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Old 05-13-2002, 06:45 AM
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Does anyone hunt Colorado?

Which wilderness areas are the best for Elk and/or deer hunting? Which ones are mediocre?
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Old 05-13-2002, 09:10 AM
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Re: Does anyone hunt Colorado?

The "White River" National Forrest is huge and encompasses a vast amount of land to hunt on.
Check with the Game commission and National forrest office as to private and public land. If you wonder onto private land you could have a problem.
Get maps of the area you intend to hunt and know them "WELL."
Deer tags must be applied for early in the year and are on a draw. That drawing is finished for this year, I believe.

Bull elk tags can be bought over the counter for all areas of the State and cost close to $500.00 for nonresidents.

The "Steamboat Springs" area is popular for elk especially. There are so many good areas in Colorado, it's hard to pin point one area as being better then another.

I'm sure there are others on here that can lead you in the right direction concerning Colorado hunting.

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Old 05-13-2002, 10:52 AM
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Re: Does anyone hunt Colorado?

Thanks Darryl,

Have you hunted any of the wilderness areas?
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Old 05-13-2002, 01:24 PM
 
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lrh - I have hunted the Holy Cross, Zirkel, Mt. Evans, Indian Peaks, Commanche Peak, Flat Tops, Neota, Rawah, Eagles Nest and Poudre River wilderness areas. Mt. Evans and Indian Peaks areas are the only ones I remember that are considered "quality areas", but don't quote me, as I don't have the regs with me here at work.
I like the Holy Cross because it is rugged and remote tough hunting, but it takes too many miles on foot to get to the best areas. We have seen the biggest bulls/bucks deep in there, horse's are a must!
I'm liking the western slope areas more and more each year. We see better animals and fewer hunters the farther from the front range that we hunt, although this is not a rule! Some monster bulls are being taken along the front range on public and private property every year. Just last week, I viewed a 7x7 bull elk mount that was taken outside of town during the late season.
All of these areas are good elk/deer producers, so knowing elk/deer behavior will go a long way towards being sucessful. Whenever we hunt these areas it is always on foot with a pack. It has been rewarding but difficult at times. We have had some long tough packouts with a few bulls on our backs.
I have friends who hunt in the San Juan areas and they tell me I should go down there as I would like it. I've seen some of the bulls Mike has taken down there and they are impressive. The only problem with the San Juans, is the distances are much much greater and the mountains are bigger. Tough hunting without horses.
We can only hunt once a year here in Colorado, so getting to all the good places is hard. Don't let anyone tell you that there are no good bulls here in Colorado. If you hunt hard and know elk, you can be sucessful.
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Old 05-13-2002, 04:02 PM
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Re: Does anyone hunt Colorado?

Guy, thanks for the info. I also hunt out of a backpack (the guides love to see me walk up [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ). I like to hunt the wilderness areas to get away from all the road "hunters" with their quads and 4x4's. I have hunted Flat Tops with success and have been through the Holy Cross area. I looked around the San Juan some, but didn't know where to start. Ended up in an area that had lots of hunters with the Elk pushed deep into the black timber. Right now I'm just doing some research before I start scouting.
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Old 05-13-2002, 11:28 PM
 
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lrh - most all of the wilderness areas here in Colorado hold good populations of deer and elk and will provide good opprotunities for taking them. The best choices for hunting elk are the areas considered "quality units" by the DOW. You need to apply to hunt these units through the drawing every year. Applications needed to be into the DOW by April 2 of this year.
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Old 05-13-2002, 11:49 PM
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Re: Does anyone hunt Colorado?

Guy,

Which wilderness areas have you hunted and can you tell me about them? Thanks!
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