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Colorado antelope draw posted

right here:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/DrawResultsAndPrefPoints/

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Re: Colorado antelope draw posted

Thanks for putting this up, Thumbs up
some guys are still pounding on the back door and can't figure it out. Talk to the Hand

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Man, I'm pretty surprised, I pulled my first choice buck tag with only one pref. point. They must be pretty liberal with the goat tags this year. I thought for sure I'd be holding a doe tag and getting a point for next year. Like Heavy C, I've had a good year draw wise with my first choice elk, deer, and now antelope tag, all for horn. Now if'n I can only make it happen come season. My dad drew a doe antelope tag so we'll both be holding tags and should be a fun hunt for me and him. Plan on picking up a left over cow and doe deer tag as well looking forward to this fall!

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Right-on SCKH! Thumbs up

Meat for the beasts! Evil! Yes

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Re: Colorado antelope draw posted

SCKH & HeavyC, congrats on your tags. What I want to know, is it the rabbits foot or horse shoe bringing all the luck?

We all will be looking forward to reading your success stories and admiring your trophy animals. Good luck and knock'um down.

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Not either of them, but it's knowing how to play the draws. To me, there's very little point to applying for a point with your first choice, unless you truly can't go hunting that year. I drew elk, deer and antelope tags this year by studying the draw summaries and having a decent idea of what to expect with my elk, deer and antelope points. I also knew which tags I could probably get as leftovers. The muzzleloader draw was difficult to anticipate, but it didn't have a huge effect overall. If you have your heart set on one unit, apply for it when you are within a point or two of it.

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I agree with Ex. I have actually been fairly unlucky in recent years....so I have been scouring the stats more than ever. I also forced myself to get out of my comfort zones and learn new areas. Now, by no means are my tags considered trophy tags either. But, they are in areas I now feel I have a good chance at taking a decent representative species, now I just have to do my part.

Of course on elk & deer I burned up 4 points each. I just can't see myself ever waiting much more than that. I entertained the idea of waiting one more year and looking at the hybrid draw. Then, I considered all the changes in tag allocations, tag re-alignments and the hybrid, etc...and felt that the stats might be 'out of whack" for the next couple of years, and I will wait to see what happens while building back a few pref points.

What I find most common, is guys that do not learn the points and draw system. I have a very good buddy, that each year says he wants me to help him, and then each year he blows me off. Then, each year he messes something up like he did this year where he blew 2pp for an either sex archery deer tag in units 7, 8, 9, 19 & 191, which he has drawn as second choice the last two years, and which always has leftovers even! banghead Of course when I showed him the stats after the fact, he felt a bit better when he saw that 7 others also used 2pp, 4 others used 3pp and someone went way out on a limb and used 14pp for the same tag! Man, the places one could go with 14 deer pref points! Think Hope that person has a secret honey hole on some private land where all the monsters hide!

Now, on top of all that, what I really need, is for Ex to start working stats on my so called "desert" units I am trying to learn!

Best of luck to everyone.

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Re: Colorado antelope draw posted

In addition to what Heavy and Ex said which are both true a lot of it rides in the units you are applying to. Unlike Exbiologist who has stated he likes to roam and hunt new areas me and my crew are different in that we, I'd guess you call it, homestead an area. Being native Southern Colorado guys me, my dad, and uncle, hunt areas they first hunted back in the 50's and 60's when they were kids. The thing is with these units they aren't highly coveted high game number units or highly sought after high caliber trophy units with a need for umpteen points to get it. These units also don't offer tons of public land like many Western slope units. The public land they do have tends to be steep and rugged with not a lot of road or thankfully ATV access. So, you don't have the high numbers of people applying to these units and thus less people applying and more availability to those that do apply. They are hard units to hunt succesfully and you usually need a few years of getting to know them to hunt them with success.

Now even though these units (im mainly referring to elk and deer here) aren't high game numbers are trophy class units they do hold adequate numbers of game and they all hold the chance to get a decent 6x6 bull or 4x4 or better buck if you hunt hard. And, again to be the few that are succesfull you've got to use your legs and lungs or horses if you got em to get into deep steep country. For those that don't work out and don't have some physical endurance and strength just taking a look at some of this country will turn em off, so again less folks applying to hunt it. I've seen guys from both in and out of state hunt our area opening weekend hike into it one or two days not see game on every ridge and pack up camp by Sunday night and move on back down the road.

So, we've homesteaded a unit which isn't as sexy as other more famous or desirable due to ease of access units and gotten intimate with it and benefit from the lack of interest in it. I hope it stays that way and for the reasons mentioned I think for the most part it will.

In regard to antelope numbers are high and have been the last few years so I think they are loosening up the points needed to draw buck tags. When I first applied to my unit you needed 2 to 3 points to draw a buck tag. This year me and one of my buds drew with one point each.

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Re: Colorado antelope draw posted

Well... apparently the backdoor draw method is correct enough to screw me out of a pronghorn tag. Always next year I suppose.