Originally Posted by AtownBcat
I realize the loss of property is more important than my first ever elk hunt in October. But have/will the fires effected unit 81? It is in the allemesa(sp) area? How do fires once they are put out effect the coming hunting season? Do the animals move back in quickly or does it take so time? I realize no two time are exactly the same but as a rule of thumb what has been your experience?
As 4bycamper mention mountain here are pretty dry very little snow pack this year very little run off and with all the down timber from the beetle kill lot of fuel for the fires. I live east of I-25 @ 7670ft elevation and were use to afternoon showers and were dry and ours is from lack of rain vs what the mountain get. We had good late snow and rain and last night got a good shower so who know
Unit 81 I suspect is pretty dry like the rest of the mountains at least part of it is as that unit has good mix of private,BLM,National Forest and it has part of the San Juan Wilderness in that unit. I guess on the draw tags if you get a bull tag it includes unit 80 plus they got these private land cow tags unit 81 from Sept 1 to Jan 31 and I'm sure those land owners get good lease price on the hunting right for bulls. they had some late cow hunts down there (San Luis Valley) trying to thin the herds north of Alamosa and Monte Vista most of the locals get those tags last few years. the west boundary of unit 81 is the east side of Continental Divide and on west side of the Divide the Southern Ute Reservation back up to unit 81 in places. If there fire high up I would thing the elk move lower winter grounds in unit 81/80 the mtn go from mid 12K down to 7800ft appr.
I'm sure guys who drew bull tag and the units has burned might be turning them in and buy OTC for unit they can hunt or watch left over list. hard to figure when they come back after a burn. In the unit I hunt I've seen bad snow pack for couple years some elk just stay low and not go back up high. Well good luck on you hunt hope you get a big one