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Co Unit 10 Yampa river

Can anyone give me some insiht on unit 10. We were thinking of floating the Yampa from the Maybell Bridge through the unit. A lot of the good hunting looks like it might be inside Dinosaur Monument? Is it possible to hunt inside the monument?

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

There is no hunting in Dinosaur. That kind of a hunt sound like a ton of fun, but I'm not sure how feasible it would be and how easily you'd be able to keep track of private and public boundaries. There's a ton of BLM outside of Dinosaur, about 580 sq miles, and lots of it is near irrigated crop fields.

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

Thanks!! How the float from Maybell to Deerlodge? We have two 16' Soar rafts that we used on the 40 Mile river in Alaska a few yeras back.

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

I don't know. You might try contacting the recreation specialist in the BLM office in Craig. But one other thing, while that sounds like fun, I'm not sure I'd like the lack of flexibility that the hunt would offer in one of Colorado's best deer units. Considering the points I'd be out, I wouldn't want to be stuck hunting like that. The water level will probably be way down that time of year, but you'd also be miserable if you get caught in a snowstorm.
If you really want to do a float hunt, I'd try to find a unit/season that didn't require any preference points and see how that works out for you before committing your points to unit 10.
Have you ever done a float hunt before?

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

That's good advive...We did do an 8 day float in Alaska a few years back.

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

Of course that is a different approach, and you just might suprise some animals at the water. It is not something they see and as long as no noise is being made it might actually be a cool approach.

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

Yeah it's pretty fun. When we float from Craig to Maybell we see lots of wildlife. The Antelope don't know what to think. I've floated to within bow range but as soon as you hit they bank they are gone...

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

I have not floated that stretch, but if memory serves me correctly it is going to be very low in spots and your going to be walking the boats in places. A strong wind coming up stream and you could be paddling a lot.

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

That sounds like fun and a good idea but you better try it on a different river ,the Yampa has a average flow in september of only 243 cfs and oct 352 cfs I think it would be hard to even get any kind of craft down the river then.I hunted 10 several years ago if you hunt early or the weather is warm try far north along the monument boundry and glass long and hard in the sage hills and flats,the bucks sit tight most of the day.If you hunt late season or there is heavy snow up high the bucks will follow the does down. Try looking south of hwy 40 around the mine SE of blue mtn. Moose head mtn gets a lot of pressure so look else were, a pair of hipower bonos on a tripod let you scan a lot of country at a good distance I used my 20x pentax a lot up there,easer to use than a spotting scope when glassing 3 to 4 hours a day.And thats how most of that country is hunted up there. good luck have fun!

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

Does anyone know if we need a permit to float through the Monument? Also, what are the rapids like downstream of the Maybell bridge? I know there is a pretty rough section up river form the bridge but we've never floated past the bridge. We put in for Unit 10 and still plan on hunting regardless if we float it or not. The float this spring would allow us to see some country that we might not know was there during our hunt.

How severe was the winter up there this year. I know two years ago there was a lot of winter kill along the river.

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Re: Co Unit 10 Yampa river

FYI ...from all accounts I have seen, the winter was pretty, mild this year. Sorry, no help on the river.

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