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Have a tag for 551 third season in colorado...looking for advice, also thinking about buying elk tag

colorado third season zone 551.....where are the best areas in the zone?

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welcome to BGH

We're happy to help, but you've got to be more specific with your questions.

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is there good access in 551

is there good access in 551 for deer and is there a decent herd of elk, worth spending the extra change on the elk tag

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yes

Probably one of the better units in the state for deer hunting.  Lots of public land.  Good elk herd, buy the tag unless you were planning an elk only hunt.

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thanks...is there alot of

thanks...is there alot of access, or should i spend some time looking for some landowner access

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where to hunt in 551 and is

where to hunt in 551 and is the elk herd in the area worth spending the extra money on the tag

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Welcome to the site!  Stick

Welcome to the site!  Stick around, share some stories and photos!

Best of luck on your hunts this fall!

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I've hunted it for years, but

I've hunted it for years, but I'm not sure what you're asking.  I don't know if it's "Worth the money", I do know there are elk there (I shot one last week) and it's a decent area (I've connected 2 out of 3 years with a bow).  If one has the cash to pay for a trespass fee, I would always say go instead of competing with other hunters on public land.  As far as where to go on private land, I can't help you.  I've never hunted big game on private land. 

Alot of third season is going to be weather dependant and remember, the elk have been hammered by then.  If the snow is deep, try black sage pass or the lower parts of tamichi dome for starting points. 

If the snow isn't flying, go high as always.  A combination of meadows, dark timber, water, and no road access means you will find elk.  Be at treeline before daybreak, in my rifle season days the opportunities were in the first and last 30 minutes of the day due to pressure.  Don't expect a bull over 280.

You can pm me for more specifics on the elk side.

As far as deer go, there are big deer but I can't really help other than to say I sometimes stumble on them while elk hunting.  Next year is going to be my first deer hunt, so I really don't know.

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thanks alot...appreciate the

thanks alot...appreciate the info...definitely going to look into some private land...good luck to you

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