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HAve a chance to get in on a trip to West Elk Wilderness on a pack in hunt in GMU 54 in Nov. Can anyone give me any info on the quality of animals and chances of getting a shot at one. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Just don't want to go on a expensive camping trip.



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With a guide or with guys who have hunted it before? If not, expect an armed nature walk. Lots of big country back in there.


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I've hunted the West Wilderness most years since 1978. I'll be there again in November. Unit 54 is managed for quantity not quality so B&C bulls are rare but there are reasonable numbers of small to medium bulls and lots of cows.

If the weather is warm and dry then you will have to get several miles away from the trailheads and up in elevation some to see elk. If it snows a foot or more the elk will come down and concentrate in the foothills at the bottom of the snow line.

By November the elk will be responding to hunting pressure more than anything else. So you need to get into places where others hunters can't or won't go.

There's nothing wrong with a camping trip into the West Elk Wilderness. There are few places as beautiful. The first few years when I started hunting elk and was learning how to do it about all I managed to achieve was camp and hike while carrying a rifle. It takes time to learn to hunt elk.

Be prepared for cold and know that it can snow heavy that time of year. You might also encounter "T" shirt weather.

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This is 2 days before season opened last year.
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This is two days after season opened....
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The weather can change quick. We saw a couple of bulls on opening day but couldn't get to them due to the blizzard that was going on on the mountainside they were on. I had opportunity to shoot a cow but got greedy thinking about the two bulls the day before. Then the weather turned so bad that we beat feet out of the mtns so we wouldn't get trapped 7 miles in the wilderness.


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It was pretty warm in '07 when I took this buck

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and then a bad winter hit after the season and made a mess of the muley herd (there are MUCH bigger ones in there, or at least there used to be).

There were elk hunters behind every tree, ATV's on every trail, and the elk were hunkered down in the nastiest north-slope black timber you ever saw.


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There's nothing wrong with a camping trip into the West Elk Wilderness. There are few places as beautiful.

I couldn't agree more!


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Two yrs ago I moved my camper over into u54 from across hwy in u55 after muley hunting and dropped it to use a week later. It was sunny warm golden leaves, perfect fall and toooo warm. I got violently ill a day later was hospitalized for 5 days in Denver. When I got back to pick up the camper there was 2 feet snow on ground and the season was over. Those horse pics above reminded of that. One day I'll try it again there...


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Plenty of elk and if you have access to horses it will increase your chance of covering some ground and having enough energy to pull the trigger. Every elk hunt can leave you with tag soup!


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I have killed or had the opportunity to kill elk every time I hunted that unit. Going there next week in fact with an either sex tag.
I wouldn't do a pack in hunt in Nov. Most outfitters take thier camps out after the 2nd season. Most times I have hunted those later seasons, I camp at the trail head and ride in every day.Usually end up shooting one close to the trail. Strickly meat hunts for me and it ends up usually like a ride by shooting. I ride until I find fresh tracks in the snow, get off and walk them out until there is an elk standing in the tracks.

By Nov,the bulls are might skiddish and tend to be holed up in the thick stuff unless it is cold and snowy nd then they stay out longer to feed.


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