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First Colorado Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Trying to plan a muzzleloader hunt for next year in Colorado. I would like to try the area around Vail unless there are better suggestions. I will be going with my 70 year old father (who is very fit). Do bull tags need to be drawn for ML season? We are thinking gmu 36 at this point. Any suggestions for rookie elk hunters are appreciated...

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First Colorado Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Welcome to BGH! Thumbs up

All Muzzleloader elk & deer tags are by draw only. (Statewide) which includes unit 36, MZ Bull tags will usually take a Non-Resident 2 Preference Points to draw. You can draw a MZ statewide Cow tag with 0 points.

Colorado has a lot of decent elk areas, I use to hunt 36 for many years but quit due to all of the hunting pressure. That was during rifle seasons, you might find MZ seasons to be less crowded.

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First Colorado Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Thanks for the welcome and reply....I was hoping with the ML season there would be lighter crowds and maybe some bugling possibilties as well....Just strarted ML last year and now i'm hooked.

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First Colorado Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

It usually takes 2 points to draw a bull tag for MZ, depending on unit. You might try the flattops area as well. The elevation is higher and it is likely to get you into bugling elk during the MZ season.

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GMU 36 MZ

I hunted in GMU 36 during MZ season this year and it was a tough season. In the area we hunted the elk had lockjaw. It was difficult because the weather was absolutely beautiful. Not cold enough at night and clear and sunny during the day. There were quite a few hunters in the area but I didn't run into too many in the woods. Good looking country......just a real tough hunt this year. Talked to quite a few guys and very few even saw elk this year. Doesn't really mean they weren't there.....they just weren't being seen.

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First Colorado Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Thanks for the input...Since the ML season is a draw we are looking into a rifle hunt for next year. A drop camp hunt is what we are looking for. Any recommendations for outfitters are welcome. Have been searching online and there are a ton of them out there. I may have it narrowed down to a few, Sable Mountain Outfitters, The Mangus 5 Outfitters are a couple I recall. I checked them on the outfitter review system and they aren't listed at all....Anyone have any good recommendations?

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Sable Mountain

I think Sable Mountain Outfitters work out of the area around Buford. They probably have some good spots up in the Flattops in the Marvine Lakes/Ute Creek/Papoose Creek area. It's good looking country. Unfortunately, I don't have any information about the outfitter, good or bad. You probably already have been to this site, but it has quite a few reviews.

http://www.huntinfo.com/reviews/

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First Colorado Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Yeah, that's the outfitter review board I checked...I thought someone on here would have done a drop camp they liked? Sable Mountain is the area you mentioned, the other is gmu 74 and 75 in the South...Talked to the lady at Mangus and she was very nice and informative...If I don't hear anything differently I am thinking of using them.

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good luck

Good luck on your hunt. That's a nice area. I've hunted in that area close to the trialheads. Was walking in on a day hunt. I'd like to do a drop camp up there some day. You could also ask for references from the outfitter. I would guess they'd only give you good ones. Another outfitter in that area that I've talked to while at outdoors shows is Kip Gates from River Bend Outfitters. I think he's around Meeker. I've never used him though because we do DIY every year.

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The Mangus 5 Outfitters

I have hunted with The Mangus 5 twice and they are outstanding outfitters.  They took us back to some very remote hunting locations north of Durango, Co.   They had wonderful tents for us to sleep in, plenty of wood for fires.  They checked on us often and once we had an animal down they took their horses in and carried the Bull back to our auto.   We are looking forward to our next hunt with them.

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