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First DIY CO Archery Elk hunt
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Contributors to this thread:
eaglediegel 29-Jul-18
eaglediegel 29-Jul-18
wyobullshooter 29-Jul-18
cnelk 29-Jul-18
Dale06 29-Jul-18
Bowboy 29-Jul-18
Ski & Skin 29-Jul-18
eaglediegel 29-Jul-18
APauls 30-Jul-18
altitude sick 31-Jul-18
SixLomaz 31-Jul-18
Tracker 31-Jul-18
jordanathome 31-Jul-18
LINK 31-Jul-18
backcountrymuzzy 31-Jul-18
Korey Wolfe 31-Jul-18
HTNFSH 31-Jul-18
eaglediegel 06-Aug-18
From: eaglediegel
29-Jul-18

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Cow party
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I am gearing up for Colorado Archery Elk season- DIY on public land. I have found 3 great spots and decided to hang a tree stand on one of them. Anyone else have experience with tree stand hunting for elk?

From: eaglediegel
29-Jul-18

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Young bull
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29-Jul-18
Yep. If it’s in the right spot, it’s a gold mine. If not, it’s a complete bust. From the looks of it, you just may have found that goldmine. Good luck!

From: cnelk
29-Jul-18

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Yeah. I have a few good tree stand elk spots

From: Dale06
29-Jul-18
Have shot three cow elk from tree stands. One in Colo and two in Or.

From: Bowboy
29-Jul-18
I've shot quite a few elk from tree stands. Like stated needs to be the right place. Good luck!

From: Ski & Skin
29-Jul-18
That tree looks suspect?!?! Ha

From: eaglediegel
29-Jul-18
Awesome!! Thanks all! I am looking forward to trying anyway. I am enjoying the scouting and the excitement that comes everytime I head up to check the cameras. Christmas!!!

From: APauls
30-Jul-18
Just make sure to ask yourself why. What advantage is it giving you? Don’t just sit a stand cause that’s what you’re used to. Especially elk hunting a stand has its place but also has many disadvantages.

-You are stapled to one spot -you have to lug it around. -Even if it’s in a bad spot and you don’t use it you still have to now devote time to go back and get it. -You can waste a lot of time where you could be learning new things especially as a new elk hunter.

What are you gaining? Sight lines? A touch more shooting space? Potentially having your scent above their noses? There is a reason most guys hunt from the ground, because this animal allows you to. If you’ve got a wicked spot it’s an option but even there you’re still stapled. If you don’t know for sure it’s a wicked spot...I dunno. Would be tough for me. But just want to play devils advocate for you.

31-Jul-18
I don’t hunt elk from Tree stands. I never have. BUT! Many of my friends prefer it and kill more elk, Muley,s and bear that way. I just prefer to walk and glass and call. It’s at least half of the reason I want to be in the mountains is the feeling of being able to ramble around. I don’t think It’s as productive as sitting water or a good wallow . It’s just my preference. This is not gospel of course, Just another opinion for you to look at.

From: SixLomaz
31-Jul-18
Use a tree saddle to gain elevation and mobility while traveling light.

From: Tracker
31-Jul-18
Lots of smart hunters using them more than they admit. With a little scouting I think it can be more effective especially early in the archery season.

From: jordanathome
31-Jul-18
Pretty simple for me, if your are using ambush setups and there is a good tree and you wanna pack in a stand that is the way to go. If you need to be mobile, don't bother.

From: LINK
31-Jul-18
For me the allure of elk hunting is not from a stand. That said I’m not to proud to use that tactic from time to time. If they are talking I can’t hardly sit and wait though.

31-Jul-18

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Just found a treestand near a wallow I've got a cam on. It's pretty high up there too. Looks like I will have some company this season

From: Korey Wolfe
31-Jul-18
While hunting last year, I found several stands (and a guys bow) in a heavily used saddle. When I inspected the area a few days later, it was obvious that they had great success in that area as there were old bones all over. I'd say I found over five elk skeletons in a 100 year radius.

From: HTNFSH
31-Jul-18
Love the idea of sitting up high in a lodgepole. Good luck out there.

05-Aug-18
Good day all, I’ve been Elk hunting for a few years with not much success, looking at a diy hunt in Colorado this September and i’m trying to recall prior to about a week and a half ago where someone was also on here and open to the idea of another hunter joining them. Does anybody recall who that may have been? Thanks

From: eaglediegel
06-Aug-18
Thanks for all the angles. I have been bowhunting for 4 years and never shot anything from the ground. I have done spot and stalk for mule deer and elk but never had a shot. All my harvests have been from a stand so I guess it’s a little bit of a comfort thing. I am with you on the mobility- love to hike around and obviously with elk they give you sound to follow. I feel like I have 3 good spots right now and the stand gives me an option when I have limited time (before or after work). The cool thing is, the stand is exactly 1 hour total time from my front door!

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