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sticksender
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Is anyone applying for, or doing, any western hunts this year?

I'm in for a few including Wyoming Elk, and those draw results will be posted tomorrow.

A pic from my last elk hunt (Colorado). Pursued this bull for several days but unfortunately never got a shot at him. Too many eyes!

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Good luck with the draws Greg. That looks like a pretty good spot in CO! 3 of us got skunked last year.

Still saving points for CO elk, but hoping to use 2nd choice to get back out there - usually 2nd rifle. Looking for a new area if anyone has any suggestions they are willing to share.

Have not started building points in any other states out west, but would like to.

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Putting in for muzzy elk in CO this year if we don't get drawn going with bows in September.
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traditionalarcher17
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Stick I would consider that the bull of a lifetime. I plan on plugging the first legal bull I see or a cow later in the trip I'm meat hunting first go round.
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Any tips for a first timer fellas?
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Den57
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Shoot the first legal elk that you have the chance at. Depending on the area that you are hunting, waiting for something that you might not have a chance at sometimes doesn't work out to well.

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quote:
Originally posted by Den57:
Shoot the first legal elk that you have the chance at. Depending on the area that you are hunting, waiting for something that you might not have a chance at sometimes doesn't work out to well.

I did and I don't regret it. My buddy with his 300 win mag set up for 300 yards shot over the back of 350 class bull at 30 yards. Said all he could see in scope was hair!
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trad, yes for sure that was a fantastic bull! Not really representative of what you might see in most of the OTC units. He was in a draw-only unit. But you really never know and a guy could get lucky anywhere.

As far as any recommendations.....If you're bowhunting, I'd recommend waiting until later in the season, like the last 2 weeks, if you want to have the best chance to hear bugling and see rut action. If you're willing to sit waterholes, then I'd go the first week. That can be a highly effective strategy, but it may not be for everyone.

I like to camp back deep in the forest, close to where I'll be hunting. There are guys who have success with road camping too. But for me I just like to be close to the elk, and far as possible from other hunters. Having said that, there are places close to roads where elk live, and are overlooked by hunters. But those may be hard to find, and in general, the deeper you go, the less chance the elk with be as pressured.

Well no luck for me today in the WY draw. Will just have to hope for luck drawing some kind of tag elsewhere!

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Well the Arizona and Wyoming draws are out and no luck on those. Time to apply for Colorado.

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I'm putting in this week also. Dropped 17 lbs already for the trip and almost have all my gear also, few small things left to get. Good luck
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The preparation, planning and anticipation are half the fun [Big Grin]

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Yeah I'm outta training for atleast a week. Got a vasectomy yesterday but I've made some good progress so I don't think a week will make that big of a difference.
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Well the western draws are winding down with no luck for me. Just a few long-shots left to watch in Montana, Oregon and Arizona. Got a couple other hunts planned, but still would love to pull a sheep tag.

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Den57
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Drew a Mule deer tag for Colorado 2nd rifle season in the Book Cliffs area

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