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CO gmu 48 + 481 mule deer

Hello all! I am getting ready to apply for the draw . I like this area because of the higher elevation. I w was thinking about third season though. Anyone hunt in the higher elevations that late? I hunted 28 last year and I was disappointed in the big crowds and small bucks. Any thoughts? My Buddy did shoot this small forky horn, good eatin'!

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I live in unit 481. You

I live in unit 481. You probably won't be hunting high in 3rd season unless it's an unusual winter.

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Even then...

Mule deer should be migrating out of the high country before third season.  It's both a survival and reproductive mechanism.  They are trying to avoid the heavy snows that they are less equipt to deal with than elk and start searching for does where they are most concentrated (winter grounds and ag country).

 Both of those are generally governed by photoperiod and should happen regardless of snow depths.

anyway, bad idea to think about hunting true high country during 3rd season

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avoiding crowds?

Thanks exbiologist.  I figured if we had another mild winter there might be a chance to catch them a little higher, but the photoperiod makes sense.  I guess I will just plan on hunting the valleys.  Maybe if I did second season it might be a little easier to avoid the crowds and catch the deer a little bit higher. 

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You might think about appling

You might think about appling for a new tag to unit 481 this year. It's a rifle tag during the ML season Sept 8-16. It's only good for above treeline. That's where the big bucks will be, and you won't be stopped by the weather. Not sure how hard the tag will be to get, because we have no history to look at from previous years.

2nd rifle will be crowded unless you have some honey holes nobody knows about. Not too likely for the locals. I scout 481 over 200 days a year.  Big smile

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200 days of scouting? How do you manage that? I think my wife would shoot me!  Are you retired? I'm going to get up there this summer, but I sure won't know all the honey holes you may have found.  Any advice for someone headed up there for the first time? I'm looking forward to a great hunt next November!

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Yes, i'm retired and single.

Yes, i'm retired and single. Just me and my dog, and he loves to go scouting. Did you get the tag? I failed for deer, but got a cow elk tag for ML season. I'll be hunting mineral basin for the elk.

http://gmap3d.com/?place=mineral+basin+chaffee+county+co.&r=3dmap

 

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Yes, got a deer tag

StillHunter,

Nice to be retired and hunting, sent you a pm.

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I don't see the PM.

I don't see the PM.

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Yeah, I got the deer tag. Headed out tomorrow...anyone hunted Maxwell STL? Didn't see many deer over 10k last weekend. Passed on a small 4-point right at 10k though.

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