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GMU 53 preasure?

Hey guys,

 My old man and myself are embarking on our first Colorado Rocky Mountain adventure on September 6th. The plan is for him to do some fly fishing while I hike up into the woods to take a Elk with my sick and string. After reseraching in the Spring and taking alot of yall's advice, we decided on Unit 53. I can't express how excited I am that this trip andt that it is right around the corner. I have been studying the map, but I want to ask opinions of which part of the unit would have least amount of preasure.

We are planning on driving into the public land and setting up camp somewhere off the road. I was thinking about coming in via Crawford but I'm worried there will be alot hunters and people coming in that way. Do you guys have any suggestions which area or a road we should look at for access? I'm not asking for anyone's honey hole, just a general direction to avoid the masses. I plan on hiking in to hunt everyday so it doesn't matter if I'm hunting the state forrest or the Wilderness area, I won't have any wheels of any kind.

Thanks guys!

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sounds good

There won't be that many people around there.  Most of the ATV using locals(it's a VERY small town, don't really need to worry about them) will be on Grand Mesa and some of the very few trails around the Smith Fork area where they can be used(like the Virginia Ditch or that mile and a half stretch that goes around Hawk Springs Ranch on the Smith Fork).  Once you hit the wilderness you won't see anyone.  The wilderness hunters are mostly going to be going in further from other areas like Coal and Little Robinson Creeks.  In past years during archery season scouting efforts for later rifle hunts I've not seen more than a truck or two in the widely scattered access points.  Oh and its NATIONAL FOREST not state forest.  The only major state forest we have is up in unit 6.  Anyway, good choice in areas.

 

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Thanks

Ex, thanks for the info. Just out of curiosity, what is difference between the National Forrest and the Wilderness area? I know in the Wilderness area you can't used a wheeled vehicile of any kind.

Also, I have to admit I'm a bit nervous about finding a place to camp because I have never to been to area where we are hunting, nor have I ever hunted Colorado. Should it be pretty easy to find an area in the National Forrest to set up camp from the Road? Thanks again.

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difference

The National Forest is actively managed as a multiple use area, its public land where all sorts of things from trail riding, hunting, wood cutting, commerical timber harvest, livestock grazing, etc area allowed.  Some of those same things are allowed in federally designated wilderness areas in conjunction with it's permanent protection status, but in order to protect the character of the environment and experience for its users, there are no roads, no motorized vehicles, no wheeled vehicles(including bicycles and game carts), no chainsaws and only extremely limited habitat management occurs.

There's lots of places to camp.  It'll be obvious when you get there.  You'll see wide flat areas, just off the road with old campfire rings and the occasional meat pole.

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