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Who is cow hunting this year?
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
PoudreCanyon 27-Aug-22
PoudreCanyon 27-Aug-22
Huntsolo 27-Aug-22
Huntsolo 27-Aug-22
JRABQ 27-Aug-22
HDE 27-Aug-22
RT 27-Aug-22
[email protected] 27-Aug-22
cnelk 27-Aug-22
PoudreCanyon 27-Aug-22
Jaquomo 27-Aug-22
walleyes 27-Aug-22
midwest 27-Aug-22
billygoat 27-Aug-22
PoudreCanyon 27-Aug-22
BULELK1 28-Aug-22
Treeline 28-Aug-22
Goelk 28-Aug-22
Inshart 28-Aug-22
wytex 28-Aug-22
elkmtngear 28-Aug-22
LUNG$HOT 28-Aug-22
Dino 28-Aug-22
Dino 28-Aug-22
cnelk 28-Aug-22
PoudreCanyon 28-Aug-22
BULELK1 29-Aug-22
midwest 29-Aug-22
cnelk 29-Aug-22
Inshart 29-Aug-22
Bob H in NH 29-Aug-22
Jaquomo 29-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 29-Aug-22
KHNC 30-Aug-22
BigSky 30-Aug-22
Corax_latrans 30-Aug-22
JRABQ 30-Aug-22
BULELK1 31-Aug-22
From: PoudreCanyon
27-Aug-22

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Got out to pull cameras yesterday - one camera was a bust with a malfunction and no pics taken. The second camera had nearly 100 photos on a 31 day soak. The interesting thing was there wasn’t a single pic of a branch antlered bull. This is a first for me, but since I’m 90% a meat hunter, a nice fat cow will work just fine. Just wondering who else is going to be equal opportunity elk hunting this year. Poudre

From: PoudreCanyon
27-Aug-22

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Sorry for the double post - I’d fix it if I knew how…

From: Huntsolo
27-Aug-22
Cool pics! My cameras had way fewer pics of bulls and bucks this year as well. Feed is plentiful but if your cows stay put it’s only a matter of time until the bulls come calling.

From: Huntsolo
27-Aug-22

From: JRABQ
27-Aug-22
I'll be happy if I get a cow this year.

From: HDE
27-Aug-22
Me maybe. Depends on if my youth hunter wants to go.

From: RT
27-Aug-22
Nice pics

27-Aug-22
I'm elk hunting. The first legal one I have a chance at will be the plan. Haven't punched a tag in a few seasons. Life has been getting in the way of having a decent amount of time during season but even a few days elk hunting is great.

From: cnelk
27-Aug-22
I went thru my freezer today and I still have elk meat from last year, along with some WT and moose.

I thought about passing on a cow this year. But I probably won’t. That’s what the B List cow tag is for

From: PoudreCanyon
27-Aug-22
Brad - I’d be happy to help eat her:)

From: Jaquomo
27-Aug-22
Cow in WY, then back to CO for a bull.

From: walleyes
27-Aug-22

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Couldn’t pass one myself today. Too tasty and lots more left to hunt this year !!
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Couldn’t pass one myself today. Too tasty and lots more left to hunt this year !!

From: midwest
27-Aug-22
First legal animal that steps in front of my arrow!

From: billygoat
27-Aug-22
Yes, equal opportunity. If I manage to fill my tag early I can call for a couple others to continue my season.

From: PoudreCanyon
27-Aug-22

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Wish I had a cow moose tag for the same unit…

From: BULELK1
28-Aug-22
I've got 2 Reduced Price cow/calf tags for Wyoming, two different units that border each other.

Looking forward to the hunts.

Kool pix man,

Robb

From: Treeline
28-Aug-22
Limited time here. I will shoot the first legal elk I get a chance at!

From: Goelk
28-Aug-22
Same here furst legal elk

From: Inshart
28-Aug-22
I'm on the same train --- first legal elk.

From: wytex
28-Aug-22
Not with a bow but we'll have at least 3 or 4 elk tags between the 2 of us, 1 cow tag each but we can get 2 if wanted.

From: elkmtngear
28-Aug-22
I won't hesitate to take a cow (unless she has a bull on her tail) ;^)

From: LUNG$HOT
28-Aug-22
What’s the old saying “If it’s brown, it’s down.” Just looking to fill the deep freeze for another year.

From: Dino
28-Aug-22
I specifically wanted a cow elk last year, and killed one…I am strongly considering doing the same thing this year!

From: Dino
28-Aug-22

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From: cnelk
28-Aug-22

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Some pretty small calves yet

From: PoudreCanyon
28-Aug-22

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I noticed the same thing Brad - this one was only 2 weeks ago. Some cows definitely dropped late this year.

From: BULELK1
29-Aug-22
I too have seen some late calves, still with spots on 'em.

Wyo and Utah.

Good luck, Robb

From: midwest
29-Aug-22
The spotted ones aren't ripe yet.

From: cnelk
29-Aug-22
Poke em Young

From: Inshart
29-Aug-22
Not sure if there is something going on but talking with a couple friends (central MN) -- they both said they are seeing pretty small fawns with spots yet.

From: Bob H in NH
29-Aug-22
Wife and I both drew cow tags, she's bowing out of bow season waiting on Shoulder surgery, can't draw enough weight for elk.

From: Jaquomo
29-Aug-22
Often means the buck-doe or bull-cow ratio is out of whack. Where cnelk hunts, that is definitely the case according to CPW. They want people to shoot an extra cow. So not surprising many cows are getting bred in mid-October.

From: Grey Ghost
29-Aug-22
My goal this year is to get my young hunting partner on any legal elk, which will be his first. I'll continue to hunt only legal bulls, as I always have.

Matt

From: KHNC
30-Aug-22
Ive never killed a cow, doesnt mean i wont though :)

From: BigSky
30-Aug-22
The first elk I get into bow range gets shot. This is my stance every year. Contrary to magazine articles, finding elk, unless you have a landowner friend with lots of elk, is extremely difficult. I spend weeks every year wearing out boots looking for and hunting elk. I'm at a point in my life in which I won't be picky.

30-Aug-22
You’d have to be an unusual character to never have dreamed of a big 6X6 stepping in range, but if you’re in an OTC unit and you’re prepared to pass up a shot on a cow, you must be a first-rate optimist.

And What Lou Said.

If the bull:cow ratios are so out of whack and the rut so disrupted by hunting activity that there is now a substantial second rut going on….

We’ve all seen where this has gone with whitetails and their rut now spanning 3-4 cycles, rather than 3-4 days….

This is Bad. They need to dump the extra cow tags for archery and let the rifles take the cows until the numbers stabilize at sustainable levels. This business of letting people hunt the full bow season and then break out the rifle for their bull tag is insane. Just like with the whitetails, they’re leaning on Archery for population control, and it’s not gonna end well.

Bull tags are going to end up draw-only, statewide… Just a matter of time at this rate.

From: JRABQ
30-Aug-22

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Any else seen an elk like this? I'm guessing it's a yearling cow, but it is missing the dark mane on the neck. Got several pictures of it, coloration just seems off.

From: BULELK1
31-Aug-22
Thinner Summer hide maybe ?

Lush and green for sure,

Robb

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