I'm planning my 2014 archery elk hunt in SW Colorado and I'm torn on the dates.
Although I wouldn't mind hunting out of my base camp for the week; I am prepping for a 3-6 day hunt out of a deeper, higher spike camp.
I would like to go from approx Sept 4 - 12th and miss the muzzle loader season. However, I'm afraid this will preclude me from hunting the better part of the rut, but at least the only other hunters will be archery guys...in stealth mode.
If I go from approx Sep 12 - 20th, I'll be there during the mz season - and there just seems to be too much blaze orange wandering around; but, the rut might be going stronger.
If I go from approx 20 - 28th, I'll only hit the last day or so of mz season but they may have the elk so stirred up they've moved to NM. However, there wouldn't be all the mz foot-traffic and the rut might be in full swing.
I'm curious what your thoughts are on picking the best dates. Any input is appreciated.