10 points ought to get you into several “trophy” units. 851,66,69,49,76,61,40, and 1. The DOW keeps statistics on herd size, bull/cow ratio, success rates, and other useful info. http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/ I’m in the same boat but I only have 7 points. If I had 10, I would seriously be investigating 851, 61 and 1.
In addition to a first hand account (which don’t seem to be coming in) a good way to get the real skinny on outfitters is to pick a few then call the people who provide logistical support for their business and ask them their thoughts. Outfitters consume a tremendous amount of goods and material to provide a quality service to hunters. Good luck and congratulations on the 10 points.
Incidentally, I feel like my 7 points is in a way a handicap. CO is full of great elk hunting for 1 PP which means every other year. I’m not convinced that a “trophy” unit is going to get me much of an advantage but I cant bring myself to trade my 7 points for a hunt that only takes 1. Ah the psychology of it all.
I'm in the same boat as Centennial. 7 PP for Elk. There is a group of us that will be hunting 61 when we draw, but I too feel that the wait is too long and there are plenty of places to draw/hunt that may be just as good. Last time I drew 61, I hunted hard for the entire week without seeing a good bull. I saw tons of elk and smaller bulls, but nothing that fit the desired bull after waiting 5 years (at that time). I think we should draw this coming year or the following and after that, I will definitely be evaluating how to proceed with the application exercise after that. I cut my hunting teeth in 61 a few years before it went limited only, worked there as a kid and still live close so I feel that it is a better choice for me than 76. I really don't like having to learn a new hunting spot. I really don't want to wait for another 7 years for one of the NW corner units.
Hambone, I'm with Cent on this one, check the statistics and verify that 10 pts will get you in the running for a tag in the MZ season. Best of luck in the draw and with your hunt.
Looks like Hambone is a NR. That means 10 PP will get you into that well known trophy mecca.....GMU 12. That took 7POINTS for a NR to draw in 2006! A few years before it was 3 for NR. If I remember correctly, you need a bunch more to draw a "quality" unit. I'm a NR and I burned 6 points on a statewide tag this year and hunted 35 & 36. I was saving my points for a "good" unit and finally said "to heck with it" and drew a statewide tag. I'm not saving my points anymore. Between point creep and the rules changing at the whim of the DOW, I will use them up as soon as I accumulate enough points to draw a statewide blackpowder tag. I am of the opinion, right or wrong, that that is my best bet to get a good bull. I'm getting too old to save points for some future dream hunt. Too many NR hunters with too many points and too few tags available. If I want my dream hunt I'll go elsewhere. I am thankful for the opportunity to hunt every year in Colorado but the point game can be frustrating. I'm not bitter, just a little disappointed. For residents, it's a different game. They face the same issues but to a lesser extent.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...