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Colorado Unit 62

Does anyone have any experience with unit 62 near Delta (Uncompahgre National Forest)? And can anyone offer any sound advice on how to pusue Elk/Mulies in that area? We will be hunting the 2nd rifle season this year and are looking for any helpful hints on methods or techniques that we could apply to increase our chances of success for both game. I realize they are quite different so please explain methods/techniques for each. Also, what time of the day is best for each. How about calling? Too late for both, or is a cow call (Elk) or grunt(Mule Deer) still effective at this time? We will be hunting hard and arrent afraid to venture deep if that's what it takes so tell it like it is, we won't be hunting trails or overusing quads.

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Re: Colorado Unit 62

7Magjoe,

If you are truly serious about hunting unit 62, welcome ot my world of hunting. Evil! Unit 62 is a VERY, Very high pressured unit and there is hardly anywhere you can escape people. I have hunted this unit my whole hunting career and my father for over 40 years.

As far as calls for elk it is always good to carry a cow call to try and stop them for a shot, but during second season the elk will already be so pressured you are better off not making a peep. Deer calls will not work.

As for times, early morning and late evenings for both.

When it comes to the elk and four wheelers leave them in camp. If an elk hears a four wheeler or a door shut on your four wheel drive they are gone.

During second season it is going to be tough chasing both deer and elk in the same season and same areas. Mule deer on the Unc are a very unique breed and have adapted well to the high pressure especially the big boys, they are very tough to find.

Last year was one of the worst for us. The elk just where not there, we had 11 tags first season and did not fill one. Normal years we are batting 80-90 percent on elk. Hope fully this year will be different.

Good luck and good hunting.

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Re: Colorado Unit 62

Elkill06, Thanks for your input on this unit. I am actually hunting some Private land as well as the national forest and I have a contact in Colorado who has hunted this area in the past and has offered some good information. He also mentioned that there is some pressure in the public areas and that the animals know to come to the private side as a safe haven. He has had pretty good success hunting there and even shot a 6 X 6 two years ago. Do you think we'll have better success finding animals with the luxury of having private land to hunt? Also, is there anywhere in particular that the Elk seem to roam or migrate to this time of the season? My contact in Colorado mentioned drainages he's had good luck with.

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Re: Colorado Unit 62

7Magjoe,

The private areas will hold animals and when your friend says some hunting pressure you better be ready for the orange army, especially during second season. Yes people get lucky and take some nice animals even out the window of there truck (right place right time).

When I archery hunt or rifle hunt 1st season I typically put on 4 to 18 miles a day looking for elk after opening morning.

Unit 62 is the only unit on the west slope I will not give out specific areas, but if you would like send me a PM and I will see if I can help you out.

Quinton

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