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hunter25 wrote:

I always count on the refunds of the big tags to pay for the license plates on my cars and truck as they all come due when the refunds arrive.

One of these days I'm going to get the tags and not have a way to get there without plates on my truck.lol

Just as long as you have your priorities straight!  

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When is it too late?

Long time reader - first time poster. Applications in for Utah & Colorado and will buy Wyoming this summer... been collecting points for the past 15 years. My brother convinced me to add another state this year so I've added Nevada since it's a Bonus rather than Preference. While researching what state to add and taking into account point creep I basically decided at my age (38) I wouldn't even start collecting points in states like Colorado since you'd never get there. A rhetorical question, but what age is too late to start building points in Preference Point states?

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It's never too late to start

It's never too late to start collecting points, even in Colorado.  The hard part is tempering your expectations in what you expect to draw.  

There are only a small number of units (2, 201, & 10) that require 20+ points for non-residents.  And, only a few other units that require 12+ points to draw.  Most of the units in the state are well under 10+ points for tags and there are some really good areas that don't require many points at all.  Add in some other weapon choices like archery and muzzleloader and you can hunt in prime times too.

There are really good opportunities for good hunts and fine bulls all over the state of Colorado.  If you are truly after a world class trophy, then you should consider a guided hunt on private lands and not try to DIY in a "trophy" unit requiring a lifetime of points to draw.  Colorado has more elk than anywhere else and can offer a greater variety of quality elk hunts than anywhere else.  Of course, I'm a Colorado resident and just a little biased too...

 

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Area 76 Points Twilight Zone...

I agree with the general quality of CO hunting with really down to 0-2 points - great opportunities.  Also agree that generally the archery or muzzle loader seasons present opportunities with lower point requirements.  It's interesting though, for NR last year Area 76 muzzle loader required 17 to draw and was 60% with 16.  For first season rifle was 100% down to 13 points and 40% at 12.  I apply all over the place and there aren't many units I see where muzzle loader > rifle for points!

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Finished up my applications

Finished up my applications last night. I have a long shot draw at either a hybrid elk, deer, or pronghorn tag and have been adding weighted preference points for sheep, goat, and moose. I applied for a S22 sheep, PP for mtn goat, and a unit 28 for bull moose. I do hope I can draw a unit 40 4th season cow tag to be able to scout for next years bull hunt. Now is the waiting game. Good luck in the draws.

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Nevada is in

Now that Nevada is done, Arizona deer is all that's left, unlessssssssss I start eyeballing limited draw Idaho deer.  I'd really like to find somewhere to hunt in early October this year because 3rd season for me in Colorado might not be very productive.

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Wow

Wow. You guys are all out. Someday I hope to afford putting in for all the states some of you guys do. I'm kinda of a one state guy, the state I'm currently living in kinda guy until I make more money. I'm just curious what some of you guys spend on tags in one year so I have an idea of how affordable or not affordable it is for me to hunt 3 or so states.

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I don't want to know

I don't really want to know how much I spend some years, but depending on how far the out of state hunt is I've got to budget at least a grand if I draw an elk or deer tag per state, plus about a grand or so in state.  All that I pay up front that is refunded will get spent on fuel for scouting and hunting trips.

 

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I see that you have your priorities straight! Big smile
Good luck in the draws.

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Even in State

Only can get pretty expensive. This year my draw tags weren't so bad. A habitat stamp, small game/fishing combo extra rod stamp,  cow elk pp tag for gmu 84, an Eastern plains bow deer tag, and doe antelope rifle tag, cost me 174.00. But, then I'll be getting an OTC archery elk and bear tag for west of I-25, and an OTC elk and bear tag list C for east of I-25. Not to mention a spring then fall turkey tag and possibly a late season left overdoe antelope tag if available. So, it adds up. But, its what I love to do and though it may be an addiction, its a better addiction then gambling, drinking, or drugging!  Thumbs up Oh, forgot OTC antelope archery as well.......

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