I moved to Colorado from upstate New York in order to pursue my dream of bowhunting an elk.
I made some friends who told me a few tricks and tips about how to hunt these big, loud animals during the rut. I was told by one friend to take everything I knew about whitetail hunting and throw it out the window.
He told me I had to get after these bulls when they are rutting, rather than sit and wait for them to come to me. So after work on a cold, sleety, rainy, windy day (you know Colorado weather), I headed for the hills.
Not being too familiar with the area I was hunting, and since it was the fourth day of the season, I decided to try walking down an old logging road I found on a map.
Not 20 minutes into the woods, I heard a bull bugle about 200 yards away. I looked for a place to get cover for a second, then my buddy's voice popped into my head about getting after the bulls during the rut.
I tried heading this bull off for about three hours, while he was bugling about every 10 minutes. When I finally did get in front of him, he came out of the brush at 15 yards broadside.
Too make a long story short, I hit him good. To make the story a bit better, he ran down a hill and expired in a ditch about, oh 50 yards from the truck.
Welcome to Colorado public land hunting!!