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Colorado Trophy Elk Unit

I would like to apply for a Elk Hunt this coming year in the state of Colorado. Can any one give me some sound advise on what would be the best unit to take a trophy in. I have 8 points and would like to hunt with a bow or muzzle loader.
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Colorado Trophy Elk Unit

Well you're a little late for Bow and Muzzleloader for this year. Season runs from Bow (Aug 30-Sept 28) and Muzzleloader (Sept 13-21).

You will need to go to Colorado DOW Website about the end of Feb to apply for the Limited Draw.

Good Luck next year.

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Colorado Trophy Elk Unit

Do you live in Colorado? The picture changes a little if you don't. The real trophy units take more than 10 points to draw. But you can find good quality bulls in 48, 49, 481, 66, and 67. And I think you might be able to draw 76, too. All of the above units are pretty rugged hunts, but doing your research and putting in some shoe leather, I've seen 6-point bulls in every one of those units. 76 probably has the best bull/cow ratio, but that area doesn't have the numbers of really big bulls that it used to. 66 and 67 have really good numbers of elk and much better quality than most open units, but the big bulls will take some serious effort to find. Hope this helps.

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Colorado Trophy Elk Unit

My party just came back from GMU 85. There are some great areas around the Indian Creek area and the Purgatory CG area. Purgatory is very beautiful but rugged area. Horses or walking only. We did not see any elk but did see lots of sign made by big boys. Indian Creek is easily accessed by 4x4 to the top around to the Forbes Ranch. There was not a lot of pressure except for on the weekend. Need to hunt the East side of the mountains East to Hwy 12 as that is the Winter feeding ground area.

Good luck to all that hunt this year.

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Colorado Trophy Elk Unit

You might be able to pull 61 with 8 points in MZ season, but I'm not for sure. Need to check the DOW stats....

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