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CO Preference Point Accumulation

Hi Guys,

I am new to the forum and am looking for info regarding the CO preference point system.  As my hunt date draws near, I am sure I will be asking more questions specific to certain units.

I have started the research and planning for a future CO Elk hunt in 2014/2015.  This will be a post retirement trip for my dad and something he has always wanted to do.  He went on a DIY back in '97 without any luck (Gunnison area, not sure what GMU).  This time he wants to do a fully guided trip hopefully increasing the chance of getting a shot opportunity.  

Given the fact that the trip is still 2-3 years away, I haven't yet decided on any certain unit or outfitter, but am interested in the limited draw units (thinking that they may see less hunting pressure and have bigger bulls/more opportunities).  Does this logic have any merit? or is a OTC unit the same as a limited draw?

I think the best thing to do is to start this year accumulating points for the future draw.  How many points can you get per year?  only 1? or is there a way to get more than 1?

We live in FL, so we will only be hunting the year of our guided hunt, so the second choice/OTC unit tags isn't really a concern at this point.

Lastly, CO just seemed like the logical choice based on the elk herd, public land availability, and overall costs, but I am open minded to other recommendations if you guys have any.  I briefly looked into New Mexico, but have done far more research on the CO license/units/outfitters, so that is why I am leaning that way.  

If you were in my shoes, planning an elk trip 3 years out, where would you go?  what would you do?  It is a little overwhelming the abundant of options out there.  I don't know where to start.

Thanks for all or any info you can provide.  

 

 

 

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I've never found a way to get

I've never found a way to get more than 1 point a year for elk. You can't get enough points in your time frame to get the really good units. You'll have to compromise a bit for public land. However, an outfitter can get you on private land. What you should be doing is researching oufitters.

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First off I would start

First off I would start checking out guides right now and see if they have access to land owner tags and not worry about the points.  The 2 or 3 points that you would accumulate in the next 3 years will not amount to enough to get you into some of the premium elk units in Colorado.  Most of these units will take up wards of 20 non resident points to draw.  As far as points you can only get one a year per spices. 

There are a lot of areas that guides can get you into that don't get hunted that much and they do offer a respectable bull but it all depends on what you want.  Besides Colorado and New Mexico I would suggest that you check into Wyoming, Montana, and even into British Colombia as far as a guided hunt is concerned.   

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We seem to think the same

We seem to think the same Critter. I'm guessing you were typing when I made my post.  Big smile

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Great Minds

Still Hunter wrote:

We seem to think the same Critter. I'm guessing you were typing when I made my post.  Big smile

 

Great minds think alike. Thumbs up

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So basically what you are

So basically what you are saying is that if I am going to pay for a fully guided hunt, I would have better opportunity at taking an elk on private land.  

I should focus my outfitter search on ones that offer private land hunts.

When I mentioned I was looking at limited draw units, I looked at the DOW site and it seemed that units 66/67 were ok.  I don't know the quality of the bulls in that area, but the herd population seemed adequate.  Any thoughts on these units?

Thanks.

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What season do you want to

What season do you want to hunt?

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Rifle, preferably 1st

Rifle, preferably 1st

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There are a lot of guides

There are a lot of guides that have access to land owner tags, this doesn't mean that they only hunt on the private but just have access to the tags that the land owner gets. 

One thing that you might want to look at is the outfitters/ranches that are in the Ranching For Wildlife draws in Colorado.  While the draw for the tag is not available to the non resident they all offer guided hunts to the non resident.  If you go to page 33 of the guide book you will see the ranches that are listed for the draw.  If you Google the ranch name you will find a web site if they have one. 

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Pref points

I am going to disagree with the others a little, land owner tags are nice, but usually pricey too.        3 points could get you into a decent unit,  for first rifle season. which is the best time to rifle hunt. or 4th season, and you will need points for either. jmo

I would start talking to guides now.

Kevin

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expectations

What are your expectations??? Quality hunt with good success or one with limited success? Bull Elk or trophy bull Elk!!! I know for most people Trophy is in the eye of the beholder, but what are you and Dad wanting? Wilderness pack hunt or Easy hunt etc.

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