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Colorado elk unit 49 rifle 2nd season help

Hello fellow hunters, Im from Maryland and planning a elk/mule deer hunt this year with my dad for his last hunt. We will be hunting unit 49 in 2nd season rifle. I have been looking at maps and reading up on what i can but just cant figure out the best place to take him. since this is his last time out there i would love to find him a 6x6 to shoot. We are mainly elk hunting but do have mule tags also so info on either would greatly help us. Makes in hard living acroos US and not being able to scout like we do here. we will be coming out a few days early but i like to be prepared. Thanks ahead of time and good luck to all hunting this year and be safe

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I'm not sure how you have

I'm not sure how you have tags already as unit 49 is a draw only for elk and deer for 2nd season - and those tags have not been issued yet. I know the area very well from four-wheeling, hiking, climbing, and working there for over a decade.  I've never hunted it though.   Access is generally good and most forest roads are rock and gravel based so getting stuck in mud really isn't an issue.  However, lot of the unit is at higher elevations, like 10,000+feet and snow in the middle of October is expected, so be prepared for that.  Chains for your truck, heat for your tent/camp.  

Big bulls exist on public land in CO, but there's a lot of luck involved.  I call myself fortunate just to see a legal bull, let alone a 6x6.    The number one piece of advice I can give you is get in shape.  Like serious physical shape.  If you can't walk 5 miles without hurting at sea level, you are going to be more-than-miserble at altitude.  Ideally, I'd say you need to be able to do a stair climber at a reasonablely intense setting for at least an hour as a starting point. Elk are big and fast animals and can easily cover 10-20 miles a day.  Your best chance at finding them is to walk and walk A LOT.  And the terrain is very rugged, steep, with lots of downed trees.    One last thing - please, please, please, leave the bugle and cow call at home.     

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I don't have them yet but we have way over the limit in points for that unit so we know we will draw. I have been elk hunting with a guide twice before in colorado so i know the terrian is bad. My dad and I both were lucky enough to get 4x4 elk 10 years ago but that was over in the black mesa area. I am in good shape and will be in better shape by the time we come out. Thanks for the warning because i know people come out there and have no idea. Can you give us a area where we should be concentrating on? If theres snow at higher elevations at that time won't it push the elk down? I own a large dodge truck so hope that will help me get around a little better. We will be staying at hotel every night not roughing it. Any help on where to go will be helpful since never have been in this area. And this will probably be my dads last time so its very important to me to make it the best hunt i can for him. Thanks again for any info

 

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I'm not sure how you have

I'm not sure how you have tags already as unit 49 is a draw only for elk and deer for 2nd season - and those tags have not been issued yet. I know the area very well from four-wheeling, hiking, climbing, and working there for over a decade.  I've never hunted it though.   Access is generally good and most forest roads are rock and gravel based so getting stuck in mud really isn't an issue.  However, lot of the unit is at higher elevations, like 10,000+feet and snow in the middle of October is expected, so be prepared for that.  Chains for your truck, heat for your tent/camp.  

Big bulls exist on public land in CO, but there's a lot of luck involved.  I call myself fortunate just to see a legal bull, let alone a 6x6.    The number one piece of advice I can give you is get in shape.  Like serious physical shape.  If you can't walk 5 miles without hurting at sea level, you are going to be more-than-miserble at altitude.  Ideally, I'd say you need to be able to do a stair climber at a reasonablely intense setting for at least an hour as a starting point. Elk are big and fast animals and can easily cover 10-20 miles a day.  Your best chance at finding them is to walk and walk A LOT.  And the terrain is very rugged, steep, with lots of downed trees.    One last thing - please, please, please, leave the bugle and cow call at home.     

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