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Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”

Guys, I am looking for a little help with Colorado unit 76. Does anyone have any experience elk hunting in unit 76 and would be willing to share it. I have enough points to get in but am hearing stories that the quality of bulls is not that great considering it takes so many points to get a license. Thanks all.

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Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”

from the last 5 years i have hunted and hiked in that area, the rio grande area, 68, 78,76, 80, i would say you were told correctly, there are not many if any 'trophy' bulls in 76, if there are i have never seen them, i only spend the july- september in and out of that area so would never lead you to believe i have local knowledge of the unit, but no one i know with many points would burn them on 76, that whole area is so weather dependent it is scary.

warm weather and the elk are on top and deep in the spruce, 3rd and 4th season from what i have been told, never been there for it, they are down in the scrub, and THAT is hard hunting, dang hard but at least you dont need to horseback it in to get deep enough to find elk.

i have always been told by locals there that should i get enough points, i need to head northwest where the big bulls are....i try to draw in 20 each year but no luck so far, as it is everywhere, once the bell rings they head for remote areas or onto private lands, mcdonalds parking lots, natinal parks and monuments...etc....

so i guess my vote if i were after a 350+ would be dont burn a pile of points looking for a trophy 6x6 in 76...but i am not a head hunter so if i had your ponts i'd do it , there are branched bulls in 76 for certain.

my 2 cents

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Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”

Wow, all the way from NY and full of good info. I was beginning to think that no one wanted to let me in on a super secret. Hey all you CO guys out there, any local information? I know someone out there can confirm or deny and maybe in less than 20 days.

Slickrock, thanks, I do value the 2 cents. I use to live in Durango and have friends that have hunted in 76. I have hunted just south of the divide; it’s good and only takes 1PP to muzzleload in there. As for my goals, I would be really happy with a 300+ bull. Colorado is full of good elk hunting for 1PP but I have 7. It’s the psychology of it all. I cant bring myself to trade my 7 points for an area that only takes 1. I know, sound silly.

Thanks, Centennial

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Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”

Centennial, I have also heard great things about 76 for bull elk but personally haven't hunted it.

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Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”

I am a novice elk hunter.I been hunting whitetail all my life in Texas.This year may be my 1st elk hunt in Colorado.It looks like I might be hunting in units 75 and 751.Anyone tell me what the 2007 season was like?I want to hunt the most rough and rugged terrain,physically challenging.I am a 100 % die hard hunter.Where as most guys would quit and give up.I get going hunting.So I want my 1st elk hunt to be a real success.Just which units are about the best for a really big bull?So how do i get the ball rolling.Send in money for 2008 draw to Colorado Fish and Game for the drawing of tags?I have 0 points.I need to ask a biologist and game warden about the unit i plan to hunt?Just trying to do all my ground work and home work.Your advice and suggestion sure will help me,perhaps make it a successful hunt.I have a couple of drop camp outfitters I am looking at in the San Juan Wilderness Area.

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Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”
Brahma Bull wrote:
I am a novice elk hunter.I been hunting whitetail all my life in Texas.This year may be my 1st elk hunt in Colorado.It looks like I might be hunting in units 75 and 751.Anyone tell me what the 2007 season was like?I want to hunt the most rough and rugged terrain,physically challenging.I am a 100 % die hard hunter.Where as most guys would quit and give up.I get going hunting.So I want my 1st elk hunt to be a real success.Just which units are about the best for a really big bull?So how do i get the ball rolling.Send in money for 2008 draw to Colorado Fish and Game for the drawing of tags?I have 0 points.I need to ask a biologist and game warden about the unit i plan to hunt?Just trying to do all my ground work and home work.Your advice and suggestion sure will help me,perhaps make it a successful hunt.I have a couple of drop camp outfitters I am looking at in the San Juan Wilderness Area.

If you are wanting rugged steep country to hunt in unit 75, start with Missionary Ridge and head north to Silverton. You will find some country that is not very friendly to the common hunter.

There are a few 300 class bulls to be found if you hunt hard but the more common herd bulls to the area are 250+.

As far as tags:
Archery (either-sex) sold OTC
Muzzleloader (bull) by draw
1st Rifle (either-sex) by draw
2nd Rifle (bull) sold OTC
3rd Rifle (bull) sold OTC
4th Rifle (either-sex) by draw

I am an outfitter and I mainly guide northwest of unit 75 above Dolores, Colorado. Basically the other side of the mountain as the bird flies. Our archery, muzzleloader and 1st rifle season were awesome in 2007. 2nd rifle, 3rd rifle and 4th rifle were very tough hunting in 2007 due to the warm weather.

I have a couple thousand acres leased in unit 751 east of Bayfield. The elk are usually down out of the high country during 4th rifle (Nov. 14-18, 2007). But it was 70 degrees and we had a tough time because the elk hadnt moved down yet due to the warm weather. Luckily 4th season is a either-sex tag so my 2 hunters each took cows and left happy. They both totally understood that I cant control the weather and they both booked again and are coming back next year!

I hope this helps, if you have anymore question let me know.

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Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”
huntquest wrote:
Brahma Bull wrote:
I am a novice elk hunter.I been hunting whitetail all my life in Texas.This year may be my 1st elk hunt in Colorado.It looks like I might be hunting in units 75 and 751.Anyone tell me what the 2007 season was like?I want to hunt the most rough and rugged terrain,physically challenging.I am a 100 % die hard hunter.Where as most guys would quit and give up.I get going hunting.So I want my 1st elk hunt to be a real success.Just which units are about the best for a really big bull?So how do i get the ball rolling.Send in money for 2008 draw to Colorado Fish and Game for the drawing of tags?I have 0 points.I need to ask a biologist and game warden about the unit i plan to hunt?Just trying to do all my ground work and home work.Your advice and suggestion sure will help me,perhaps make it a successful hunt.I have a couple of drop camp outfitters I am looking at in the San Juan Wilderness Area.

If you are wanting rugged steep country to hunt in unit 75, start with Missionary Ridge and head north to Silverton. You will find some country that is not very friendly to the common hunter.

There are a few 300 class bulls to be found if you hunt hard but the more common herd bulls to the area are 250+.

As far as tags:
Archery (either-sex) sold OTC
Muzzleloader (bull) by draw
1st Rifle (either-sex) by draw
2nd Rifle (bull) sold OTC
3rd Rifle (bull) sold OTC
4th Rifle (either-sex) by draw

I am an outfitter and I mainly guide northwest of unit 75 above Dolores, Colorado. Basically the other side of the mountain as the bird flies. Our archery, muzzleloader and 1st rifle season were awesome in 2007. 2nd rifle, 3rd rifle and 4th rifle were very tough hunting in 2007 due to the warm weather.

I have a couple thousand acres leased in unit 751 east of Bayfield. The elk are usually down out of the high country during 4th rifle (Nov. 14-18, 2007). But it was 70 degrees and we had a tough time because the elk hadnt moved down yet due to the warm weather. Luckily 4th season is a either-sex tag so my 2 hunters each took cows and left happy. They both totally understood that I cant control the weather and they both booked again and are coming back next year!

I hope this helps, if you have anymore question let me know.

I am talking to an outfitter today.He does drop camps in 75 and 751.He is telling me the draws are pretty liberal,chances are pretty good.Now 1st or 4th season???? Well he says 1st is for sure better and warmer weather,Elk had not been pushed around yet.Yep maybe so.4th,well it is as cold as a polar bears butt,the snow driving the big bulls out of unit 76.My chances of getting a big bull are better.I am not for the easy road,easy kill.1st season sounds tempting but so does 4th.I called the wildlife dept today too.Same thing as you told me on 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th.Mule deer is 100% draw.2007 results will be out in March.Is that right some hunters wait 7 to 10 years to hunt in units 71 and 76?Hunting those units I understand is done by points and draw.To get to hunt for a trophy.I am trying to get some hunting partners to make it 4,lower price.But they just aint as serious about it as I am.Hard to find really hard core die hard hunters now days.Why I like to hunt alone.Well give me your contact info.I plan to do hunts in that area next several years,different units.

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Re: Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”

bump

My group is looking to go into 76 this year (2nd season) with a mix of cow and bull tags and one buck tag.
We also feel we have a chance at a moose tag in the draw (that would be early Oct).
We don't really care about trophys.
We believe we will need a pack horse.
Has anyone hunted up there recently? I'm looking for any beta from last season.
Thanks in advance.
- Greg

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Re: Colorado GMU 76 “trophy unit”

PM rcryan. He hunted there a few years ago and pops in and out of here frequently.

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Looking into unit 76

I have a group of guys ages ranging from 42-72 that are planning a trip to unit 76. A few of us have 10-13 points for elk, and a couple of us have 4-8 deer points, and the others will hunt cows. I have researched and read other post, and I am looking for information on the following:
1) areas to stay campgrounds, cabins, etc
2)are there areas that are easier to hunt (for the older guys)
3)accessability- I heard that the area is difficult to get into. We have camped in the mountains in the past, and have the means to do so, but we don't have horeses
We are not "trophy" hunters per say, but would like to see a lot of animals, and be able to stalk and kill a few to bring home some meat. We had been saving our points to go to Unit 61, but it looks like that might NEVER happen. We have hunted in 751, 61/62, and 521 in the past, and this will be our first time trying 76, so ANYTHING would be helpful....thanks....from the Colorado Cajuns!

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