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Cedaredge, Co ???

Well, I may have another dilemma.  I have another buddy that might be able to get me access to a private ranch near Cedaredge.  What zone would encompass that area?  I am having trouble on the map figuring it out.  It looks to be on the border of 421 (No OTC) and 52.

So, depending ont he area, how is the elk and deer herds there?  Also, in your opinion, would I be better to so a combo archery hunt or wait till rifle, if I can draw the tag.  On the note of the tags, even though there are no OTC tags for elk in 421, can you still buy archery elk there, or is that limited too?

Both options have their plusses and minuses.  Need to be way, way closer for archery, but, it may be easier to do if the bulls are in rut.  However, I have never shot an animal with a bow yet.

Ugh, and I thought the hunt itself will be the hard part, but it seem the decisions prior are killing me... lol

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It's between 411 and 52.  Deer herd isn't great, about half the density of the North Grand Mesa herd, and the Uncompahgre herd.  Elk herd is strong and growing.  The elk is OTC in archery, 2nd and 3rd, just likein 62.  Easier to draw a deer tag too, I think.  Third rifle is about 57% chance of drawing with 1 point.  2nd rifle is gauranteed.

Rifle hunt if you're trying to actually kill something.

But, I'd want a hellofa lot more information about the ranch before I decide that that's where I want to hunt.  How big is it?  Where exactly is it?  Are the elk there year round?  Deer too.  Any crops?  What's the cover like?  Who else is going to be hunting it?  Etc, etc.  Private land does not always mean better hunting, and often times people feel like they are stuck with a limited amount of ground, when they really need to be hunting somewhere else. 

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Thanks.  I have 10 months

Thanks.  I have 10 months until I need to worry about what zone, so I have plenty of time to find out those details.

And yes, I will be trying to actually kill something lol

I don't care about size of animal, as long as it's legal.  I want a nice experience, with a decent chance at bringing home some meat.  Maybe it's safer just to try and get unit 62 deer and buy an OTC elk tag, like I was originally planning.

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The only reference I even

The only reference I even have to Cedaredge is that one of my high school classmates lived there for several years.  Unfortunately, he is not much of a hunter, so I don't think he would be much help for this conversation.  

As usual, Ex nailed it.  If you really want a buck deer tag in your pocket, the safer bet is either 411 or 52.  Even though you still have 10 months to make a decision, I would still try to find out as much as possible about the private ranch.  Has your friend hunted that ranch before?  Would the ranch owners be at least pointing you in the right direction for getting animals?  I think direct access to someone with years of on the ground hunting knowledge of an area can be invaluable, especially if you do not have the opportunity gain any first-hand knowledge yourself prior to season.  

Good luck with your decision and keep us posted.  

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I was curious what ranch you are refering to.I live just south of Cedaredge.good hunting in 411 and 52 it is just a little thick.I can point you in the right direction if you need any help.

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HF, when i find out, I'll

HF, when I find out, I'll definately let you know.  This is all fly by the seat of my pants thing.

I have a buddy I have known for 8-9 years, and I know he has family and has hunted in Colorado for years and years, and used to live there.  The other day, I half-jokingly made a comment about where he used to hunt, and if he could get me permission to go there.  He gave me a wink, and said he possibly could. I asked him where the private land was located, and he said it was cloe to Cedaredge.  He'll see his friend in a couple of weeks, and he's going to ask him for me. 

That's the extent of what I know now, which is basically nothing.  Who knows, the guy may give me access for free, may say sure, but charge me $2000, or may flat out deny me.  I guess 10 months ahead of time gives me some wiggle room.  For now though, I am not counting my chickens, and going to assume I will be putting in for unit 62.

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