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Hey Exbiologist.

I was wondering if unit 71 around Delores was a decent plce to bow hunt elk . I know getting away from the roads and other people will be a key , But in my experiences with any type of hunting most want to take the easy way and not walk very far .What I found in shoshone national forest was if you got off the paths with all the human traffic and horse trails you could find pockets the size of a football field where there were elk and people were riding by on all sides never knowing they were there.

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Hey Exbiologist.

You're right, it's just like anywhere, get away from the pressure and you'll get into the elk. However, even during archery season, there's a heck of a lot of hunters running around. About 3.2 hunters per square mile of public land, which is a lot for archery. Statewide average with the statewide tag is 2.1.
But they still slay em at about 17% success average the last 5 years.

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Hey Exbiologist.

Is that the hunter ave for 71 or statewide? Is there a good poulation in71? I dont need a trophy and would be thrilled with a cow. I just want to see elk even if no shots. I know of some cabins to rent in that area . Thanks for the quick response . I had posted about an experience whit tail hunting at the end of the Moffat post.

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Hey Exbiologist.

That was the unit 71 avg success. Statewide success is 12.7%. So archers do about 50% better in 71 than the average statewide unit.
The elk population is about average at a little over 5 per sq mile.

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