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Colorado, 11 preference points for Mule Deer, Hold'em or Cash'em in?

Hello,

It seems like I've been doing this "point thing" for years. Ha! Since then I have not hunted mule deer. I can't believe this is what was intended when it began. But every year I have this "inner fear" of burning these precious points. I wait till the deadline is looming every year, grind out the last bit of information from every god given website or magazine that hands can get a hold of to come to the mindset I have today. I actually waited till the last night one year, woke up in the recliner 30 minutes past midnight, the deadline. That's one year I gave it to much thought.

OK, here we are, one day to go, are you going to be a deer hunter or a point hunter this year.

I could use some advice, no doubt. I'm 58 years old, non-res.

 I've never been to unit 61 in my life, but for some reason this is where I want to go. I have elk hunted in 62 and 70. Would you wait untill you get enough points to rifle hunt or would you apply for a muzzleloader tag? I don't think I'm interested in an archery hunt.

Are there any units one could draw on second choice?

Thanks so much, Jay.

Wish you all the best in the draw.

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not for deer

Great elk unit, pretty good deer unit, but not 11 points good.  Colorado has better options than that for deer up in the northwest and midcentral

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11 points

Jay,

If I was dead set on hunting unit 61 I would definately do the muzzy hunt. I was able to help one gentleman last year with some advice in 61 and he killed a 200+" deer. I'm not saying you will kill a 200" deer, but definitely will have a chance at a great buck.

As far as a 2nd choice buck tag, I cannot help you there. Good luck with your decision.

Quinton

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Woah

Did you get a pic?

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I'm holding out again this year.

Looks like we're a point hunter again this year. Will hunt these Illinois deer this year. Thanks for your input gentlemen. If I can help or answer any questions about our fine state let me know.

Jay.

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Nebraska Muzzleloader Mule Deer

 

I was thinking of hunting mule deer, 1st time, in Nebraska.

 Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Do you need pref. points to get a muzzleloader tag?

What unit should a guy apply for?

Thanks, Jay.

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you should start a new thread

Future reference, you should start a new thread when asking about Nebraska mule deer hunting in thread about unit 61 Colorado.  

But, you don't have to apply for any unit there.  No preference system.  Rifle season tags are first come first served.  If you're going muzzleloader, it is good statewide.  Since you're asking about mule deer though, the muleys are only in the western half of the state.  Most of the public land is in the Northwest corner around the Pine Ridge, but there is significant public land in the Sandhills, Southwest Reservoirs and Wildcat Hills.

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Nebraska Mule Deer

I'll start a new thread in the future. Thanks.

I've done a little research. I got some help from the nebraska parks dept. They were real helpfull. We plan to go up in the muzzleloader season. Should be a good time.

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the secret to surviving is

the secret to surviving is knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. I'm in agreement with some of the others. with 11 points, you can hunt a better unit with higher trophy potential, but if you can get a good lead on a big buck in that unit, take it!

 

if i had the same choice, i'd look into a more premium unit that has better access with bigger deer and maybe do it on a 4th season hunt.

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Your'e very close to the

Your'e very close to the points needed for the Purgatoire RFW tag, IMHO Go for it the next couple of years...def some monsters living in the desert of So Co

 

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Mule Deer Rifle Hunt Unit 2 or 201?

Hello,

I'm 4 years older now with 15 pref points for Colorado mule deer. I've been looking at Unit 2 and 201. Can I get into these units with 15 points? Are these units worth using these points or are there better units to look at?

One of the reasons I am looking at these units is that I have problems with elevations over 9000 feet. I live here in Illinois at 560 feet. I plan a DIY, staying in the truck camper type riifle hunt.

I would appreciate your input.

Thanks, Jay.

 

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