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.
I just got back from my elk trip to Colorado and must say that I learned quite a bit about hiking in that one trip. I researched all I could on the internet and thought I was prepared going out. For the most part I was but I want to pass on a few major things I learned that helped me drastically!
1. Pack light. I know this may sound like common sense but believe me. After reading everyone's advice on what you need to pack, chances are your pack will end up weighing more...