The big game hunting seasons have begun in the Hi Country! The second rifle season starts on October 22 and ends on October 30th. It has been hot and dry in the Upper Arkansas Valley. The elk have moved out of the higher elevations and down into the valley because everything is so dry. They can still be found in the valleys where there are creeks, but many of them have moved into the flats and onto private land. They leave early in the morning and head up into the forest to be down so that is the best chance of finding them on public lands.
The northern end of the Arkansas Valley has had a little more moisture and more elk can be found on the front face of Quail Mountain, Mt. Elbert and MT Massive.
We have had some snow on the peaks, but not enough to stay around. In many places the elk are still bugling.