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Location: League City, TX
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GMU 54 Drop Camp

I hope everyone had a good hunting year, at least better than mine was lol...but that's another topic.  Anyway, after our elk hunt this year, we've come to the conclusion that we'd prefer to go in on horseback, hopefully get beyond the majority of other hunters and try something more remote.  Since we don't have the gear or animals, we've settled on a drop camp.  One outfitter we're looking at has a camp high up in the Soap Basin of Unit 54 around 10,000-10,500'.  This will be a first rifle season hunt.  Anyone have any knowledge of this area...elk numbers, hunter density, etc.  My main concern would be the elevation for the 1st rifle season.  A major reason its appealing is the either sex tag we can draw.

Another area we're looking at is across the ridge in Unit 53 at the head of Cliff Creek between Beckwith Pass and Swampy Pass.  This elevation is around 9,000-9,800'; however, the draw is bull only.

If anyone has any information on either, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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I havent hunted 54 but I know

I havent hunted 54 but I know its a good unit for elk and big bucks. I would go to the CDOW website and look for the interactive hunting atlas. you should find the link under Big Game. It shows all units and you can select the species and check out summer/winter range, concetration areas and migration routes. It should give you a general idea of elk movement in the area you plan to hunt. I would also check out the statistics page, you can find population, harvest data and points required to draw tags. 1st rifle I would focus on north facing slopes with good cover. The bulls should be bugling and easy to locate. good luck. Tyson

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Thank you for the reply and

Thank you for the reply and the information.  Hopefully it will all work out.

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GMU 54 Drop Camp,

I haven't hunted the units you mentioned but have done lots of research on it. As common in alot of otc units there will probally be a good ammount of pressure. The good thing about unit 54 is it's success rates have stayed pretty close in the last several years. The area has a good number of elk but not as much as it use to have. I am guessing that's due to the cpw better managing the unit. It also sounds like the outfitters do pretty well in the areas you mentioned. . But from what i have read there our definetly elk in the areas you mentioned. Unit 53 on the other hand also a solid choice. Looking at the statictics the elk population is going up in 53. But it has a little bit lower harvest rates than 54. Sorry i can't help out more. Good luck on your hunt.

Tristan

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