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First let me introduce myself. I am part of a group of four hunters that have hunted elk in unit 80 since 1985. I have been lurking here for a while and decided to register and join in.

A couple of us and my son and two of his friends decided that we would like to try archery hunting next year.

Looking at the Big Bame Brochure it looks like black powder season will fall on the week we wanted to be there for archery hunting, second week of September. Then I see a note that says that black powder is limited draw for certian units only, but then there is a note about statewide black powder hunting. Very confusing.

We would perfer not to be in the woods while there are black powder hunters and I think we would also need to wear orange, if I read the regs correctly.

Can anyone answer our questions?

Thanks

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L-Ray, Welcome. Your assumption is correct, the muzzleloading/archery seasons overlap then. Unit 80 is one of the “statewide” areas which means that any one of the statewide muzzleloading license holders can hunt there. [u]All muzzleloading licenses in Colorado are limited. Some are limited to specific units and some are labeled “statewide” which means all the rest of the units not specifically mentioned.

If you are archery hunting (have a valid archery license) you do not need to wear blaze orange. All muzzleloaders must wear blaze orange. I personally would not let the fact that the seasons overlap deter me from hunting. Pressure can increase but not to anywhere near the levels of a regular rifle season. The muzzleloading crowd stays pretty spread out. If you have a choice or some flexibility on dates, you should really consider the week after the muzzleloaders leave; especially if you are hunting elk. The bulls are much more active. If you need to come out while the muzzleloaders are in the woods, come on out and have fun. Dont let the overlap bother you. I have never hunted unit 80 but have hunted many, many other units muzzleloading. I cant ever remember feeling crowded and never felt hopeless. I stopped archery hunting in 1987 and took up muzzleloading. Both have rewards and frustrations. Good luck in 07.

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L-Ray, Welcome to BGH. Big smile

Centennial is right on. Thumbs up

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Centennial hit the nail on the head.

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Centennial wrote:
If you are archery hunting (have a valid archery license) you do not need to wear blaze orange.

I'm not sure that's correct. Quoting from the regulations, it is illegal for hunters to...

"13. Not wear at least 500 square inches of solid DAYLIGHT FLUORESCENT ORANGE material in an outer garment above the waist while hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or moose during a firearm season. Part of the fluorescent orange must be a hat or head covering visible from all directions. Camouflage orange does not qualify. Mesh garments are legal but not recommended. We strongly recommend wearing daylight fluorescent orange clothes in the field even if you’re not hunting."

Note that it says you must wear orange if you are hunting DURING a firearm season. Not just if you are hunting WITH a firearm. I would interpret that to mean that an archery hunter, who is hunting DURING a firearms season (like the muzzleloader season), must wear orange just like the muzzleloader hunters.

Of course, I could be wrong. I don't hunt with a bow. But if I did, and if I were considering hunting during a firearm season, I would definitely get this clarified.

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I hunted blackpowder a few years ago in unit 13. Not many hunters in the woods. There were four of us in our group - two blackpowder and two bowhunters. I didn't see any bowhunters wearing orange and don't think they need to. You bring up a good point, though. It might be worth a call to the DOW office for a clarification.

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Here's the deal: Rifle and Muzzleloading seasons.............hunters must wear 500" (typically a vest and a hat) OF BLAZE ORANGE. The camo blaze isn't legal. Even if you are hunting with a bow during the same time frame that muzzleloading season overlaps, you do not have to wear blaze orange.

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I called DOW and they told me bowhunters do not need to wear the orange requirement during the overlapping Muzzleloading season. Please call them for yourselves. 303-297-1192

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Well that's about what I just said.

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...and what I thought. Wink

Thanks guys for confirming.

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Boobzilla, You were correct. Thumbs up Good to see you back on BGH.

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