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#6323253 - 06/04/16 10:15 PM DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt?
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/08
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Loc: Mesquite, Tx
Anyone ever do one of these hunts? I'm trying to decide if I should do one of these hunts, or continue saving for a guided hunt. The price point on the DIY OTC hunts is appealing, but It seems like the success percentages of these hunts are less than 30%.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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#6323256 - 06/04/16 10:16 PM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Look like 2 threads down from yours
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#6323361 - 06/05/16 03:33 AM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
Deep Sea Offline
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Registered: 09/24/14
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Loc: Bastrop, Texas
If you are looking for a guaranteed kill, than OTC is not for you. Of the last two years hunts from this forum no one killed an elk, but we had a good time! Then I went to a private ranch near Dallas and shot an elk from the ranch managers truck so I could have some meat. Would I love to go on a 5-7 day guided hunt with luxury cabin, great food, and a 85% chance at a trophy bull? Heck yeah! But the $6,000 low end for that type of hunt is way out of my budget. With my OTC hunt, tag, all in (and the private ranch kill of a cow elk) I was less than $2k. Will be even less this year as I have most of the gear needed (I do need to upgrade some)
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#6323461 - 06/05/16 07:52 AM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
Western Offline
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I have hunted elk a loongg time, IMO, it comes down to what you plan on doing. If it is a "bucket list" hunt, then the expense of hunting private land with an outfitter (many also hunt BLM, state and federal lands as well), then the expense may be worth it, if expense isn't an issue, it may also be your way to go each year. The odds are higher, but much also depends on time of year (season conditions), rainfall, current weather, outfitters lands/leases/ style and location. For the highest percentage, I'd find an outfitter that also has private land to work with. I have friends that have done both, one in particular that can afford to use an outfitter every year for himself, family and clients, they probably run around 80% on opportunity.

DIY, of course is cheaper, you have to deal with the learning curve, more hunters generally, all the "trouble shooting" and most of the things your guide/outfitter would deal with (including all the frustration at times), but at a cheaper price point. For me it is worth every cent DIY, figuring things out and getting it done, comes with a ton of satisfaction.

If you have the cash and it is likely a one, or 2 time deal, then a good, reputable outfitter is probably the way to go. If you want to go yearly , as in making a tradition, then IMO DIY is a blast with a couple good buds, or by yourself.

There is also the option of just hiring to be "drop camped" basically a outfitter will take you into good country and then it is DIY from there, this can be much cheaper than a full guide service.

Just my thoughts anyway.

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#6323630 - 06/05/16 11:05 AM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Thanks for the feedback.

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#6323799 - 06/05/16 01:30 PM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: Western]
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Registered: 04/19/07
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Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Western
I have hunted elk a loongg time, IMO, it comes down to what you plan on doing. If it is a "bucket list" hunt, then the expense of hunting private land with an outfitter (many also hunt BLM, state and federal lands as well), then the expense may be worth it, if expense isn't an issue, it may also be your way to go each year. The odds are higher, but much also depends on time of year (season conditions), rainfall, current weather, outfitters lands/leases/ style and location. For the highest percentage, I'd find an outfitter that also has private land to work with. I have friends that have done both, one in particular that can afford to use an outfitter every year for himself, family and clients, they probably run around 80% on opportunity.

DIY, of course is cheaper, you have to deal with the learning curve, more hunters generally, all the "trouble shooting" and most of the things your guide/outfitter would deal with (including all the frustration at times), but at a cheaper price point. For me it is worth every cent DIY, figuring things out and getting it done, comes with a ton of satisfaction.

If you have the cash and it is likely a one, or 2 time deal, then a good, reputable outfitter is probably the way to go. If you want to go yearly , as in making a tradition, then IMO DIY is a blast with a couple good buds, or by yourself.

There is also the option of just hiring to be "drop camped" basically a outfitter will take you into good country and then it is DIY from there, this can be much cheaper than a full guide service.

Just my thoughts anyway.



I would like to add to it, make sure outfitter has PL option also. Private land is great but less the 6k acres can be very limiting on a species that can migrate 10 miles a day or more.

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#6323829 - 06/05/16 01:56 PM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
HuntTex Offline
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Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 45
Loc: Central Texas
I'm planning on my first trip elk hunting this year and looking to diy with otc tags 2nd or 3rd rifle season. I'd like to make it a yearly trip so the first trip killing an elk will just be a bonus. I'll be taking horses so I figure there will be alot of time scouting and trying to learn the area for the years ahead.

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#6323832 - 06/05/16 01:57 PM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
Cleric Offline
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I may break away from the group this year and try to find some less hospitable places to find elk

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#6323852 - 06/05/16 02:25 PM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
Deep Sea Offline
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Registered: 09/24/14
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Loc: Bastrop, Texas
more "inhospitable" than your trek down the mountain last year? eek2 bolt
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#6323881 - 06/05/16 02:53 PM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: Deep Sea]
Cleric Offline
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Originally Posted By: Deep Sea
more "inhospitable" than your trek down the mountain last year? eek2 bolt




Umm I am okay with parts except for the blind fall of the rock.


That was not my finest decision making...


Edited by Cleric (06/05/16 02:54 PM)

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#6323944 - 06/05/16 03:44 PM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: Cleric]
Sneaky Offline
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Registered: 10/22/12
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Originally Posted By: Cleric
I may break away from the group this year and try to find some less hospitable places to find elk


You remember the river we walked down to? Just cross it and the little strip of public land through the private. Lots of elk up there and all the inhospitable you heart can desire.
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#6324530 - 06/06/16 05:15 AM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
Deep Sea Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/24/14
Posts: 317
Loc: Bastrop, Texas
I was thinking that would be a good spot this year, and yes it seems VERY inhospitable.
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#6324561 - 06/06/16 06:24 AM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: Sneaky]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Originally Posted By: Cleric
I may break away from the group this year and try to find some less hospitable places to find elk


You remember the river we walked down to? Just cross it and the little strip of public land through the private. Lots of elk up there and all the inhospitable you heart can desire.


If that is the stream I'm thinking of, great fly fishing too, but tight in places.
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#6324829 - 06/06/16 10:53 AM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: Western]
rifleman Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
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Loc: Kingwood
Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Originally Posted By: Cleric
I may break away from the group this year and try to find some less hospitable places to find elk


You remember the river we walked down to? Just cross it and the little strip of public land through the private. Lots of elk up there and all the inhospitable you heart can desire.


If that is the stream I'm thinking of, great fly fishing too, but tight in places.


Should be some shimmering aspen along it too.

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#6324933 - 06/06/16 12:31 PM Re: DIY OTC Colorado Elk hunt? [Re: bigjoe8565]
Sneaky Offline
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Registered: 10/22/12
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That is, in fact, right where we discovered those particular trees.
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