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Colorado new hunter Welcome Wagon

So the Colorado Division of Wildlife is stepping up their recruitment and retention efforts by identifying people moving in from out of state that previously held hunting licenses. Several of us Huntmasters are going to the initial training meeting tonight to see how we can help, once these people have been identified.
Anyway, I know I've seen a lot of inquiries from new Colorado residents on here who don't know where to go or what to do.

Elizabeth Akard with the DOW is coordinating the efforts, so if you're new to Colorado and would like to be contacted by a volunteer like me, give Elizabeth a call at:
303-291-7479

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Colorado new hunter Welcome Wagon

good stuff exo Thumbs up

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Military guys,
I just got back from the meeting and did bring up the need to inform you folks, but they said there is already a liason on the larger bases. Specifically mentioned the Ft. Carson rec center.
Anybody who hasn't already been contacted by the DOW can still use this program, but won't be part of the study to see whether our recruiting efforts are having an effect.

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Soldier son at FC and Father-in-law from Texas want to hunt

My son is a combat medic at FC and we are trying to get his grandpa up to him from Texas in October for the 2nd rifle season (would have liked black powder but that is a draw we were late knowing about). Have read the Colorado wildlife site but they do not detail exactly how to obtain a OTC permit for a certain area.
I assume you ask for a certain area (at a wildlife center) and if there are OTC permits available you get one. Then how do you know what is the place to hunt in that area? Total Newbies to the process although the grandpa has hunted several times in New Mexico wilderness. Any help appreciated and good area hunting sites within 3 hours of FC Think

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OTC permits are not for a certain area, just a certain season. An OTC permit is good for any OTC unit. There is a map of the OTC elk areas on the DOW website.
http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/
Knowing where to hunt comes from knoweledge and experience. Your son is going to have to do some scouting and learn about habits and habitat. I'd give you 0% chance of success trying elk huntig for the first time if you don't put in any work ahead of time.
If you're willing to work hard, pick a unit with lots of wilderness area. If not, find a place with good road access. 2nd season is the busiest season in the mountains, so there will be lots of pressure. That's just something you'll have to accept, but if you position yourself properly, you can take advantage of it.

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Further on help for newbies

Thanks for the general info on the OTC permits. Any specific info on better units in the south central area for my son to check out beforehand would be appreciated. They may drive straight back to Texas after the hunt and the best place to make that more time efficient would be from the south central area of Colorado.
This will probably be the last out of state hunt for his grandfather as he is going to turn 71 during the hunting time. His grandfather (my father-in-law) has lived and breathed hunting all his life but has had few opportunities the past couple of years due to some physical problems and just other circumstances(and his health is not going to get much better than it is). We are trying to make a big birthday present of this Elk hunt to him since our soldier son is stationed in the area to help out.

Thanks again for any help.

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With your grandfather along, you're going to probably want a unit with better road access, but you should also have your son be scouting for you. All the larger OTC units in the southern end of the state have great to decent numbers of elk. I would assume that granpa won't be climbing many 11,000 foot peaks. The unit I would suggest you look at would be 71, but in reality, all the southern units have enough road access that you could find a spot that will work for you. But you'll need to send your son out to scout for you.
One thing to keep in mind is the affect of elevation on older folks. My buddy's 70 year old uncle came hunting with us last year. We were camped around 9,200 feet and he couldn't sleep at all from the headaches and other affects on his body. That guys was tough as nails and had hunted Alaska numerous times, but the elvation was too much for his body and poor circulation, so he had to separate from us and hunt lower. That's why 71 is a better choice for you guys.

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Oh yeah and units 70 and 71 are very popular due to their easy access and good success rates. But there's too many people for me.

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Units 80,81

Given my soldier son's limited time to scout and the distance he has to travel with that time, are there reasonable access areas in Units 80 and 81 with reasonably good hunting?

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There are, there's plenty of roads, but plenty of wilderness and other roadless areas. I'd recommend 81 over 80. But there are some areas that you probably are going to have a hard time with grandpa.

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