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Location: St. Louis, MO
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I'm not from Colorado and would just like anybody's input on where the best places to go that are also where I can get an over-the-counter bull tag. Not asking for specific spots just a general area where I might have some success.

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The Gunnison area and or White River National forest. High Elk numbers and public land, but also high hunting pressure.

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SoCoKHntr wrote:
The Gunnison area and or White River National forest. High Elk numbers and public land, but also high hunting pressure.

Same where I live lots of public land & lots of pressure! Units 70,71,72,73 & 711

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I've hunted in units 71-711 for years, and there are plenty of places to hunt. The pressure varies from place to place but you can usually hunt in an area that has elk with less hunters if your willing to do some driving and scouting before hand.

I would stay away from Taylor Mesa, to many people, as well as flat top mountain. Barlow Creek or Scotch Creek would be good, don't spend more then a day at each place if you don't see elk, they've moved out of the area.

You can hunt the cedars over in the Glade, easy walking.

Haycamp Mesa is another good spot, as well as Boggy Draw.

If you want to do some hiking above 10,000 feet try the Meadows above Dunton and around Navajo lake. Its primitive all around Mt Wilson so plan on doing some serious work getting your bull out.

As far as getting a over the counter tag, you can get them most places, if your coming from Utah you can get them at the Superette in Dove Creek.

pick up a bear tag if they have any left, there are lots of bears in most of these areas, and it's good to have one just in case you got a bear bothering you.

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Do you think i would be more successful if I just did a drop camp style hunt? Thanks for the idea about the bear tag too.

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A drop camp is a good idea, most of these places are close to each other. If you need more info about these areas I would be glad to give it to you.

Good luck and keep me posted on your success.

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Kind of a side question. I understand that hunting pressure is high almost everywhere you go. During archery season is it anything like rifle season. Being from Ohio archery season you don't see many people when your hunting but when gun season comes around all you see is orange. I would prefer a place where you have to hike in a little ways, is it likely to see people?

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msulli38 wrote:
Kind of a side question. I understand that hunting pressure is high almost everywhere you go. During archery season is it anything like rifle season. Being from Ohio archery season you don't see many people when your hunting but when gun season comes around all you see is orange.

Some of those areas I mentioned can get crowded during the rifle hunt like Taylor Mesa and Flat Top but some of those areas you may hunt all season without running into another hunter.

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I would prefer a place where you have to hike in a little ways, is it likely to see people?

The Meadows, Navajo Lake around Mt Wilson is next to the Primitive area, not a lot of people walk in to those areas, the road next to the primitive area is at about 10,000 feet, and the elk seem to hang out at timber line which is at about 12,000 feet. it's a good hour and a half walk to get up there. I've never seen people up there. there are people that take horses up there so if you see a bunch of horse trailers parked at the Navajo Lake Trail head just plan on having company or hit some of the other places. Scotch Creek area is a good area for hiking in, most of the people road hunt, the hills are very steep and the elk during any kind of hunting pressure go high and hang out in the dark timber you need to get out of your truck and get on the high ridges and spot and stalk.

Can I ask if your going on the 2nd hunt or 3rd hunt?

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I would like to go bow hunting the week after muzzleloader, if i'm not able to then I would probably go the second rifle season.

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msulli38 wrote:
I would like to go bow hunting the week after muzzleloader, if i'm not able to then I would probably go the second rifle season.

I think you missed the archery elk hunts but the second season rifle should be good, hopefully you'll get a few inches of snow on the opener.

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I actually won't be going until next year, I'm just trying to really plan ahead. When I went out there a few years ago I was entirely unprepared. So I'm really trying to get as much information as I can now and hopefully plan a little summer trip and at least get to know the area before I would go out to hunt next year.

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