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Old 12-22-2018, 11:24 AM
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For some reason the OTC units seem to get hit much harder than the draw units. Herds have not been to the targeted numbers in the OTC units along the San Luis valley for some time now have they?.
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:40 AM
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For some reason the OTC units seem to get hit much harder than the draw units. Herds have not been to the targeted numbers in the OTC units along the San Luis valley for some time now have they?.
The guys I hunt with have had some pretty good luck and a high success ratio hunting the eastern side of the SLV. It does appear that the numbers have fallen off lately though. OTC can be a crap shoot because after a good couple of seasons the hunting pressure can be high resulting in a bigger harvest than targeted by managers. There is a large part of the state that is OTC with a ton of public land so I can understand if harvest numbers came in higher than expected.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:38 PM
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My hunting partner and I hunt in GMU 075 first rifle season. We have noticed since about 2015 that the elk are much fewer and further between in our areas where we hunt than formerly. There was an article in the Durango Herald on this topic -- diminished number of the elk herd -- in November before Thanksgiving (I think around November 17) and titled "Where have all the elk gone." That is the question we ask ourselves. I think what is not in question is the decrease of the size of the herds, at least in some areas. What to do to manage the herd population is above my pay grade. I will say that in view of this general acknowledgement of what has been my personal hunting experience, I don't plan to hunt elk in Colorado for several years in the future, although I have hunted every year since 2013 and 2006, 2009, 2011 before. I'm 62 years old, so I'm probably not going back to elk hunting. Time to transition into some easier hunting is what is on my mind. Deer hunting in Oklahoma and/or pronghorn hunting in Wyoming. I had hoped to introduce my son and daughter to elk hunting in our happy hunting grounds, but that prospect is dim unless things change in a big way quickly.
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Old Yesterday, 05:11 AM
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You certainly have a lot of hunting experience being in the game for 50 years!. Here in South Africa I suppose Elk hunting is similar to what we call Plainsgame hunting (kudus, nyala, springbok, reedbuck, wildebeest) etc. To hunt in America one day is still on my bucket list. Thanks for the info. Please keep us posted if you find out more about localised areas in Colorado for hunting elk.
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