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Old 07-07-2012, 01:36 PM
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Areas to hunt 2013 backpack DIY

I have been looking at some places on line and want some seasoned advise. In gmu 751 camp and hunt near 107* 31' 06" W - 37* 39' 00"N , 107* 22' 27" W - 37* 36' 39" N and in the NW gmu 24 hunt and camp near 107* 22' 03" W - 40* 01' 13" N or 107* 27' 34" W - 39* 54' 46" N. Am I on the right track? This is going to be a DIY backpack hunt in 2013. I am a serious hunter but this will be my first trip out west. The Elk Lake area looks really rough , I don't know if it would be too much.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:53 PM
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Re: Areas to hunt 2013 backpack DIY

It might help if you told us what state to begin with, instead of all those numbers that people would have to have a program to find on their computer. I have such a program, but am not going to recommend anything based on coordinate numbers like you gave. I'm assuming you're talking about Colorado based on that unit 751 number? If that's the case, I'd be worrying as much or more about getting into condition if you live in FL and that will be a first trip out in the mountains on a hunt like that, rather than the coordinates where you're going to sleep.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:20 PM
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Already working on the fitness. Yes it is Colorado and I thought it would be easy to put in lat/lon in google earth. Trying to describe the places would be hard. The positions are just to center the area not the exact spot. I'm working it all out as I go. I am working on a equipment list too so I can run it by the guys who know. This will be a solo trip so the only person to suffer will be me if I am not in good enough shape to do this.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:59 PM
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I am working with the online colorado hunting atlas to do my virtual scouting if is any help. It has gmu overlays with topo , street , and airial views.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:03 PM
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You haven't said whether this would be a deer or an elk hunt and that would make a big difference as far as packing an animal out. In any event, you need to be a very serious hunter to go where you're talking about. I don't believe I would want to do a solo hunt, at least as a first timer out there in those mountains. I went into my DeLorme computer program and that is not too far east of where I hunted in the wilderness area back in 1980 when I was a spry 33 year old in excellent shape. You're talking about areas that are 11,000 to12,000 feet elevation with only yourself to save you if anything happened. I was not too far south of the Colorado border where you're talking about on a mule deer hunt in NM near the Jicarilla Indian Reservation just last November. The area we hunted was dependent on the migration of animals down out of those CO mountains and it didn't happen because the weather wasn't bad enough up at the elevations you're talking about to bring the animals down out of there. I sure wouldn't want to be up in there, especially by myself, unless it was an early season bow hunt in August or early September. Good luck, but give some very serious thought to where you're talking about for a novice solo trip because you're talking a matter of life and death if something happened and you're by yourself in areas like that.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:37 PM
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I hear you on the rugged area. I am doing my homework now and the Elk Lake area looks like it may be too much. The vallecito creek area looks more managable. Follow the creekside pack trail up and hunt the drains around the vallecito and rock creek junction area. If I get myself killed up there , well , I die chasing my dreams , not in a bed with cancer with my family having to watch. My son will be off to college and on his own and I have no one at home to worry about. We will all die of something and I'm not going not follow my dreams because I am afraid of death.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:52 PM
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I am planning an elk hunt. In my post about packing meat out I am working on that problem. I plan on trying to hire an outfitter to pack out anything I shoot. At 45 and living in florida I don't think I can get in good enough shape to pack out an elk in a timely manner. I think it will be all I can do to haul me and 60lbs of gear , gun and cloths around. If it is just me and I feel I need to stop and camp because I'm getting tired and unsafe it is no big deal. If I have an elk down then it's another story. I may be crazy but not batshit crazy!
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