I'm planning my first elk hunt ever! I'm at least one year out from the hunt. I started planning it 5 mins ago. I'm calling on the infinite advise of the longrangehunting community to help me with this hunt.
My goal is to plan a hunt that I can take my brother and father on for a serious elk hunt. We aren't chasing trophies by most people's standards, but would like to take a mature bull.
I will be using a 25-06 loaded with 115 gr. Berger VLD's. The rifle has the proper scope, bipod, trigger setup to take big game at extended ranges. I will have the load worked up long before the hunt (in time to practice a lot) with non-temp-sensitive powder. Depending on the Altitude/pressure, etc., I should be able to take the Bull somewhere between 650 to 850 yards as a MAX range shot. This will depend a lot on the elements, velocity my rifle likes, etc.
I want this to be a hunt on a budget. No outfitters. Public land hunt using over the counter tags. I would like for us to pitch a tent and sleep out in the wildernesss near the hunting grounds.
OK, so you know what I know now. I need a lot of advise at this point. Equipment and locations especially. Has anyone been on a Colorado elk hunt on public land? Where should I plan on starting geographically speaking?
My budget is approx. $3,000. I know that is a lot of money, but my goal is to spend most of it on equipment that can be used on future hunts to cut costs.
Thanks in advance everyone! All advise welcome!
PS: I live in Texas and don't probably don't even have a start on the clothing/apparel I will need.