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#1 KH_EKU

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Posted 22 August 2020 - 04:52 PM

Finally have decided to plan a Colorado elk hunt. I’d like to do the muzzleloader season in September or early October before the Kentucky deer season really gets into gear. Is there anyone on here that’s participated in that season willing to give some advice? Also, any thoughts about how long it takes to get drawn for this season? If it usually takes quite a few preference points I may just bite the bullet and do an archery hunt. Any other info anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

#2 KH_EKU

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Posted 22 August 2020 - 04:53 PM

Planning the hunt for 2021 by the way, not 2020.

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 04:50 AM

I am not up on colorado but would suspect  how hard it is to draw depends on the unit you wish to hunt.


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Posted 23 August 2020 - 04:49 PM

Your right about which unit you choose kiyote.

 

Most NR Muzzleloader permits aren't that hard to draw.

 

Best advise is to talk with someone who knows how to hunt Elk--- hunt'in Elk aint nothing like chase'in deer on your side of the big river.

 

Are you gonna hire an Outfitter--- run on a trespass permit--- or a DIY Forest hunt?.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#5 KH_EKU

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Posted 24 August 2020 - 08:58 AM

Definitely going to be a DIY hunt. And yes Cat, research and educating myself is a must.


Sort of answered my own question though. From what I have found, there’s a few units that have really good chances for a non resident muzzleloader draw with 0 points. There’s even a few for the first rifle that has nearly double the success rate.

So now I’m torn between applying for the September muzzleloader with lower success rates and a longer season, versus October rifle with higher success rates and shorter season.... decisions

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Posted 24 August 2020 - 04:54 PM

Sept. you'll have a chance at hunt'in the early rut--- sometimes good---sometimes not so if their run'in late.

 

With the drought we've been for the last few years, the Elk are move'in early cause the feed is run down.

 

Check out the bunny cop page (CDOW) and look over their fall/winter migration maps. The Elk are head'in towards their winter range right now and will probably move early next year too. If a unit your look'in to hunt is in one of those areas, I'd direct my attention there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 25 August 2020 - 04:50 AM

 if after the big bull,  I've always liked early rut ,when bulls are looking or their harem preferable to late rut when they are cowed up. if only after a satalite bull or a cow , anytime in the next month or so should be good.  the velvet is gone  and they are bugling strong now  here in idaho 

 

 more eyes  to fool later. imho, the next week or two is the prime time to be  out elk hunting the rut.

 

 keep in mind ,I am in idaho ,not colorado. rut could be a wee different there.


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Posted 25 August 2020 - 05:47 AM

Just learned about the prohibitions against most modern muzzleloaders for Colorado elk. No scope or pelletized powder. I just upgraded my muzzleloader last year so now I use both of those lol

Probably leaning more towards the rifle season now. I wouldn’t mind an archery hunt but this being my first time elk hunting I’ll consider it a successful hunt if I just lay eyes on a bull. Closing the disctance into archery range would be a challenge Id be willing to test, if I was more confident in knowing what I was doing.

Of course I’d love to take a trophy bull, but I’d be after the first legal bull that walks into range.




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