My name is Gary. New to Eastman's and the forums. I'm in the early stages of planning an archery hunt for Elk. After reviewing the forums, I've found the right place. I've read enough to know that asking "What's the best OTC elk hunt to take a trophy in?" won't get many replies. So, here are some details.
My hunting partner and I are 55 and 45 years of age and both from Minnesota (he's older ). We have both hunted whitetails for over 30 years. We are both is decent shape but also understand the need to take the physical aspect very seriously. Being from Minnesota, we don't have the opportunity to scout on site.
We are planning to apply for a point this year with the plan to hunt the following year (2013). We would probably skip another year, then come out that previously year (2015) with my son who would be 15 then. So, I look at this trip as a scouting trip.
Our expectations are more to have the experience. While everyone dreams of taking a trophy, that is not my expectation. We want to hunt the mountains, see some elk, and hopefully have the opportunity to get close to one.
So, we are looking at units 20/54 for draw units, and have bounced around 13/21/211/67 for OTC units. As you can see, we are thinking the NW corner of Colorado.
For those units, looking for information such as what is the access like. We are thinking drop camp. We considered DIY but concerned about our age and overdoing it. If that was an option, any suggestions on camping areas. I guess we could have someone pack us in. Also with our age, what is the terrain like. We are hoping to pack out an elk, not each other! Also, I'd be interested in your thoughts on hunting pressure during archery season. I've heard it can get crazy, but is that the case in archery season.
Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.