Anyone want to hunt elk with me in Colorado?

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by Nickinohio, May 29, 2011.

  1. Nickinohio

    Nickinohio New Member

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    Hi all. I moved to Texas last year, and I didn't get to hunt once last year. It seems like everything down here is leased land with fences. Much different from my experience in Ohio!

    I have never hunted elk, but I have decided to give it a try in Colorado this fall. However, for safety reasons, I would rather have at least a second hunter with me. I am a 34 year old experienced whitetail/waterfowl hunter, and I love being in the woods. I am a Christian, and I am a businessman in Austin.

    If anyone has space for a single hunter, please let me know! I am looking to spend $1,000-2,000 for the camp portion of the trip.

    Nick
     
  2. sticknstring

    sticknstring Well-Known Member

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    Nick-where are you in Texas?
     

  3. Nickinohio

    Nickinohio New Member

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    Hey sticknstring. I'm in Austin. Where are you? Do you go out of state to hunt?
     
  4. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    Well if we didnt already have two trainees hunting with us this yr I would have you along. We are hosting, sort of, two yng men from 3rd BCT at Ft Carson. One is a 35yo Staff Sgt the other is a 24yo Specialist and neither have hunted much(elk). Perhaps if you stay in touch by email if one of them can't make it for some reason. COlo OTC bull tags are 594.00 I think. Here's a link to getting a Big Game guide booklet: Brochure Order Form - Colorado Division of Wildlife
     
  5. jflester

    jflester Well-Known Member

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    NickinOhio: 1-2000 grand should cover everything. I did my first 2 wk bow hunt in Co for 1500. I was 55. Did it alone. Now, If you do go alone your first year will be mostly a learning lesson. Least was for me.

    I prepped by reasearching and getting maps of the area I wanted to hunt. Then I studied those maps, repeatidly. Then I studied them some more. I spent two weeks hunting/bow. Great experience. I hunted the same area the following year. Others in my group this time, fared well with meat in the freezer. Agin bow hunting.

    Never been rifle. Pick the brains on this site, lots of useful info from other shooters/hunters.

    If you do go alone. You won't be disapointed even if you don't score your first time in the field. You will learn a ton of stuff from hunting on your own.

    Obviously, you might fare better if you can find someone to show you the ropes.

    Good luck..ex ohioan

    Now a Virginian----if thats possible, which it aint. So I guess I'm still an Ohioan!
     
  6. silvercreekguide

    silvercreekguide Well-Known Member

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    Nickinohio: What area were you thinking about hunting in?
     
  7. Joshuawayne

    Joshuawayne New Member

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    Nick I have a group going aug 25 out of Corsicana TX we have room for more msg me for info
     
  8. Markjf

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    Hi Nick,

    I live and hunt in Colorado. This year there were 7 in our group. For one reason or another we are now 3 (me, 1 from California and 1 from Oklahoma.) We do have room for 1 more (4 is better than 7.) If you don't already have a license, left over licenses go on sale in a little over a week.

    Mark
     
  9. kc0pph

    kc0pph Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    Well I am looking for someone with more experiance than i have to hunt with this year. I will get an OTC bull license (like i did the past 2 years). I have not had any luck and not sure if it was the areas i was hunting or just me. Id be willing to bet that it is all me. My experiance is this:

    Very famaliar with mountains and small game hunting, Grew Up with in the Boy Scouts and learned my love for the mountains there. I joined the army 2 years ago and always qualify Expert with my M16. I am very good with Iron sights and have recently got into teliscopic sights. I have much more experiance with a Pistol than a Rifle but I can hit Silloets out to 400 Meters with out any problems using my Rem 700 .270 and a Tasco 4-16x50. I reload my own ammo and tested extensively using a bench and lots of sand bags to get the most accurate round using Sierra 150 Gn SPBT. At 100M I was able to get 3 rounds that could be completely covered with a dime.

    Im not trying to brag about my skill, im a good shooter (out to 400M) but a lousy big game hunter, Im looking for someone to help me with the Big Game Hunting part :)

    I am a colorado Native located in Pueblo. I have previously hunted at Music Pass (By Gardner), and Tomeche Dome (By Gunnison).

    -Keith
     
  10. GonzoK34

    GonzoK34 Well-Known Member

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    Keith,
    There's allot of great information here in LRH.

    My suggestions:
    Spotting Scope, High power binoculars, rangefinder, a good ground pad, topo maps, practice shooting from various positions in the field, learn to estimate range and study aerial photos from Google earth.

    Elk are easy to spot from a distance. In the early morning look for southeast facing slopes near aspens. Their coats standout and shine. I prefer to locate high points and saddles that allow me to setup in the shadows. I than scan large areas with my 8x40 binos, if I find something of interest I'll look it over with my 15x56 Leica Binoculars. If it's promising I'll study them with the spotting scope. Mark their location and my observation site on the map. I include wind speed and direction, temperature, barometric pressure, direction of the sun, if it's clear or overcast, the altitude, and the animals behavior.

    Also, when hunting take advantage of any objects, rocks, shrubs, tree limbs, trunks, branches, or downed logs as improvised shooting support rest. I shooting extensively from my backpack.

    Good Luck,
    Gonzo
    SEMPER FIDELIS
     
  11. chad44

    chad44 Well-Known Member

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    Did u ever hook up with anyone?
     
  12. ArtsMonkey

    ArtsMonkey Active Member

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    I know moving to a new place can be stressfull and lot's of work.. especially in the social area.. if you want to go and shoot a deer down around austin let me know, maybe that will take a little of the sting off of not getting to go elk hunting if you didn't find anyone.