Flatlander's First Elk Tag: CO 49

poster1

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Hello all!

Wanted to introduce myself on here first. I'm from the IL burbs and have grown up hunting in the driftless area of SW WI, primarily for whitetails and turks. I absolutely love the outdoors and the lessons, comradery, and memories it can foster, and have especially enjoyed the process of being able to provide wild game for my family and I.

Years ago, my dad used to do a bunch of western hunts (muley, elk, bighorn, and speed goats), but gave it up for a while to focus on the family. Since then, I have had a growing obsession of the west for a few years now and finally got my dad to get back in the game. Last year he drew a Colorado unit 49 elk muzzleloader tag. I joined him last Sept and we had an awesome hunt, seeing a bunch of really nice bulls; he had the safety off different 7 times, and ultimately ended up missing on 2 shot opportunities. Despite not filling the the tag, we both had an incredible time and the memories made 100% made it a successful hunt in both our eyes. We immediately knew that this was something we need to do together as often as we can going forward.

This year, I was fortunate enough to draw the archery tag in the same CO 49 unit; my dad and younger brother will be joining me and I do not think I could be more excited! I wanted to reach out to you all to see if I could hear more about other's experiences who have been there. We have somewhat of a decent grasp of the unit already, and had some great experiences to learn from and take into this year, but obviously it's such a huge unit and there's so much to learn so I'm just looking to accelerate the learning curve by talking with others who have had boots on the ground also. We are planning on driving out and spending about 10 days in the 2nd half of Sept.

Any stories, photos, info, or PMs would be much appreciated, if for no other reason than to get us more fired up for September! Appreciate your consideration and looking forward to interreacting with you all and maybe seeing you on a mountain someday!

PO
 

rustednuts

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If you've already hunted the unit that is probably better intel than anything someone online will tell you. My advice would be to remember each year is different so have some new spots in case elk aren't where you found them last year.
 

poster1

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If you've already hunted the unit that is probably better intel than anything someone online will tell you. My advice would be to remember each year is different so have some new spots in case elk aren't where you found them last year.
Right totally agree! Just wanted to see if others had been successful there or had any good stories.
 

efing001

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PO,

My name is Dan and I am currently flying with the Coast Guard out of OR- originally from Waukegan, IL and Kenosha/Ontario, WI. I’m also heading out with my ol man, unit 49 2nd season Elk . I'm looking for what you are looking for! Stories, access, water questions...Thanks! Dan 904-470-0008
 

bignest

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Good luck. I agree your previous experience is the best thing going. Archery and muzzle loaders are so similar I’d head right back to where you had your opportunity last time. As said above, have those plan B and Cs planned out before you get there
 

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I agree with above. You guys were on elk. Go back to those areas. Also with bow tag, it will be deciding which week to go. I was there in mz last yr. Pretty quite and Hot! If going bow, I d probably go 3rd week , during week and not weekend. So dont deal with cycle traffic/or additional local hunters. Or even last week.
 

Thegreatwapiti

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Looks like you will be between 8,000 and 10,000'. As a flatlander you need to drink massive amounts of water from the minute you leave home. Don't forget advil or Tylenol. I have seen multiple people brought to their knees by altitude sickness. Spend the next 2 months working on cardio and lung capacity. It usually takes 2 or 3 days to climatize so getting there before you plan to hunt can help mitigate. Good luck!!
 

95tigerbill

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Water is easy to find in 49 so no issues there. The elk use the high altitude wilderness areas until the weather pushes them down. I was surprised by the recreational traffic on some of the main roads - joy riding side by sides. I also was surprised the neighboring town hotels will be slammed on the weekends- so if you plan to spend days ahead of your hunt in town to get acclimated to altitude make reservations.
 

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