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New to Colorado....Help?

 
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:58 PM
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Re: New to Colorado....Help?

This all sounds like good and somewhat encouraging advice, and it is appreciated. I look forward to my upcoming escapades, and have no problem packing in or out of remote areas. I've been conditioning myself all winter and will continue this summer, and I've seen the varying snow and weather here.....and coming from TX, I actually think it's a dream! Thanks for the responses.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:12 AM
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Re: New to Colorado....Help?

Good comments, Aspenbugle. I've hunted elk in Colorado since 1975. It was much more crowded and crazy on public ground then than now.
Our group seems to dial in along about Wednesday of Second Rifle. Many of our party can just make that one season, so we try to find areas to hunt elk and deer. That makes it even tougher.
Last year we had cow tags in 24 and doe tags in 25. We had to drive a few miles in different directions.
Wednesday morning I dropped a cow at 8 AM. It took till noon to get her out.
We went after deer in the evening and I got I nice doe right before end of shooting light in falling snow.
I think the key to success is to hunt the animals. Most fellows I see out hunting are doing everything but hunting. As in fishing it is hard to catch fish unless your fishing in water that has fish in it. It's dang near impossible to catch any unless your line is in the water
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:23 AM
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Re: New to Colorado....Help?

Well pretty soon I'm gonna be talking to the forest service about some collecting permits, and I will also be talking to the Department of Wildlife to see what else I can learn. A guy was telling me the other day that you can buy a bull tag and pretty much pick your spot to hunt. I was under the impression that you had to hunt specific parts corresponding to a tag.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:36 PM
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Re: New to Colorado....Help?

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A guy was telling me the other day that you can buy a bull tag and pretty much pick your spot to hunt. I was under the impression that you had to hunt specific parts corresponding to a tag.

An over the counter tag (bull tag) is valid for a specific list of units, so you are 'limited' in where you can hunt, but there are so many units that are valid under an over the counter license you will not feel limited.... The specific units are all listed in the Colorado Big Game Regulations Brochure. What I think the DOW does a great job of, is providing all of the rules/regulations, hunting statistics, Maps, etc on the internet. What is VERY difficult is figuring it all out. I have been hunting here for almost twenty years and I still can't believe how difficult all of the rules/regs, draw procedures, etc are to get completely figured out.

And like a few have mentioned, all of the agents I have bumped in to in the field have all been exceptionally helpful to suggest units to hunt along with other helpful info . And the nicer you are to them the nicer they will be in return.

In terms of actually figuring out and patterning elk, you are on the right track by just spending time outside. If you can find a herd of elk to watch, even if the elk won't be there during hunting season, you will learn a ton by just watching them. And i'm talking all day. Ideally, it will be a spot where you plan to hunt in the fall... Try and get somewhere where the elk are bedded down mid-day, get a good set of binoc's and just watch them. You will be amazed at how much you learn, and watching elk is just plain fun anyways. The goal is to learn how elk behave, but it doesn't hurt to do it where you want to hunt, and come up with a game plan for opening day.

When you cannot be outside (like right now .. snowing like a dog!), spend time on the DOW website. They have a section called "elk hunting university" which actually has some great bits of info.

Then I would go to the "harvest statistics" page <http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/Pages/Statistics.aspx> and from there you can get an amazing amount of info. Every area is listed for tag quotes, tag success rates, hunting success rates, etc etc all broken down by species.

And I also have found that the Colorado Hunting Atlas is the best map source for internet scouting since you can use the tools to measure distances, areas, elevations, etc <http://ndis.nrel.colostate.edu/huntingatlas/> (the link is also on the main page to the DOW)

Good luck!
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:34 PM
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Re: New to Colorado....Help?

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An over the counter tag (bull tag) is valid for a specific list of units, so you are 'limited' in where you can hunt, but there are so many units that are valid under an over the counter license you will not feel limited.... The specific units are all listed in the Colorado Big Game Regulations Brochure. What I think the DOW does a great job of, is providing all of the rules/regulations, hunting statistics, Maps, etc on the internet. What is VERY difficult is figuring it all out. I have been hunting here for almost twenty years and I still can't believe how difficult all of the rules/regs, draw procedures, etc are to get completely figured out.

And like a few have mentioned, all of the agents I have bumped in to in the field have all been exceptionally helpful to suggest units to hunt along with other helpful info . And the nicer you are to them the nicer they will be in return.

In terms of actually figuring out and patterning elk, you are on the right track by just spending time outside. If you can find a herd of elk to watch, even if the elk won't be there during hunting season, you will learn a ton by just watching them. And i'm talking all day. Ideally, it will be a spot where you plan to hunt in the fall... Try and get somewhere where the elk are bedded down mid-day, get a good set of binoc's and just watch them. You will be amazed at how much you learn, and watching elk is just plain fun anyways. The goal is to learn how elk behave, but it doesn't hurt to do it where you want to hunt, and come up with a game plan for opening day.

When you cannot be outside (like right now .. snowing like a dog!), spend time on the DOW website. They have a section called "elk hunting university" which actually has some great bits of info.

Then I would go to the "harvest statistics" page <http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/Pages/Statistics.aspx> and from there you can get an amazing amount of info. Every area is listed for tag quotes, tag success rates, hunting success rates, etc etc all broken down by species.

And I also have found that the Colorado Hunting Atlas is the best map source for internet scouting since you can use the tools to measure distances, areas, elevations, etc <http://ndis.nrel.colostate.edu/huntingatlas/> (the link is also on the main page to the DOW)

Good luck!
Great bunch of info! Thank you!
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