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CO DRAW UNITS

Anybody know of any units that can be drawn with no points, nonresident, archery with good access and some elk would be great. Or am I dreaming?

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Re: CO DRAW UNITS

Most of the elk units in Colorado are over the counter tags for archery. Now if you are looking at a draw unit then you are going to need points to draw a tag.

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Use this: http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/F965FE1E-B873-4F77-87E7-7E13FF4A024B/0/2009ElkMinimumPreferencePoints.pdf
The unit 33 tag can be drawn by nonresidents without any points, so can many of them. Some are good, some are mediocre.

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Re: CO DRAW UNITS

Exbio, I see you pointed out 33 would I have a better chance there than say 14 or 15? Thanks for your info on the preference points.

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getoffthe trail, 14 and 15 are unlimited units so you can go to Wally World and buy a tag when you get there. The advantage of this is if for some reason you need to cancel the trip you haven't purchased a tag yet. As far as the elk population and chances in these units, exbio can help more than I can. I will say, if you haven't been to the CDOW website and "scouted" multiple areas you are wasting some valuable information. Between it and Google Earth, you can plan your hunt months in advance and virtually "know" your hunt area before stepping foot there.

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Re: CO DRAW UNITS

Hunter 59, I have been to Wally World no elk there LOL and hunted 14 and 15 I didnt know there was a unit I could draw with 0 pps now im wondering what unit would be a good choice to draw for with 0 points any help would be great thinking for next year. Im going to Idaho this year.

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What are my options for possible over the counter archery tags for resident and non resident tags for elk near littleton Colorado? I am new to the area and want to plan a 3-5 day backpacking trip. Thanks for the help and advice.

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Get away from town! I cannot stress it enough unless you have some wide open private ground to hunt.

Search over the statistics as much as you can and match up the choices that you can mix-in with your out of state friends. Then narrow it down from there.

Seriously though, 3-5days ...especially on a backpack hunt is not near enugh time. You are going to spend 2-3 days hiking and setting up camp, let alone scouting, hiking & hunting...then if you kill something back in off the road, it may be a day or two to retrieve game. UNless you can spend several weekends prior to the season setting up your stockpile of goods and camp gear back in the country you plan on hunting, then your just selling your self short on time.

Realistically if I wanted to have a good 3-5 days of "hunting", then I would box that time period in, by 2 full days on both the front and back end. Meaning 7-9 minimum. If you can have camp set-up ahead of time, then you might be able to get away with planning only 3-5 days for hunting.

eg...this past year I hunted the 4th season elk which is only 5 days long. I camped right along side of the road. I planned for 11 days. 4 days prior to opening for drive time, camp set-up and scouting...and then 2 days after the season just in case I bagged an elk in the backcountry on the final day, I would still have 1-2 days to retrieve it and still break camp and drive home. Now if I were back packing during that same season, I would allot the same amount of time, but would have to sacrifice at least 1 day before and 1 day after the hunt, just for hiking in and out.

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+1 on all of that.
You need to allow yourself some time.

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Get a horse if at possible. There are several places you can rent one and they will deliver to the trail head for you. If nothing else you can at least pack your gear in on it and your game out after. Nothing worse than hiking in and being physically drained.

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I would forget about getting a horse. If you haven't been around them and know how to take care of them not to mention how to ride you would be asking for more trouble than you can handle. For 99.9% of all hunting you don't need them if you are wiling to do a little work. Most areas have enough roads that you can get into a hunting area with less than a 1/2 mile hike and a lot of them is less than that. Where I bow hunt here in Colorado I can park my truck and shoot a elk or deer within a 1/4 mile. You just have to do your homework on the hunting area.

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