54 is among the best units out there for deer. Trophy potential is excellent, but the deer density is down quite a bit from a severe winter storm 2 years ago. Success rates are very high. There is no deer hunting in Colorado during 1st season. During second season, it requires a minimum of 1 preference point, 3rd season (increased success, closer to the rut) requires 5 non res preference points. HOWEVER, both of those hunts are during the same time as the elk hunts, which are OTC. So there are quite a few hunters in the woods. If you are just deer hunting though, you might not be where all of the elk hunters are.
If you don't have any preference points yet, you'll need to start putting in for the drawing.
Thanks for your help! I have 4 PP's & i had heard about the severe winter thats the reason i was looking for information. Just curious if anyone hunted this unit this past season, If i go i'll be using horses.
Every year many hunters and outdoorsman and women come out west from the midwest and east coast to hunt the prized mulies and elk. One topic that comes up often is altitude sickness. My advice for flatlanders is to get into the best possible shape. Start months before your hunt, usually really ramping up my cardio around March or April.
I run 5-10 miles 3 times a week, and also go for walks carrying my pack with about 50lbs to simulate what could be on my back. Another useful tip is to drink A...