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Difference between CO Units 21, 22, 30, 31, 32

My dad, brother, and myself are leaving for CO next week for the 1st season elk hunt.  This is my first post here but have been reading on this site for a couple years.  We hunted deer in 371 3rd season last year but never even saw a doe except running accross the highway.  We picked up the unit 21 tag through the leftover license.  Due to work and distance we are not able to take off and scout.  Units 21, 22, 30, 31, 32 make up a large area I am hoping someone could give some insite of the differences between the units  such as terrain, elevation, pressure, elk numbers, etc.  We have ATVs and are ready and willing to put in the miles on foot.  Any information would be appreciated.

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How was it?

Sorry no one got back to you sooner. How did it go? I'm new to CO and trying to decide units to hunt next year. My uncle lives in Rifle and says it's ATV city out there.

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This is the first time we had

This is the first time we had ever elk hunted and really did not know where to start.  When we got there on Thursday it was raining and made it difficult to find a place to park a 2 wheel diesel truck and trailer anywhere so we stayed just below Douglas Pass and ventured out as much as we could on the atvs.  We hunted the Demeree wilderness study area Friday morning.  My brother and I hiked about 5 miles in to the study area (made it just about all the way through) and did not see a thing no traces of elk or deer although there were plenty of old droppings and tracks but nothing since the rain.  The next day we made our way up Douglas Pass and stayed in a camping area just off the highway.  This area was just under 8000ft and had mostly scrub oak with some aspen, fur, and cedar.  We found a lot of deer and again only old evidience of elk.  The next morning my brother and I set out to get further out in the summer range and higher in elevation.  Once we hit about 8500 to 8700ft we began to find more vegetation and fresh traces of elk.  We never saw any except on the private land below and only heard a couple of shots throughout the season.  We saw a truck coming off the mountain with 4 of what I would consider nice bulls on the back.  They may have got them off of private land which was blocking further travel on the county road (did not realize someone could buy the land around a county road and block through access with a gate).  There were a lot of hunters mainly spotting in pickups and not that many atvs.  As of right now I can not fault the area due to our inexperience and unfamiliarity with the area.  However we did not see that many animals being hauled out or in the camps.

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Thanks for the update. Sounds

Thanks for the update. Sounds like an area highly overhunted. Did you see many elk or sign in 371 last year?

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