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    Best over the counter elk state?

    So I am planning an elk hunt for this upcoming fall (2013) archery season. Obviously whatever tag I get will have to be an over the counter. The cheapest that I've found so far are Oregon and Colorado. So basically I am asking which state you would choose and also which national forest would you hunt. This will be my first elk hunt and I am doing a DIY hunt. I read an article where Mark Seacat lists the top ten public lands for elk (the top 3 were Oregon's Siuslaw National forest, Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National forest, and Colorado's White River National Forest).

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    Youre a year ahead of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman14 View Post
    Youre a year ahead of me.
    haha that's hilarious. I accidentally hit a 4. yeah fall 2013 season, it still allowed me to change it
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    Montana isnt bad. Anything diy is gonna be tough.

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    Best over the counter elk state?

    ID has a lot of good opportunities for DIY elk, and lots of public land. I shot the 6x6 in my avatar in ID in 2009 on a DIY solo hunt.

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    I guess I would have to say CO due to the number of elk.
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    I've done MT and CO. You'll have a lot more opportunities in CO to see and shoot elk. I've been to Deerlodge/Beaverhead twice now (brother in law now lives in MT). They just dont have the number of elk that CO does. % of success in MT is 1/2 of CO too.
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    I have not hunted Montana, but I have ID, CO, and WY. I'd go to Wyoming. If you don't know where to go in CO, you will see far more bowhunters than elk.
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    Oregon and maybe even Washington for sure....but dont tell anyone. The hunter pressure is light and they love non resident hunters- treat them like family...especially guys from Ca.
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    I live in Colorado and the pressure is tremendous in most of the otc units. I would think states like Idaho would have less pressure, but I do not know from experience.

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    well based on these posts it's looking like i'll be looking at oregon or idaho. haven't checked on idaho prices yet for elk tags. need to check wyoming too
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    I was welcomed in OR and there was tremendous pressure on the elk. I'm certain they know when archery season opens because of all the bipeds calling. I hunted Rosies on the coast...if ya wanna know what that's like visit http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showth...hunt+adventure. OR is closer, I hope to get drawn in NV or AZ but if not, I will return to OR. I had my chance at a big 5X5 and one small decision blew it. Being 56 yards from a herd of 19 is something i will never forget. Good luck to you.
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    well I just found out that utah has some over the counter units so I am now considering that also
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    Don't think Wyoming has any non-resident OTC elk tags.

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