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Durango area???

Have a chance, maybe next year, to access property around the western part of the state near Durango.  How's the elk herd that way, and how is the hunting for the general rifle seasons?

If you had the chance, and are only concerned about getting an animal, not necessarily a "trophy", would you do archery or rifle?

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Rifle: start getting in

Rifle:

start getting in shape, the hills around Durango are steep and the elevation is high.

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Now, will you be hunting

Now, will you be hunting private property or public land? If private, what elvation and direction from Durango?

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Private.  And all I know is

Private.  And all I know is that it's about 30-45 minutes outside of Durango.  Not sure ont eh direction.

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You need to find out where

You need to find out where the land is located. 30-45 minutes from Durango, there's no telling which unit you'll be in or what terrain you'll be hunting. Something you need to know before trying to get advice.

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Depends on how much time

Depends on how much time you'll have. If you'll have atleast two weeks I'd say archery. If you can't get that much time I'd go with rifle. But if you're on a really good piece of private than you might not need near that long with a bow.

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It wouldn't be more than a

It wouldn't be more than a week, maybe only 5 days of hunting.

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I have hunted unit 74 for 12

I have hunted unit 74 for 12 of the past 15 seasons.
The overall success rate is between 20% and 25%.
The Hermosa Basin herd is 4500 or so, but the Hermosa Creek Wilderness is a big place with no roads.  I think if you are willing to spend the a day hiking in and set up a spike camp several miles in that is a good strategy for unit 74. 
I took a 5x5 bull in there last year 2nd season.  The main reason I was successful was because I had a good idea of where to be on opening morning.

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Good luck CA_, want a hunting

Good luck CA_, want a hunting partner?

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If you plan on hunting

If you plan on hunting 75/751, send me a pm. I have some info about these units.

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Thanks.  We'll see how it

Thanks.  We'll see how it pans out.

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