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Getting started in CO

Jesus where to start....Im a very seasoned hunter but i have no experience hunting public land. Coming from Texas i really like the whole public hunting ideal. Everything is monopolized and is big business on private land where im from. My family has ran an 11,000 acre private hunting club in south east texas for the last 35 years and truthfully im turned off on that type of hunting.Luckily we moved to the front range of colorado(Loveland) last August thus making me a resident as of February. Ive been doing so much research my head is spinning. Im torn between hunting front range gmus with low animal populations and success rates, but being able to scout quite a bit versus making bigger drives to better areas but not being able to do much scouting this summer. i really want to take a mulie buck and any type of elk this winter. im also interested in taking an antelope at some point. i know the deadline is looming as of april 1 and im starting to stress a bit over this. ive done quite a bit of hiking in RMNP last year and im not afraid to get back deep in the sticks to make a hunt worth while. i think im gona make a call to the CDOW hunt planners monday morning, but ive heard stories of the planners piling a ton of people up into areas that are good for CDOW and not necessarily good for the hunter. am i on point with this? the elk seem concentrated either seeing no animals or seeing tons, the mulies seem to be scattered everywhere, and i seem to see pronghorns every day of my travels across the state on wide open plains on 14 and up north on 287. I plan on solely rifle hunting this season. Thanks in advance, and i hope to become a contributor on what seems to be a great hunting forum.

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plans

im leaning towards applying for points for elk and pronghorn and concentrating on the mulie this season. Then pick up an OTC elk tag for a shot at my first elk. That will get me my first CO hunting experience going while i really hone in on and apply resources on a serious elk hunt in the future with some accumulated points.

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Welcome

Taxaradoan,

Welcome to BGH ! Thumbs up I can definitely give you some suggestions over here on the west slope. You can send me a PM if that is something you are interested in.

I do not know anything about your side of the state.

Quinton

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Quinton will take care of you

Quinton will take care of you for a lot of areas here on the western slope.  I might suggest that you also look at archery deer for your first year if you hunted with sticks and strings down in Texas.  You can pick up a archery tag for deer in a lot of the units as a second choice and get a point while still being able to hunt.  Then next year you can pick up a better hunt for rifle with your 1 preference point.  Also on elk if meat is what you plan to go after then look at a preference point for your first choice and then a cow tag as your second choice.  In the unit that I hunt most 44 you can pick up a cow tag for second or third choices with no problem and if you hunt with a muzzle loader then there are usually some left over where you can purchase them over the counter at a division office. 

Good luck on your hunts.

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Welcome to the state of a

Welcome to the state of a high number of elk, and a higher number of hunters.

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Lots of hunters

Still Hunter wrote:

Welcome to the state of a high number of elk, and a higher number of hunters.


I would bet an even higher number of lazy road hunters are in that mix, which is of little concern to me. My time of sitting in a deer stand, in a cushy chair, with a six pack beer cooler is over. It's time to get after it!

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Thanks fellas! I believe I'm

Thanks fellas! I believe I'm gonna stick to rifle this year and maybe pick up a bow and practice over the summer. I'm leaning towards hunting one of the front range units this year and see how it goes. 19 seems like a pretty good deer unit, and it's pretty close. Looking at 4th rifle as I believe that should have me hunting pre rut/rut conditions.Hunting on a lease for my entire life with camp houses and permanent stands has me pretty well inequipped for this free range type of hunting. I think I just need to get out in the field and do some scouting to determine what I do and don't need gear wise. The wilderness areas seem pretty tempting as they don't have any motorized traffic. I'll probably apply for points for the elk and pronghorn. That will put me in the OTC club for elk. OTC wise should I look at second or third rifle? I understand that 19 is not otc, I was looking at maybe that 28/37 area for my elk tag. That would let me decide if I want to commit to going further west next year for elk and deer.

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Wilderness areas are pretty

Wilderness areas are pretty much all I hunt now. It does separate the wannabees from the hunters.

Enjoy.

2nd rifle will have more hunters. 3rd rifle can have some ugly weather.

All I hunt is the muzzleloader season now. You might consider it.

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Smoke poles

Still Hunter wrote:
Wilderness areas are pretty much all I hunt now. It does separate the wannabees from the hunters.

Enjoy.

2nd rifle will have more hunters. 3rd rifle can have some ugly weather.

All I hunt is the muzzleloader season now. You might consider it.

Still Hunter wrote:
Wilderness areas are pretty much all I hunt now. It does separate the wannabees from the hunters. Enjoy. 2nd rifle will have more hunters. 3rd rifle can have some ugly weather. All I hunt is the muzzleloader season now. You might consider it.
Muzzleloading isn't what it used to be is it!

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In Colorado it is close.  No

In Colorado it is close.  No scopes, no pellets, and no sabots.  Open iron sights gets rid of a few hunters.  I would like to see them limit the inlines but I doubt that they will.

While I have both a sidelock and a inline I prefer my sidelock .54 caliber. 

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I use a sidelock, black

I use a sidelock, black powder, iron sights, and a round ball.

That's about as real as it used to be 170 years ago. I still use the same setup in rifle seasons.

No reason to give into the modern muzzleloaders if you don't want to.

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