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Colorado GMU's 7&8

Can anyone prvide me with some general thoughts about 4th season hunts for deer and elk up in these GMU's? For example, hunter #s, animal #s, access etc. The guys I hunt with are not afraid to hike so that is not an issue. We are thinking about coming into the area from the north, i.e. larimie. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated! (I am not seeking anyone's specific hunting spot/area, just some information on the area.)

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There aren't many hunters out there during 4th season, but there aren't many animals either. These units aren't yet in the recovery stages of the CWD transimission rate experiment. It's my understanding that the DOW will ease their foot off the gas beginning next year, but the management plan is set, so they might slow down the tags this year. Only 444 hunters last year, if you add up the elk and deer tags. But realistically there's probably only half that when you assume most guys have multiple tags. That sounds great, but the elk and deer density here is amongst the lowest in the state. Only about 2 elk/sq mi and 3 deer/sq. mi. Probably about that many moose too. The elk and deer densities were triple these numbers in the late 90s. In other parts of the state deer densities are over 20/sq mi and elk over 10. So if you're used to seeing a lot of animals, you'll be very disappointed. Access is good, but the roads can be difficult with a lot of snow, which we haven't had lately. I shot a good bull here 2 years ago, and in fact, all the bulls I've seen were pretty good, but no mature deer(I'm sure they exist, just didn't see one). There aren't many options for hunting animals down low, but there is some BLM, National Forest and state lands where you may be able to get into something if they have all been driven out of the higher country by pressure and snow.
I know the whole area pretty well, but I spent a lot of time learning it. Scouting will be your only chance of harvesting anything here. Don't expect to bump into animals randomly, there just aren't very many left. And the pressure is light enough that you can't expect animals to be driven to you either.

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Thanks for the information. I have not hunted this area before and it sounds like I may pass on the area for a while. I am much more familiar with other CO GMUs so that is where I will be headed. Thanks again!

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There's certainly something to be said for getting to know one unit very well. I've hunted a different unit for every species and every season since I've moved here. Even with all the time I've spent in the west slope units, getting to know these Front Range Units is great for back up plans, and I probably know them as well as any place I know in Colorado.

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Hunted unit 7/8 a fews years back during two archery seasons. One year we saw alot of elk...even had a nice 6x6 and 5x5 at 25yds....just no shot. The next year we barely saw an elk. Like said before it can be real hit and miss as there are elk there but no real dense and what is there is spread out real good.

Would I go back, maybe in a few years if I start to see the animals start to make a comeback. We camp around there alot....so it is like a all summer scouting trip!

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