CO OTC ELk Hunt 2020

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Re: CO OTC ELk Hunt 2020

Unread postby bowtechjim » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:49 am

camelcluch wrote:What type of hunt? Packing in or car camp? There is a big difference in prep and needed equipment. As far as other prep; start practicing long distance. I spend most of my time at 80 -110 yards. We shoot a bit further than eastern hunting. Get your gear and test it out in the yard or local quick trips. Try to get into shape but the mountain is going to kick your but and let you know she is in charge. Embrace the suck. Number one on the list, stay positive. Remember it’s elk hunting and your are having fun.

Car camp is the plan as of now. I like the idea of being able to move long distances if the elk aren't there. Have A. B. C. units picked right now and working on picking spots within those units

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Re: CO OTC ELk Hunt 2020

Unread postby camelcluch » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:31 am

Ok. You’ll need a good weather proven shelter. Kodiak Canvas is a great option that will allow for cots and a heater if need. A pack that will hold 80ish pounds and be comfortable, boots are personal and should be broken in. Binoculars and range finder round out my top items. No need to go crazy on anything but have gear that works. Not a must but I highly recommend the trekking poles from Costco. Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon and for $30 your whole body will be thankful.
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Re: CO OTC ELk Hunt 2020

Unread postby WidowMaker77 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:24 pm

Check out top rut too. I’ve had success 2 yrs in a row on otc elk hunts if u want help just shoot me a pm
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Re: CO OTC ELk Hunt 2020

Unread postby Sewey » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:54 am

Lots of good advice already. I would also suggest that when downloading OnX maps for offline use, download further out than you think you will need. We were headed into a unit and I lost service before we arrived to our target area and did not have the maps downloaded to help get us there. As others have said, muzzleloaders did not inhibit our hunting at all, in fact we only saw vehicles and no other hunters the week we killed. The nice thing about the archery tag over the muzzleloaders is that the muzzleloaders can be contained to one particular unit. Bc of this, we hunted along the boundary of two units and had an entire herd to ourselves.

Other than that, stay mobile and willing to adapt strategies given the sign you are seeing or terrain you are in. I can't wait to get back out to CO and chase some bugling bulls, it was a great experience. Good luck!
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Re: CO OTC ELk Hunt 2020

Unread postby PeteD » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:53 am

stash59 wrote:Kinda depends on the type of experience your looking to have. If you want to hear alot of bugling. I'd go after September 12th til maybe the 25th. Course that's also when you'll have the most hunting pressure too!! And you still may not hear alot of bugling during daylight hours.

If you chose an area that has more openings. Where glassing from high spots would work well. Then do spot and stalks. I'd go as early as possible. You'll have a little less competition. Sitting on water may work well too.

All this is great advice. Extensive digital scouting in a new unit this year resulted in 2 bulls for myself and a buddy I took. If you are hoping to hear at least some bugles target the 15-20th. I wouldn't worry about muzzle-loader week as an equal number of archers will likely not go that week.
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Re: CO OTC ELk Hunt 2020

Unread postby Elk Hunter » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:39 am

I'm one of those muzzleloader hunters you're concerned about. We won't hurt your hunt. I'm a still hunter who hunts the timber. Moving slow and quiet.

Whatever unit you end up hunting. Remember to have fun. Nothing beats elk hunting. :D

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