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Colorado. vs Montana

I know i am new to the forum i need some good advice. My wife godbless her putting up with me she gaveme one choice for out state hunts trust me i dont blame her last year i was all over the place from Kansas wyoming colorado utah idaho i was pretty. Much gone from September to December this year she found my stash of maps and told me 1 state thats it so my question. Im adventures type hunter i like learn new areas to always have option it was tuff but i had to narrow down to 2 states. Colorado and Montana what im looking for is trophy animals. To me trophy class 170 above for muleys and 300 above for elk they both have pros and cons Colorado has better quality muleys but lack in the big size elk dept Montana has the opposite from my understanding i never hunted Montana but have always wanted too the area i would be interested in up in Montana would be the little mountain range.

Any advice fellow hunters. Thanks

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You are going to have to toss

You are going to have to toss a quarter up into the air to make your decision. 

For trophy deer hunting in Colorado you are going to have to have a lot of points and being a non resident you are going to need lots of points or find a unit that you can draw and then get lucky.  There are trophy deer in all the units in Colorado but you will really have to get lucky and work hard in some where others you will see at least one 180+ deer every couple of days.  Elk are the same, you will need lots of points to draw a unit that you can find a 350+ bull in.  Also as with deer there will be better elk in every unit but you will work hard to find them. 

Montana from I have read is a lot easier to draw and you may have a better chance at trophy animals, but when hunting for trophy's where you judge it in inches it is always a crap shoot. 

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Which is closer?

There is something to be said about being able to scout and return to a spot in subsequent years. The more you know about and area the better and knowing is half the battle.

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Thanks Critter and blabster,

Thanks Critter and blabster,

I know Colorado has nice deer in each area, I understand monster bucks are not lerking around each corner. I do love the opportunity Colorado does have. I have hunted there 3 times for elk and have done very well. I like knowing the further away you get the less people you see and more animals you see.

I know I dont have enough points to draw for the what I call the studley permits but I would like to have a descent chance of getting nice deer or elk.

The distance between the too from where I am at is about the same. It would take a day drive either way.

Only thing I am not sure is with Montana how the elk heard population and sizes if its like colorado OTC tags more for opportunity to get an elk or if there less elk better quality ?

Thanks again

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I had a really good hunt in

I had a really good hunt in Montana a few years ago the one thing you will notice right away is montana's elk tags are 200$ more than colorado's. I am putting in for a colorado muzzleloader tag. If I were going rifle hunting I would be going back to montana.

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Thanks nick it does sound

Thanks nick it does sound awesome i have talked to several people and they say it wad good times what to do what to do n i ck would recommend. Archery. Or rifle

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If I end up in Montana this

If I end up in Montana this year it will be with a bow as I am a full time farmer in ohio now and the end of october is for cutting beans and shelling corn. That being said if I could do either I love shooting animals with my 7 mm rem. I think it's that smack the bullet makes.

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