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    New to Forum and Preparing for CO OTC Archery Elk Hunt

    First post as a newbie on the Eastman Forum. Two buddies and I are planning a DIY public land hunt in the SW region of CO during the Elk archery season. Interested in any input from experienced hunters from that region.

    Specifically, we'll be looking to narrow down to two, no more than three, units in the San Juan Mountains/Wilderness area near the Durango/Pagosa Spring (sp?).

    Gear and equipment not an issue. Have read on some forums and in articles about dry bags to help prevent meat from spoiling etc... Would like to know what types/brands that folks have used that also keeps pack from gaining too much weight as we intend to pack in.

    Hard work is not an issue for us. We hunted the Superstition Wilderness near Mesa, AZ this past Dec for Coues deer packing in for a 5 day hunt. Granted, terrain and elevation not the same, but my point is, we don't shy away from the rough stuff.

    We'll have betw/5-7 days to hunt.

    Thx in advance for any info you feel would be helpful to consider.

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    Unit 74 or 75 would be good options if or prepared to log a few miles and see a few people

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    [QUOTE=ArmyArcher;81321]Gear and equipment not an issue. Have read on some forums and in articles about dry bags to help prevent meat from spoiling etc... Would like to know what types/brands that folks have used that also keeps pack from gaining too much weight as we intend to pack in.

    Just read up on another part of Eastman Outdoors re: Caribou Ultra Light game bags and T.A.G. Bags. Sounds like what we'd be looking at using instead of the cheap variety... Anyone use either of these and have some feedback?
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    Welcome AA! Would you tell us a little about yourself?

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    The San Juans are nicknamed the Alps of the lower 48. Very steep, rough country. You won't understand unless you've been there.

    TAG bags are good, so are Caribou bags. I've used both.

    Stick around and be a part of the discussion here, you'll get more out of it the more you put in.


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    Are you planning any scouting in advance? I live in the area and would recommend it, especially if you have never been here before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    Welcome AA! Would you tell us a little about yourself?
    I'm career Army, 24 years this summer. Avid archery hunter. Have taken two bulls w/bow and harvested my first Coues deer this past Dec.

    Have progressed through the hunting stages to enjoy spending quality time in the wilderness with close friends finding, chasing, and having the opportunity to harvest game but don't rate the hunt based on harvest alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyArcher View Post
    I'm career Army, 24 years this summer. Avid archery hunter. Have taken two bulls w/bow and harvested my first Coues deer this past Dec.

    Have progressed through the hunting stages to enjoy spending quality time in the wilderness with close friends finding, chasing, and having the opportunity to harvest game but don't rate the hunt based on harvest alone.
    6 in the guard and deployment was enough for me, but I miss it at the same time.

 

 

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