Guide to Elk Hunting

Your Guide to Colorado Elk Hunting

Welcome to StartMyHunt.com, a website designed by an elk hunter for other elk hunters. This site is intended to be a portal for you to explore both old and new areas to hunt elk, find and review local businesses/vendors in the area you intend to hunt, and offer you a way to connect directly with other elk hunters. It is also intended to give local businesses/vendors a place to post their information and give you a chance to check out what they have to offer.  Take a look around the site and be sure to check out the ElkTracker™ Maps.

Find More Elk

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Example of the detail found on an ElkTracker Map.

ElkTracker™ Maps are, quite simply, the best elk hunting maps ever offered for the state of Colorado. Period. Now I am not going to try to convince you that if you use my maps you are guaranteed to see more elk. However, I will guarantee that the areas I depict on the maps are the most likely areas where you will find elk once the hunting pressure starts. That is because these maps show in detail the areas that have the three things elk need to survive a hunting season—Forage, Cover, and Water—and the elk know where these areas are located. In short, the ElkTracker ™ Map series were designed for Colorado elk hunting and give you the detailed information you need for success in the field by showing you where you should be concentrating your efforts while you are hunting.

You are probably asking yourself “What makes ElkTracker™ Maps so different from other maps”? Well, they show you exactly where the more than 6,000 prime elk hunting areas or  “Hot Spots” are located as well as elk security habitat and primary forage areas for almost all of western Colorado. They also depict elk ranges and concentration areas, elk migratory routes and corridors, public/private land ownership, wilderness area boundaries, and USFS roads and trails open to the public. While it is true that you can find a lot of this information on other maps that are currently available, you will not find it all contained on one easy to read map centered on your area of choice at the level of detail offered on my maps.

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Courtesy Jake Bell
Bull Elk in Fall Rut – RMNP

Most importantly, you will not find the readily identifiable “Hot Spots”, security habitat, or primary forage areas on any other map at any price. That is because the scientifically backed methodology used to identify these areas are unique to ElkTracker™ Maps.   These areas were identified by using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and based upon the amount of available quality forage, the density of elk security habitat, the proximity to roads, and the primary migratory routes elk use to move from one range to another range. This type of analysis has never been available to the public until now, and StartMyHunt.com is the only place you will find this level of detail in an elk hunting map.

Find a Place to Hunt

This is a good place to start, especially if you are looking for a new area in Colorado to go elk hunting. Here you will find loads of information about each Game Management Unit (GMU) such as lands open to the public, success rates based on past years data, elk migration corridors, elk ranges, and some pretty intriguing maps and tables that help summarize all the information on one page for you to view and download.

Find local hunting businesses

After you have decided where you want to hunt, this page will help you decide who to contact to figure out where to find guides, sporting goods stores, places to stay, etc. that are familiar with the local area. You will also have the opportunity to review your fellow elk hunter’s suggestions and ratings for each of these businesses/vendors (as they become available) or post your own review.

Submit your hunting related business

This page offers businesses/vendors the opportunity to submit your business and contact information and help connect you with elk hunters who may be interested in what you have to offer. Their are three membership levels available. The first will allow you to submit basic contact information about your business to be posted on this website. The next level is the “Business” membership. This level of membership allows you to post your website and contact information, will show your location on a small inset map, and will allow hunters to read or submit reviews of your business. Also, we ask that any business wishing to remain on the site refrain from ‘self promotion’ of their business or ‘trash-talking’ their competitors in the review section. The third level is the sponsor membership. With this membership, you will have your logo posted within the sidebars of almost every page on the website that will link directly to your own website. See the Submit Your Business tab for more details.

Buy/Sell/Trade…Coming Soon

Do you have elk hunting equipment or accessories that have been collecting dust in your closet or garage from lack of use? Or maybe you received a gift that you will never use? This page will allow you to view and submit equipment/accessories directly to other hunters who may be interested in items you no longer want or need.