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Colorado DIY elk hunt

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Hey guys and girls, I am looking to go on a DIY public land elk in Colorado or New Mexico. I have never been on a elk hunt and was hoping some one would be able to help me out with getting started. I know APEX PREDATOR does his yearly Colorado hunt if any one could help me get in touch with him that would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks and have a blessed day
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Did a DIY in Idaho back in the late '90's. Hunted National Forest land. Spent 8 days up there. Rented a 22' bumper pull travel trailer from a place in Nampa, ID. Pulled it up into Boise National Forest and parked it at one of their 'camp sites.' We set up a cook tent, had a generator to power the travel trailer. Good time for sure....but, would just as soon pay an outfitter next time! LOL
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My advice would be get an outfitter for your first time. I'm not saying you couldn't do it, but those critters aren't whitetails.
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Thanks for the tips. I like the convenience of a outfitter but my pride and pocket book doesn’t lol!
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It's not just the convenience of the outfitter, its his knowledge of how and where the animals live. You could easily go on a DIY and end up eating tag soup.
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In 2016 August/September I hunted uncompahgre Forrest (most hunted unit and relatively flatter than most of the rockies.) It's unit 166/167 I believe and I camped next to Long point mountain to be specific but the unit next to it is a trophy unit and takes years to get drawn there....I was out there for 12 days or so (by myself) & saw lots of mule deer and a few elk - missed the only time I shot - archery. I also went to 2 other parks - the unit around purgatory is one of the better but it's steep which also means very few people.....it's next to Cascade River and is very scenic with a mountain bike trail for a few miles....at that time of year the lows we're only 39-40 which means you don't need coffee when you use a shower bag at that temp....have fun and I hope you can go!!
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Oh trust me I understand how nice it is to have an outfitter/guide, especially for something I’ve never laid eyes on. BUT like I said I can’t afford an outfitter and it’s really for the adventure, tag soup doesn’t good but I’ve eaten it before. Besides out of all of the elk tags purchased last hunting season I think only around 20% were filled. Outfitter or no outfitter hunting is gonna be hard.
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