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Colorado unit 61 1st rifle Here I come.

Well, I read the writing on the wall and gave up on 201. I took my 18 points and drew first rifle in unit 61. Would anyone on here be willing to share some info with me on this unit? I have hunted Colorado for about 20 years mostly in unit 25 (Flattops) and 371 (Eagles nest Wilderness). All have been DIY hunts and this one will be also. Not expecting to hear about a specific drainage, but I wouldn't turn that info away either.
I am from Indiana and all my scouting will be through maps and contacts I can make. Game wardens and others have been helpful in the past. I am hoping for the same in this unit. Thanks

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I have not hunted it, but I

I have not hunted it, but I know you just drew yourself a pretty dandy tag..... Wink

Congrats!

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Hi Grouser, I did the same

Hi Grouser, I did the same thing last year for my first rifle 61 tag. It was one of the best elk hunts of my time. I didn't take a bull but could have pulled the trigger many times. They just weren't big enough and i kept holding out. I have done most of my hunting in units 421,521. I couldnt see taking a bull of the same caliber that I can take back in those units. Hopefully the weather will be cooler this year. Last year the oak brush was almost fully leaved. I camped at the elevation at the Quakie line. I hunted down into the oak brush and up into the timber. I talked with a young Warden about the elk, and my hunting experience there basically supported what he said. A lot of elk...cows and young bulls up in the higher quakies into the timber. Fewer elk but bigger bulls down in the lower quakies and oak brush. I had two chances at quality bulls but the shot just never materialized. All the rest of the important stuff you have a handle on since you have been elk hunting for years..all the same applies here...get off the roads away from people and so on. Good luck to you

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Thanks Ca_Vermonster and

Thanks Ca_Vermonster and Opssup. Opssup-nice to know you had a good hunt last year. I'm like you, I am looking for something bigger here than we usually see and looking forward to a good hunting experience. I have had a couple of guys give me some good info on what part of 61 they hunted and things look promising. Would you tell me what general area you were in? Were the bulls still bugling when you were there? Most guys have been telling me the same thing about a lot of elk. Finding the big one seems to be the challenge, as expected. Hopefully with a little info here and there, I can connect the dots.

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Sure, i don't have a problem

Sure, i don't have a problem telling you, god knows i dont have another twenty years to wait for another tag so it would be crazy to be secret about it. I was based on Houser rd at the quakie line and hunted the cottonwood and Tabegauche drainages up into the timber and down deep into the oak brush. Like i said I saw very nice bulls in both drainages but couldn't make a clear shot. The weather was hot and the elk were quiet and scarce during my scouting days prior to the season. The friday before the open a snow storm came thru and they came alive like nothing i had seen before!!! A few inches of that beautiful whit stuff on the ground and bugles all day long and everywhere. Man it was awesome. Its too bad I can't go back but I guess it is what it is.

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I'll mark that on my map.

I'll mark that on my map. Thanks. The more guys I talk to the more I am hearing the same thing. Great hunts whether you tag out or not. Hopefully, I'll have the same experience. Don't know why I won't, it's elk hunting. Man, a few inches of snow sure would be nice. Just seems more like elk hunting to me with a little white stuff on the ground. It's a little drier in 61 than where I usually hunt.

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