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me and my dad wanna change areas next year and go OTC rifle. can anyone recommend some good units to look at? we just want an area where we can see elk and get some opportunities

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My group and myself had a great year up in unit 24 this last season. The Flat Tops offer great hunting oppertunities. With large numbers of elk we came home this year w/ 2 5X5's. I have pics. posted on page 2 of this forum under succesfull 2nd. season. If you have any questions on specific areas on spots we hunted in 24 email I would be happy to help as much as possible. Good luck...

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sounds like you had a good year. my dad i think wants to try the flat tops and im not opposed to it i've just heard there's a lot of other hunters. was there a lot of pressure in that unit? and did you guys see a lot of elk?

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Regarding the Flat Tops

The area we hunted did not have alot of pressure. We did hunt in the wilderness though but it was in an area were you can drive to the boundrie and then walk in. We did have our own horses so we were able to pack in a few miles but we saw alot of sign up front near the trail head.

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Re: Regarding the Flat Tops

Ok that's good to know. what trailhead did you go in at?

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We went in off coffee pot rd. just north of Dotsero. The trail head is by the meadows its right by the white river as we went in we took the nichols trail if you would like I can email you specific areas

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looks to me like you maybe were in 34 not 24?

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hmm ok i know where that is. that'd be great if you could email me some specifics. you can p.m. me on here

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anyone else have ideas??

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hellomcfly,

I know first hand how discouraging in can get out there. I have seen many years throughout my hunting career in my hunting spot where it seemed the animals were way down and hunter numbers were way up. This year being one of the worst especially during the muzzy season, there seem to be more and more every year, while rifle seasons (especially second season) have always been very crowded.

The key to success is to learn the area you know very well. If you move around every three or so years you will be more likely to be disappointed and less likely to be successful.

I personnally feel that if you are rifle hunting that the first rifle season is your best bet. If you are determined to hunt second or third season, I would go with third season if you are wanting a smaller crowd.

As for picking a different unit that will be less crowded for OTC they are all crowded in there own way. The key is not always to get the furthest from the road then everyone else, but to know how the animals react to the pressure and how the hunters react.

I know this is probably what you are not wanting to hear, but I thought I would throw it out there.

Good luck and good hunting!

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you make a good point elkkill, all areas are crowded in their own way. And i think your right, knowing an area can make a difference. we still want to find a different area though

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