Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum, looking forward to meeting some new people on here!
Anyway, I'm looking for some suggestions and/or recommendations for CO GMU 78 (Archuleta County) for an archery hunt. My dad and I have hunted GMU 161 (Routt) for the past 10 years or so, we've taken a couple of elk and deer, however, we've noticed a significant decline in game. Specifically, either seeing them, hearing them or encountering them in hunt situations. For example, last Sept. 2009, we heard 3 elk bugles (1 was at 3:00am, the others answered 1 time and disappeared) and we never even saw an animal. I don't thnk the timing last year was steller on our part either, we ended up going the week after muzzle loader season, all the elk had probably vacated the area by then, but we did hunt to the top of Red Elephant and nothing.
One of our hunting partners has some experience with GMU 78, but the last time hu archery hunted there it was back in 1996. I feel really comfortable getting to the location, parking at the end of the foreszt road, but I don't feel comfortable with anything else. One thing that really worried me was a post I saw yesterday, a gentlement mentioned there was private land up on Fish Creek (I know there are a crap load of Fish Creeks, but it sounded like the one near Fish Lake). Is this true?
I also heard Opal Lake was a decent area as well, but can't find last years harvest results on the CO DNR website. My dad and I plan on going 09/02 ~ 09/10. It's a trip we look forward to every year, a big change from KY! Any information would be appreciated, thanks.