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High altitude early season rifle

Well, I am trying to decide what I want to put in for the mule deer drawing this year. I have been eying this special early season(above tree line) riflew hunt for mulies. I think it would be pretty cool to camp up above 11,000ft for a few days and glass down in the bowls for mulies. It looks like units 43,47,471 may have this hunt available??

The only problemI have is, it overlaps with my archery elk hunt. I would rather shoot an elk. Does anyone have info on this hunt or recommendations?

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Have you checked the odds on

Have you checked the odds on that hunt? They offered it in my unit 481 last year. 25 tags offered, and 350 hunters applied. It's a trophy hunters tag. Very popular.

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hmmmmm, I must be looking at

hmmmmm, I must be looking at my sheet wrong.  I could have sworn it said it took 0-2 points to draw that hunt in unit 471.

 

I better go back and look.  I would be willing to use my 2 pref points for that.

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Basically, they let you use a

Basically, they let you use a rifle in muzzleloader season. You know exactly where the big bucks will be.

Normally, you have to wait later in the year to use a rifle, and have to deal with bad weather.

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471 is one of the  easier

471 is one of the  easier ones to draw I think. The intersting thing about this unit is th ewilderness area comes right to or near the road in spots. At the top of independance pass I've seen guys shoot some good bucks within sight of the road. Lincoln creek a ways up from Aspen has drive in camoing and access to some pretty good areas as well.

Never hunted it myself but observed this while scouting for mountain goats a few years back.

Last time I helped with a hunt in 43 it took 5 points to draw but that was back in 2001.

There is a camoing area at the top of Independance pass also but it closes early September.

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 Snow usually determines when

 Snow usually determines when the pass closes. I've been over it in early Nov.

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campground closes at labor

campground closes at labor day I think, forget the name of it. The pass closes much later than that.

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I agree, hunting those high

I agree, hunting those high treeless bowls sounds like fun...reminds me of archery hunts in nevada years ago...I've also thrown around the idea a couple times...I have 12 deer points in CO. but not sure which way to go...late...early...more points...problem is you can only spend them once and when your in your 50's getting them again is questionable...what do you guys think?

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I had 16 resident points when

I had 16 resident points when I cashed them in this last season for a fourth season deer tag in my home unit.  I met up with a non resident that cashed in 19 points and never fired his rifle.  Cashing in points is always a delima when the hunt comes around.  If you enjoy the high country type of hunt then I would say yes by all means cash them in and go and enjoy yourself.  If you have hunted high country meadows before you know how the deer act and where to find them. 

One big problem would be getting into these areas since most of them are in a road less area and you would either need to hike in or take horses to get to your destination and back out again.  I am in my last year of being in my 50's and the pack out of my deed last season informed me that I wasn't as young as I used to be, so I can image packing all my equipment into a remote camp and then back out again with meat and antlers added to the baggage.     

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I hear you...I'm also in my

I hear you...I'm also in my 50's and feel the youth slipping. Unfortunately i don't have horses so that means back breaking work...as usual. I guess thats why they call it hunting and not shooting!

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I'd cash them in, and go

I'd cash them in, and go hunting. You never know what's going to happen.

I just turned 70. That's 62 years of hunting. I was set to go hunting this year, and a month ago I broke my back in a fall. It opened my eyes to how fragile I am, and hunting at timberline alone for elk is not a great idea anymore. I didn't know my last hunt was my last hunt, but it was.

I'll spend out my last days fly fishing my mountain creeks, and leave the elk hunting to the youngsters.

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