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Big Game Hunting => Elk Hunting => Topic started by: jstone on January 09, 2020, 09:41:14 AM

Title: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: jstone on January 09, 2020, 09:41:14 AM
I am going to start to do my research, just need a starting point.
Are most units over the counter?
I will be trying to eat up my Washington quality Bull tag up. Hopefully
So if I donít draw again this year would Colorado still be for sale?
Does the fish and game send maps and are they informative?
Web site friendly?
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: vandeman17 on January 09, 2020, 09:45:02 AM
Gohunt is well worth the money and helped me learn a lot about multiple states
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: knighttime25 on January 09, 2020, 11:00:43 AM
Gohunt is well worth the money and helped me learn a lot about multiple states

 :yeah: Pay the $149 annual fee for GoHunt and you won't be disappointed if you're at all interested in hunting out of state  :tup:
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: jstone on January 09, 2020, 11:05:01 AM
Thank you Gentlemen. I will look at that this weekend
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: knighttime25 on January 09, 2020, 11:21:53 AM
Thank you Gentlemen. I will look at that this weekend

Use promo code "Elk Talk" and they will give you a $50 credit to their gear store, so then it essentially becomes $100 for a year...
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: Karl Blanchard on January 09, 2020, 12:33:22 PM
CO has a great website. No need to blow money on gohunt to figure out elk in CO. Dang near the whole western half of the state is otc for archery, 2nd rifle season and 3rd rifle season as well as multiple 4th season 0 point options. No quota so literally drive there, stop at fish and game and give them your $660 and go hunt.
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: Stalker on January 09, 2020, 01:26:26 PM
CO has a great website. No need to blow money on gohunt to figure out elk in CO. Dang near the whole western half of the state is otc for archery, 2nd rifle season and 3rd rifle season as well as multiple 4th season 0 point options. No quota so literally drive there, stop at fish and game and give them your $660 and go hunt.

 :yeah:  You can even save a couple hundred by purchasing a cow tag, almost guaranted to bring home meat.  Give yourself a couple of years to get to know an area and then spend the extra on a bull tag. Been going to CO for years to enjoy the area, getting to gether with friends and bring a cow home almost everytime. 
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: jstone on January 09, 2020, 06:10:08 PM
I already have done some reading on the web. Some people say places are crowded.
Question; is it crowded off the roads like Washington?

Sometimes when people say crowded is it Washington crowded?
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: Stalker on January 09, 2020, 07:02:10 PM
I already have done some reading on the web. Some people say places are crowded.
Question; is it crowded off the roads like Washington?

Sometimes when people say crowded is it Washington crowded?

I gave up hunting WA a few years ago due to WDFW and just do ID & CO so I do not know how crowded it is any more. 

I hunt western units (NW / SW of Grand Junction) 4th season rifle or early archery season.  4th rifle my group may run into half dozen or so hunters when we are close to roads.  We have no issuse with getting several miles from roads and rarely come across others. I think most residents focus on earlier seasons as 4th rifle you can be into some serious snow.  I've had a couple seasons where we could not get out without snowmobiles.  Hope this helps.





Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: cem3434 on January 09, 2020, 07:11:36 PM
Lots of good information here. Both CO's website and gohunt have a lot of useful information as others have suggested.  I have a couple of points so I'm looking at trying to hunt CO this year too for the first time.
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: Karl Blanchard on January 09, 2020, 08:16:00 PM
Any otc elk unit is gonna be crowded. It'll be unlike anything you have seen in WA. 4th season is a bit different because they are all on a quota.  2nd and 3rd seasons are busy. Just gotta learn to use it to your advantage. You arent gonna outwork everyone so you gotta out hunt everyone. The big difference is regardless of pressure, there is just WAY more game!
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: the1rod on January 09, 2020, 09:22:31 PM
Colorado has alot of area to hunt,  and alot of times to hunt for elk.  With the game regs and onx you can find multiple areas. Pick a spot and go have fun. You can find harvest statistics and all the information you want to dive into. I lived there five years and unfortunately only got to hunt one year and never got anything.  But it's different country and beautiful at that. As others have said there's definitely more game,  I always saw the animals i was hunting for,  just never made it happen.  I hiked into the flattops wilderness area and it was a great time,  helped another hunter pack out a cow.  It's rough terrain and once you get back in there you don't see too many people. One thing I can tell you is to be prepared for a quick change of weather.  Know that if a storm hits,  you may have to pack up and get out of there quick depending on where your at.  Most the hunting areas there are forest service,  and it's not like driving the logging roads in WA.  They are rocky,  rutted up,  and when they get wet can turn to a slick sloppy mess in an instant. If you have chains take them,  and make sure your spare tire is in good shape.
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: Taco280AI on January 09, 2020, 09:44:40 PM
Lots of game, lots of hunters, lots of high altitude hunting so show up in shape.

The area I hunted was public land up high with ranches down below. The elk would be on public stuff during archery and move down low before rifle, before the snow even. They knew they were safer down there, even though there were high dollar hunts on the ranches.
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: jstone on January 10, 2020, 10:19:29 AM
Ya I would only be going archery elk.
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: cavemann on January 10, 2020, 11:15:36 AM
Colorado has alot of area to hunt,  and alot of times to hunt for elk.  With the game regs and onx you can find multiple areas. Pick a spot and go have fun. You can find harvest statistics and all the information you want to dive into. I lived there five years and unfortunately only got to hunt one year and never got anything.  But it's different country and beautiful at that. As others have said there's definitely more game,  I always saw the animals i was hunting for,  just never made it happen.  I hiked into the flattops wilderness area and it was a great time,  helped another hunter pack out a cow.  It's rough terrain and once you get back in there you don't see too many people. One thing I can tell you is to be prepared for a quick change of weather.  Know that if a storm hits,  you may have to pack up and get out of there quick depending on where your at.  Most the hunting areas there are forest service,  and it's not like driving the logging roads in WA.  They are rocky,  rutted up,  and when they get wet can turn to a slick sloppy mess in an instant. If you have chains take them,  and make sure your spare tire is in good shape.

Tail end of this response is probably the biggest thing to consider..  First time I was there the rains hit.  Being from WA, whats the big deal and why is everyone heading out??  Scariest drive out we've ever had.  The clay is much worse than any snow/ice you've ever experience hear.  We had several near misses, winched out 4 or 5 times and nearly had to abandon the quad trailer and truck and get out on the quad in hopes to come back later for the truck.  Worse then the hairy trip out, that stuff tears up your vehicle.  Took hours to house off and even chisel off that stuff once it dries.  You need chains and two sets for all 4 wheels.  Snow or mud.  Some of the ruts bottomed out the truck and nearly high centered us and there are several places the ruts are the only way on narrow spots..  We were more prepared the second time but still was a mess.
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: cryder on January 16, 2020, 01:11:01 PM
I've hunted Colorado , when I was 14 years old , my uncle owned a ranch there , in a huge valley , it's really where my addiction was born as a hunter, it's also where I learned hunting is like life , it's not a pre-chilled bowl of deseeded cherries , you have to have the will to want to climb the tree , scrape your arms n Legs a little , and when the time comes see if you have the will or courage to reach out on that limb to try n get that cherry you have been after for all these years , learned alot in that valley , things that I still remember , that thought all kinds of lessons , in hunting and in life , but darnit then came fish n feathers to tell me how wrong I've been all this time , that's why I've spent the last two elk seasons sitting in camp , enjoying a chilled bowl of cherries , why ? Because I earned them , SO GET OUT THERE , reach for some cherries , they grow every year , for those who may of missed them this year !!
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: 2MANY on January 16, 2020, 01:55:48 PM
School and cherries just go together.
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: ridgefire on January 17, 2020, 09:52:05 AM
The internet and the biologists phone number is all you need and they are both cheap. Narrow down a couple areas and then talk to the biologist for the areas that interest you. The more informed you are abefore you talk to him the better of you will be. Ask about specific drainages and whatnot and you will get better answers.
Title: Re: School me on Colorado Elk
Post by: cryder on January 18, 2020, 06:06:32 AM
A B S U G U L O O O L Y  !!! What ridgefire said , those guys are the people that you want to talk to , they have no interest in how successful you are at takeing state revenue ( critters ) orweathet or not you have a pocket full of proof to ask your questions , or for poops n giggles , what the hell those wires are doing in that tree !! For crap sakes , these biologists are just going to be excited to tell you there information and they won't ask you for your i.d. eather , I've talked to these people in Washington , and they always have alot of great stuff to tell, but yes be prepared with your questions and areas , and when I got done with these people my wallet was still in my other pants ! They also gave me info on where to get maps of the area that I was asking about , but somehow the Christian rock show was not discussed , hmmmm ? But yes they are a great angle to hunting for sure !!