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4th Season Deer Hunt

Some of you may remember a picture I posted of a matching set of mule deer antlers my girlfriend and I found scouting in the Spring. We're planning on heading back to the same general area (GMU 37 east of Green Mountain Res)next weekend. My concern is, having never hunted this area before, there seems to be a great deal of pressure. I don't want to show up Saturday morning and have a thousand other hunters around. This is my girlfriends first ever hunt, so I'm hoping to make it an enjoyable one for her. Anybody with any firsthand experience in the area? Also, anyone have any snow reports for the area? Thanks in advance.

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I can't help you on how many

I can't help you on how many orange pumpkins that you are going to see on the hill but being close to a couple towns you may see quite a few.  While not all will be chasing bucks a lot will be chasing elk.  But then that is just about what you are going to see anywhere in any unit unless you can get a couple of miles off of a traveled road. 

Good luck on your hunt.

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Thanks for the response

Thanks for the response Critter. I also should probably re-phrase. I don't by any means expect to be the only ones out there, I'm just hoping that it's not an overwhelming large sea of orange. Guess we shall find out in a week!

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Last year only had 23 deer

Last year only had 23 deer hunters in unit 37 for 4th season. That sounds good. The problem is you also have 291 elk hunters.

You won't be alone. Avoiding the weekend will help some.

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This is one thing that I

This is one thing that I don't like about Colorado's combined deer and elk seasons.  While you only have a few hunters chasing big bucks during the fourth season you have a few hundred chasing bull elk not to mention all the cow tags that people are out trying to fill getting in your way. 

I know that last year when I had my fourth season deer tag in 44 that there were only 17 other deer tags in the unit and I met 5 of the hunters, but I saw a ton of hunters that were after elk. 

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Not as bad as all the bow

Not as bad as all the bow hunters during muzzy season. The bow hunters get a whole month. Why not give them 3 weeks instead, so the muzzy hunters can hunt with just muzzy hunters? Unit 55 is around 150 muzzy hunters. That would be nice by itself, but they have to share it with over 600 bow hunters. My shots aren't any further than what bow hunters take. How come they get a month, and I get 9 days?

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Bow hunters

Your right there are a lot of bowhunters here in CO. That being said they should move the MZ season to late October or November replacing one of the rifle seasons. It would be better on our elk herd and there would be more mature bulls because it would replace a rifle season that kills a higher percentage of elk. What other states actually have MZ hunts during archery besides CO? I think it's crazy.

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Muzzleloaders

Striker wrote:
Your right there are a lot of bowhunters here in CO. That being said they should move the MZ season to late October or November replacing one of the rifle seasons. It would be better on our elk herd and there would be more mature bulls because it would replace a rifle season that kills a higher percentage of elk. What other states actually have MZ hunts during archery besides CO? I think it's crazy.

Can't agree with that. A muzzleloader is handicapped compared to a rifle. One shot, open sights, limited range. It deserves to be in the rut to make up for the limits it has. Why can't they give bow hunters 3 weeks, and give the muzzleloader a week by it self?

You want to give muzzleloaders all it's handicaps, and also crappy weather out of the rut?

Do you realize that there's over 2 million muzzleloader hunters in the US? They contribute a lot of money to the states. Lets not shove them to the back of the bus.

The real question is....why do bow hunters get a whole month?

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Deer Hunt

I was in 37 opening day of 3rd season. I took my 6 yr old son up just to check it out and see where people liked to hunt and try to plan for my real hunt the following week when there were less hunters. Honestly, I don't think I have ever seen so much orange. I did see over 50 deer but they were mostly on private property. I saw a truck coming out on a road NE of GR Resevoir that had a nice buck in it. Almost every ridge was covered. I did cut a nice buck track going up a ridge I thought about tracking him down there was enough snow to do so and all the other hunters had passed over the ridge but I didn't think my 6 yr old could handle it. Of course he was all for it and now I regret not listening to him because I had to cancel my hunt the following week due the death of my Grandpa in Idaho. Honestly I couldn't give you to much advice on where to go. I would try to find overlooked areas and look for tracks. Good luck.

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Thanks to all for the input.

Thanks to all for the input. We arrived back home today empty handed, however we had a great time. Hunted both days on a mountain we had to ourselves. Got snow both nights (inch or two Saturday and about 6-8 inches last night). Saturday morning we were on fresh tracks all day with no luck. Even had deer tracks on our boot tracks from the morning, but only saw 3 deer on private as we headed home for the night. Today we saw a single doe about 6:45, then a herd of 9 does around 9:15. No bucks were seen, buy my girlfriend had a great time and already said she wants to do it agian next year!

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