Self guided elk hunts in Colorado are something many hunters would love to experience. I grew up hunting whitetail deer in Alabama but dreaming of the day that I could go to the Colorado Rocky Mountains and hunt for elk. Many of the hunting magazines I read had articles about guided hunts with outfitters but I could not find information on pulling off a self guided elk hunt.
I was fortunate enough to move to Colorado and work with several outfitters, but before that, I planned and conducted my own self guided hunts. There are so many things to consider and plan for but I will try to boil it down to the basics.
When, Where and How are your three basic questions for planning self guided elk hunts in Colorado.
When has to do with what season you will choose to hunt. Bow season starts in late August and moves into September. Then black powder season starts in late September, followed by three rifle seasons in October. The last rifle season ends around the first week of November. Weather is a major factor because of snow possibilities in the later seasons.
Where will be your next decision that has to be made. There are so many great areas to hunt on public lands that it will be hard to decide. Start out by getting a state map showing all of the public lands. This will include National Forests and BLM lands. Then it will be up to you to contact local sporting goods stores for info and pre-scouting.
How is the last question you will have to answer. You will need to decide on what type of shelter, food supplies and gear you will need to make your hunt a reality. Self guided elk hunts in Colorado are a great and affordable way to experience the dream hunt of a lifetime.