Elk hunting unit 231. Tips?

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  1. Lowery13

    Lowery13 New Member

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    I'm going elk hunting in unit 231. We are going to draw for the first rifle season. None of the group of 4 has ever killed an elk or even seen one. So success to us would be to take a cow or smaller bull. Does anyone know this area? Any tips on where to camp or hunt in the unit? Strategy? We'll have Atv's. Also, we don't mind hiking.
    I archery hunted for mule deer there a few yeas ago so I am somewhat familiar with he unit.
     
  2. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    What state?

    I've hunted 231 in Nevada and could give a few tips.
     

  3. Lowery13

    Lowery13 New Member

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    This is Colorado. But how is the elk hunting in Nevada? I've considered going there but have never met anyone that hunted there.
     
  4. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    Nevada elk hunting is fantastic.

    The hard part is drawing the tag. For a resident, it will take 10-15 years to get a tag in the lottery. Multiply that by 8-10 for a non-resident.

    350 class bulls being taken are very common.
     
  5. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    Some tips which are good for anywhere:

    1. Use the internet. This includes Google Earth. Use Google Earth to "fly over" areas you want to hunt. Also use satellite pics. You should know EXACTLY what the area will look like before you get there. Using these maps right now it looks like your area is relatively wooded and "relatively" flat, with higher mountains to the northeast.

    2. Check out any National campgrounds, roads, etc that can help you out with locations to stay, to drive, etc. Find out if you can even use an ATV where you are going.

    3. Think seriously about one of you getting a GPS that you can use to download maps onto, and mark locations before you ever get there. Again, you want no surprises.

    4. Take a look here: Everything You Need To Know About Elk Hunting and this guy has a great blog: Montana Elk Hunting
     
  6. Lowery13

    Lowery13 New Member

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    Thanks so much for the info. I do have a gps and have uploaded a map of the area to it. Google Earth sounds like a great idea. I'll check it out.
     
  7. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    Here's a comparison.

    The top picture is me sitting on a ridge when elk hunting in 2007.
    The bottom "picture" I just did with Google Earth. Not cropped quite as close as the top one but you get the idea.

    See how close they are?

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  8. Lowery13

    Lowery13 New Member

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    Wow! That's incredible. Didn't realize it was so detailed.
     
  9. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    Here's another comparison.
    Real first, Google Earth second.

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  10. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    231 is a good elk unit and you should have no problem finding elk if you work hard at it. The western portion of the unit is best. Depends on snow and hunting pressure where most of the elk will be. If not much pressure or snow hunt high. If you have either check out the areas where the spruce and aspen meet. If there is a good bit of pressure they will be where the aspen and oak brush meet. Find the out of the way, hard to get to canyons and draws coming out of tha western side high country and you should do well.
     
  11. elkmaster101

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    Dr. Vette,
    Are you sitting on the ROSSI ranch?
    south of the little flattops.
     
  12. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    Tom Miner basin, just north of Yellowstone (Gardiner).
    First picture is south side of the basin looking west-ish, second picture is on the north side of the basin looking NE and up the Paradise Valley. Maybe you can see Ted Turner and Tom Brokaw in the distance. :D
     
  13. elkmaster101

    elkmaster101 Active Member

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    THANKS DR.
    if by chance you were talking about area 231 in colorado.
    you will see that a lot is privet ground and the public is over run with hunters.
    their success is baced on privet ground and even then it questionable
    Ive hunted the area fo a few years and its not easy to get away from the
    mass of histaria (people)
    good luck.
     
  14. Willie33

    Willie33 New Member

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    Hey GearGrinder, I just Drew a Bull tag for 231 and I could use all the tips I can get about the area, I have never hunted this area before, looking foward to doing a lot of scouting frist.