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Colorado unit 61

My buddies and I have been waiting 8 years(8 points) to hunt in unit 61. We've hunted 62 for years and now can go "across the street to 61". We are locals and will start our search for the perfect hunting camp as soon as the snow melts.

Does anyone have any sugestions as to where in 61 to start our search?

We have all the goodies (quads, .300 short mags and great optics). I see some serious glassing in my future....

Any help with our quest would be greatly appreciated!

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Colorado unit 61

Elkkill06 can probably help you a little better than I can. But if it were me, I'd go somewhere around the Tabeguache Basin. I'm assuming you're camping off of a road. I'd also consider the north end of the unit, around Wolf Hill.

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Colorado unit 61

From what people who have hunted 61 during rifle season have told me, and I have talked to several. You want to plan for the first couple days then have a second plan for the steep and deep for the rest of the season because there are a lot of cow tags given out.And what you see preseason changes fast.But most of those folks are gone after a few days but the bulls have moved a little deeper and are staying there.If you have a plan "B' ready you'll do great but that big bull you watched a few hundred yards off the trail all of september won't stay there long.Great unit , great country, I'll see what I can scrape up for Info from some of those guys. Later,

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thanks for the input. The early plan is to find an out of the way camp (or camps) that offer us the largest area of coverage. Much like in GMU 62, we'll probably have to spend a lot of time glassing into those deep, dark, ugly, nasty areas that everyone says doesn't hold any animals. That's where we have found most of the big bulls we've taken in 62. Bulls don't get very big when they hang out around the divide road for too long. We haven't spent much time on the 61 side of the road and are just looking for a few good places to start. By the third season most of the bulls will have moved off of the cows and are re-couperating while gaining weight in preperation for winter. Living in Grand Junction allows us the time to go on a few scouting trips before the big week arrives.

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Colorado unit 61

Bet,
Which season are you putting in for? Makes a difference for suggestions, I think. Good luck in the draw.
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Colorado unit 61

Bet, are you looking to spend those 8 points on third season? If I was to hunt 61 it would be 1st season. Just like in unit 62 those big bulls know where to go to disappear in 3rd season and a helk of a lot harder to find. Let me know which season you are planning to hunt and I will give you some suggestions. A bit of advise, if you know where to find the true giants in unit 62, the same will go for unit 61. Not to change the subject, but I am always looking for pics of big animals killed in unit 62.

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Colorado unit 61

We will be hunting third season. Should have plenty of time to get up there this summer. A couple of guys at work are saying that the Nucla Rd where is starts to break out to the flat can be productive, depends on the weather. Exbio recommended going to the North end (Wolf Hill?) or the Tabeguache Basin? I guess I have some more reserch to do as these places are not familiar to me....

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BET, I have heard of many good bulls coming from down around the Nucla area. I have also heard that they mainly come off the lower private areas. If I were you, I would defenitely hunt low country no matter what, it has nothing to do with the weather on if those elk will be down low. Wolf Hill will be over ran with deer and elk hunters, Tabeguache Basin is a little better, also check out Bull Draw, Little Johnson Cr., Big Johnson Cr. ,and Triangle Mesa. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck and good hunting!

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