Originally Posted by hmbleservant
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.
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.
We have hunted elk in public lands in Colorado for the last 20 years.
Elk are so tough that I've personally seen a large cow elk walk off and hide after a spine shot with a 300 mag at 200 yds. None of us could even guess how she did that, given the amount of spine damage. She was still breathing when we found her.
The best kill shot on elk is through the heart and lungs. Because it's terminal.
So lets say you get a perfect lung-heart-lung shot with your 25-06. Better have some comfortable boots and a large canteen. It gets pretty thirsty tracking a wounded elk uphill.
And I think you might be at it for a while.