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Location: Goliad, TX
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CO unit 62 BLM land

Friend of mine told me about the forum, so I joined today. Read a lot of good information here, thanks. This is my first year elk hunting and my group has chosen unit 62 in Colorado. Have done tons of research but have yet read about hunting on BLM land. Is this permitted or is the Uncompahgre NF the only land to hunt on? We will be going 2nd season and looks like we will try to set camp around the Love mesa or long point mesa area off of divide road. However, still do not know if we can hunt on BLM land outside of the National Forest.
Any help would be appreciated.

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Location: Denver
Joined: 09/15/2008
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CO unit 62 BLM land

chirohunter,
Yes, you can hunt any BLM land as long as you can access it WITHOUT crossing private or *state land. *The only state land (usually colored blue on your maps) you can access or cross here in Coloroado are State Trust Lands and State Wildlife Properties-both of which have additional regulations that usually apply. Again, if you can access your appointed BLM chunk from NF land, public road or easment, parachuting down into, or otherwise legal means, go for it. By the way, there is state land in 62 that is leased for grazing rights. Whether livestock is present or not, if you are caught on Colorado state land without permission from the leasee, you are considered trespassing. So, check your area carefully!

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Location: WESTERN COLORADO
Joined: 03/18/2009
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CO unit 62 BLM land

unit 62 has good elk numbers but for the most part the more pressure they get the lower they go because every one is hunting high with the divide road on top.So low may be the way to go also if you can get there on a ATV the elk won't be there. Water ,cover and lack of people is good ,if it looks like no one in there right mind would go there then thats the hot spot in 62 !! Often all you need is a mile hike to get into them so bring a frame type back pack to get yours out.A good used one will do the trick

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Location: Goliad, TX
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CO unit 62 BLM land

Thanks for the reply. Now I know I have a correct answer.

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Joined: 08/16/2009
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CO unit 62 BLM land

chirohunter,
I just returned from a unit 62 archery hunt and camped/hunted in both the areas you mentioned above. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions or would like my recent opinion of the area.

rcryan is spot on........
I'm sure many things will change between now and 2nd season, but while the rat race is going on up top where everyone with a 4 wheeler and 2 shoes can wander around you should be going where "no man in his right mind would go". We, and a few locals we met, questioned our sanity several times as we worked our way through the bear trails in the elk brush and as we headed to the bottom of the canyons you can't even see from the trails, but when the sign goes from old to fresh and you know the elk are close you'll convince yourself to forget about the climb out. Thumbs up

My favorite line from the whole trip was muttered from a hunting partner, an amateur MMA fighter who's in good shape, on the trail behind me during one of our climbs out.........."I never understood it before........but I think I now understand how some people just give up and die." Laugh We stopped our climb out and laughed about it for a good 5 minutes.

Good Luck!

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