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Old 01-03-2002, 03:49 PM
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What states are best for planning and going on an elk hunt without a guide and has plenty of Public Land to hunt. I know that Colorado is probably the most popular. Are there any other other States you would recommend looking into?
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Old 01-03-2002, 09:48 PM
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Well Longspur, i'm a recent resident to CO. I'll have to tell you this, i've seen more elk than i've ever seen moose back home. I'll have to go with this state because i've not been in many others with this many woods beef.

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Old 01-04-2002, 08:34 AM
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I'll give the nod to Wy. The western side of the state offers much public land, and most of it offers easy access( much of it has two-track roads) and is not nearly as "vertical" as much of Co. It also has a very large population of elk. "The damn wolves haven't gotten well established there YET !"-memtb
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Old 01-04-2002, 08:45 AM
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I was in the same position two weeks ago.Best advice I was given is, try to contact guys who do it in your home state. Dont expect to much your first trip,go for the expierience the first time.
I got an offer to join group that already goes to CO on public and have taken elk.
Im in process of planning my trip now.
One thing for sure is it is totaly different than whittails
I can see how it will take a hunter who has never hunted elk 9 month to prepare.

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Old 01-04-2002, 10:05 AM
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LongSpur - I'll give a little different advice than TreestandEd - expect EVERYTHING !

My first do it myself hunt I spent the time to plan it, get the topo maps, read up on elk hunting, watch videos, practice with my equipment and be in shape. I back packed in with a 70 lb pack, stayed 5 days by myself and then went in again before finally taking a 5x5 bull. I saw more elk on that hunt and called more bulls in than any other, and it was the most satisfactory of any hunt because of the time and effort I put into it.

The state was Colorado. I have been back 5 times and killed 3 more bulls with bow and muzzleloader. The two years I didn't tag I chose not to (looking for BIG one) and I lost an elk that still sickens me. All do it myself hunt, either backpacking, renting horses (I didn't like) or renting Llamas (I loved them). I expect every trip to be outstanding as far as the scenery, the experience, the camping, the comraderies, the hunt, the kill - I have high expectations for all aspects of hunts planned.

That said, I think Colorado offers a lot of elk, OTC tags and public lands that are good to hunt - don't expect a 300 and up bull. I would take a look at Idaho too, as I think its overall got bigger bulls and less crowded areas, but its a lot farther away and more expensive. I'd love to try Oregon, but thats like over 2000 miles for me to travel.
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Old 01-05-2002, 07:47 AM
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Idaho is my place to GO!!!!!!!
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Old 01-05-2002, 07:48 AM
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WAIT,,,,I TAKE THAT BACK.... IDAHO SUCKS, DON'T GO THERE....TOO CROWDED, NO BULLS...EVER!!!! YEAH, STICK WITH COLORADO....YEAH, THAT'S IT!!!!! <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 01-05-2002, 04:03 PM
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srealthycat, I like your frame of mind. Im pumped up for my my first elk hunt.

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Old 01-08-2002, 10:05 AM
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Thanks for the responses. I am trying to put together a trip for my Father, Brother and I this fall. My father has been to Colorado for Elk twice with a group here from Ohio, but I am interested in some different areas within the state and also was looking at different season dates in other states as we have a couple conflicts with a couple of the Colorado seasons this year.
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Old 01-08-2002, 10:20 AM
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Thanks for the responses. I am trying to put together a trip for my Father, Brother and I this fall. My father has been to Colorado for Elk twice with a group here from Ohio, but I am interested in some different areas within the state and also was looking at different season dates in other states as we have a couple conflicts with a couple of the Colorado seasons this year.
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