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Hey guys,

I drew a bull tag this year up by Walden in units 007 and 008. I have never really been up around that area. Does anyone have and information about what I can look forward to there?

Thanks, look forward to hearing from you.

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Welcome to BGH. I guess you really haven't been there, because 7 and 8 are in Poudre Canyon, the Laramie River Drainage and the east side of the Rawahs. They aren't in North Park.
What can you expect? Low elk density, low success and good bulls when you find them. Pressure is fairly low, which is nice, but you still have to work hard and get off the roads to find the elk. They are there, I took a nice 6x6 two years ago from here. You better get started scouting, but before you do that you need to decide how you're going to hunt it. I'd focus on some of the "middle" elevations for a 3rd season hunt, something in the 9,000 foot range, weather dependent. There's plenty of wilderness, plenty of difficult roads if you've got an ATV and poor road hunting opportunity.

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Thanks for the reply. This is my first time in/around this area. I need to get out and scout the area and find a good spot.

If you could choose section 007 or 008 would you have a preference to where you would start? Are there any camping areas up there, nearby towns or is it best to pitch a tent and camp it?

Sorry, I'm kind of clueless for these sections.

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While my ranking system has them at 85th and 86th(out of 105), with 8 being the higher ranked unit (fewer people, slightly more public land, equally bad success), I personally prefer unit 7. But either side of the Laramie River drainage is a good place to start. The closer you get to Red Feathers, the worse off you'll be. There aren't any real towns to speak of, but there are cabins you can rent around Glendevey, Red Feathers and Woods Landing, WY. There are next to no designated campgrounds, you just pitch a tent wherever you dang well please.
You probably need to consider getting a deer tag, as they are rebounding faster than the elk population.

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Thanks very much for your help.

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exbiologist wrote:
While my ranking system has them at 85th and 86th(out of 105)

Would you be able to post your ranking system? Thanks!

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