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Colorado GMU 29 for deer

Hi Folks... new user and a new hunter to CO (only experience is w friends in TX)... I have a buck tag for 4th Rifle this year... and have NO CLUE where to have luck accessing public land. Any suggestions? I'm trying to get my hands on a map, too, to be sure of boundaries. Thanks!

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I can't help you with the

I can't help you with the unit but for maps and access check out the Forest Service and BLM maps of the area.  They both will show private property

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Well you have a heck of a lot

Well you have a heck of a lot of figuring out to do in the next couple weeks. Bear in mind that in CO no one has to mark thier property line, but if you go on it you are trespassing. 29 is Boulder, some of the most anti hunting residents in the state. The municipality owns all the land along the foothills and what they don't own the county does. It's against the law to even carry firearms across county or municipal lands to access National Forest even if you knew where it was.

 

What little national forest there is, is usually not accessible due to private land. Oh and don't forget that big piece up by Sugarloaf that Parks and Wildlife up until this year asked everyone not to hunt because of upset adjoining landowners, all those people as well as the county sherif still think that land is out of bounds, though technically it never was.

On the W side of Peak to Peak is where the only obvious chunks of National Forest are and it's all covered with snow now. Any deer are likely a little lower, elk came down 2 weeks ago during 1st season.

 

29 just isn't the kind of unit you can drive on up into and look for some National Forest. Tons of private inholdings all over the place on old mining claims. Get a good map.

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plenty of space up there

Tag soup is mostly wrong here. Yes the residents of Boulder county are a little difficult to deal with however there is plenty of National forest to hunt in, both west and east of the peak to peak hwy. If you look at a map, you will see two big chunks east of the peak to peak. one north and one south of boulder canyon. Both will be tricky to access your first season, I recommend a weekend to road scout your access points. Be mindful of the private homes, many of them do fall close to some attractive hunting areas. I normally just stay clear of those areas and hunt in areas where I know I'm at least a half mile from the private boundary. The sugarloaf area he mentions is good, just get away from the neighborhood. They got pissed because people were recreational shooting right beside their houses You can hunt for several miles west and northwest of there. Beware of a Boulder county sheriff hunting closure. There is a map on their website but why an ethical hunter would hunt in there with all those houses is beyond me. Have fun, get away from the truck and hunt timber. I've killed several deer in this unit over the years, both early and late. Explore the hunt atlas on the CPW website for a little intel.

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plenty of space up there

Tag soup is mostly wrong here. Yes the residents of Boulder county are a little difficult to deal with however there is plenty of National forest to hunt in, both west and east of the peak to peak hwy. If you look at a map, you will see two big chunks east of the peak to peak. one north and one south of boulder canyon. Both will be tricky to access your first season, I recommend a weekend to road scout your access points. Be mindful of the private homes, many of them do fall close to some attractive hunting areas. I normally just stay clear of those areas and hunt in areas where I know I'm at least a half mile from the private boundary. The sugarloaf area he mentions is good, just get away from the neighborhood. They got pissed because people were recreational shooting right beside their houses You can hunt for several miles west and northwest of there. Beware of a Boulder county sheriff hunting closure. There is a map on their website but why an ethical hunter would hunt in there with all those houses is beyond me. Have fun, get away from the truck and hunt timber. I've killed several deer in this unit over the years, both early and late. Explore the hunt atlas on the CPW website for a little intel.

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