well I've been hunting colorado for elk for what seams like internity.
This will be my 17th season, and i have covered a lot of areas,
this year we are switching to a new area, its kind of like shooting craps.
but to find the elk does'nt take rocket science,
I look fo frist, an area with little road access, good cover, preferably deep canyons with north slopes, and a good sorce of water.
then there is the esentials like food, and some open ground. south clear slopes, and east -west ridges. which will usaly put you in good elk country.
check it out, i would bet all your fravorite spots have just the same descriptions.
I have found like many the elk aren't up high but tend to stay in teh low areas unless they have been chased the the high ground.
I generaly look for hard to access areas, typicaly due to the leg work required,
not that its dificult climbing but rather just to long for the average joe to hike in and then would by no means be able to carry out an elk.
this tends to put me back a couple miles anyway.
in the west elk wilderness area. for 5 years i was know as the back camp, i was in about 18 miles by horse.
super area but little elk.
they get a crap load of hunters in there thinking the same thing, got to go deep.
well the last couple years i have been hunting the fringes of the eurbin areas,
and with quite success.
last years hunting buddy and one from the year before and I have got to gether and we are looking for a new area, thats how we picked area 441, we've also picked picked up a new kid who has never hunted elk but wants to get the desease.
It looks like a road trip is going to be in my list of things to do here in the next few weeks
google earth and the dow have been great addvesaries in helping make my search for areas as i have mentioned above.
the next trick is venturing out a couple weeks prior to hunting a new area and do a quick search, talk to the locals, and knock on the local ranchers doors.
and its not all about huge, I took a great royal last year, and there is many a time i just meat hunt.
We will be bow hunting, and it looks like the last week of that season,
elkmaster101 (just learnig)
Be safe and have a good season.