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Colorado 2nd Season deer hunt unit 53 or 55 help?

Hello all,

I am new to this forum so I thought that I would introduce myself. My name is Samuel Diggle and I live in Southern Oregon. I normally hunt wilderness hunts in Idaho every year for deer but I have been building points for a Colorado deer hunt. I currently have 3 points built up and am looking at unit 53 or 55 2nd season. I normally spend most of my hunts in the wilderness areas and it looks like both of these units have a fair amount of wilderness area in them. I was wondering if you can get into the backcountry during 2nd season for a chance at 160-180 + bucks in either of these units. 

Thanks in advance for any information. Diggs

 

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yeah you can

160ish isn't too tall an order.  You'll have better bucks but fewer of them in 55 compared to 53.  Both good units though.  Success has been a bit higher in 55 the last three years too for whatever reason compared to 53.  Good combo hunt either way if you throw in an OTC bull tag.

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Exbiologist, thanks for the

Exbiologist, thanks for the information. Appreciate it. I think that I am going to start looking pretty hard at some maps of 55. I would definitely like to snag a OTC elk tag as well but I might be biting off more than I can chew with that one. I will be hunting by myself on foot and have an idaho hunt lined up right on the heels of this hunt. Do you know how the weather is generally at the end of October? Are the deer already pushed out of the high wilderness country?

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Welcome to the site!  You

Welcome to the site!  You should get some good information from the guys on here.  Colorado elk and mule deer seems to be their bread and butter.

Be surt to stick around, check out the forums, and throw up some photos and stories of your past hunts!

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Thank Vermonster, I will

Thank Vermonster, I will definitely throw up some photos and stories as soon as I can.

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Some added info for you on

Some added info for you on unit 55. I was going to hunt it next year, but changed my mind. Too crowded for me. It's too early to getr the results for 2011, but look at this link for 2010. For 2nd rifle you'll see only 129 hunters. Really nice, but the problem is the elk hunters.  You have almost 900 hunters added to the deer hunters.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Hunting/BigGame/BigGameHuntGuides/2011SWHuntGuide.pdf

 

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Still Hunter, Thanks for the

Still Hunter, Thanks for the link, there is some great info in here. It's nice that they break down each unit in here. That is crazy with that many elk hunters in the mix. It seems like it would be pretty tough to get away from people, that is to crowded for me as well. I am thinking of swithing it up now and doing an archery hunt in 74 or 82. I have read that both of these units have some good wilderness hunting opportunities where I can get away the crowds a little.  Do you know anything about either of these units? Looks like they might take a point or two to get drawn and I don't know if I want to burn 3 points on either of these units. I would really like to keep building points for a rifle hunt and try to get drawn on a second choice for a good archery unit in the wilderness. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for the info and link man.

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Unit 55

Hey Diggs:  I have hunted Unit 55 three times on my own (the last time was last fall in the 3rd season) and helped on a fourth hunt.  That unit is WAY down in deer numbers, but I found several 160 class bucks.  Those units around Gunnison had bad winterkill in 2008.  I understand Unit 53 is in much better shape.  If you can hold out until you build 5 points you could likely draw a descent 3rd season tag and hunt bucks in the rut...a ton of fun.  A 160 buck on one of those hunts is very doable.

I live in Southern Oregon too...in the Roseburg area.

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Hey Umpqua Hunter, good to

Hey Umpqua Hunter, good to have another Southern Oregonian on here. I live right down the road in Medford. Thanks for the info on unit 55. I think that I am going to try and build some additional points and do a backcountry bowhunt in Colorado in the meantime. I would really like to have the opportunity at 180 class bucks and will wait a couple of years in order to do that. I hunt about every other year in Idaho and have chances at the 180-190 class bucks everytime that I go. I hope that I can get a good unit in Colorado like that also. Now I just need to find a good bowhunting unit that I can get drawn for on a second choice in the meantime.  Thanks again for the info, I really appreciate it.  

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My stepston now has 5 deer preference points and I was wondering which unit would you hunt on a third rifle hunt with this many points? I agree with your comment on avoiding elk OTC hunt with deer draws. Too many hunters!

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  I hunted elk in 55/Gunnison

 

I hunted elk in 55/Gunnison in the 2nd season of 2010... and unfortunately was a part of those unsuccessful stats that Still Hunter provided to you.  I was not able to draw a deer tag for that same 2nd season but did see many bucks in the class range you are looking for... I just couldn't shoot one!!!  angry    As for the numbers of hunters there - ridiculous amounts.  I arrived two days early to ensure I got the campsite of my choice and often heard or seen other hunters every day... but no elk.  The weather was for the most part good but did have wild swings - from low 60's to snow the next day.  Definitely good wilderness and if hunting there you will need to be prepared for some good hiking at 10,000 feet.  I wouldn't rule 55 out but do some more homework on the GMU's you are interested in... and hopefully some more good advice from some of these hunters on this web site.  Good Luck!  Oh - and welcome to the web site!

 

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