Elk Hunting the Rockies on the Cheap

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  1. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    My Elk hunt last week turned out better than I expected.

    On the forth day after seeing several nice bulls, having a cow elk meander by at about 20 yds and nearly being trompled by 2 mulies, I finally connected on a 4x3 bull.

    While he wouldn't be a trophy for most seasoned elk hunters, I am pumped that my hunt went the way it did. I couldn't have imagined a better time with my buds or better way to spend a week at 8,500 ft.

    Anyway here is my first bow elk.
     
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    He looks like a trophy as far as I'm concern ;)


    Good job and congrats on your first elk.
     

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    Very nice. :thumbsup:

    To me, any animal I am fortunate enough to harvest is a trophy.
     
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    ANY elk with a bow is a trophy in my book.
     
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    Congrats! Beautiful animal. Colorado? Wyoming?
     
  6. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    Thanks to all!


    N.W. Colorado - public land.



    :thumbsup:
     
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    Fantastic.
    One day I will get a chance at a Wapiti. How much did it cost to buy an out of state license? Is there plenty of public land available to hunt?
     
  8. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    Non resident Lic was about $500.

    I was there the last week of bow season and had about 17,000 acres split between the best we could tell 6-8 hunters.
     
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    Wow.......and you shot him while blindfolded.

    I'm impressed!:shocked:
     
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    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    haha

    Nah, but it was a 45 yd broadside shot right through the pumper.

    He went 50 yds, down within sight and was gone in 30 seconds (tumbling down the hill side). I guess all the range work with the bow over the last year paid off.

    :thumbsup:
     
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    :thumbsup:
     
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    Congratulations on the bull, he'll make plenty of good steaks. Success rates on archery elk are pretty low, so you beat the odds.

    I hunted pronghorn in NW Colorado yesterday (a one hour hunt). :thumbsup: On the way back home I drove over Ripple Creek Pass and around the FlatTops Wilderness NE of Meeker. The country is just beautiful in fall color right now.

    I stopped to say hello to friends who run an outfitters camp and they were busy shuttling hunters into remote drop camps. The first (elk only) rifle season starts tomorrow, Oct. 13. Hopefully they'll leave an elk or two for me, I'll be hunting elk, deer and bear in the combined season beginning Oct. 20th. It should be a very good year for both deer and elk, all we need is a little snow to dampen the ground and move the animals around. It's crackly dry in the aspens right now.

    Hummer
     
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    Nice job, bud, and you call ME a machine? You're the man!
     
  14. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    Thanks.

    Meeker is lovely indeed and the Elk are out there in good numbers. Almost makes it a little difficult to get too excited hunting my little 250 acre farm here.

    Whitetail rifle season opens this Saturday in Georgia. I may be bow hunted out for a while and plan on taking my 12 yr old daughter with me to gun hunt as often as I can.

    I am pumped that she is just starting to show some interest.

    Continued "Good Luck" wished to all.

    Hummer did you get a speed goat? Pics?
     
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    GeorgiaGlockMan, yes, I did take a speed goat, with a doe license I didn't expect to draw, and because of an unexpected vacation, had only one day to hunt on the last day of season. I drove to an unfamiliar area of state land the night before, and when I crawled out the back of my pickup at day break I found myself in open rolling prairie. I immediately spotted a group of ten mule deer on a ridge about 3/4 mile away, and with them were three pronghorn, a buck and two does. The pronghorn acted as sentinels for the mulies and every one of those animals had their eyes on me. Beside the fact that there was no way I could approach them short of a circuitous three mile stalk, they were on private ground beyond the area I could hunt.

    As I crested hills across the prairie I spotted other small groups of pronghorn antelope in private land hay pastures a mile away, but none on the public tract where I could hunt. Forty minutes in, the situation was beginning to look grim. After a while I stopped for a drink when a group of antelope crossed the ridge and walked toward me. A 260 yard shot ended my 55 minute ordeal. Well, that's pronghorn hunting on the cheap in Northwest Colorado.

    Not meaning to underate the experience, the country is beautiful, the animals are awesome, and pronghorn steaks are excellent. But it hardly compares with the feat of taking an elk at close distance, especially with a bow. My hat is off to you GeorgiaGlockMan, and anyone who would make the effort to hunt elk in the Rocky Mountains.

    Hummer

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  16. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    Hummer - that pic is excellent!

    Congrats.