Originally Posted by CA48
Maybe it would be easier to help me if I put things into this perspective. If you guys had the choice with an OTC tag where would you go in Western Colorado and why would you want to go there over other units.
I've not hunted there but did a lot of research last year as I considered applying this year (and did apply for a preference point). If you look at the website, you can find success rates for all units. You will find that success rates in the OTC units are decent, there are a lot of elk (at least compared to the area of MT I am used to hunting). The bigger problem is knowing WHERE in the unit to go, the elk move and by 2nd season they may be headed for the comparative safety of their winter grounds on private land. Where elk were one week in good numbers, there may not be any the next. This is what is hard to judge.
If you look them up there are management plans for each unit. Some are managed for hunting opportunity (ie more elk to take but smaller bulls) while some are managed more as trophy areas (limited hunting opportunity but mature bulls). Not surprisingly, the OTC units are more about a chance to get an elk but most of them will not be big bulls.