Originally Posted by garciaaron
Hello all elk hunters. I am a New Mexico resident, I have already had my bull hunt for this year. Here in New Mexico it can be hard to draw tags at times, I have purchased an over the counter tag in Colorado before due to this. I was looking at the over the counter plains hunting just now, in case I dont draw next year. The season is shown as Sep 1st through Jan 31st. I looked on Google maps and it appears that there is very little public land here, though my map did not indicate BLM or State lands. Is there anything else anyone can tell me about these hunts? Anything would be appreciated.
Yes, you are wasting your time, because all of the units east of I-25 (plains units) that are worth a crap are draw only. You won't see elk in most of the "plains" units other than those close to Colorado Springs, Black Forest, and Castle rock. You may want to check someone like huntin' fool for landowner tags for some of these units. The CDOW doesn't want elk on the eastern plains, this is why the tags are either sex, unlimited from Sept 1-Jan 31. I wouldn't waste the money without meeting with some landowners in those units first.