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Contributors to this thread:
cnelk 23-Aug-20
Ucsdryder 23-Aug-20
cnelk 23-Aug-20
Ucsdryder 23-Aug-20
JSW 23-Aug-20
wyobullshooter 23-Aug-20
huntnmuleys 23-Aug-20
Glunt@work 23-Aug-20
Norseman 23-Aug-20
butcherboy 24-Aug-20
Stoneman 24-Aug-20
LUNG$HOT 24-Aug-20
Jaquomo 24-Aug-20
Grey Ghost 24-Aug-20
MQ1 24-Aug-20
BULELK1 24-Aug-20
Mule Power 24-Aug-20
midwest 24-Aug-20
Thunderflight 24-Aug-20
KsRancher 24-Aug-20
Bowboy 24-Aug-20
Z Barebow 24-Aug-20
fubar racin 24-Aug-20
Scoot 24-Aug-20
elkmtngear 24-Aug-20
Dale06 24-Aug-20
SBH 24-Aug-20
Heat 24-Aug-20
jordanathome 24-Aug-20
HDE 24-Aug-20
KHNC 24-Aug-20
Wv hillbilly 24-Aug-20
Pop-r 24-Aug-20
Pop-r 24-Aug-20
LINK 24-Aug-20
Empty Freezer 24-Aug-20
cnelk 29-Sep-20
midwest 29-Sep-20
Lost Arra 29-Sep-20
Wv hillbilly 29-Sep-20
altitude sick 29-Sep-20
Paul@thefort 29-Sep-20
cnelk 29-Sep-20
jordanathome 29-Sep-20
Scrappy 29-Sep-20
Z Barebow 29-Sep-20
elkmtngear 29-Sep-20
Bob H in NH 29-Sep-20
LUNG$HOT 29-Sep-20
From: cnelk
23-Aug-20
We know ‘confidence kills’. The more confidence you have, the better chance you have killing an elk.

So, on a scale of 1 - 10 what is your confidence level for killing an elk this year? (10 being high - 1 being low)

From: Ucsdryder
23-Aug-20
You first!

From: cnelk
23-Aug-20
Colorado - 5

Wyoming - 8

From: Ucsdryder
23-Aug-20
Me - 9 Girlfriend - 5

You better not have made me jinx myself brad!

From: JSW
23-Aug-20
10

23-Aug-20
9. I won’t say 10 since nothing’s guaranteed, but confidence is high.

From: huntnmuleys
23-Aug-20
10

From: Glunt@work
23-Aug-20
3, my unit is mostly closed. That crams us all in a small area and gives the elk a giant area that isn't on fire with no hunting, camping, atving, or hiking pressure. Plus, my main focus is getting my son an opportunity.

I need to listen to a couple motivational CDs.

From: Norseman
23-Aug-20
10 for me. 5 if the elk don’t cooperate.

From: butcherboy
24-Aug-20
0

From: Stoneman
24-Aug-20
I always approach each year with the highest confidence. However, if I had to assign a number this year would be 7 or 8. If I don't kill, it wont be for lack of effort.

From: LUNG$HOT
24-Aug-20
I’m at a solid 3. New unit. No scouting, no “inside info”. Just some e scouting, onX and spots A-D pinned on a map. Should be fun!

From: Jaquomo
24-Aug-20
9 that I'll get at least one good shot opportunity at a bull in a totally new area. 5 that the opportunity will be at a bull I want to shoot.

From: Grey Ghost
24-Aug-20
11

From: MQ1
24-Aug-20
8

From: BULELK1
24-Aug-20
100 % Public ground/Solo on my 3 elk tags.......Soooooooo

Utah--- 7 kinda being Picky......

Wyo--- 7 on the Cow

Wyo--6 on the Bull

Good luck, Robb

From: Mule Power
24-Aug-20
9 because they don’t exactly commit suicide.

From: midwest
24-Aug-20
8

Brand new area, only e-scouted, rough country, but I won't be picky.

24-Aug-20
10

For a couple reasons.

1. Im more concerned about having a good time hunting with close friends and being in the mountains. 2. I have a lot of elk meat left over from last year. 3. Im not bringing a cooler.

From: KsRancher
24-Aug-20
8 but I have went out to Colorado with that confidence level every year. It's a smooth 0 on the drive home

From: Bowboy
24-Aug-20
9 don't want to jinks myself.:)

From: Z Barebow
24-Aug-20
7- Like to think I am figuring this area out. And I won’t be too picky. Rag horns and larger, beware.

From: fubar racin
24-Aug-20
8-9 depends on weather but high either way

From: Scoot
24-Aug-20
10 confident we'll have fun! 7 confident we'll fill a tag. General tag with lower numbers right now, but we'll find elk and work our butts off.

From: elkmtngear
24-Aug-20
Any elk- 9

Big Bull- 3

From: Dale06
24-Aug-20
Going to NM, 40,000 private acres, guided, Sept 20, for five days. My confidence is 8. As someone else said, they don’t commit suicide.

From: SBH
24-Aug-20
9

From: Heat
24-Aug-20
0, no tag.

From: jordanathome
24-Aug-20
Um.......LOL. I am currently dry aging my tag.

From: HDE
24-Aug-20
10

From: KHNC
24-Aug-20
I like EMG's Assessment. Especially since we are hunting together again this year.

24-Aug-20
First year I’ve had any confidence. I’m at a solid 8! Can’t wait 100% chance we’re gonna have some fun.

From: Pop-r
24-Aug-20
Mine is typically pretty high but I got my ass kicked on elk last year so I'm pretty humbled this year. I have several different tags to hopefully notch though so I'm an optimist 7 overall.

From: Pop-r
24-Aug-20

From: LINK
24-Aug-20
7

24-Aug-20
10, I have worked way to hard and way to long to allow lack of confidence to be the chink in my armor.

From: cnelk
29-Sep-20
Bringing this back up to the top.

So, how did your confidence turn out this year?

From: midwest
29-Sep-20
Fail :-(

From: Lost Arra
29-Sep-20
Starting the season: 8 Confidence was high after filling two cow tags with my bow last season but I understand the law of averages.

Second day of hunt: 8>5>4>10>2>10 I killed a cow an hour before sunset after some encounters that didn't work out earlier in the day with winds over 25mph.

29-Sep-20
Guess I was a little over confident. Still had a great time.

29-Sep-20
Same here. I thought we would at least do our normal 50%. Until the unit burned. And a week before we were leaving had to go to a new unit we’ve never been in. Oh well we had fun showing 2 young men on their first western Hunt, the mountains.

From: Paul@thefort
29-Sep-20
10 for 10

From: cnelk
29-Sep-20
^^^^ easy to say after the fact Paul - Ha!

From: jordanathome
29-Sep-20
hmph!

From: Scrappy
29-Sep-20
I was supper confident going in. As the days passed and I kept screwing up bull after bull and I was completely defeated. Had to figure a way to get my confidence back or give up and go home which was not an option. Made a bold move to a new spot that didn't really look all that good on Google but no one was parked at the trail head. So I convinced myself I was the smart bowhunter for going into this spot and that everyone else was to dumb to realize how great this spot was. It at least got my confidence back up. Packed way back in and set up camp on top to listen as the sun went down to bulls bulging. Killed my bull at noon the next day.

After the kill I figured out why no one else was in there. To get him out was a real chore. I didn't realize sage brush could grow on a sheer cliff.

From: Z Barebow
29-Sep-20
No meat but still intact. I was at full draw twice on opening day. (AM and PM) Same bull but the planets didn't align.

From: elkmtngear
29-Sep-20
Color me wrong! Hunted hard as ever for 10 days, just could not get a shot opportunity.

From: Bob H in NH
29-Sep-20
First elk season on our own, carry cow tags, both me and wife)

3 weeks ago: 8

After 2 weeks, most days, out, elk no longer on cameras, heard 1 bugle, called in 1 spike, saw 1 other "elk". Wife has seen nothing from a treestand on a travel corridor that had very reliable traffic: 5 (come on rifle! we have til end of Dec)

confidence we will do it with a bow (2 days left): 1

From: LUNG$HOT
29-Sep-20
Well... I said 3 at the beginning of season. I only hunted 4.5 days in a completely new unit I’ve never set foot in. Did some “E” scouting and was able to capitalize on that and basically lucked out on finding some good habitat. 3 of those days I was into elk and had at least 3 encounters where I had multiple elk within 50 yards in thick timber. Never did get a shot but It was a good (short) trip. I love finding new and productive spots. It’s tough to make it happen in a season let alone 4.5 days. Maybe next year.

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