Colorado elk hunt

tndeputy

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Thanks I really think that a really well placed bullet from about anything will be fine I have a personal range of about 400 yards as a limit to shoot at game I do target shooting at 1000 but I would not shoot at any game that far
 

chindits

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That’s what we been told and planning to do what sort of weather should we expect in second rifle season
I would expect snow and then not be surprised if it’s 70 degrees and drought. If it does snow, don’t despair. It will probably only be socked in for a couple days and then blow out. It could be dry powder initially but will eventually transition as the temperature gains. If it’s warm and drought figure out how to hunt your area without moving through dry vegetation. Follow beat in elk trails and cow trails to a place you can set up.

Packing elk ain’t bad, just don’t pretend you’re in a hurry. It’s cool in the shade that time of year so hang your broke down elk in the north side timber and take it out in manageable pieces. I’d do the rear 1/4s first while your fresh. Last load the lightest with the skull n horns as your motivator. I’ve been packing out bone in lately because I have a bandsaw that makes them bones cookables. I don’t recall exactly but I think it only added 6 or 8 lbs on the rear 1/4.

Don’t be surprised at the gawd awful number of people you see. CO rifle season is the prostitute of Rocky Mountain elk huntn.
 

mntnflyr4fun

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Been looking at the free trial it’s really good
I have owned OnX for 5 years, not anymore. I found that when hunting areas not in proximity to pvt. ownership that needs dodging that its hunt planning is less effective than Google earth due to the fact that the zoom/pan/tilt controls are pretty basic. GE allows you to "see" the terrain, not just look at a flat picture of it which in the mountains is what you need. Features look much more accessible on a flat view than when you can tilt it to see the actual ground features from many angles. Not to say OnX doesn't offer value, but when venturing into unknown mountain country, you should really know what you are getting into as much of the West is very rugged country.
 

cohunt

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I have owned OnX for 5 years, not anymore. I found that when hunting areas not in proximity to pvt. ownership that needs dodging that its hunt planning is less effective than Google earth due to the fact that the zoom/pan/tilt controls are pretty basic. GE allows you to "see" the terrain, not just look at a flat picture of it which in the mountains is what you need. Features look much more accessible on a flat view than when you can tilt it to see the actual ground features from many angles. Not to say OnX doesn't offer value, but when venturing into unknown mountain country, you should really know what you are getting into as much of the West is very rugged country.
On X has topo view too
 

rammac

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I spent over 20 years in the USMC so I'm very familiar with topo maps and I can tell you that we did eyes on recon whenever possible because a topo isn't the same as being there. 3D maps are the next best thing to first hand observation.
 

elk 1

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Drew a 2nd season deer tag in unit 45 probably 6 or 7 years ago it snowed about 20 inches 2nd day of season making it harder to get around for a few days. Didn't see any elk until the last day right before dark but we were mainly hunting deer.This was the only time i've hunted any of these units. A lot of times it takes a while to learn where the elk like to be in a unit and regardless if you get one or not i'm sure you will have a great time hunting in the mountains
 

Dr.Tramp

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My brother and me are planning a elk hunting trip to Colorado next fall has anyone hunted in units 36,35,44,45 we have never done this looking for any help we can get
I have a friend that guides down in SW Colorado. Last year was kind of postponed but if you like I can ask him if he's going to be doing any guiding this year.
Ride Safe. Dr.Tramp...........
 

dluehrs

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Good luck and hunt hard. Last year a group of 6 of us hunted public land. 5 bulls and one cow. First one was taken 10 minutes after legal shooting hours started the first day and the last one was taken 15 minutes before shooting hours ended on the last day. Get in shape beforehand. Sight in at altitude. Don’t use flashlights. Use good binoculars. Stay out as long as possible every day. 70 degrees first day and 6” of snow and windy the next. Enjoy as it is a wonderful experience.
 

mntnflyr4fun

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On X has topo view too
Like I said, I owned it for 5 years I am well aware of its limitations and the fact that it has "topo" which is by itself one of its most useable features as the satellite imagery without tilt/pan is pretty worthless, Google earth schools it on imagery....... It is a semi-useful program for pre-hunt scouting, I went back to using a topo software product and google earth for full rotational 3D. Much more cumbersome, but at least I know what I am getting into.
 

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