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Colorado Units

Hello, I'm new to this forum and I want to say hi to all. I'm from Pa. and hunted elk in Idaho 2 times in the last 5 years and really enjoyed it. I'm actually looking at going back this year with my son. We also have 2 points for Colorado and was wondering if they're are any decent units worth applying for with only 2 points. We would go rifle or bow. My 2 other sons shot cows 2 years ago with the bow and the son I'm going with this time never hunted elk and I've never taken an elk. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, PaLuke

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Re: Colorado Units

With two points you have more options than you can shake a stick at. You're a long way off from getting into the primo areas, but what do you consider "decent" units? Essentially, you can have your pick of limited archery or 1st or 4th rifle hunts in all but a handful of places.

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Re: Colorado Units

What I would do if I was you and you wanted to hunt Colorado and not blow your points is to put in for a Elk point as your first choice and then hunt one of the many units that are open for the unlimited elk either sex tags that Colorado has to offer.

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Re: Colorado Units

I really don't know what decent would be. I guess it would be a fair number of elk with little pressure. I don't know if that's possible with 2 points. I never took an elk and the son who is going with me this time never hunted elk. We archery and rifle hunt for deer here in Pa.. I know elk hunting is very different. What we have going for us is we give it our best shot. My daughter goes to CSU so we would be able to use Fort Colllins for a starting point. Thanks again for the replies. PaLuke

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Re: Colorado Units

I think Critter has the right idea, for the most part you'd be wasting your points by using them on a 1 or 0 point tag. With the new hybrid draw rules, you might consider stockpiling for 3 more years to become eligible for the random draw in the trophy units. There are plenty of good archery hunts with the statewide OTC tag. However, near Ft. Collins, while good for a low pressure hunt, there's just not a lot of elk there right now. They're building the Poudre herd back up, but right now you're better off heading further west and south away from the Front Range. Although, if you can get your daughter to scout unit 19, 191 or 8 for you, you might do ok.

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Re: Colorado Units

One other important thing from the "Do as I say, not as I do department". If you found a place you enjoyed in Idaho, why are you going somewhere new? You are basically starting all over and unless your daughter scouts the unit for you, you will be going in blind.

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