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Colorado - Unit 55 - 2nd Season Mule Deer - Any advice??

I am looking at a muley landowner tag for Unit 55, 2nd season, but want to be sure it's a decent choice. I know the unit is still on the rebound from the 07/08 winterkill, but I also know there are still some great bucks & genetics in the area.

There are few posts on BGH about the unit, and it seems there are a LOT of elk hunters in there during 2nd season, and was wondering how badly the deer hunting would be affected. Also are the older bucks in that unit typically down low with the does by then, or still hanging at the higher eleveations. I like hiking in away from the crowds, so getting up to the higher elevations or back in toward the wilderness areas would not be a bad thing.

I'd appreciate any input on this before I pull the trigger on the tag.

Thanks!

Stan

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E-mail sent!! Bucks will be together! Some are lower than others!Here is one I shot in the Fall after the Blizzard!!!

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Unit 55

StanB wrote:

I am looking at a muley landowner tag for Unit 55, 2nd season, but want to be sure it's a decent choice. I know the unit is still on the rebound from the 07/08 winterkill, but I also know there are still some great bucks & genetics in the area.

There are few posts on BGH about the unit, and it seems there are a LOT of elk hunters in there during 2nd season, and was wondering how badly the deer hunting would be affected. Also are the older bucks in that unit typically down low with the does by then, or still hanging at the higher eleveations. I like hiking in away from the crowds, so getting up to the higher elevations or back in toward the wilderness areas would not be a bad thing.

I'd appreciate any input on this before I pull the trigger on the tag.

Thanks!

Stan

 

Hey Stan....I have deer hunted Unit 55 four times (hunted or helped out).  I was there in 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2011.  I saw some huge bucks in 2005, and 2006 but 160 class bucks were the best in the past two years. I don't plan to return for at least 2 more years.

The numbers are still down as is the trophy quality.  Of course in the Gunnison Basin, there is always the chance for a huge buck, its just that the numbers of those bucks is not near what it once was.  I have never hunted the second season, and I am pretty sure the areas I hunt would not be where you would want to be on that second season.

 

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