Unit 142 is NOT Fort Carson. It is the Pinyon Canyon Manuever Area. They are two very, very different areas.
I will be (elk) hunting the adjacent (to Pinyon Canyon) state owned Chancellor Ranch in the next two weeks. I'll let you know if I see any decent bucks. When I scouted there in August I encountered two serious deer hunters who very familiar with 142. Their opinion was that the quality had declined over the past few years.
One of the things I struggle with when afield is keeping my rifle clean and in good working order. Small amounts of dust and dirt collect moisture; moisture can freeze rendering your action immovable when you need it most. I have seen this happen on multiple occasions, and over time, I’ve learned the cause and how to prevent this from happening.
The first thing that you need to avoid before going afield is leaving excess oil on the gun. Oil will trap dirt and sand in all the wrong places....