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Old 05-31-2013, 02:33 PM
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Re: Need advice for Colorado elk hunt

Coach J, I'm an hour west of Nashville and went on my first elk hunt to CO last year.

I did a solo, DIY, OTC tag, public land, archery backpack hunt and wound up killing a nice 6X6 about 3.5 miles in on day 5 after relocating camp three times to get on them.

What questions do you have? I was in your shoes last year, and I remember feeling overwhelmed by it all....there is just so much stuff to consider. There is already a ton of information out there, but it's hard to tell what is solid info and what is white noise. I'll help any way I can.

Nathan
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:23 PM
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Sounds like you've had some great adventures. My brother has taken a couple elk and the size of these things are amazing. I've killed some good whitetail bucks but there is a lot of difference between a 200 lb deer and an elk. I can only imagine what a close encounter at 30 yards must be like. I expect it is one heck of an adrenaline rush! Again, thanks for the input.
Coach, there are three things i did not see anyone suggest to bring and can be very important for your hunt.
1- A small oxygen bottle and mask if you can obtain them.
2- Baby Wipes! You will need them as the air is much drier than what you are use to. I live in Louisiana and believe me when i tell you don't leave home without it. You will see what i mean on your first BM.
3- Lip balm and hand lotion are good to have also.

Good luck on your hunt and pay the search and rescue fee! You never know as those mountains are enormous.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:04 AM
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Coach, there are three things i did not see anyone suggest to bring and can be very important for your hunt.
1- A small oxygen bottle and mask if you can obtain them.
2- Baby Wipes! You will need them as the air is much drier than what you are use to. I live in Louisiana and believe me when i tell you don't leave home without it. You will see what i mean on your first BM.
3- Lip balm and hand lotion are good to have also.

Good luck on your hunt and pay the search and rescue fee! You never know as those mountains are enormous.
Last year I went up to gmu65 in CO. a week before season , I arrived 5 days before my buddy and his wife did. I mark ked the campsight on google earth and downloaded the cords to the gps . I arrived at day break at the campsight and the snow was comming down and 21f , at that point I was realy asking my self what had I gotten in to. I preceeded to set up camp and get a long nap after driving most of the night. I woke to a clear sky that after noon. It had been 16 years since I made a elk trip to CO , so not being in super shape my plan was to take is slow in the 10k foot air. Yes I would get winded constantly but after a couple of days it got better ( not great) If I got tired I rested If I got hungry I ate, I got sleeply so I even took a nap on the side of a mtn one day but one thing is for sure things have a way of being enjoyable up there . I'm not gonna lug around a small oxy bottle but the other things listed are needed . Keep you a small roll of duct tape with you it is a great fire starter . The best thing you can bring with you is a open mind with a flexable approach. The rockies are a place you do not have to kill somthing to have a greate trip. The five days I spent alone was actually the best part of the trip I learned that my self reliance was up to the task. I say elk daily . This year I plan to arrive just 3 days before season since I know the terraine in the area. and will have the hole 2nd rifle season to hunt if necessary . You may consider cooking some of your parties meals ahead of time and freezing them at least if it is coald enough to keep them cool a few days . I bring frozen gumbo, pot roast, chili, tamales and any other thing I feel will be good for supper . I saves a lot of time when you return to camp after a long days hunt(just warm it up). this place is a wealth of knowledge Good luck and keep asking questions? Michael
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:52 PM
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Re: Need advice for Colorado elk hunt

Baby wipes are good, I like wet naps better for packing. As for the Oxygen I have not needed it yet I do take high altitude pills along just I case I get sick while am up there. I did guide a guy that got pretty sick we had to change our game plan to accommodate him, potassium pills will make a work of difference if you start taking them befor the hunt
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:55 PM
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Baby wipes are good, I like wet naps better for packing. As for the Oxygen I have not needed it yet I do take high altitude pills along just I case I get sick while am up there. I did guide a guy that got pretty sick we had to change our game plan to accommodate him, potassium pills will make a work of difference if you start taking them befor the hunt
Where do you get the altitude pills at.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:32 PM
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Re: Need advice for Colorado elk hunt

You can get them from the doctor... or get viagra it will do the same it sounds funny but it works
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:34 AM
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You can get them from the doctor... or get viagra it will do the same it sounds funny but it works
Yeah, and if you pitch your tent on a bit of a sidehill it will keep you from rolling off the mountain during the night....
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