By Trent Swanson


Back in June, I spent my first official day scouting in Unit 201. I started at the Utah-Colorado border, and due to work requirements I only had a couple hours, but managed to drive a few roads and learn a little more about the unit. Many times, mid-summer scouting trips are not about locating elk, but just learning the area. Most of the elk will move from their summer ranges into their historic rutting areas, so usually if you find bulls, they are far from where they will be a couple months later.

I did not find any elk, but found a couple new glassing spots, learned a little more about the access into some places, and renewed my passion for the unit. I got some dirt on my new Cabela’s Meindl Air Revolution Light boots and I left with excitement and great expectations for days to come.



Trent Swanson, a Colorado native, is the Mountain Territory Sales Rep for SWAROVSKI OPTIK. You might recognize his name since he used to work with us here at Western Hunter. He is a self-professed “optics nerd” who has been chasing big game critters for nearly 30 years. You can find the rest of the blog posts about his Colorado elk hunt here.