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Advice on Late Season Cow Hunt (Colorado)

Anyone have advice on a late season Cow hunt in Colorado?  Unit? Dates?  Left over tag? I drew my Bull tag, now looking for a list B cow tag.  Debating on Archery or Late Season Rifle.  Looking to put meat in the freezer.

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Remington742,

If you are looking to fill the freezer I would definitely do the rifle hunt. There are never any guarantees, but it is a lot easier to fill a tag with a rifle then with a bow (most times).  Yes

I don't know how far you are willing to drive kill one to suggest a unit.

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I would agree with Elkkill on

I would agree with Elkkill on this one--go with the rifle.  Archery is fun but lots of work and very low success when compared to a rifle.  

All of the late seasons we've hunted have been up in the NW corner of the state.  I don't think you'll find any leftovers for these tags.  We're lucky in that my son get to hunt the late seasons with his youth tag.  Otherwise, we wouldn't be hunting the late seasons.

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Remington what season is your

Remington what season is your bull tag and what area? You might be able to get a cow tag for the same season and same area or get a cow tag for a later season in the same area since you will know the area already it might help to locate a cow. As far as a true late season hunt your options are going to be limited since they are either a A class or there are no leftovers for a B class in most area's. If you can hunt 4th season or 1st season you will have a lot more options.

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Quite often late season cow

Quite often late season cow tags are a crap shoot on if you will get into them.  Most areas they issue them hoping that the snows will drive the elk off of private property and onto public so that they can thin out the herd a little.  I know of areas that the late season cow success rates are lower than 15% just because the cows stay high on private and there is little snow to drive them down and when it does they move onto other private property. 

So after saying this, I would try for a cow tag during the same season that your bull tag is.  But then you would need to make a decision on to shoot a cow or wait for a bull, but then meat is meat unless you are hunting antlers. 

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Critter, are you telling me

Critter, are you telling me that if I have a bull tag and cow tag for the same unit and same season I can only shoot one or the other?  Not both?

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No, you can shoot both but

No, you can shoot both but after you shoot one of them and are working to get it cut up and out the odd of shooting another one go down quite a bit.  That is unless you find a herd and are able to shot both together. 

I know some that have managed two elk in the same season bit it can be rough.  The nice thing about having a cow and a bull tag is that if you don't see any bulls or only cows are presenting themselves you at least have the oppertunity to shoot one for the freezer.

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I about killed myself last

I about killed myself last year packing out a cow.  You're right, cant imagine 2 inthe same season unless you have a few people or horses.  After last season, I don't think I will be hunting solo unless I have people on standby to help.

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The hunting stats are posted

The hunting stats are posted so you will be able to check out the area's you are interested in and the season, it will show if there are any leftover tags left.

 

http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/Elk/2015ElkD... Thumbs up

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