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if you had nine points.... where would you spend them? should we hold out for a couple years or is there a unit where we can take a bull over 300 inches?

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I have 8 myself and iam going to hold out for a few more years looking to use them in probably in Forbes/Trinchera as I have a lot of knowledge of what type of bulls come out of there. also I might look into using them in the Hill ranch because it has some bruisers also. what are your thoughts?

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That's a tough one. If they'd do point banking again, I'd go on two different ranching for wildlife hunts. If not that, I'd say 61 & 76 are good units with that many points. Unit 10, 2 & 201 are good units if you want to wait and keep building points. With that in mind, we have some 300 bulls in many of our units, especially if you hike or horseback in a ways.

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ok, good thoughts. Forbes Trinchera is a RFW hunt right? i haven't heard about the type of bulls that come out of there. i'm sure there's some big ones. i'm not toally sold on the RFW hunts though. several of my family members have bad experiences.

I've never really been to 61 or 76 either, what do you think the average trophy size would be in those units?

obviously i would want to shoot the biggest bull i could find, which is why i kind of want to save my points for the northwest corner. but my dad would like to spend his points within the next few years so we're tryin to find a different trophy unit.

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61 & 76 produce some 320+ bulls as do the other units mentioned.

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ok that's pretty good. are there any other units i should consider?

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unit 40 is a great trophy unit. But the landownership is a little spotty.

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ok i'll look into that one as well. Which of those three units do you think would have the biggest bulls?? (61, 76, 40)

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The best are supposed to be in unit 10, but because I'm not that patient enough to hold out for one of those tags, I haven't examined the harvest stats. Let me instead say that I highly doubt 61 is your best bet because of the incredible pressure in 62. Because I'm a stat psychopath (according to my friends), I've been calculating things like bull pressure on the Uncompahgre. I have two ways of calculating it, but I'd rank them 40,76, then 61 for trophy potential. Remember 76 also borders several unlimited units, but it's far less of a problem than in 61. On the indices that I've created, between 10 and 14% of the bulls over two years old are taken from Unit 40, about 20-26% from 76 and 37-39% out of 61. As long as you are killing less than half of your bulls per year, you have a chance of growing mature animals. A 4 year old bull is a heck of a trophy and stands a good chance of scoring over 300 inches. But if you think you're after a 6-9 year old bull, wouldn't it be better to put the least amount of pressure on the bulls? I couldn't tell you whether 40, 76 or 61 had the best genetic potential and/or nutrition, but age is the single most important factor in growing big antlers.
However, in the Weminuche Wilderness you've got a lot of big woods for elk to hide in, so there's a great chance of growing a monster in there too. And killing less than 25% of your bulls is a great number too. 76 has a better reputation, and few people even know that 40 is trophy managed, but my numbers, which could be complete B.S., suggest you would have a better chance at an older bull in 40.

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ok thanks for the feedback. i'm definately gonna take a closer look at them. Anyone ever hunted in 40?

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HelloMcFly---I'd be curious to know which RFW units your relatives had a bad experience on---and why, if you recall the details.

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