If you are like us, when it comes time to start preparing for the hunt, that is when the real excitement begins. The following items are recommendations we have came up with to help you prepare for your upcoming adventure.
- Review the Colorado Division of Wildlife website to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of hunting big game in Colorado.
Archery and Muzzleloader Hunts:
- SBO recommends hunters prepare physically for their hunt. Archery and muzzleloader hunters can expect to hike extensively on rugged and uneven terrain at elevations ranging from 6300′ to 8500′. Good hiking boots are a must and clothing should consist of light weight camouflage clothing from head to toe. The Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) requires muzzle loader hunters wear blaze orange on the head and torso while in the field.
- Day time temps in September typically rise into the mid 70’s and night time lows generally drop into the high 30’s to low 40’s. Rain and snow are not common in September but inevitably it happens. Light waterproof gear is recommended.
- The CDOW outlines the minimum draw weight and archery equipment as well as muzzle loader caliber required to hunt big game in Colorado. Please verify that your equipment meets the CDOW requirements. SBO will work to get you the shot you want, though big game animals have a mind of their own. We ask all our archery hunters to practice shooting and be consistent to 50 yards prior to the beginning of your hunt.
- As the hunting seasons move further into the fall the temperatures continue to drop. October rifle hunting is great. Hunters can expect day time highs in the 50’s to low 60’s with night time lows dipping below freezing. Plan to bring your cold weather hunting gear as well as warm boots. CDOW requires blaze orange when out in the field. SBO recommends a light blaze orange vest that can be worn over your cold weather jacket and either a blaze orange hat, beany or both.
- Rifle hunters please visit the CDOW website to verify your rifle caliber meets the minimum for the big game species you are hunting. Western Colorado is big country with deep canyons and massive rolling mountains. SBO strives to put its hunters in the best position possible to make a clean ethical shot. This sometimes is easier said than done. We recommend your rifle is zeroed at 200 yards and you are comfortable shooting that distance and beyond.