- Jul 12, 2010
It's amazing how Google Earth can talk you into things that you quickly realize you can't do once you get there in person. Be honest with yourself. Topography, altitude, physical fitness, size of the elk, distance from the vehicle all play a role. But be honest with yourself. I think it would be very easy to get into trouble if you are new to elk hunting and your first trip is solo in high, tough country (and CO has plenty of it). The last elk I shot in Colorado was a cow only 1/2 mile from the truck. Could've packed it out solo easily. The one before that was 2 miles from the truck but massive elevation gain with blowdown and plenty of misery between the kill site and the vehicle. It would have taken me days to finish the job alone. And then I've killed a CO elk eight miles from the trailhead at 11,000 feet. There's no way I could do 64 miles (16-mile roundtrips per elk quarter) in that country with heavy pack loads for half of those miles. That elk came out on horseback. A lot of variables come into play!