Successfully hunting elk in Colorado may seem to be a daunting task. It requires a lot of preparation, scouting, and most importantly a lot of hard work. Fortunately at the DOW, we produced a series of videos not only to get people excited about going after one of the most elusive big game mammals in the forest, but also to assist them in preparing for a hunt.

The first video is my personal favorite, more or less a promotional video to get people excited about coming to Colorado to hunt Elk:

The second can be used as a helpful tool to assist you in planning your elk hunt in Colorado. It includes basic information on where to find harvest statistics, big game migration maps, regulations, and various information helping you have a successful hunt:

The third video is a seminar given by a DOW mapping specialist. It explains in detail how to use the interactive mapping software called MapIt! available for free on the National Diversity Information Source (NDIS) site. This presentation may come across a bit boring at first… but I highly recommend you to open the MapIt! database on your computer, and follow the explanations and give them a try on your own:

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  1. It does take a lot of preparation for a Colorado elk hunt. It all equates to money. Having guided elk, deer, and antelope, in Colorado, I recommend looking for private land. You can actually pay a lot less money by finding a trespass/non-guided hunt. It can range from $1000 to $2500. The odds of seeing, and taking, animals raises greatly. the public lands tend to be over hunted, and hunted poorly, driving the elk to private land.

  2. Thanks for comment Paul … good point, but there are plenty of people who are successful year after year on public land. Sure, public lands tend to be over hunted but that all equates to how hard you’re willing to work for your elk. If you’re willing to get into a little boot leather you can easily find areas where very few would be willing to hunt … but of course, if you choose to hunt easily accessed areas, you’re more than likely to get into some asses and elbows. I agree private lands greatly increase your chances but I couldn’t bring myself to pay a couple grand just to hunt a piece of private land when I can hunt on millions of acres of public lands for the cost of my license.

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