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 learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...