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OMG - Valle Vidal!
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
Sunset 07-May-21
midwest 07-May-21
Brotsky 07-May-21
Sunset 07-May-21
IdyllwildArcher 07-May-21
Sunset 07-May-21
Beav 07-May-21
Scoot 07-May-21
Rickm 07-May-21
orionsbrother 07-May-21
t-roy 07-May-21
bad karma 08-May-21
Sunset 08-May-21
SteveB 08-May-21
butcherboy 08-May-21
Big John 08-May-21
ohiohunter 08-May-21
Dave B 08-May-21
Zim 08-May-21
Sunset 09-May-21
ElkNut1 09-May-21
Southern draw 10-May-21
Sunset 12-May-21
deserthunter 12-May-21
BowmanMD 12-May-21
butcherboy 13-May-21
Beginner 13-May-21
From: Sunset
07-May-21
I am truly blessed! After many years of applying, I drew a coveted Valle Vidal first season (Sept. 1-14) archery elk tag! I am humbled and in awe to have drawn this OIL tag. I’m excited beyond words. Now, 2 1/2 weeks after drawing, I’m still pinching myself and wondering if it’s actually real!

First, a little background.....I’m a long time Bowsite reader and a rather infrequent poster. I’m 69 years old and had my second total knee replacement just over 4 months ago in December. My hunting partner (Castle Oak) and I both live in NC and are lifelong whitetail bowhunters that have become addicted to bowhunting elk out west. We are primarily DIY hunters.

Preparation has already begun for this hunt. I’m trying to get these old legs and knees in the best shape I can by September. I’ve reserved a camp site on the Cimarron Campground, ordered USFS maps, topo maps, and satellite maps of the VV, and am researching every old thread I can on the area. E-scouting is already taking place as well. We plan to arrive a few days early to scout and are prepared to stay the entire season if necessary.

With that bit of background, I would like to ask fellow Bowsiters who may have previously hunted the VV for any tips or pointers you might be willing to share. General information on areas to avoid or areas to focus our scouting on would be graciously appreciated. Private messages are actually preferred. Thank you in advance and I will try to do a Bowsite write up about this OIL hunt

From: midwest
07-May-21
Ooooooh boy! Congrats on the amazing tag!

From: Brotsky
07-May-21
Congrats on an awesome tag! Best of luck on your hunt!

From: Sunset
07-May-21
Thank you guys! I am over the top excited!

07-May-21
Grats. Did you and Castle Oak draw together?

From: Sunset
07-May-21
Idyll, I believe there was only 2 tags available for nonresidents for each season and one would go to a hunter through an outfitter. So, we’ve been applying separately - one for the first season and one for second season - with the understanding that if either of us drew, the other would go along to assist and call.

From: Beav
07-May-21
Congrats and good luck!

From: Scoot
07-May-21
Outstanding! Congrats on a wonderful tag.

From: Rickm
07-May-21
Sunset, Congrats on a great tag. I hope you both enjoy the ride!

07-May-21
Can’t help other than to wish you the best!! Have a great hunt!!

From: t-roy
07-May-21
Congrats on drawing a great tag, sunset! I don’t know anything about the area, other than it is definitely a coveted area to hunt elk. You said you are prepared to stay the entire season, if necessary. Sounds like you have plenty of time at your fingertips. Any thoughts on going out to scout more than just a few days before season?

From: bad karma
08-May-21

From: Sunset
08-May-21
Absolutely, t-roy, a lot of thought. Heck, I think of little else right now! Logistically, it will be difficult being so far away but certainly not outside the realm of possibilities.

From: SteveB
08-May-21
That’s awesome!!

From: butcherboy
08-May-21
Best hunt I have ever been on for elk. Mine was the second archery hunt. Really cool place! You need to check out all the history about it as well. We stayed at Cimarron Campground as well. If I could do it again I would take a camp and backpack in a few miles. You still need to get quite a ways from the main road because there is a lot of traffic on it.

It’s fairly easy to get around on the high side. Lots of old overgrown logging roads

From: Big John
08-May-21
Congratulations and enjoy your hunt. Please post the story and pics after the hunt!!!

From: ohiohunter
08-May-21
Something that really helped me out was having a poster sized map. Wished I had it prior to my hunt, but ended up buying it from a gentleman who had just finished his hunt. I’d lend you mine, but it’d probably be easier to just buy one. But offer stands, any suggestions on a shipping tube?

From: Dave B
08-May-21
Pm me, I was there last year for second rifle.

From: Zim
08-May-21
PM me.

From: Sunset
09-May-21
I sent several of you guys PMs. Thanks.

From: ElkNut1
09-May-21
Awesome! Good luck bud!

ElkNut

10-May-21
Good luck!

From: Sunset
12-May-21
Many thanks for all the well wishes and congratulations! And very special gratitude to several of you for your private messages! Bowsiters are the best!!

From: deserthunter
12-May-21
I would contact Robert Ortega with USO Outfitters. He has been guiding elk hunter on the VV for 20 plus years. I used him a couple years ago and was very pleased with him and Tiny. He has options for fully guided or you bring your own camp. Plus he keeps horses up there to pack your bull out. 575 770 2441. And I am saying this even though I did not kill a bull.

From: BowmanMD
12-May-21
I second what deserthunter said. We used Robert Ortega and Tiny for my son's VV hunt and had a great experience. We provided our own camp and everything else and they guided us during the day. We actually hunted on our own for the first 2 days and then hunted with them for the last 3 days. We only paid for the 3 days, but they still gave us info on where to go and how to hunt for the first 2 days. Then when we killed on day 4, they had horses and packed us out, which was really good since we were 3-4 miles back in the actual Valle Vidal. Awesome hunt and great memories!

From: butcherboy
13-May-21
We just backpacked ours to a logging road then took them out with a good deer carrier. A few more trips in and out but saved some money. If you will be by yourself then hiring someone to just pack your elk with horses might be a good idea

From: Beginner
13-May-21
Congrats, I wish I am so lucky in CA. Have 19 pts and may never draw a tag in my lifetime.

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