Boot, Welcome to BGH.
I have hunted the Zirkels a little but haven't hunted 214 yet. 14 is not really a good deer area and the success rates for deer and elk are low in 14. We have a lot better areas to hunt in Colorado, any particular reason you're choosing to hunt 14 & 214? Are you using a outfitter?
We have a place to stay in the Clark area. We have hunted the area before taking a few small bulls. We will be buying over the counter bull tags. We would appreciate any suggestions about different areas.
Boot, We hunted the Zirkels in 05 and my nephew killed a 5 point bull. We saw one small forky buck and some does but that is all we saw but this was the 3rd season, so you might be better off then we were since you're hunting second. The deer seem to migrate out before third season. I still haven't figured out the deer in that area. Sounds like you found a good elk area and have killed a few bulls. I talked to a friend who hunted up there last year and they saw some elk but not one deer. 214 might be better for deer then 14 and the stats on DOW's site said so. The problem with 214 is it has a ton of private land in it.
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...