Colorado over the counter plains hunts

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by 82ndreddevil, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. 82ndreddevil

    82ndreddevil Well-Known Member

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    Hello all elk hunters. I am a New Mexico resident, I have already had my bull hunt for this year. Here in New Mexico it can be hard to draw tags at times, I have purchased an over the counter tag in Colorado before due to this. I was looking at the over the counter plains hunting just now, in case I dont draw next year. The season is shown as Sep 1st through Jan 31st. I looked on Google maps and it appears that there is very little public land here, though my map did not indicate BLM or State lands. Is there anything else anyone can tell me about these hunts? Anything would be appreciated.
     
  2. HAMMERHAND

    HAMMERHAND Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you are wasting your time, because all of the units east of I-25 (plains units) that are worth a crap are draw only. You won't see elk in most of the "plains" units other than those close to Colorado Springs, Black Forest, and Castle rock. You may want to check someone like huntin' fool for landowner tags for some of these units. The CDOW doesn't want elk on the eastern plains, this is why the tags are either sex, unlimited from Sept 1-Jan 31. I wouldn't waste the money without meeting with some landowners in those units first.
     

  3. dodgefreak8

    dodgefreak8 Well-Known Member

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    those tags are meant for the occasional straggler elk that makes it to the eastern plains. We do see them out here but they are very rare.
     
  4. 82ndreddevil

    82ndreddevil Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it. I guess I will stick to 81 or 78
     
  5. dariuszczyszczon

    dariuszczyszczon Well-Known Member

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    The areas that do have elk are usually guided hunts that will cost you about 5k to 7k to fill your tag. Good luck
     
  6. Boman

    Boman Well-Known Member

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    I know of a couple small herds of elk on the plains but as others have said the access to the private ground is fairly limited. I'd check with outfitters in that area before you buy a tag. I'd say stick to an area in the mtns and put in your time scouting and hunting and you'll have a better chance.