JC , It seems the higher the preference points the higher the expectations. 17 points is a bunch of points and I think you can do just as well in a unit that takes less. If it were me, I would hunt a unit with a 4th season or one that has an early season, leaning heavily on the 4th season hunts. With a rutt hunt you do not always need a bunch of weather. Find the doe's and your in business!
where are you thinking?you are a colorado guy..I am thinking 201 on the 3rd..I have been in there but maybe 35 years ago..I like the country and there are only a handfull of tags and I may be able to get one finally..warden said there are many nice bucks now...
If you have good intel I would use it. 201 has 100% success in the 3rd rifle last year. Just no way of telling the quality. 2 non res will draw. You have a great chance unless someone lurking jumps you or have the same point total. Unless it is a Pig, do not shoot the first one you see! Make sure to post some pic's on here if you draw . Even if you do not score, pic's of your hunt are always appreciated. Yes, I live here. 201 is far away from me though!
JC, I hunted unti 201 in 2nd season 2 years ago. There are lots of deer and many good bucks. The horns are also nice and dark on most of the mature bucks--very beautiful. The hunting pressure is low, the roads are rough on the truck, and there is a ton of public land. You'd have a great hunt there. However, I would have to say I expected to see more "big" bucks.
Anyway, if you decide to go for unit 201 I'd be happy to send a PM with recommendations on where we saw the best (and most) deer while we were there.
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.