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Location: WISCONSIN
Joined: 06/23/2006
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CO GMU 54

Had to change to this area to get a non-res bull draw so I am hoping for some direction from any who could help. Generally we rent horses and self guide. Thanks for any help in advance.

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Location: Wisconsin
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GMU 54

I have hunted and scouted 54 for several years now for muleys and it is very "accessable" which makes it crowded with camps and 4 wheelers. The habitat is great but to get elk you will have to go in deep by foot or horseback or find a hole that is between roads that you wouldn't think anything could exist in with green timber and avalanche chutes or sit on an escape route opening morning as that will probably be the last elk you will see in the open or in the light, unless you are deep in the wilderness area. I like the roads going north from Blue Mesa Resv., the all go in about 15 miles to the wilderness boundary, try Soap, Red Creek, West Elk, and Rainbow. Be mobile, don't set up an elaborate camp and commit yourself to one area because when the lights come on opening morning you will have company! Hunt em like public land whitetails in Wisc. and save your points till you get 3 or 4 and get a good draw unit.....hope this helps

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Joined: 07/06/2006
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Been hunting 54 for 23 years

Been hunting area 54 for 23 years overall my family has had very good luck there we hunted East Elk creek the most and all of our bulls have come out of there. Rainbow is good to. you will have bad years to just like anywhere else.
the last three years we haven't even seen an elk and we hunt hard. so for a change we are moving camp to area 68 but will be back.

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Location: Crested Butte Co.
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Yeah go in the West Elk Wilderness that would probally give you the best chance and less people, you can rent horses from Ferro's Blue Mesa Ranch over on Soap Creek side.

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Location: WISCONSIN
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got the horses and plan to head into the wilderness 4 miles or so, hopefully that will beat the crowds.

rainfall sounds like it's been plenty so hopefully big bulls and nice wallows

any scouting going on?

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mushrat wrote:
got the horses and plan to head into the wilderness 4 miles or so, hopefully that will beat the crowds.

rainfall sounds like it's been plenty so hopefully big bulls and nice wallows

any scouting going on?

Interesting! We are going to this same area. We are planning on taking the Soap creek road via truck as far as we can(there's an incredibly steep hill going in a few miles after it starts getting rough) then unload the four-wheelers and continue on about ten miles to the wilderness area. From there it's foot travel only (not sure if horses are allowed or not - are they?) We are young and in shape so hopefully we can out hike/hunt some of the old farts out there! neener! Two of us are getting cow tags so we plan to have fun; crowds or no crowds!

EDIT: I forgot to add: We are going for the 2nd season Oct 21-29