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Disappointing Scouting Session Today(Colorado)

Well, I left the house at 3;30m and headed to GMU 45 Colorado.  I had an area I wanted to check out based on word of mouth and some research.  It started off amazing as I was driving to trailhead at first light.  A nice 160" mulie in velvet standing in a small pocket on the side of the road.  Here iswhere the disappointment comes in.  There was a party train of vehicles behind me on a single lane dirt road.  I couldnt even pull over for video.

5 cars behind me pushing the pace at 5;45am.  You have to be kidding me!! I seen about 10 more deer on the way to trail head.  They seemed to be everywhere.  A real wide 30" sneeking into treeline got my blood pumping..I get to trail head and its packed with about 20 vehicles.  Spandex, running show day hikes.  Good lord!!!!!

After 4 miles of hiking in, I decided the area wasn't what I was looking for terrain wise.  Extremely steep on both sides of the trail.  Good for day hiking and scenery. 

I got back to the truck and headed south on Rte24 to Redcliff and took Shrine pass over towards Vail pass.  I never seen so many subarus in my life.  4 wheelers and dirt bikes in between subarus.  I did see a female mule deer feeding at the parking lot.  ahahahaha

 

Anyway, if anyone on here has some good starting points in unit 45 I could use the help.  I don't mind putting in the time and miles.  I don't share spots, I hunt solo. PM me if anyone is willing to share some areas. 

I have one more spot to check out, but it is extremely remote.  I may need a pack mule to get in and out.  Sorry about the rambling but I can't believe the yuppie traffic on trails at 6am Monday.  

 

 

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You got to love those area

You got to love those area that are close to civilization and tourist towns that have good roads.  

I took a 4 mile hike today and all I saw were a few chipmonks, some birds, and a couple of coyotes.

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My sympathies

I can't help you with suggestions for areas in Unit 45, but I wanted to share my sympathy.  It sounds very much like my experiences in Unit 29.  I have seen deer in areas where you can't hunt that are swamped by recreationalists, but it seems harder to come by deer where it is open to hunting and there are fewer recreationalists.  One bright spot I have noticed however, is that the type of people you are describing rarely, if ever, venture off trail.  Also, the animals seem to grow accustom to the increased level of human activity.  It isn't a typical or very desirable hunting experience, but it is still hunting.

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Well, I made it out again

Well, I made it out again yesterday. I was on the trail at 6:30am.. 4 mile hike in. A few tracks crossing the trail, no people on the trail till I make it to the alpine lakes. Amazing views but no animals. I did see a few small bucks in the breakdown lane on highway while driving in. Still looking for more ideas where to start in 45.

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Have you checked out the area

Have you checked out the area above Homestake Reservior off of HWY 24 south of Red Cliff?  I have seen very few people up that way since there are no real fish to catch in the reservior.

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Thats the general area I was

Thats the general area I was in Critter.  Steep!!!!  Lots of 4wd traffic.  Im sure once you get in off the trails it may be ok.  Thanks for the suggestion!!

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I would go right to Homestake

I would go right to Homestake and then hike in from there, there is a small parking area at the dam.  A lot of 4 wheel drive clubs and atv like to go into Holy Cross City but since they have to hike they don't like to go up to the reservior and go from there.

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The road is blocked just

The road is blocked just before resevoir. PErhpas I will try that next trip out.  I actually just found 2 more spots I will be scouting in same general area.  Talked to oneof the locals this afternoon. Some nice high alpine lakes for fishing also. I will post some pictures tonight.

Those 4wd clubs were all over this past weekend.  Jeeps so big, they would have driven right over my 1/2 ton. 

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It has been quite a while

It has been quite a while since I have been there.  I guess that Colorado Springs Water didn't wan't anyone blowing up the dam. 

There are some good fish ponds up about it.  Nothing with any real size but fishable.

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What season are you hunting?

What season are you hunting? I worked on vail mt. for 10 years and used to hunt up there a lot. Are you limited to 45? I have allways found more game on the north side of I-70 but I know some really good spots in 45. I'll PM you the details if you want 

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Tbone, sent you a PM

Tbone, sent you a PM

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