2021 western hunt advice

Charliethetuna3

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Hey everyone, looking to do a multi-species hunt on a budget this upcoming year.

This is my situation: I’m somewhat green in mountain hunting (have hunted the lizard head wilderness in Colorado with my bow for elk, along with a couple other OTC units along the front range) and am in good shape. The past two years I’ve been trying to make it out west but deployments have prevented it. I will be deployed again in 2021 from June- October, which knocks out my preference of hunting Elk with my bow during the rut.

Im comfortable shooting my 6.5 CM out to 800 yards on critters, and hope to be at that level with the .300 WM Christensen MPR that I recently purchased by the time my hunt would potentially happen.

Considering it would be late season, I’d love to go after a bigger antelope or possibly a mule deer and a cow elk. I’m looking for some elk meat and the possibility of a buck of the other two species. I have 3 preference points in each of the species mentioned in Colorado. Have been building for a bow hunt in the future.

If I’m taking a rifle, I’d like the opportunity for a longer shot. I live in Florida now, so I’ll likely be flying to my hunting location unless weather permits the drive in the late season. I’m a member at Altus down here and have been spending my time working on my long range shooting, so I’d like to be able to apply it on a critter.

My budget would be $4000 max, which doesn’t include airfare. I have enough points to cover a round trip to anywhere, if I fly. I’m not asking for a unit, but if you have a state that I should look hard at I would appreciate it. I’m largely ignorant of states outside of Colorado for western hunting so I’m looking for areas of focus. I am interested in guided, semi-guided and DIY options, so dont hesitate to drop an outfitters name. I’m more interested in the experience, learning, and bringing home some meat than a big scoring animal.
Thanks for the advice!
 
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Rick Richard

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Hey everyone, looking to do a multi-species hunt on a budget this upcoming year.

This is my situation: I’m somewhat green in mountain hunting (have hunted the lizard head wilderness in Colorado with my bow for elk, along with a couple other OTC units along the front range) and am in good shape. The past two years I’ve been trying to make it out west but deployments have prevented it. I will be deployed again in 2021 from June- October, which knocks out my preference of hunting Elk with my bow during the rut.

Im comfortable shooting my 6.5 CM out to 800 yards on critters, and hope to be at that level with the .300 WM Christensen MPR that I recently purchased by the time my hunt would potentially happen.

Considering it would be late season, I’d love to go after a bigger antelope or possibly a mule deer and a cow elk. I’m looking for some elk meat and the possibility of a buck of the other two species. I have 3 preference points in each of the species mentioned in Colorado. Have been building for a bow hunt in the future.

If I’m taking a rifle, I’d like the opportunity for a longer shot. I live in Florida now, so I’ll likely be flying to my hunting location unless weather permits the drive in the late season. I’m a member at Altus down here and have been spending my time working on my long range shooting, so I’d like to be able to apply it on a critter.

My budget would be $4000 max, which doesn’t include airfare. I have enough points to cover a round trip to anywhere, if I fly. I’m not asking for a unit, but if you have a state that I should look hard at I would appreciate it. I’m largely ignorant of states outside of Colorado for western hunting so I’m looking for areas of focus. I am interested in guided, semi-guided and DIY options, so dont hesitate to drop an outfitters name. I’m more interested in the experience, learning, and bringing home some meat than a big scoring animal.
Thanks for the advice!
You could easily do an elk cow hunt that would be in your budget and have a very high success of bringing home meat. New Mexico would be my choice if I were going to go this route
 

levers4life

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I did a DIY hunt in Southeastern Montana this year and it was awesome! I was able to go in late October to catch the end of Antelope season and the beginning of deer season. I got lucky and drew an antelope tag but was able to buy a deer tag OTC in unit 703.
Best hunt of my life (except for hunting with Grandpa)
We staked and took a small pronghorn buck on block management land, 600 yards with my T3 in .260 (my first ever antelope)
Got a shot on a nice Mulie but.......oh well, he'll be there waiting on me next year I hope.
Look at MT, we had a blast, friendly people....lots of critters.
 

Charliethetuna3

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Thanks for the responses! Sorry, have been away hunting these last few weeks of the season. Looks like Montana and New Mexico are worth a look. I’ve got quite a few friends in New Mexico from our sister squadron that could help me out there. Thanks for the help!
 
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