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Hunting Unit 15 in CO

Hi

My wife and I are planning an archery elk hunt in Unit 15 in Colorado this year...we are planning on going the 1st and 2nd weeks of Sept....just wondering if we can get an info and advice from any of you that have hunted this unit...do you see lots of game? what kind of terrain can we expect?  is it a heavily hunted unit?  any info would be greatly appreciated...we also found out there are a few leftover deer tags for this unit as well....thanks

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15 is a solid choice

If you've got two weeks, you should be able to get into some elk.  It will seem heavily hunted because there is one main road that goes on the edge of the border of 15 and 27.  But once you get off of that, it won't be so bad.  You won't see a ton of game, partly due to the limited visbility in much of the unit, but there's plenty of elk there.  The lack of visibility due to the dense timber and few good vantage points for glassing once you're in the mountains all contributes to the mediocre success rates in 15(13.6% for archery, average is about 15%, rifle).

It's one of the least rugged units in the state, more like really large rolling hills than nasty mountains or canyons.  There's enough wilderness that you can really get some separation from others and get into good elk pockets.  The deer hunting is better down lower along the west edge of the forest service, closer to the private lands, but you can get into them up high too.  However, you should just focus on the elk if that's your main goal.  And up high is relative.  Not much over 10,000 feet there, and no true alpine country.

Still not a bad option at all, but only if you're going to get away from the roads.  I know everyone says they're willing to, but you only have to be honest with yourself. Half a mile from the road here just won't cut it.  There's too much roadless country (not just Sarvis Creek Wilderness) for the elk to wait up in.  There are better places, with more visibility and more roads if you want to road hunt. 

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thanks

Thanks for the info on Unit 15 in Colorado...are there any other OTC units that you would suggest over 15 for us DIY elk hunters?

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yes

yes

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What about...

the area north of Radium State Wildlife area?  Are there a lot of roads open there b/c on Google earth they show up, but not on online maps?  Where might the best area for mule deer and an elk combo hunt be? 
I've got a few areas in mind from online maps, but if anyone could reinforce my ideas that would be awesome!

 

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Good for deer

Not quite as good for elk

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