All in Colorado with a muzzleloader open sights. The whole month of Sept for black bear. Units 48/481/56/562/49/57.......... Cow elk 1st rifle. Unit 55.......... Muley buck 2nd rifle. Units 48/481/56/561.....2nd pick doe private land. Units 49/57.
Looks like people are in for some good hunting in 2014. I am impressed with all the people collecting 10+ preference points for hunts. That requires persistence and dedication to a specific hunt. As for my applications and planned hunting, I will start my 2014 in Nebraska during spring turkey, and then the rest of my applications and hunting will be in Colorado. After Nebraska turkey, I might be able to draw a spring turkey license in Colorado, chasing Rios for the first time. For Colorado Big Game applications, I will get a preference point and an OTC archery tag for antelope. For elk, if I can convince my boss to let me take time off during 1st rifle, I will hopefully draw a 1st season rifle bull tag to go hunting with my dad. I will finish out the year with a late plains rifle buck deer tag that takes 4 years to draw. There might be some more hunting, but hopefully I can at least make time for each of these hunts. Good luck to everyone on 2014 draws and hunts!
I forgot to mention that I will also get my 3rd preference points for mountain goat, bighorn sheep, and moose in Colorado. After this year, even if it isn't a very good chance, at least I can start applying for those licenses for real.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...