View Full Version : 2nd rifle in wmu81

01-19-2013, 04:49 AM
This yr will b my first time out west. I'm getting OTC Elk tag for 81. I've done lots of research but would like to hear some insight from some veterans on what to expect. Amount of snow, what to do / not to do, etc. maybe good place to start without giving up ur own honey hole. Any and all will help & be greatly appreciated. Thanks

01-19-2013, 11:49 PM
Study the Colorado Division of Wildlife web site, they pretty much tell you where the elk are located at different times of the season. I plan to hunt muzzle loader so there won't be much difference in elk location between the two seasons. This is a tough unit but it can be productive. Once the shooting starts, the elk hide. Weather should be mild with no snow. If there is snow the elk will leave for lower country at once, I have actually seen them leave in a heavy snow, it quit snowing but they were gone. You can hunt unit 80 too, is that right? Later, I can send you a pm.

01-20-2013, 10:50 AM
yes, I can hunt 80 as well. I'll be checking out that area as well. Thanks for the info.

01-20-2013, 02:18 PM
Hunted 2nd rifle in 80 last year saw very few elk. Was told that they were bugling days before 2nd season started. I saw alittle snow one morn but that is all. Didn't check out 81 but P&W said because of drought it had been very slow for both 80 & 81

Old Hunter
01-20-2013, 02:41 PM
Just in case you're not aware. Your OTC tag is good for all OTC units, except unit 54. So, you're not stuck hunting unit 80 if it doesn't work out.

01-27-2013, 02:51 PM
Thanks for all the info. Do any of you have any other suggestions as far as choosing a unit to hunt in. Why is wmu81 difficult to hunt?

01-27-2013, 07:30 PM
In my opinion it's low populations.

01-27-2013, 09:03 PM
In my opinion it's low populations.

Elk or hunters? There is plenty of hunters from what I've seen. You can find elk but you really need horses or mules & pack-in the back-country.