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.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...