elkkill06 - I would like to know about unit 40. Decided in the last day to apply for a 4th season tag? Applied last year, but not enough points. I've been going back and forth between saving more points or using them in a average unit like 40. I used to live in Fruita and have scouted some on the mesa, but I will probably plan on hunting the western edge close to Black Mesa Wilderness or the BLM tracts along Unaweep. I know the private ranches can be a pain.
okieelkhunter - I've seen some good bulls killed by outfitters (website) in unit 49, but I don't have any information. I think your best source is to call the CDOW DWM, since most of them are in the assigned units on a daily basis.
I would not call unit 40 an average unit. It probably has better potential for a trophy unit then all of the so called better "trophy" units for the amount of points. As you pointed out the private is the problem and 4th season makes it that much tougher for a "big" bull.
The Black Ridge Wilderness area does not hold very many elk, but there are some there, and a few big ones. It can be hit or miss and do you have horses ?
Unaweep Canyon always holds bulls year around, but you must know how to get into the public areas and you better have horses there also.
PM me if you have any specific questions and good luck with your decision.
Any one have an opinion on unit 35 or 49. I have put in for these two areas and will be hunting public land. I hunted 35 several years ago but not sure how good or bad that area is for muley's. any help?
35 is a great area if you get enough snow to push the deer down and off of the private property. Personally there is way too much private property in 35 to really like to hunt there and I live right next to it and have hunted it for elk.
I hunted in unit 35 about 5 years ago when you could draw as a 2nd choice. I got a average buck the first afternoon. I hunted the 2nd rifle season and the roads were bad. I would recommend either a ATV or chains on a truck, if you get any snow/rain at all. A tow truck will not go up there. I haven't been back since, but I would like to hunt it again in the future. A good GPS and map/compass is a must. The landowners hire patrols to watch their boundaries.
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.