot of cows on the southern pasture feeding in timber along the river next to alfalfa fields though.

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#5823536 - 07/08/15 06:20 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: chital_shikari
Planning a future trip to CO for elk. Need recommendations. I do have a brochure for the Fishtail ranch and Google has bred some good prospects, but I dunno which one I should pursue. Thanks for any information.



Rifle or archery?
Either or. Wanting to do archery but it seems quite harder.

Seeing how negative Colorado seems, I'm also looking into Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.

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#5823624 - 07/08/15 06:59 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Budget?

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#5823783 - 07/08/15 08:17 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Colorado isn't that bad, half to 3/4 of the hunters don't hunt that hard and most are done before the last day for one reason or another. I can be frustrating hunting near a road, but a outfitter that is drop camping you will/should have some good tips to pass along as far as dealing with other hunter numbers.
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#5823807 - 07/08/15 08:25 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Tenderfoot will plant you in the West Elks.

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#5823811 - 07/08/15 08:26 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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FWIW, a LaQuinta drop camp requires a lot less work and planning. grin

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#5824080 - 07/08/15 10:44 PM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: rifleman]
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Originally Posted By: rifleman
FWIW, a LaQuinta drop camp requires a lot less work and planning. grin

Amen brudda RM, if that luxury is available.
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#5824173 - 07/09/15 01:16 AM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: rifleman]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Budget?
This is a way future trip and I'm looking at different drop camps, up to $2500 per person, based on what I've seen for drop camps and semi guided hunts.

Originally Posted By: rifleman
Tenderfoot will plant you in the West Elks.
So I'm guessing Tenderfoot is a good one, them?
Originally Posted By: rifleman
FWIW, a LaQuinta drop camp requires a lot less work and planning. grin
And I'm not sure what that means....

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#5824281 - 07/09/15 07:41 AM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Originally Posted By: chital_shikari
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Budget?
This is a way future trip and I'm looking at different drop camps, up to $2500 per person, based on what I've seen for drop camps and semi guided hunts.

Originally Posted By: rifleman
Tenderfoot will plant you in the West Elks.
So I'm guessing Tenderfoot is a good one, them?
Originally Posted By: rifleman
FWIW, a LaQuinta drop camp requires a lot less work and planning. grin
And I'm not sure what that means....


As far as the last one, he is referring to the hotel chain " La Quinta" up
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#5824304 - 07/09/15 08:02 AM Re: Colorado Elk drop Camp recommendations [Re: chital_shikari]
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Registered: 10/28/09
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Loc: Western Colorado
Hubbard creek outfitters in western co has good areas never hunted with me but know the area they hunt. Avalanche creek outfitters also good

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