DIY elk hunts

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  1. Gobblerman

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    My nephew and I are beginning to plan our first ever archery elk hunt. He has wanted to go for years and I told him we could begin planning for a 2019 or 2020 hunt out west on public land. With that said I’m beginning to do some research on this. I know we have a lot of experienced elk hunters on the forum and I appreciate any and all feedback your willing to give.

    Looking for a low cost under $2000 per person DIY elk hunt out west. We are planning on camping.

    Once again, this is a first for the both of us so any feedback or guidance is appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. FREEPOP

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    Lots of researching available on the internet. They also have a hunt planner service, haven't tried it though.
     

  3. Luv2hunteup

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    Colorado has more elk than any other state. There are lots of elk that call public land their home.
    Things to consider:
    Get in shape months ahead of time, round is not a shape.
    Don’t be afraid to walk in miles to set up camp.
    Set up camp near a spring for water, springs are usually noted on maps.
    You will need a hunter safety certificate for a tag.
    CO is serious about trespassing.
    Practice at distances exceeding what you would here.
    Your arrow will shoot flatter in the thin air plus you will notice tuning errors. Bring a target butt.
    Know where to take your meat to get processed ahead of time.
     
  4. steelyspeed

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    Are you thinking archery or firearm? Colorado and Idaho will be your best bet. You can easily do a DIY hunt for under $2k. Both of these states have great resources with success rates etc. IMO I wouldn’t bother with preference points for CO. Great thing about Idaho is that there are no preference points and they have some incredible limited draw hunts you can apply for. OnX maps can be purchased for $30 per state and is a great scouting tool.
    Have fun planning, don’t over think this trip just make it happen
     
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  5. Gobblerman

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    Thanks everyone for the info! Much appreciated.
     
  6. FREEPOP

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    Colorado's site is a little tough to navigate. If you call them, they are very nice and helpful.
     
  7. bowhunter1313

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    Great advice above....dont skimp on gear...buy the best boots and pack u can afford.....these 2 items can make or break your hunt.....good luck!!!
     
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  8. My advice is to exercise, exercise, excercise and practice shooting too. If you can’t get to where the elk live you’ll never take one. Until you experience your first elk hunt it’s almost impossible to comprehend how good of shape you really need to be in. (It’s like trying to explain to a non-parent what it’s like to be a parent.)

    Be careful...it can be very addicting. Personally it’s my favorite big game animal to hunt, and eat. Elk country is just so incredibly beautiful and rugged.

    Enjoy the journey. Planning a Western hunt is half the fun.
     
  9. QDMAMAN

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    Idaho has been very good to me and $2,000.00 is doable.
    Buy good boots and socks (merino or alpaca), and trekking poles.
    You can probably get by with your whitetailing clothing and don’t be afraid to borrow gear like a pack, buying used is also a great option, done a lot of it.
    You’re going to love it and if you get giddy over a gobbling tom at dawn prepare to be mind blown when you hear your first bull scream in your face!
     
  10. Forest Meister

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    At least. Maybe even three quarters of the fun. FM
     
  11. And if you take everybody's advice "and" you're lucky you might end up like this:

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  12. QDMAMAN

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    This is a pretty good deal! Posted on Facebook by Matt Getz. Membership may be required!


    Matt Getz- Rolling Bones Outfitters Senior Hunt Specialist
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    Why Should you be a Member of Rolling Bones Outfitters? Here is another reason why.
    Southern Colorado Elk Drop Camp Special.
    800 acres private lease in unit 071.
    What makes this lease special is it is surrounded by National Forest that is non-motorized only and hard to access but you’ll be able to drive to lease. Offering drop camp hunts for archery season and 2nd and 3rd rifle season, 5 day hunts for $1000 per person limit 4 per week. Inquire about group rates. It is awesome elk and deer country. 5x5 and better bulls in high density game unit. Call me before they are all gone 717 269 5323 or message me here
     
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    For your first Elk hunt, a Drop camp hunt would help with the learning curve for sure, if it's in your budget.
    I use to hunt unit 70, 71 & 711 it is a good area.
    Good Muley hunting too.

    Kevin
     
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    Got to give a shout out to you, QDMAMAN - I booked an archery hunt through Matt at this drop camp!!! Just got off the phone with the outfitter and after talking with him I am super stoked. This is not a trophy hunt but there base is a 4x4 with a 5x5 on the regular. Plus you can shoot a cow on your archery tag in this zone if it comes down to it. I took the last archery season, 9/17 - 21, which should be during the peak of the rut.

    I will be out there the week before for the muzzle loader Muley (if drawn) so this hunt just made a lot of sense. Anybody else want to go???
     
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    That is THE best week of the year to hunt rutting elk! Be in shape if you want to make the most of your precious time and money!!!
     
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