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Good units in colorado for Elk

Does anyone know of any good units in Colorado for Elk hunting. This will be my first season, and I would like to have some luck. I live near denver, so I dont want to have to drive 5 hours to get there.

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Good units in colorado for Elk

Mt. Evans Wilderness area has good elk populations, but you'll have to have a good 4x4 to get away from hikers and climbers, or you'll have to be willing to hike quite a ways from the roads yourself. Another area with a large population is up around Steamboat Springs, but there you'll find lots of hunters and few bulls that live beyond the raghorn stage.

To a large extent it depends on what kind of elk you want to take, what season you want to hunt, and how far from the road you're willing to hike.

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I wanted to hunt for bulls, and I use a rifle. I am going to apply for one of the draw hunts and I am not sure which are good ones for a first bull, dont want a world record, just a nice take, and a good hunt.

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Good units in colorado for Elk

Craig, and the units that surround it, are around four hours away. You may be able to make Gunnison in around four hours as well.

There are some other suggestions here.

Regarding what unit to apply for check out the CDOW harvest stats.

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Good units in colorado for Elk

If you're a beginning elk hunter I would actually advise that you get a cow license. They are slightly easier to find and kill, so you're more likely to fill your freezer and boost your confidence while learning how and where to look for elk.

Of course, having said that, and if you decide to take my advice and get a cow license, you'll probably have a record book 7x7 bull walk by 30 yards in front of you on opening day!

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Good units in colorado for Elk

depends on where you live in CO.
look up units 5,16,17,19
on the colorado web site
are you going to use a guide or hoof in on your own-
look for public camping/access
read thru Colorado Outdoors [magazine]
lists units by tags offered and used

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Good units in colorado for Elk

I will be hoofing it in on my own, dont have the $$ for a guide. If you know of any areas that would have good areas to camp, that would be great.

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try unit 19 -this one's in your backyard!

Start: Denver, Colorado, United States
End: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Total Distance: 63.8 Miles
Estimated Total Time: 59 minutes

just do a weekend trip gets map of unit, county, public lands
I think know there is public camping and access to game lands there!

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Good units in colorado for Elk

How is unit 39, mainly Mt. Evans Wilderness Area? My brother is coming out for 3rd season and I'm looking for something that isn't too terribly far away, but also offers a good chance @ animals, since he doesn't make it out this way too often. Also, I see on the maps that Mt. Evans SWA is bordered on west by Arapaho Nat'l Forest, which is OK to hunt too, yes? Would one of the north-central units be better to try? Thanks for any input!

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OK OK OK, I just realized, bitmasher, that you had links to another thread that really address what I just asked...AND I STARTED IT!!! Oh well, I think I'm just going to stick with my original plan and put in for GMU 39. In reviewing the DOW's harvest and draw success statistics, it looks like that's a pretty good unit. One thing I noticed about this unit, though, is that it's all but surrounded by the CWD units. Will that be a problem? How about ATV access? Is it necessary or just a good truck?

Well, as per usual, I'm still always open to any advice. Thanks again!

[ This Message was edited by: therookie on 2004-03-16 07:49 ]

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Anything designated as "wilderness area" means no ATVs, no trucks, no motorized vehicles of any kind. So, it's horses or hiking in the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area.

The national forest areas are open to hunting, as are BLM lands, and most of them are interwoven with roads. The roads don't get much, if any, maintenance, though, so 4-wheel-drive is recommended.

There are plenty of elk in unit 39, but you'll have to be careful about avoiding private land, which is interspersed here and there with the national forest and wilderness area.

Good luck!

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