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Anyone hunting out west this year?

woodsdog2

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I've never done this and I'd really like to try. I need to plan a meet up or something with someone to show me the ropes. I think I could do it but the task seems daunting.
 

7mmremmag

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Leaving 9/15 for a southern CO draw unit for elk.

I've never done this and I'd really like to try. I need to plan a meet up or something with someone to show me the ropes. I think I could do it but the task seems daunting.
Watch some YT videos, try out your setup this fall in some of the areas nearby. You'll figure out quick what is too much or not enough to bring.
 

BTaylor

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I've never done this and I'd really like to try. I need to plan a meet up or something with someone to show me the ropes. I think I could do it but the task seems daunting.
What makes it seem daunting to you? It's literally just going hunting, just the hills are a little bigger. Actually way freaking bigger but it is still just hills. Yes there are bears and mt. lions. We have those here along with hogs, snakes of all sorts and skeeters. All you have to do is put want in a box and turn doing it loose.
 

woodsdog2

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What makes it seem daunting to you? It's literally just going hunting, just the hills are a little bigger. Actually way freaking bigger but it is still just hills. Yes there are bears and mt. lions. We have those here along with hogs, snakes of all sorts and skeeters. All you have to do is put want in a box and turn doing it loose.
This actually gives me some confidence. Trying to figure out the method you guys use to 1. pick a location 2. understand the game laws and license availability, 3. choosing a general public land hunting area to hunt, and 4. Figuring out what to bring and what is a waste of time and energy.
 

Micneador

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This actually gives me some confidence. Trying to figure out the method you guys use to 1. pick a location 2. understand the game laws and license availability, 3. choosing a general public land hunting area to hunt, and 4. Figuring out what to bring and what is a waste of time and energy.
I thing #4 is the most daunting to me. Plus I've never back country hunted, I'd rather have 1 or 2 others with me in case things go south in a hurry. I have nobody that has the heart nor want to go into the mountains for days on end.
 

woodsdog2

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I thing #4 is the most daunting to me. Plus I've never back country hunted, I'd rather have 1 or 2 others with me in case things go south in a hurry. I have nobody that has the heart nor want to go into the mountains for days on end.
Me neither!!!
 

BTaylor

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I thing #4 is the most daunting to me. Plus I've never back country hunted, I'd rather have 1 or 2 others with me in case things go south in a hurry. I have nobody that has the heart nor want to go into the mountains for days on end.
The want too is almost irrelevant imo. More important to me is if some aspect of the hunt goes to hell in a hand basket is the person I am with going to freak out or calmly deal with the situation whatever it may be. I have hunted with plenty of folks over the years that on a mountain hunt I would prefer to be alone in a bad situation than have them there to deal with too. That said, it is more enjoyable to have someone along when they have the right mindset and willingness to hunt hard country.
 

7mmremmag

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This actually gives me some confidence. Trying to figure out the method you guys use to 1. pick a location 2. understand the game laws and license availability, 3. choosing a general public land hunting area to hunt, and 4. Figuring out what to bring and what is a waste of time and energy.
We live close enough to meet up and go over gear sometime and you can pick my brain. Might not be the best advice but I haven't died yet :tearsofjoy:
 

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Im currently sitting at Elk camp waiting for opening day. I don't have the PTO to take off a week or two, so instead I grabbed a starlink satellite and am working remotely from basecamp during the work week. I figure I'll scout and setup over sign/wallows in the evenings like I would whitetail, and then backpack in and hunt them hard on the weekends. I'll be out here the whole month.
 

BTaylor

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This actually gives me some confidence. Trying to figure out the method you guys use to 1. pick a location 2. understand the game laws and license availability, 3. choosing a general public land hunting area to hunt, and 4. Figuring out what to bring and what is a waste of time and energy.
#1 is going to depend on what type of hunt you want. Some folks dont want super rugged terrain and dark timber, some are rifle hunting and want to be able to use glass more, etc. #2&#3 are about spending time on the state's websites. Some of them are a little confusing but not horrible. What to bring is going to be largely driven by how and when you hunt. Base camp for rifle, backpack for archery, etc. If you are only going to base camp you really are only limited by vehicle capacity lol. If you want to backpack or maybe have the option to spike camp out from a truck camp, then it gets a little more specific, esp for food, water and clothing.
 

BTaylor

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Im currently sitting at Elk camp waiting for opening day. I don't have the PTO to take off a week or two, so instead I grabbed a starlink satellite and am working remotely from basecamp during the work week. I figure I'll scout and setup over sign/wallows in the evenings like I would whitetail, and then backpack in and hunt them hard on the weekends. I'll be out here the whole month.
Freakin braggart :p Shoot a biggun!!
 
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