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Location: Wisconsin
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Elk hunting unit 7 with a muzzeloader

Having only hunted elk once before, that being a Wyoming wilderness pack hunt, that was enough to get me hooked. I am from Wisconsin and love to bowhunt for whitetails. A buddy of mine and I have decided to do the DYI type hunt in Colorado. We decided to go with the smoke-pole because we will hopefully catch the tail end of the rut, be able to reach out a bit farther than a bow, and hopefully less hunting pressure than the rifle seasons. We have kind of zeroed in on the Rawah wilderness area but that is not set in stone. We do have one preference point so hopefully will be sucessful in the drawing next year. Not knowing exactly what questions to ask right off the bat I guess I will start with the best area within unit 7 that will provide the best opportunity. We are not concerned with a huge bull, just a legal bull. We will be on foot but are able and willing to hike in a ways to get away from other hunters if that is possible. What kind of hunting pressure is there during the muzzeloading season? I have read about the area around Roach Road, any suggestions there? Once we decide on an area, what are the best maps to get and where? Basic topo maps or something else? Thanks for any info, I'm sure I will come up with more later.

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Location: Parker, CO
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Elk hunting unit 7 with a muzzeloader

The DNR has dramatically reduced the elk herd in that unit the last several years. The hunting pressure is low, but so are the elk numbers. You can find elk in the rawahs and off of roach road, but will have to spend the time walking lots of miles to find them. Good luck

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Location: Wisconsin
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Elk hunting unit 7 with a muzzeloader

Do you have any suggestions for areas for a good muzzeloader hunt? Being from Wisconsin and the price of fuel, the scouting will probably not happen. It looks like topos and tips from fellow hunters.

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Location: Colorado
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Elk hunting unit 7 with a muzzeloader
backstraps wrote:
Do you have any suggestions for areas for a good muzzeloader hunt? Being from Wisconsin and the price of fuel, the scouting will probably not happen. It looks like topos and tips from fellow hunters.

Did you specifically draw a unit 7 muzz tag or a statewide muzzleloader tag? I'd probably look to units to the NW, particularly the Flat Tops or White river areas. Lots of hunters, but they're there because of the numbers of elk.

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Location: Wisconsin
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Elk hunting unit 7 with a muzzeloader

Right now we have 1 point. We were also considering the south-west area around the Mancos area. That is a state wide draw. I thought the north west areas were all high point draw areas.

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Location: Colorado
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Elk hunting unit 7 with a muzzeloader
backstraps wrote:
Right now we have 1 point. We were also considering the south-west area around the Mancos area. That is a state wide draw. I thought the north west areas were all high point draw areas.

You are correct, it will take a handful of points for a non-resident to get a muzzleloader tag in MOST of the units in the NW. You might want to consider 231. It's a decent unit, gets some pressure and has a few animals running around. 214 is a dandy as well.

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