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prhunter's picture
Location: El Paso, Texas
Joined: 02/22/2009
Posts: 602
Considering Colorado for next year.

I am considering entering the Colorado draw for 2012 season. I've never hunted upthere but I have been doing alot of research on the CO draw system, seasons, bag limits, etc.

I am contemplating putting in for elk during the muzzleloader season since most of my hunting is done using blackpowder rifles.

Since I live in El Paso, TX, I was considering the following units: 75, 77, 80, 81, 85, 851 & 140. Any input or information will be greatly appretiated.

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exbiologist's picture
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/19/2008
Posts: 2399
admirable, but...

you can't draw the license.  Muzzleloader is generally the hardest season to draw a bull tag.  You'll need at least 3 points for most of the those units, except 85/851/140, and the Bosque requires a separate license that takes about 20.  That still leaves you with some of that San Isabel National Forest County in 85 if you actually draw, and the odds last year with a 0 point applicant drawing was 1 in 71.  So, this may need to be a multi-year proposition if you want to muzzleloader hunt.

Location: Colorado
Joined: 07/13/2011
Posts: 924
You can thank that to the

You can thank that to the inline muzzleloaders.


Please Colorado. Give us a primitive ML season in late winter.

SGM's picture
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Location: Canon City, Colorado
Joined: 08/13/2011
Posts: 1087
EXBIO hit it on the head

EXBIO hit it on the head about the points especially for an out of state guy like you. It even takes an in state guy 1-3 points for most areas. Now you can put in for a straight cow ML tag and have a better chance of getting a tag but not 100% for sure. Another suggestion would be to go first rifle as your odds will be better at drawing a tag. Hope that helps and if you have more questions ask or PM me.

Umpqua Hunter's picture
Joined: 05/26/2011
Posts: 64
Start buying points...

The best thing to do is just start buying points for elk and deer.  Most great hunting tags come as a result of persistence in the point game.

COMeatHunter's picture
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Joined: 06/01/2011
Posts: 639
Keep looking

Exbio pretty much summed it up for you, alright.  No points means no chance really.  You'll need to consider other areas or other weapons to draw a tag.

The other thing to consider is the amount of private ground in some of those units, especially 85/851.  These units are almost entirely private and could be difficult to find a decent place to hunt.

This is a great place to ask your questions and try to find some great alternatives for hunting next year in Colorado.

prhunter's picture
Location: El Paso, Texas
Joined: 02/22/2009
Posts: 602
Thank you all

Thank you all for your replies. I will continue my research and will let you know what I decide on.

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