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Colorado GMU 29

I finally got off my butt and went hunting for the first time. The area my friend suggested nearest to me was GMU 29. With last years 30 % success ratio we were optimistic. And for good reason, day 2 of 3rd rifle I bagged a 4x4, and on day 3 one of my pack got his doe. Both pretty good sized by my more experienced hunt buddy reckoning. Alas, he did not get his buck. I was only able to see 2 elk disappearing into some trees, and then magically flying off a cliff according to the print we found. I posted a pic of the last print we saw that day. The rest off the elk here in 29 seem to live on a private open space off Magnolia Road. All 40 of them like to look at the hunters and laugh. Saw lots of sign, but the area is very heavily recreated. Not sure about next years GMU, any advice for 29 and the Forest Ninjas we call Elk would be appreciated.

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Welcome to the forum!  Nice

Welcome to the forum!  Nice work that your first post is about your success.  Glad to hear from someone else that hunts Unit 29.  I have archery deer hunted 29 for the last 2 years.  Congrats on your deer hunting success!  Would love to see more pictures of your buck.  Was this your first year hunting big game or the first time out hunting this year?  What gun did you use to get your buck?  

It is amazing the terrain that elk can fly through with such ease.  It is also impressive how well they know property lines.  I have to carry a GPS loaded with property ownership maps, while elk simply know where they are safe.  

As for elk, I did see these two raghorns last year up in the Rainbow Lakes area.  It was during archery season, so I am not sure how relevant that is to 3rd rifle season.  

Again, congrats on your deer, and thanks for sharing!

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Unit 29 Deer Hunt-Archery

I am new to deer hunting and giving archery a shot.  Does anyone have any suggestions where to start scouting in Unit 29 or interested in a hunting buddy?

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Welcome

Welcome to the forum.  Sorry it took so long to respond, but don't have as much time for posting on this website as I used to.  As for scouting Unit 29, I don't feel like I have mastered the unit in 3 years of hunting it.  I will say that I have seen more deer at lower elevations than higher elevations.  Unfortunately, the larger contiguous chunks of public land are at the higher elevations.  

Don't let the number of recreationalists in a given area deter you from hunting it.  I have seen deer hanging out less than 40 yards off very busy biking/hiking trails with the recreationalists oblivious to the deer.  

Good luck and keep us posted how your scouting and hunt goes!

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