Colorado elk DIY public success

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by littlebear, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. littlebear

    littlebear 12 pointer

    Aug 21, 2007
    the woods
    Spend last week out in Colorado elk hunting. Started hunting Saturday and saw a few cows. Sunday about 8 inch snow. Tuesday my buddies son took his first bull a nice 5x4. Had to quarter it up and pack out. Heck of a job. Wednesday was last day my son and I was hunting so we could be back for gun opener in ky. Went over mountain at daybreak and glassed about 100 elk over on private. They started working their way up and away from me on blm land. So I hiked about a mile out a trail to get to them. By then only about 40elk was there and going over the top. Settled in on my sticks and took a 360yds shot on the bull. Had more work to do again. Deboned and packed him out. Hardest 2 days I’ve seen. Great time with my son and friends.

    minixjt, Booney, Drahts and 7 others like this.
  2. dirtstalker

    dirtstalker 10 pointer

    Nov 20, 2009
    Clay County
    Sounda like a great time. Congrats
  3. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
    Wow beautiful place. And I'd say u guess were tuckered out for sure
  4. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    That does sound like a fun but tough hunt. I don't think I'm in shape to do all of that packing....check that, I know I'm not.
    mac0492 and elkaholic like this.
  5. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    a big congrats. that is true hunting in a beautiful place. Its work to get an elk on the ground, but the real work starts after the elk hits the ground.
  6. Scoony

    Scoony 6 pointer

    Nov 7, 2003
    Congrats. I was out there for Colorado's 1st Rifle. The area we were hunting was mostly heavy dark timber which made it really tough. The elk were avoiding the small parks during daylight hours. Was finding sign and were close (within 75 yards) to cows on a few occasions, but did not see any bulls.
  7. bondhu

    bondhu 12 pointer

    Jul 3, 2015
    Battle Run
  8. littlebear

    littlebear 12 pointer

    Aug 21, 2007
    the woods
    We hunted around some dark timber but mostly oak brush. There is some private joining the blm land we hunt that has several green fields. Been told some is alfalfa. Last 2 years seems like elk hang in there more and are pushed up into blm land by the hunters on private
  9. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

    Jan 25, 2006
    The Occupied South
    I have a friend that lives near Alamosa that lives on a large ranch that raises a lot of alfalfa. The Elk swarm the alfalfa fields in late fall and so do the Game Warden Gestapo. Sometime he has a tag and sometimes not but he killed a medium size bull this year.
  10. FBICAT

    FBICAT Spike

    Nov 30, 2009
    Graves County
    Great elk and pics! My son got an elk this season, first one for us and I was amazed how heavy quarters were. Great eating, well worth it.
  11. Drahts

    Drahts 12 pointer

    Apr 7, 2015
    Congrats! 1Wildcat is tell truth you get one down the work starts! Good work! Great eats!
  12. racsr

    racsr 10 pointer

    May 7, 2009
    morgan county ky
    Sounds like you had a great hunt congratulations. You are blessed.
  13. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

    Jan 12, 2012
    Pendleton County
    I would love to do a hunt like that too, but it would kill me.
  14. bah1286

    bah1286 6 pointer

    Jul 29, 2014
    Congratulations on what looks like an amazing hunt. Going to be doing the same with my dad next October. Cannot wait.
  15. bah1286

    bah1286 6 pointer

    Jul 29, 2014
    I know you say you saw a large herd on private land, I assume you were hunting public land. A neighbor of mine has had a lot of success rifle hunting public land from his wheelchair. We have been invited out to hunt private land that borders public land.

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