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Colorado elk GMU 49

I am thinking about apllying for muzzleloader elk in Colorado area 49 or 500. If anyone has any info on these areas it would be greatly appreciated.

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success vs. trophies

49 is one of those units where nearly every 2 year old is killed every year.  But it's not just a simple success versus trophy quality equation either.  500 takes a lot fewer points

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Area 76 instead of 49

I really wanted to hunt muzzleloader season in area 76 but don't have enough points, thats why I was considering area 49. I do have enough points to draw first rifle season in area 76. Do you think this is a better bet.

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better how?

What's your goal?

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I would like a

I would like a reasonable chance at a 6pt. Want to camp maybe 1-2 miles in from road.

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If you do get 49. Hunt over

If you do get 49. Hunt over by Fairplay. You won't be alone.  Big smile

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I would like a reasonable

I would like a reasonable chance at a 6 pt. Want to camp 1-2 miles in from road.

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practically unheard of there in 49

You need to go to more of a trophy unit for a reasonable chance at a 6 point.  That's almost impossible when you kill 50% of the bulls each year (meaning nearly every legal bull).  49 is not a trophy managed unit, just a crowd controlled unit.  76 is more up your alley.

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Good luck with your hunt. My

Good luck with your hunt. My needs are easier. Any legal bull in my sights is meat in the freezer.  Yes

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Is it possible to hike in 1-2

Is it possible to hike in 1-2 miles and camp in area 76 and have a successful hunt or would you need to be further in? How is the access in this area?

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yes

Access is the best for any unit in the state probably.  There's basically only a tiny amount of private land, the rest is public.  There's lots of wilderness, but there's plenty of standard national forest, even some trails that you can run ATVs on.  If you can't find access in 76 you're really doing something wrong.

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