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3rd Season Rifle

I would like to get some opinions on which of the following units are likely to produce a 160-170 mule deer and which unit is most likely of the five to do so during the 3rd rifle season. Units 22, 40, 54, 63 and 70

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I was in unit 40 and 63 over

I was in unit 40 and 63 over the holidays. If you can pay for a lease or access private unit 63 would be my first choice. They all produce 160-170 bucks, its a matter of finding them in a legal season.

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160"-170" Muley

Anyone of the units you have suggested can hold a buck of that caliber.

Unit 40 is a decent muley unit, but has tons of private. Which can make this a tough hunt and can be a little pricey if you looked at a guide service (?).

Unit 70 has lots of public land and some good deer. I hear it can be tough in the lower elevations due to some private.

Unit 22 is a better unit when it comes to the quality you are looking for. My brother-in-law has reletaives that hunt this unit every year they draw a tag and usually take deer from the 150" range all the way up to the 175" range.

Again as Preston said any unit here in Colorado you can find a deer of that caliber. It is just getting him in your sights during the season and legal shooting light.

Good luck on your quest !

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Unit 22

Thank you for the reply. One more question on 22 for the third rifle season, and this may be a question for your brother-in-law. Is the hunting pressure in 22 highest during the first 2-3 days or consistent through out the hunt?  Since I will be traveling from New Mexico, I plan to hunt the whole season if needed but have sometimes found that glassing for the first 2-3 days pays dividends in the latter part of the hunt. Again, thank you for the info. 

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All good but different

Those are all good units, but each is a bit different.  70 is mostly BLM canyon, P-J country, but also has mountains and agriculture.  Fairly low deer density though.

54 is far more mountainous, though there is a quite a bit of low sage country.  

22 is the Piceance and Roan Plateau country.  Good deer numbers, good quality, fairly easy to navigate country.  Mostly a series of long finger ridges with pretty good visibility but not much country where you can escape pressure.

63 has the highest deer density of these units and is a good combination of deer numbers, quality, and high and low access.  

40 I'll defer to elkkill and wouldn't disagree with his assessment.

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63 for third season

One more question on 63. Do most of the hunters leave after 2-3 days and do most of the deer end up on private land after this time? As always, thank you for sharing your experiences. 

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Pretty universal

It's pretty common for most of the hunters to start heading out by the Monday after the opener.  

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That has always been my experience on hunts here in New Mexico and the four hunts I have been on in Wyoming.  In turn, I have experienced that the game starts to turn-up again in the last 2-3 days of the season and the hunts I do tag out, I do so in either the first two days or last two days.  It sounds this could apply in Colorado for a third season mulie hunt.  Again, thank you. 

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Agreed.

exbiologist wrote:

It's pretty common for most of the hunters to start heading out by the Monday after the opener.  

This is always what I'm hoping for!!!

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But it always seams that

But it always seams that quite a few of the hunters will hang around the whole season or until they get their animal. I have also noticed that when I am deer hunting I run into a lot of hunters that are just after elk.

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