DIY Colorado Elk Unit 36 or 45
I have a cabin to stay in next year during the rut. I have never hunted in Colorado and plan on planning my first hunt there. does anybody have any help you can give me on these two units. Thank you
Unit 36 for the most part is Eagle's Nest wilderness area. I know about 1/2 of it real well. It wil be tough to hunt this area and stay at a cabin each night. The area is steep and has got awesome high country.
The Cabin is at Beaver Creek I guess near Avon. I might camp there a couple nights. Are there a lot of elk and mule deer there
If the cabin is at Beaver Creek, it won't really be a "cabin"! The elk, like anywhere, are in the hard to get to places away from the crowds. You might want to google Red Sandstone Road and Piney Lake. This area has good access into the middle of the wilderness area but that means other hunters will be there also.
Originally Posted by nctrkyhntr
There's a pull off under I-70 between midturn and avon, you can park under the bridge and hike up the mountain to the south. It's a long hike to the top but there are alot of elk up there and you may be able to buy a leftover deer tag and hunt archery deer along with elk. If you stop at the rangers station in Midturn, you can access the same area by hiking up the trail behind the building.
Originally Posted by BKC
Or head up to Grouse mountain, it's just south of the Beaver Creek ski hill. You'll have to stop at the local Ranger's station for directions.
Or if the lift for Beaver creek is still open, ride the lift to the top and drop off the back side of Beaver Creek. You will need to camp fo Grouse Mountain or the back side of beaver creek.
Or you can head to piney lake which is just north of Vail, good elk heard but there will be alot of hunters as well.
If your staying in a cabin in beaver creek, it will be hard to get into elk because you will have along way to travel everyday to get to them, car and then hiking time. you can drive to Piney lake in like just over an hour, and get hunting from the truck. But to get away from the crowds there you'll need to make some longer hikes. We used to backpack it for 2 or 3 days at a time and get into elk.
Last edited by rossman18; 07-27-2012 at 10:36 PM.