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Colorado unit 40

I just found this website while researching for my hunt and love it. There is so much great information here and after reading through many posts I can see that the community on this site is awesome.

My Dad, brother and I have 3 pp for Colorado deer. This year we are wanting to draw a tag and hunt that awesome state. We aren't really going for the best trophy area, which is obvious with only 3 pp, but we are looking to have a great quality hunt. Something with good amounts of opportunity on 130-160 class bucks.

Im hearing that unit 40 has a lot of private land. How true is that? We have all hunted the Book Cliffs unit of Utah for Deer and Bear and love it, which is why we like unit 40. It seems to be the same type of terrain and isn't very far from the Book Cliffs. We are DIY hunters and aren't afraid to hike far as far as we need with packs to get away from the crowd. Im just concerned that if there is too much private land that we may find ourselves worrying about more than trying to find an animal to harvest.

Any info on the private land there would be great! Not looking for anyones honey hole but if you had good experiences there please let me know if it would be worth our time and our points.

I read there is a bear tag that allows you to hunt them through all the deer seasons. I would like to have one in my pocket if that is true.?

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By the way we are going to

By the way we are going to hunt the 2nd rifle season during the rut which could be a lot of fun if we arent haveing to battle private property.

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RUT

The second rifle season wont be a Rut hunt, i have hunted just south of there about 5 times now, and they have never been even close to being in the Rut. jmo

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Rut

Thanks for the heads up Kevin.

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I have not hunted 40 but just

I have not hunted 40 but just wanted to back up the information on the rut. I hunt in 444 outside Glenwood usually all seasons between my kids my dad and myself. We usually start to see signs of the rut by the end of the 3rd season and things will really get going during the fourth. Which is probably why they give so few tags as the bucks are far more vulnerable.

I have hunted the fourth season once and killed a 168" buck the first morning. There are bigger ones out there but that was my best so far and I was plenty happy to take him.

Good luck with your hunt where ever you decide to go.

And welcome to the forum be sure to share your story.

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2nd season is a long way from the rut for either elk or deer.  The terrain is a little bit different than the Book Cliffs, but the vegetation is similar.  Yes you can get an over the counter bear tag if you have an elk or deer tag for that unit.  You do not have to draw that one in 2nd season.  I'm pretty sure you have more points than you need for that deer hunt though.

There is a lot of private land, but if you're deer hunting, I don't think it will be as much of a pain in the butt as if you were elk hunting in country you didn't know very well.  

Pinon Mesa Ranch controls a ton of ground in the area and is part of our Ranching For Wildlife program for the moment.  My buddy's uncle, the CEO of a major archery company, has hunted it at least twice as far as I know and has taken some incredible bulls off of there.  So, if you've got about 10 grand to spare (just a guess), you might consider a little door knocking too.

 

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thanks

Thanks for the help guys. (Awesome bulls, by the way)

Im still in the researching phase and Im making some calls today to the CO DOW to pin down more details. Your input is very helpful.

Exbiologist, What do you mean by the deer hunting may not be as big of a pain in the butt as hunting for elk? Are you referring to the different areas of the unit that you find them in?

Hey you guys can bet that i'll be sharing our story with pictures. That the least I could do for your help.

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yep

I tend to do most of my deer hunting in canyons and foothills, not the tops of mesas or up in the mountains, which is where a lot of the private land in 40 is.  Also, deer don't herd up like elk do, nor do they tend to travel quite as far when spooked by hunters.  They tend to be better distributed, which makes for better hunting.  

But with 3 points, have you considered an actual rut hunt?  There are a few 4th season hunts you could draw.  But since you're talking second season, there are some more traditional, tightly managed trophy areas that you could draw, including 44 (I know it's down, but there are still excellent deer there) and 54, 55 and 551.  Just seems a little bit of a waste to use 3 points on a 1 point hunt.  Of course you'd be guaranteed to draw though.  And I get it if that's a more convenient unit coming from Utah.

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