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First DIY CO Archery Elk hunt
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?
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!
Yeah. I have a few good tree stand elk spots
Have shot three cow elk from tree stands. One in Colo and two in Or.
I've shot quite a few elk from tree stands. Like stated needs to be the right place. Good luck!
That tree looks suspect?!?! Ha
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!!!
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.
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.
Use a tree saddle to gain elevation and mobility while traveling light.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Love the idea of sitting up high in a lodgepole. Good luck out there.
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
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!