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Factors that Affect Late Season Elk Hunts in Colorado

Elk Hunting in Colorado What are some factors to consider when doing late season elk hunts in Colorado?

Lower Altitudes

Typically, late season hunts are done at lower altitudes. If there’s snow on the ground, it helps with tracking animals. And, because of the season, you just might see migrating animals pass before you as they’re “on the move,” rather than staying in one place all the time.

Veer to the Hillsides

As for elk, they tend to herd up on south facing hillsides during November and December because that’s where the forage is. Big bulls might head off solo or hang around a couple others while trying to build their fat stores. It’s the time of the year for elk to spend the majority of their time eating in anticipation of a cold winter, so hunters are likely to find elk in open areas just out of the woods where they can find food at this time of year.

Know What the Elk Are Looking For

It’s not unusual for herds to move 10 to 40 miles per day, so hunters need to be on the lookout for areas that offer the elk exactly what they want: water, grazing opportunities and cover. These areas are usually away from major highways– elk don’t want to be around cars and trucks and people if they can avoid them. Areas designated “state wildlife areas” are good places to find elk late in the season.

Prepare for Lower Temperatures

The weather plays a major role in late season elk hunts. Keep in mind that elk are always warm, no matter how cold you– the hunter– may feel. So you have to dress appropriately for the air temperatures each day, which can hover in the 60s on warm days but get down close to zero on cloudless nights. Therefore, it’s a good idea to dress in layers. Here’s something else to consider– like people, elk will “hunker down” in one spot when the weather is extremely cold. They’re trying to conserve energy and prevent heat loss. This could work to your advantage in finding them on extremely cold days.

And Snow, Too

Hunters need to be prepared if it snows during their hunting expedition. Bring enough food “just in case.” Bring chains for the tires on your vehicles. And don’t forget extra gas, in case you have to go further than planned to find elk. As for hunting in the snow, check for fresh scat and look for tracks. Fresh tracks can lead you right to herds. Generally, elk don’t hang out in areas where snow is over 16” on the ground, so you’ll want to look for areas where the snow isn’t so deep.

Samuelson Outfitters of Fraser, CO, can answer your specific questions about late season elk hunts in Colorado; just call 970-726-8221.

Archery Hunting Tips When Shooting for Elk

Archery Hunting Tips When Shooting for Elk

Are you looking for archery elk hunting tips? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Bow Set Up First, consider your bow set up. While deer hunting bows work well for archery elk hunters, you can adjust your bow to make it work even better to get elk. For instance, go for heavier broadheads–Continue Reading

The Differences Between Deer and Elk Hunting

The Differences Between Deer and Elk Hunting

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Elk is Tasty and Nutritious

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Common Mistakes Made By Elk Hunters

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Evidence Shows Hunting in Colorado Helps Our State

Evidence Shows Hunting in Colorado Helps Our State

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Elk Meat has Many Health Benefits

Elk Meat has Many Health Benefits

We’re here to tell you why elk meat may be one of the best kept secrets when it comes to healthy options for people want to enjoy a steak every now and then. Even if you’ve been eating elk meat for years because you love the taste you may not be aware of some ofContinue Reading

Why Colorado Is One of the Top Places to Hunt in America

Why Colorado Is One of the Top Places to Hunt in America

There are many great spots to hunt in America. Whether you live on the east coast or the west coast, there are always spots to go that are full of game, land, and opportunity, but none are as good as Colorado. Yeah, yeah, we know – we might be biased, since we’re based in ColoradoContinue Reading

The Unique Thrills of Elk Hunting

Hunting is steeped more in human tradition than perhaps any other sport. In fact, some would take that statement a step further to say that hunting is a part of human nature. For that reason, we feel an immense amount of satisfaction when partaking in the excitement of hunting season—especially if we’re particularly successful. ButContinue Reading