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Old 10-30-2011, 08:41 AM
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Re: CO Elk Hunting and Loss of Freedom

The "travel plan" has been in effect for a while.

If you contact the forest service for the area you hunt they will send you the maps.

I don't like the travel plan more for the camping rule and shutting off trails for trucks. This year we are going to have to move camp for the third year in a row because of the camping rule. The old camp that we had for 20 years and the camp after that is on the wrong side of the road ...you can camp on the other side. They are now logging and stacking logs on our last camp site so we are moving again. Some pretty major roads are now shut down to any travel.

I live in South Dakota and the Black Hills National Forest was about the last National Forest to limit atv's There are atv roads all over and you can't even get near a campground because it is full of ATV'ers. The drive down the road and some don't have drivers licenses(too young) or vehicle licenses which are required here and many go wherever they want. One kid went off the road and over the fence(hooked the shoulder) in front of me while I was driving down the hiway...I picked him up and drove him to his campground following his Dad and Sister. The kid had barbwire cuts all over his chest and was going to the hospital but the kid was only about 12 and no way had a drivers license and none of the atv's had plates on them. This kid was leading the way about 40mph down a major hiway over 10 miles away from his camp with no plates or license and underage to drive!

One time I went elk hunting where there were 200 elk on the one mountain in the unit on friday and on opening day there were idiots riding ATV's right through their bedding grounds holding loaded uncased rifles nowhere near a trail. Out of the 200 elk the night before there were 2 elk shot and 40 hunters on the mountain. There wer no roads on that mountain and all the few logging trails were shut off and had mounds of dirt and rocks to keep people out. I still came across one pickup driving around up there!
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:52 AM
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Re: CO Elk Hunting and Loss of Freedom

I for one believe this is a step in the right direction. the human race has proven time and time again that we will not "self police" anything and that the idiots will continue to run roughshod over everything we hold dear. including million year old forests.

I do feel for the hunters that do truly NEED an ATV to access any areas to hunt. I emphasize the word need, as my brother swears he NEEDS his atv to hunt and what he really needs is to lose 100 lbs and start walking farther then the fridge for another beer. Being able to walk down a mountain trail isn't a bad thing.

I certainly would rather wake up to the sounds of the mountain and not some two stroke motor screaming down a trail.

Tread Lightly and let yourself be amazed by what you see. Our National forests are truly awe inspiring.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:33 PM
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Re: CO Elk Hunting and Loss of Freedom

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I for one believe this is a step in the right direction. the human race has proven time and time again that we will not "self police" anything and that the idiots will continue to run roughshod over everything we hold dear. including million year old forests.

I do feel for the hunters that do truly NEED an ATV to access any areas to hunt. I emphasize the word need, as my brother swears he NEEDS his atv to hunt and what he really needs is to lose 100 lbs and start walking farther then the fridge for another beer. Being able to walk down a mountain trail isn't a bad thing.

I certainly would rather wake up to the sounds of the mountain and not some two stroke motor screaming down a trail.

Tread Lightly and let yourself be amazed by what you see. Our National forests are truly awe inspiring.
Well put. As I mentioned in an earlier post,I have asthma. It did compromise things a bit. Especially when the going got quite steep,and over 10,500 ft. Still, I wanted to experiance the mountains on their terms. It was hard to leave them. Our National Forests are awe inspiring indeed. Treasures to protect and enjoy.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:17 AM
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Otter thats the spirit, How light did that air feel at 10,500 with ASTHMA.

overcome, adjust, adapt, but don't stop or let something hold you back. Personal Fortitude. That is what America used to stand for.
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:07 AM
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Reading through this thread , I detect a lot of "ellitist snobbery". What permaculture said in his last post is right on. If we don't stick together on this issue and police our own ranks it wont be long before hunting is a thing only for those rich enough to hire an outfitter, its damn close to that now. The anti's are very good at the divide and conquer technique. You see it all the time in the bowhunting community...IE: compound shooters hate recurve shooters who hate the longbow shooters and they all hate the dredded crossbow shooters. Just look at the crap we all take from anyone on any other site about taking these "unethical" long shots, (like 500 yds). Derek01; this road closure thing is happening all over CO, and elsewhere. If you feel strong enough in your convictions, you should join the Blue Ribbon Coalition and help stop this. BigNgreen said it right early on in this thread " Most of this is just a land grab in the name of multi use or as one sign put it "to enhance my non motorized experience". Another reason they closed off a lot of roads in that particular area was because of the gunnison sage grouse. The greenies have decided that this is an endangered species and have been trying for years to get it listed as such. They almost succeeded last year. If that had happened it would have closed down every road in the gunnison valley and here in the northern San Luis valley. I agree with whoever said it, there is enough roadless , wilderness land for all of you muscled up youngsters with lungs like greyhounds to use , and stay away from any whiff of gasoline, or sound of an internal combustion engine, so go there to do your hunting, and leave the ones who want to use an atv to retrieve game to their access.
I hate to see discrimination in any form, and one of my pet peeves for yrs when it comes to national forest access has been the use of horses anywhere but don't you dare take a motorcycle there. I know that will get your dander up colo cowboy, but just remember this...... There were just as many motorcycles as there were horses on the north American continent when Columbus landed here. AJ
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:46 AM
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Re: CO Elk Hunting and Loss of Freedom

The problem in Colorado is not the hunters using the ATV's it's everyone else. If you have spent time on these roads you would see the erosion that has taken place over the years and you would also witness ATV's being driven where there are no trails. So many sour apples have caused such grief for those who do follow the rules. I have seen ATV's drive to the top of where I hunt on a closed road, drop off a hunter and then drive back down in the dark. While I will walk an hour and a half and cover 1500 vertical feet. The elk are on top and the lazy SOB's need to break the rules to get there. I could use an ATV and do the same thing, I chose not too.

I don't make the rules and don't have to agree with them.... But I also don't break them.

There are areas in Colorado for everyone to hunt no matter how you chose to access it. I personally notice more Elk in areas that are off limits to motorized options, so I hunt there for now. Someday when my legs give out I may need to think about other options.

Jon
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:56 AM
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Re: CO Elk Hunting and Loss of Freedom

Down here in SW Co, almost the whole San Juan NF is leased for cattle grazing in the summer(except the wilderness areas). All the lease owners fence their leases and have for years. Lots of roads going everywhere, most not made by ohv'ers, but used by them. Now the FS wants to close most of them. All of a sudden they are concerned about these roads that have been there since the leasing began...don't make a lot of sense to me. Fences, man made reservoirs for cattle and the roads, next is the cows! I still have a problem with the MT bikes and motorcyles using the hiking trails. Anyone who says they don't cause damage too is only kidding themselve...take a look.

I have 2 atv's and they are used only to transport us to near the area we want to hunt. We stay on existing roads with one exception....retrieving downed animals. We only do this during the middle of the day, not in prime hunting times. I have seen people (not all were hunters) who were going where they pleased off road. I also have reported it to the FS, but their take was they really didn't have the time or resources to do anything about it. If I wanted to make a citizens arrest, that was fine. Sad situation! These are the fools that give all of a bad reputation. Rant finished!!!
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