Even though we've lived in Craig for nearly 30 years now, we have not been able to draw tags for unit 2 or 201, so have not hunted those units. However its been for rifle seasons, not archery or muzzleloader. My husband is contemplating going back to archery, simply so he can draw those units.
Unit 2 is a great unit, lots of public land. You'll have to be careful and not end up on monument land. You should use a 4x4 in that area. If it should rain, that area is difficult to navigate and the roads have had little to no maintenance.
Also if you need lodging, make reservations now, even for camping if you want established campgrounds. We have tons of oil & gas workers in the area, and they will still be here this fall during the hunting seasons, so it makes lodging tough to find. However in unit 2 you can simply "boondock" it, bring enough water & you should be ok.
Are you planning on coming out and scouting this summer? Have you ever been to this corner of the state? If not and you like remote wildernessy areas, you're in for a real treat. Its not a hard unit to hunt, the mountains are not as steep as what you have on the eastern side. Its lots of pinyon, sage, and ponderosa pine, with desert type of vegetation and cactuses mixed in, and its lower in overall elevation. During muzzleloader season you may need to plan on doing some climbing. I bet the elk will be hanging out at the higher elevations if its still warm. I would start out by checking out the Douglas Mountain area. http://www.co.blm.gov/lsra/douglas.htm
You can also contact the Craig Chamber of Commerce. They have a gentleman on staff that knows this area well and could be a useful resource. His name is Ned Miller and I would call them and ask for him specifically. http://www.craigchamber.com/
Good luck! Let me know if you need more info or help.
talk to some of the landowners around the lower elevations i bet they will let you smoke one.or call wanda walker she lets people hunt and a cow wouldnt be a problem your going to see alot of bulls down toward the mounument border is where i would go also cows cross back and forth all the time good luck and enjoy
Thanks for the responses. Last time I was up there was when I was 10 years old and the family visited Dinosaur Monument. I'm hoping to get up there several times this summer to do some camping and scouting.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...