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Colorado unit 20 question

New here to the forums . My household has deer and elk tags for unit 20 and we received a card in the mail from Dow saying because of things that have happened in the past there to be on extra careful ethics while hunting there to insure the hunting heritage there. We plan on it but Im sure the granolas are starting an anti hunting campainge !!
Any way anybody care to share there thoughts on deer hunting unit 20 ? Please feel free to PM or post here. Glad to be aboard .

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I know unit 20 pretty well, and I've never had an issue with the bunny huggers, including last year. The biggest issue I can see is with some of the small subdivisions in and around National Forest Land. All of the inholdings cause problems for people who don't know what a map is, but assuming you own and can read a map, you probably be shooting deer in someone's front yard.

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I have hunted it for years with no problems. Don't know why they would even send that out. I'll bet the increase in exposure from the park service plan to cull the herd.

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Hunted it the last two years and have not had a problem, but I stayed away from areas werwe the hiker like to be and I was also hunting the late season and there was alot of snow and cold so not of people out in it.

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How is the deer hunting around Crozier Mnt? Looks to be our jumping off point.

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The deer hunting around Crozier isn't great, better for elk. I would go further south in the unit or further east. I hunted deer pretty hard for the first couple of days of third season in that area, and the Piper Meadows area before going south. One other spot that I really like, but most people don't know how to take advantage of is Triangle Mountain. Good deer habitat and you can take advantage of the deer that think they are using the Dunraven subdivision as a sanctuary. Access is straight up the mountain behind the picnic area uphill from Dunraven entrance.

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I 2nd the thoughts of going further East. The deer are few and far between up there. You'll need to go lower ( around Carter Lake) to find good populations of deedr.

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ok great you guys are awesome . Refreshing new website for me !! Folks not so hung up on what will it score mentality.
What are the odds of gettin on elk in 4 th rifle? I have heard that they avoid public ground like the plague. And huntable private for a tresspass fee is scarce as hens teeth or so I hear.

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It's a tough tag to get, but I assume you have one. I photographed a nice bull (5x5, but he will make most happy) in a Park (PM if you really want to know where, afraid to broadcast that area because its my favorite) last year during 3rd season while deer hunting. The Crosier area is very good, and my friend turned down several bulls during the late season up there. We finally got him a 6x6 in the Comanche Peaks. The elk will likely still be fairly high in elevation if we have a mild early winter again.
And i think the guys on this site try to be pretty open. I don't see other hunters as competitors, more like teammates. I enjoy being able to share what I think I know.

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A buddy of mine has a 4th season buck tag and a late season bull tag. I think the more east you go the better for the deer. we saw 5 real nice big ones last year during the late elk season.....hence the late buck tag for him.....I would give you the location, but I do not want to step on my buddies toes.......also a very tough area to get into if we get some snow like in the past!

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The longer you wait the better the hunting for Elk. You'll need big snow to drive the elk out of the park. That is why the 3rd late is so popular. The 1-4th season are very slow becasue the park and the city host the elk. I have not heard of much success durning those seasons.
I had a buddy take a 33inch wide 4x4 deer off crosier a while ago but again it was the only deer he saw in days of hunting. Right place right time.

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