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If you dont draw an elk tag?
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Contributors to this thread:
cnelk 20-Oct-19
fubar racin 20-Oct-19
huntabsarokee 20-Oct-19
yooper89 20-Oct-19
Buskill 20-Oct-19
cnelk 20-Oct-19
COHOYTHUNTER 20-Oct-19
RK 20-Oct-19
Whocares 20-Oct-19
LINK 20-Oct-19
wyobullshooter 20-Oct-19
Bloodtrail 20-Oct-19
PECO 20-Oct-19
Jaquomo 20-Oct-19
Hank_S 20-Oct-19
WapitiBob 20-Oct-19
Trial153 20-Oct-19
Franklin 20-Oct-19
Red Sparky 20-Oct-19
Cazador 20-Oct-19
c3 20-Oct-19
Brotsky 20-Oct-19
butcherboy 20-Oct-19
c3 20-Oct-19
c3 20-Oct-19
c3 20-Oct-19
c3 20-Oct-19
GF 20-Oct-19
c3 20-Oct-19
Bowboy 20-Oct-19
c3 20-Oct-19
midwest 20-Oct-19
'Ike' (Phone) 20-Oct-19
Trophyhill 20-Oct-19
TravisScott 20-Oct-19
IdyllwildArcher 21-Oct-19
Glunt@work 21-Oct-19
Native Okie 21-Oct-19
BULELK1 21-Oct-19
pav 21-Oct-19
Ghost425 21-Oct-19
elkmtngear 21-Oct-19
ElkNut1 21-Oct-19
KHNC 21-Oct-19
IdyllwildArcher 21-Oct-19
Z Barebow 21-Oct-19
Trophyhill 21-Oct-19
IdyllwildArcher 21-Oct-19
Grey Ghost 21-Oct-19
DonVathome 21-Oct-19
KHNC 21-Oct-19
WapitiBob 21-Oct-19
Brotsky 21-Oct-19
Trophyhill 22-Oct-19
Tennhunter 22-Oct-19
Brun 24-Oct-19
TrapperKayak 24-Oct-19
Heat 24-Oct-19
pirogue 24-Oct-19
LUNG$HOT 24-Oct-19
Mule Power 26-Oct-19
Padfoot 29-Oct-19
Royboy 31-Oct-19
gil_wy 04-Nov-19
Surfbow 04-Nov-19
BOWUNTR 05-Nov-19
elk assasin 09-Nov-19
Mathewsphone 09-Nov-19
From: cnelk
20-Oct-19
With the other Pref Point thread beating a VERY dead horse, I was curious what everyone does if they dont draw an elk tag.

What do you do?

Hunt OTC [Idaho/Colorado] or stay home? [Re-issues are not part of the discussion]

From: fubar racin
20-Oct-19
Otc Colorado any available season

20-Oct-19
That may happen this year so I am looking int CO landowner tags bc I want to avoid OTC. Other option is cash in mule deer points.

From: yooper89
20-Oct-19
CO otc. Like everybody else that hunts elk and doesn’t draw ;-)

From: Buskill
20-Oct-19
I hunted mule deer. After my week , no bucks killed . I did , however , see multiple bulls in the exact spot I was hoping to hunt if I had drawn the tag. Whew.

From: cnelk
20-Oct-19
Jeezus. I guess the question has to very specific.

Forget about deer, antelope, bear and whatever...!!!

Will you hunt ELK otc or stay home?

From: COHOYTHUNTER
20-Oct-19
OTC in my home state of Colorado.

From: RK
20-Oct-19
LMAO

ITS bowsite question has to be very very specific and it still does not matter :)

Landowner tags two or three states

From: Whocares
20-Oct-19
Always buy OTC cuz I just wanna hunt. Don't use the draw.

From: LINK
20-Oct-19
Most years I’d rather hunt OTC. If I didn’t my bow would miss it’s yearly hiking trip. ;)

20-Oct-19
Thank God I don’t live in CO! I won’t draw cuz I don’t apply for a draw. Ill do what I do every year...buy a general license at Walmart sometime in a August and go hunt elk in September!

From: Bloodtrail
20-Oct-19
I’ve never put in for draw. Maybe I need to....I need planning far in advance, so I always have gone over the counter. That way I know I have my area and tag planned.

From: PECO
20-Oct-19
OTC or, GASP, 2nd or 3rd rifle, depending many other factors.

From: Jaquomo
20-Oct-19
I go to CT and hunt whitetails for a month...

From: Hank_S
20-Oct-19
Buy a landowner voucher, starting to look at WY for 2021 or as a last resort, hunt OTC.

From: WapitiBob
20-Oct-19
Staying home isn't an option as we have otc hunting but I make sure I draw a WY license.

From: Trial153
20-Oct-19
I cry.

From: Franklin
20-Oct-19
If I want to kill something....landowner N. Mexico....if I just want to get out in the woods with a chance to kill....OTC Colorado.

From: Red Sparky
20-Oct-19
Don't hunt OTC, don't want to go to CO. I won't stay home as deer and elk bow season are at the same time so I go deer and scout for elk. Why stay home when you can get real life experience for when you do draw for elk?

From: Cazador
20-Oct-19
I get my point via The PP code or put in for a hard to draw CO unit to get my point knowing I won’t draw. Then I go kill elk in OTC units until I feel like hunting draw units.

Why anyone would hunt OTC CO without getting a point that same year is beyond me.

From: c3
20-Oct-19

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I always hunt my back yard otc archery tag every year. Gen Arch Elk is the only otc tag still available in utah. Runs from the third sat in Aug until Dec 15th here on the Front east of Salt Lake. Pretty epic if you're into becoming a professional bow walker (aka, taking my bow for a walk on a daily basis)

Yes there are are some great elk up there, but from my record, I'll suggest nearly impossible to kill. I know this is probably not the place to post these, but I think it's appropriate and actually kind of funny.

Opening day I winded 7 bulls and passed on these two skinny spikes.

From: Brotsky
20-Oct-19
Idaho, although that may be changing now as well to eliminate that as a fall back option.

From: butcherboy
20-Oct-19
I cry and watch bowhunting videos on YouTube. I don’t have the money to hunt out of state or buy landowner tags. 3 little kids at home drains the funds pretty quick.

From: c3
20-Oct-19

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After a few days of dark to dark in my stand I took a day off to take my wife out for our 36th anniversary dinner. Went back to that stand the next day and small rag horn came in while I was away. Went to another spot to glass up some bulls for a couple days and came back to the stand to sit again on the 24th. This is the look when your 'honey hole' has seen zilch for 4 days.

From: c3
20-Oct-19

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So the next day I went here looking for a couple elk I'd seen over this way.

From: c3
20-Oct-19

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While I was there this one showed up at the stand. Check the time and date vs the look on my face the day before :)

From: c3
20-Oct-19

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... and another salt in the wound image a few minutes later at the same spot

From: GF
20-Oct-19
I haven’t been able to plan an Elk trip in advance since my firstborn showed up, and I ended up eating a non-res tag one year when I couldn’t get out there at all at the last minute.

So given where I hunt anyway, I don’t mess with anything to do with a license until I’ve crossed the divide.

Really sucks to have a CO birth certificate and to have to pay non-res prices to hunt behind my mom’s house.

From: c3
20-Oct-19
Then when you're thoroughly fed up with it you can go film elk on your buddies once in a lifetime hunt

From: Bowboy
20-Oct-19
I put in for the draws here sometimes, but I can always buy a general. It's the great thing about being a WY resident.

From: c3
20-Oct-19
Then go scout the units during the archery season you may want to hunt some time in the future. This one is of a unit I didn't draw this year with 10 points. It was 50/50 odds with 10 and I was the odd man out :)

From there it's just more taking my bow for a walk until Dec 15th. Maybe some day I'll get it right and be done on one of these off years before then.

In any case make the best of your time. It can still be an awesome adventure if you decide to make it one when you don't draw any tags.

Cheers, Pete

From: midwest
20-Oct-19
Dang, Pete!

20-Oct-19
Stay home...

From: Trophyhill
20-Oct-19
OTC CO. If they had OTC deer I'd do that too ;)

From: TravisScott
20-Oct-19
I’ve never drawn a bull tag in my life. Granted I shoot for the fences when I apply but otc’s have been very good to me for years. This year I was forced to travel away for work the whole month of September so a capped rifle cow tag is as good as it gets for me.

21-Oct-19
Next year will probably be the first year I don't hunt elk since I started elk hunting in 2011. I have a moose hunt planned for September. I tried to get elk and moose smashed into September this year and short-changed both hunts.

After my 2018 LE hunt, I swore I wouldn't hunt elk anymore unless I had a LE tag, but I had to go back once more to the OTC spot where I killed my 2015 bull. Unfortunately it was covered up in guys so I left early. I won't go back. From now on, September is for moose, caribou, or mountain goats unless I draw a good elk tag.

From: Glunt@work
21-Oct-19
OTC. Had a ton of fun in OTC areas. Yes, the popularity of archery elk hunting has changed things but when I go OTC I still find elbow room when off the beaten path a bit or hunting little spots everyone drives by. I have been hunting an easy to draw unit the last few years and see more people than I do in my usual OTC spots.

I burned a bunch of points a few years ago and had a great hunt with little pressure and lots of elk. I have my son old enough to hunt now and I want to be in the elk woods every Fall while we can. If that means OTC or easy to draw units with bumping into a few guys, hunting small raghorns and cows that have been spooked a couple times that week already, then so be it. Even on the worst hunts in poor areas there are usually enough great moments to offset the slow or frustrating parts.

From: Native Okie
21-Oct-19
OTC Colorado or draw a second choice cow in the area I want to go the following year.

From: BULELK1
21-Oct-19
There are so many (states) OTC options, leftover tag lists, cow tags, even if for scouting out a future unit to hunt the big bulls with in like many of the options stated above.

Granted being a Ressy of a Rocky Mnt state gives us the always there Ressy gen tag, which is a nice option.

Good luck, Robb

From: pav
21-Oct-19
My Colorado elk destination of choice is a low demand LE unit. Also apply for elk tags in seven other states. If I don't draw an elk tag, plans switch to other species versus going OTC. Alaska has become a more frequent destination than I ever imagined. At my age, I am seriously considering pursuing auction/landowner elk tags in the near future. Would not have imagined doing that just a few years ago....

From: Ghost425
21-Oct-19
I usually hunt OTC elk anyway knowing that the coveted tags only come once every several years. Been super blessed hunting OTC and there’s plenty of animals in those units if you’re willing to work for them.

From: elkmtngear
21-Oct-19
CO OTC... I have to hunt elk!

From: ElkNut1
21-Oct-19
All Otc Diy every year, I don't concern myself with draws.

ElkNut/Paul

From: KHNC
21-Oct-19
Well, since NM is closing all of the Gila for elk hunting in 2020, no need to apply there for anyone. I dont know what i will do if we dont draw Wyoming, but it wont be OTC anywhere! ;)

21-Oct-19
Huh?

From: Z Barebow
21-Oct-19
I apply in the draws in 5 different states. I have drawn 7 LE tags in 3 states since 1998. (I include WYO General NR as a LE tag)

Between OTC, leftover tags, etc, if I want to elk hunt, I will find a way to elk hunt. Opportunities are there.

From: Trophyhill
21-Oct-19
He was kidding Ike ;)

21-Oct-19
He got me... ;)

From: Grey Ghost
21-Oct-19
A better question would be...who’s Plan B isn’t Colorado? Of course that would be a short thread.

Matt

From: DonVathome
21-Oct-19
With all my points I typically draw 2 or more tags a year. If nothing, Alaska, OTC cow elk Wy.

From: KHNC
21-Oct-19
Well, it was worth a shot. lol

From: WapitiBob
21-Oct-19
Colorado has never been a plan.

From: Brotsky
21-Oct-19
"A better question would be...who’s Plan B isn’t Colorado?"

Mine, Colorado would be like plan Z lol

From: Trophyhill
22-Oct-19
Lol

From: Tennhunter
22-Oct-19

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Apply for points for different species when you know you more than likely won’t be drawing a elk tag and there’s always Alaska not a bad second choice at all lol. This year was a WY antelope hunt for us.

From: Brun
24-Oct-19
I will hunt CO OTC next year.

From: TrapperKayak
24-Oct-19
OTC western Washington. Not as many elk, but not as many hunters. That's more important, I always get into elk there but less often when there are more hunters around no matter where it is. May try Idaho sometime in the next couple years. CO would be last choice esp. with all the residents bitching about too many non-res hunters. I don't need that...and you don't either.

From: Heat
24-Oct-19
What Trial153 said!

From: pirogue
24-Oct-19
Glad I’m not the only one who has no plans to hunt the treehugger state of CO

From: LUNG$HOT
24-Oct-19
I wish more folks thought like Trapper! ;^)

From: Mule Power
26-Oct-19
I’m with Wapitibob... I make sure I draw. There are lots of people out there that just don’t hunt elk every year who are sitting on more points than they need.

Then there are leftover cow tags. I use them to go look for new places to hunt bulls.

From: Padfoot
29-Oct-19
OTC in Idaho or spike hunt in Utah. Maybe one day I'll brave the OTC situation in Colorado, but it may be a steep learning curve....

From: Royboy
31-Oct-19
Otc in Oregon,yes there are elk in Oregon!

From: gil_wy
04-Nov-19
Hit the wilderness with a WY general tag...

From: Surfbow
04-Nov-19
This year I didn't draw an elk tag, I actually didn't even put in for elk...because I had two good friends who I knew would draw tags in 76 and 61 and I got to help them, which was almost as great as having my own tag.

From: BOWUNTR
05-Nov-19
Go to Kodiak... Ed F

From: elk assasin
09-Nov-19
I immediately go into deep depression it starts with the Arizona draw really gets worse after New Mexico, medication and counseling with a shrink helps. This continues until January when hope springs anew as its app time. After I make my yearly non tax deductible donation to both states I make a amazing recovery before starting again. That's what I do.

From: Mathewsphone
09-Nov-19
Hunt elk some place

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