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#3381706 - 09/30/13 08:33 PM 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read)
tickweed
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Well, its took a few days ,but I have finally got time to post the results of our Colorado Elk bow hunt. This was my fifteenth trip to Colorado hunting Elk, our second year to bow hunt. I took two young guys, well, younger than me, and we arrived in Glenwood Springs on Wed. evening after a long twenty four hour drive. We spent the nite in a motel and headed out before daylight the next morning to drive the last eighty miles to the base of the mountain. We arrived just as the Sun began to come up. We unloaded all our gear and then began the six mile pack on our ATVs to base camp. It took two trips each to get everything up to camp, and we had everything set up by late evening. We hiked behind camp before dark and sat at a high point to see if we could hear any Elk or glass any on the slides two miles across the rim. No luck. The following morning I was back on the same spot before daylite, and as the Sun begin to rise, I spotted a lone cow at over a mile as she slipped higher into the scrub oak. Ive sat on this same point for years, and have seen dozens of Elk ease back into the oak to bed, but not this year. Ive found in Elk hunting its much better to do lots of glassing from long distances and find the Elk instead of just wandering around blind and spooking them. None of the other guys where having any luck getting on the Elk either. The next few days where about the same. The weather had been nice, with highs in the seventys, lows in the fortys, but Sunday it started to cloud up. That nite, around dark it began to rain, with the temps dropping, and I knew what was about to happen. Within the hour the rain turned to large wet flakes, and within minutes the ground became covered. As we went to bed in our wall tent we decided to take shifts getting up and shaking the snow off the roof. So much for that idea. As we lay asleep in our cots, around 2 a.m. we heard a loud pop, and the rear of the tent collapsed under the weight of the snow. One of the main tent poles broke, and we had to get up, get the excess snow off the tent, and put a splint on the pole. This made for a short nite. The next morning I decided to take the younger guy in our group with me. As we where walking in at first lite, we stopped in the newly fallen snow, and all of a sudden my friend said Elk. I looked down at about 100yds on the lower shelf, and could see a large cow looking towards us. We remained motionless, and she began to feed. I told him to nock an arrow and he eased up against an aspen. I took out my call, and mewed twice. She looked straight in our direction, and then she started a fast walk up the slope straight to us. As she got closer, she went into a large dip, and disappeared. All of a sudeen she poped up not 25yds right in front of us, and she saw us, and whirled and ran. I called to her, and she stopped broadside at 50 yds.,and my friend was at full draw. He asked me the yardage, I said fifty, and he released. The arrow looked great, but at the last second fell just under and behind the Cows front leg. Oh well, almost some meat. We hunted the rest of the day, no luck but did later that evening begin to find more and more fresh Elk sign. I decided the next morning to move even deeper into the canyon, thinking maybe the Elk could be silent, and in the tougher terrain due to pressure. As I slipped deeper into the cover the next morning, I began to find lots of fresh tracks and Elk droppings. I found a shelf with a good trail, and made me a nice blind to do some cow talk from. As I checked the wind, I began to call, mewing softly, then loudly. About thirty minutes had went by, and I had just finished a series of calls, when I heard limbs breaking to my right around the shelf. Elk! I have heard this sound lots of times, and I turned to get into position. I looked towards the direction of the noise, and all of a sudden I could see antlers coming thru the undergrowth. The Bill stopped at about seventy yds., looking for the Cow he had heard. He started to walk away, and I mewed at him loudly. He turned back towards me, and started back down the trail, coming straight to me. I hugged up behind the Aspen I was beside, and as he hit fifty yds he went behind some cover and I drew my bow. He continued coming and at forty yds. he stopped, and the turned to his right, took a couple of steps, and stopped. I settled the forty yd. pin just behind his shoulder, and touched the release. The arrow flight was perfect, taking just a second to cover the ground to the Bulls side. As the Slicktrick mag. found its mark he let out a lond grunt and whirled to run. I started calling, and he ran about 50 yds back down the trail he had came down, and then he stopped. I kept calling, and he stood looking for the Cow he couldn't find, and as he stood there I could see the fletching of my arrow just behind his left shoulder. All of a sudden, I seen him began to lean from side to side, and I knew it was about over. He slowly sink to the ground, and I said a small prayer, Thanks God. He was a nice 5x4, maybe 700lbs. Just an average public land Bull in Colorado, but lots of meat. Took us all day to pack him out on pack frames, and we got the last quarter out as darkness fell. The other guys continued to hunt, seeing cows and one called up a bugleing Bull, but he was only a 3x3. We headed down Wed. night, and headed home the following morning. Ive seen yrs. we where on many more Elk, but still had a great time. Sorry for the long post. Good luck to all.
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#3381875 - 09/30/13 10:01 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: tickweed]
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thanks for posting!!!
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#3381928 - 09/30/13 10:31 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: pressfit]
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Gratz!

been pulling for you and checking this forum hoping you had a great hunt!

the snow is why I usually go the opening week, don't want to have to deal with that \:\)

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#3382388 - 10/01/13 09:29 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: megalomaniac]
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Congrats, sounds like an awesome hunt
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#3383300 - 10/01/13 06:11 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: easy45]
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Great story , congrats.
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#3384401 - 10/02/13 11:36 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: trealtree]
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Awesome! Nice bull and congrats on all the tasty meat!
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#3385050 - 10/02/13 06:25 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: AT Hiker]
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Great trip. Great memories. Great animal.

Thank you for taking the time to take us there too.
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#3385158 - 10/02/13 07:42 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: ChippewaPartners]
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Congrats. Ide sure like to go back there and hunt
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#3394697 - 10/09/13 07:16 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: LA man]
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Awesome.
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#3395991 - 10/10/13 04:25 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: Poser]
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Congrats man. Looks like your trip west went way better than mine! I'm about to change the tide this morning on the first slickhead I see.
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#3396379 - 10/10/13 10:16 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: BAMA BOW MERKER]
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Oh that is epic!! This is a dream of mine to do.
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#3398059 - 10/11/13 11:41 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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Tickweed,

Do you find a spotting scope be a critical tool for Sept Elk hunting?
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#3399566 - 10/12/13 05:57 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: Poser]
tickweed
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
Tickweed,

Do you find a spotting scope be a critical tool for Sept Elk hunting?
No, I just use my Bios. The area I hunt has a few open areas, mainly around the bases of some big slides, so not a lot to glass. Lots of green leaves still on trees that time of yr, however in rifle its a different world. Once the leaves fall, you can see Elk for a long way. There is one big ridge of scrub oak that meets the Aspens, and I always can glass a few Elk slipping back into it to bed. Rifle opened today, kinda wish I was back again. Many think Elk hunting is really out of their reach. Its really not that much to it, they are very social animals, and come to a call rather easy. I lost a dandy, the best Bull I have ever shot, gun or bow on this hunt a few days earlier. Perfect hit behind the shoulder, watched him run down a slope 400 yds., then hit some really thick stuff. We looked two days, and I know he was close. He came in silent, I heard a stick break, looked up, and all I could see was antlers at 25 yds. But that's another story. Still to this day don't know how I could have hit him any better. You thinkin bout trying it?


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#3399934 - 10/12/13 10:20 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: tickweed]
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How does one go about getting a tag? Are archery tags over the counter? Is there a muzzelloader season apart from gun season?
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#3399947 - 10/12/13 10:39 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: tickweed]
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
 Originally Posted By: Poser
Tickweed,

Do you find a spotting scope be a critical tool for Sept Elk hunting?
No, I just use my Bios. The area I hunt has a few open areas, mainly around the bases of some big slides, so not a lot to glass. Lots of green leaves still on trees that time of yr, however in rifle its a different world. Once the leaves fall, you can see Elk for a long way. There is one big ridge of scrub oak that meets the Aspens, and I always can glass a few Elk slipping back into it to bed. Rifle opened today, kinda wish I was back again. Many think Elk hunting is really out of their reach. Its really not that much to it, they are very social animals, and come to a call rather easy. I lost a dandy, the best Bull I have ever shot, gun or bow on this hunt a few days earlier. Perfect hit behind the shoulder, watched him run down a slope 400 yds., then hit some really thick stuff. We looked two days, and I know he was close. He came in silent, I heard a stick break, looked up, and all I could see was antlers at 25 yds. But that's another story. Still to this day don't know how I could have hit him any better. You thinkin bout trying it?


Yeah, talking about it.
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#3400118 - 10/13/13 07:57 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: Southern Sportsman]
tickweed
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 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
How does one go about getting a tag? Are archery tags over the counter? Is there a muzzelloader season apart from gun season?
yes, archery tags are over the counter in most units. A bull tag or either sex is around $600. A cow tag is around $300. Muzzleloader tags are draw only, usually takes a couple yrs pref. points to draw one. Muzzleloader season is going on in the end of archery season, usually around the 20th of Sept.
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#3400134 - 10/13/13 08:06 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: tickweed]
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Congrats man, great story too.
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#3400165 - 10/13/13 08:32 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: RUGER]
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Awesome stuff!!! Congrats!!
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#3400351 - 10/13/13 12:14 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: tickweed]
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
How does one go about getting a tag? Are archery tags over the counter? Is there a muzzelloader season apart from gun season?
yes, archery tags are over the counter in most units. A bull tag or either sex is around $600. A cow tag is around $300. Muzzleloader tags are draw only, usually takes a couple yrs pref. points to draw one. Muzzleloader season is going on in the end of archery season, usually around the 20th of Sept.


Are the bulls still bugling in late September? A DIY elk hunt is a dream of mine, and I'm about two years away from being in position to give it a shot. I fully plan on trying it with a bow some day, but for my first hunt or two, I'd like to try it with a Muzzleloader until I learn may way around a little better. But I want to hunt them when they're responsive and bugling.

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#3401010 - 10/13/13 08:50 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: Southern Sportsman]
tickweed
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 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
 Originally Posted By: tickweed
 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
How does one go about getting a tag? Are archery tags over the counter? Is there a muzzelloader season apart from gun season?
yes, archery tags are over the counter in most units. A bull tag or either sex is around $600. A cow tag is around $300. Muzzleloader tags are draw only, usually takes a couple yrs pref. points to draw one. Muzzleloader season is going on in the end of archery season, usually around the 20th of Sept.


Are the bulls still bugling in late September? A DIY elk hunt is a dream of mine, and I'm about two years away from being in position to give it a shot. I fully plan on trying it with a bow some day, but for my first hunt or two, I'd like to try it with a Muzzleloader until I learn may way around a little better. But I want to hunt them when they're responsive and bugling.
Yes. The later part of Sept. is better. Its cooler, and the rut is getting close. I have had bugling on the first rifle hunt, mid Oct.,but when the rifles start popping its over. I like the last ten days of bow season, less hunters, and usually muz. season is closed by then. I heard six or seven bugle, but this yr. all came in silent.
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#3401467 - 10/14/13 08:06 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: BAMA BOW MERKER]
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Im jealous. Dying to get out there.
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#3401692 - 10/14/13 09:49 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: tickweed]
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Here is a ton of useful articles, links and information on CO Elk Hunting:

http://soleadventure.com/elk/
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#3407559 - 10/17/13 10:54 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: BAMA BOW MERKER]
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Awesome congrats
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#3411083 - 10/20/13 06:59 PM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: hunter drew]
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Congratulations bud!
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#3411588 - 10/21/13 07:32 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: BAMA BOW MERKER]
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Man that's awesome. My dream is to go our west and elk hunt. I don't care how big it is, but just to have the chance to take an elk would be amazing.
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#3421795 - 10/27/13 09:43 AM Re: 2013 Colorado Elk Bow hunt success (Long read) [Re: BAMA BOW MERKER]
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congrats
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