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Elk hunt for unit 61 Colorado

I have accumulated 14 points for Colorado elk and I am a resident. I was trying for the unit 61 muzzleloader tag but I keep seeming to be one point short. This year I will draw the 1st rifle tag almost guarnteed. My problem is that I am kind of a workaholic and will be lucky to get more than just a few scouting days in before the season starts. I was hopeing someone might have some advice on what part of the unit might be a good place to start looking. Any experience anyone might have would be gretly appreciated.

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bearessentials,

I think this year is going to be a good year to take a big bull. I am suprized you can not draw the muzzy tag with 14 PP's. I will send you a PM of some areas to check out soon. How good of shape are you in and what is your style of hunting ?

Quinton

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Sorry ! Double post ! Oops!

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I'm in the same boat that you

I'm in the same boat that you are.  I'll have 17 points after this years draw and have been trying to figure out just what to plan for next year.  I actually thought about doing a unit 61 muzzle loader hunt this year but decided to wait for one more year due to other hunts that I may just draw this year and didn't want to screw myself up. 

Also after waiting this long for a draw and with the possibilities of never getting the chance again for a prime unit I thought about hiring a outfitter just so that I wouldn't be running back and forth to the unit trying to scout areas that I have never been in  before and trying to find a real respectable bull while doing so.  That along with the possibility of not being able to do a real scouting due to storms or weather, you just never know. 

Now after saying all that I'll let you know that I am not a novice elk hunter.  I have been hunting them now for over 40 years and have taken my fair share of them but after having a guided bear hunt in British Colombia last spring I can see the benefits of hiring a outfitter over trying to do it all by yourself. 

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I am an avid elk hunter, I hunt whatever method I can to get the meat in the freezer. I do truely enjoy spot and stalk, but I have become a little spoiled. I have some great elk hunting here on our place, but in the last 15 years I have only harvested one true 300 class bull. I am willing to work for a trophy,I just can not afford the cost of an outfitter and most of the outfitters up there seem willing to help retrieve it if I end up deep in te back country. I want to burn my points now, because my son will start getting points next year, or I would hold out for the muzzleloader tag. I live in Bayfield so I will try and slip up to that area a few weekends in Aug and Sept, if anyone wants to join in for a few day hikes up there let me know.

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Very nice buck !  Thumbs up I sent a PM !

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Critter, If you are looking

Critter,

If you are looking at hiring an outfitter, i would recommend Garvey Brothers out of Nucla. They don't get any better !!! Having been on 6 other guided hunts, i can tell you that they Garvey's have been the most truthful/honest outfitter(s) i have dealt with.
4 of us went in 2010 and all filled out. I held out and manage to take a beatiful 7x6 that grossed around 350 !!
I think some of the guys i was with could have gotten bigger bulls if they would have held out, but hey.......it was their tags and they were very happy with what they got.
I think the average score of the bulls they took in 2010 was around 330
We are definitley going back once we have enough point for mule deer.

Here's a link to some pics. from our hunt.
http://forums.accuratereloading.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/3411043/m/4681002...

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Point Creep

Point creep. You're always just one point away for a long time. As a NR, I gave up the "wait for a premium hunt" deal because it doesn't make sense for a NR. The DOW will just change the rules again anyhow. I was saving points for a Ranching for Wildlife hunt for a long time, then they changed the rules and NR's can't draw them. I just use my points for a MZ bull tag and draw one every other year or so. On the off years I get a MZ cow. We used to do statewide but they changed the rules on that. As a resident, the game is different for you and you will draw eventually. Best of luck!

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