Don't get too caught up on success rates being the deciding factor for a unit, especially ones with small amounts of public land. The hunter density in 211 would be over 5 per square mile if they were all hunting public land. And if all the bulls harvested in 211 came from public, then 350% of the available bulls would be harvested yearly. My point is, you're looking at skewed numbers from private land hunting.
Ok, thanks alot! I am not a crowd hunter! I prefer to take one or both of my brothers far in away from everyone and do some talking for them. Most of my excitement during a hunt is primarily that.... just talking to the elk and getting a response. Bringing one in is a huge bonus for me not the reason I am out there. OK so you have been very helpful so far so what do you think between 231 Routte National or 70 and the San Juan National. Like you say i am not looking for 300 class just a good chance that our hard work will pay off.
All I can say is the odds of success are a little higher in 70, the elk density is higher in 231, the hunter density is a little lower in 70, and the elk/hunter is a hair better in 70. To my mind, I think you would enjoy 70 better, but there are still quite a few hunters there too. But you're still better off in 70. There aren't many places where you can have a lot of elk, all to yourself on an OTC tag.
Just about every hunter who has hunted big game animals has used a rope to drag his game. Over the years I have seen many kinds and sizes used for this purpose. One of my friends brought a deer to my house to hang in my garage for butchering, and he had a 1” hemp rope that was at least 12 feet long on it. It was large enough to tow a truck! Another time I saw a guy stuffing an entire 50-foot coil of that stiff, plastic rope into his pocket to use as a dragging rope.I have found that the ideal...