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3RD SEASON ELK IN UNIT 78 OR 55??? WHERE TO GO

Well I've pretty much narrowed it down to unit 78 wolf creek area or unit 55. however I'm not really sure where to start in either unit. In 78 I've been told to check out the West Fork area and Rainbow lakes. As for unit 55 the nice lady at CDW wasn't really sure except that she heard good stuff about that area for 3rd season. I figured you guys and gals may have some good recommendations for those areas for a DIY hunt.

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tough decision

Of the two, I've got 55 ranked only slightly higher, and I like the amount of public land in 55 that you can hunt if the weather is mild or wild.  Success rates are about the same(14% average in 78 versus 13.2% in 55), pressure is about the same (very reasonable), more elk per hunter in 78 though, and the quality of bulls are little worse.  Tough call.  55 has more public land, but 78 isn't lacking in any way. 

Not sure which I'd choose, but I think I'd sacrifice the little bit of trophy potential in favor of double the elk per hunter (3 versus 6) and hunt unit 78.

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Thanks

Thanks Ex, Are you familiar with the West Fork Area and Rainbow lakes. The two areas were suggested and I'm trying to make sure I'll be able to get my trailer in and out. I've hunted a few other spots near the area for second season and almost got stuck when snowy weather dropped in. I also thought about unit 70 but don't know anything about the unit.

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A lot of people ask me about Rainbow Lakes

Not sure who's pimping it at the DOW or whereever, and I can't for life of me remember where Rainbow Lakes is, nor find it on a map right now.  I've been asked that one before and have been stumped.  I can think of a Raibow Lakes in 54 and in 29 (I think).

As for the West Fork country, a lot of that is not really appropriate for a 3rd season hunt, but some of it can be.  It's big, steep stuff and a lot of dark timber that I wouldn't hunt it without snow.

 

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What areas might you suggest

What areas might you suggest in that unit?

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Unit 55 and 78

FYI i have hunted 55 and 78 for about 8 years and the last couple years i have had no success in 55 we have hunted 55 the past 2 years for the first 3 days seeing no sign of elk so we packed up and went to 78 didnt have success but did see alot more elk. There is alot of good areas in 78 to hunt around pagosa springs alot of private land but if you can figure out how to get to the small walking trails into the public land completely surrounded by the private you will have success. How many in your group and if interested in hunting with a bigger group we will be in pagosa springs on the 3-4 of nov. Were a group of 6 country boys just looking to take some meat home. We normally rough it we rent a house in town and have a area close to town that we hunt we corral our horses on public land Leave out early in the morning meet up sometime after dark and head to the house

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It's possible we have a group

It's possible we have a group of 5 ourselves right now, don't ride horses though sounds interesting. Do you guys normally head up the 160 or down the 84. I've never been out there for 3rd season.

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good luck on your season,

good luck on your season,

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