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Colorado elk 17 preference pts..any advice!

Hi--I have accumulated 17 preference pts for elk in Colorado.Any advice on where to look or begin looking for zones to go..Oh by the way these are non resident..Maybe my one chance to make it go right...maybe muzzleloader hunt..15 for deer also..any advice?? thanks JC

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With that many points the

With that many points the question is where do you want to hunt?  If you are looking at a muzzle loader hunt then unit 61 and 10 are within your reach.  A couple other are units 66 and 76. 

Now if you want to go rifle hunting then take a look at unit 1 either sex tag for the 1st seaon or a unit 10 either sex for the 2nd season.  There are a few others out there that take 12 or so but for a real premium elk hunt a nonresident it will take 1 or 2 more points. 

If I was you I would invest a few bucks into Exbiologest site.  He has a lot of information there that I think that you could use to make up your mind.   http://www.westernhuntingdata.com/

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JC,

Listen to Critter. 10 and 61 are great units.

 

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The units that are mentioned

The units that are mentioned above are really nice units, and great hunts and of course big bulls can be found in many other units as well.

If you are looking at a bull elk muzzleloader hunt you should have enough points for a hunt in unit 76, but you may not have enough points for unit 61.  Using last years data, the DOW gave out 6 bull elk muzzleloader permits to non-residents in unit 61.  Last year there were 20 people who applied for that zone that had more points than you did at that time.  Thus, IF ALL things remained the same - it could be 3-5 years before you would get your tag.  If fewer people apply you could get it quicker, and if more apply it may take longer.  Using the same DOW draw data in unit 76, you would have drawn a non-resident muzzleloader permit in the 2010 draw.

If you consider other hunting seasons (archery or rifle) then the data is different, of course.

I have been watching the data for awhile, since you and I are rowing the same boat.

I think a guy should determine what kind of a hunting experience you want and then focus on those types of units.  Unit 61 (for example) is a great unit, lower elevations, has moderate road access and lots of public lands.  Unit 76 on the other hand is rugged and remote, higher elevations, lots of public lands, and would almost require horses.  It is up to the individuals preferences and abilities.

Good luck with your quest and whatever you decide, enjoy the hunt.

 

 

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My buddy's dad got the unit

My buddy's dad got the unit 61 mzldr. tag with 18 points in 2008.  The three of us hunted unguided and hit the rut perfect.  Access was easy and the elk were everywhere.  Awesome hunt.  I would do 61 mzldr. in a heartbeat or archery for that matter.

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I would only apply for unit

I would only apply for unit 61, archery or muzzleloader whichever you feel the best with. This tag is maybe twice in a lifetime, so be sure and go for it. I would in a heartbeat. Make sure you have the time to spend, 10 days or more, hoard your vacation time and use it all there. The only thing harder to draw is a mouse tag in colorado for a non-resident good luck

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Hunt 61

I agree with every one else, 61 is where i would go. My dad got a land owners tag for 61 muzzy in 2009. He was in elk every day. He said there are  alot of 300-320 size elk there. He hunted all public land, and said there was great access. The only problem with wanting to muzzy hunt 61 is that every one with 18 and 19 points, are getting tired of waiting for unit 2 and 201 rifle, and are coming down to 61 because of how good 61 muzzy hunt has been getting. If you dont want to wait i would go 61 bow, or 61 first rifle. The rut might still be on!

I have attached a picture of his bull from61 muzzle-loader hunt

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JC
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unit 61

Adam-thanks for reply.I just got back on to hunting pages here in quite a while of not. It is nice to see your message here. I also have 15 deer points.That is such a nice bull that your dad got..any advice on private mail would be cool,stay in touch..JC

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Adam---That is one big, heavy

Adam---That is one big, heavy bull!  I'll bet you guys had a bull and I don't think it gets any better than hunting big bulls in the rut!!!

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 Jc , I have 10 deer points

 Jc , I have 10 deer points also, I have a friend that has guided colorado for 15 years, and he reccomended unit 66 3rd rifle season. He said we would proably see 10-20 bucks aday, and a good shot at a 160 or better! Lots of public. If you had a few more points for deer I would say 21 3rd rifle! but every one wants that unit:D ! Have you decided what unit your going to put in for or what season?

 

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Hey Adam

Hey Adam---I am more confused now that I am looking into it all more and more.61 deer,61 elk,muzzleloader,bow.unit 2,unit 21,unit10,winterkill..whats a fella to do!!!!!!!not enough points ,maybe enough...just the way I feel.I hope I can figure it out..thanks all for input..JC 

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