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Colorado Unit #29 ELK

Was thinking of applying for Unit 29 Elk liscense, wondering if anybody has hunted this area before or knows what the Elk hunting is like as far as numbers of elk, how rough the country or any information about this unit would greatly be appreciated.


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Re: Colorado Unit #29 ELK

I'd say most guys on the Front Range have been through there. There's not a lot of elk(1 per sq mile, which is really bad), the country is moderately rugged (drive through it, it's probably not very far away for you), there's not a lot of public land, but the pressure is fairly light because it is limited. However, if you're applying for a tag during deer season, there is a lot more pressure. Goes from about 1/3 of a hunter per square mile of public land in 1st season to 1.6 hunters per square mile of public in 2nd season.
I think we've mentioned this several time recently, the hunting along the Front Range is generally not very good, but the limited pressure makes it bearable. If you're not willing to drive 5 or 6 hours into less pressured elk country (if you drive home everyday, you're going to spend a lot of time driving anyway), then you need to be willing to scout like crazy. And if you're asking about 29, which is probably local (and if it isn't, I wouldn't consider it at all), then you need to drive up there and look around for yourself to see if it's worth it.

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