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Colorado 3rd Season - Unit 11

My dad and I drew Colorado Unit 11, 3rd rifle season, and will be heading out that way the begining of November. My dad has only hunted elk in the area so mulies will be a little different, and I have never hunted the area. Looking for some advice on hunting unit 11. I have heard that it is good up around Cross Mountain or in the Bitterbrush SWA area during the 3rd season, but we are looking at hunting in the Black Mountain area, northwest of Meeker. Any help would be appreciated.

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Colorado 3rd season unit 11

DFA HuntingFool,

I just wanted to say welcome to the site to start ! I personally I have never spent any time in the unit, but I would suggest hunting lower areas. Especially if you can find areas near any agriculture. Where the deer will be coming off of public to feed in the private areas.

Good luck and I hope someone else will come along with some knowledge of the area soon.

Quinton

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I don't know the area around

I don't know the area around Black Mountain, but your original information about Cross Mountain is accurate. If you are able  to get up on the mountain you might do some good. There have been some good bucks taken there. In general you will find a lot of road hunters 3rd season in 11 looking for the elk migration. I would look anywhere you can get away from the roads, as many people never leave their vehicles. I would imagine the same is true for Black Mountain, although I don't personally have any knowledge about it. Good luck.

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Unit 11

Quinton is spot on. I was going to say the same thing. I have hunted in 22 and took some 2 track roads or trails back as far as possible. Those deer can hide in that sage and you will not think anything is there and right before sun down the sage begins to move. One thing to try if you are on a ridge and you think you are in their home, chuck some rocks off down the hill and be ready. I did this 3 times in one spot and nothing happened, then I started to walk down and lost footing making some noise and 2 bucks jumped up 20 yds in front of me. They are sneaky out there. Find some good canyon land and check every nook and crany. Good luck!!

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elkkill06 and brun....Thank you both for the advice.

I have never been the type to spend much time road hunting and have no problem hiking with a heavy pack. Will keep in mind the idea to watch for good agriculture areas to monitor for deer coming off of after feeding. And if weather comes in will try to stick to some of the lower elevations.

We will be there for a full week so we should be able to try multiple locations if one is not working out. I also plan on contacting the Parks & Wildlife office in Meeker to see what information they have.

Thanks again for the information and good luck hunting this year to both of you.

 

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I appreciate the help everyone. I will make sure I post back with how the hunt goes. We might buy an OTC elk tag as well. Hoping for good things

 

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