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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

I am a non-resident and have 11 preference points for elk in Colorado. Can someone help me as to whether area 40 or 76 would be a better bet for elk hunting. I am not sue if I would be going muzzleloader or 1st rifle.

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

Check some maps of the areas. area 40 has very little public land compared to area 76. Check last years stats for success rates.

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

We've kinda beat that one to death over the last two months. You can do a search on it.
40 is harder to get around(patchy public ownership), less scenic, lower success, but bigger bulls and more elk

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

thanks for the info. I have ordered BLM and Forest service maps of area 40 so I can research further.

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

My question to you would be, are you looking for a big elk or a are you lookng for a wilderness experience? If you are looking for a giant head for unit 40.

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

Would it be a good idea to camp in the National Forest in GMU 40? It looks like it would be a long drive in from Grand Junction every day.

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

It's always better to camp where you can be closer to where you are going to hunt. It's about a 45 minute drive from pretty much anywhere in the valley. The NF is going to be where the greatest amount of pressure is going to be. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck and good hunting!

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

I would like to hunt during the rut but the muzzleloader season seems a little early and the 1st rifle seems to be at the tail end of the rut. Which season do you think there would be more rutting activity?

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

They will be going crazy during ML season, it is just insane up there! You would be suprised at how active they are during first season, also. Let me know any other questions. Good luck and good hunting!

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Area 40 or 76 Colorado Elk?

thanks for the info. You guys have given me some very useful information and just want to let you know that I appreciate it.

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Let us know how you do!

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