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Introduction, thanks, and questions

 

 

I've been reading this great forum for 8 nights straight and have learned a staggering amount about the different GMU's so thought I'd better take a minute to say thanks!  Especially to Exbiologist and the regulars that contribute all the time.  Just a little about me.  I've been a fanatical hunter since I was 14, but haven't been in the field since '04 due to overseas military commitments.  No regrets, but damn it's been tough not being able to hunt for so long.  I did build points every year, but of course all of my military hunting buddies have long since moved away.  Anyway, water under the bridge.  It's just great to be back in Colorado and looking forward to this fall.  Way too much to do between now and then though.  I didn't have much time to plan for the draw so put preference points for all my 1st choices.  Wasted my 2nd and 3rd Elk choices on impossibilities so hoping my 4th choice will come through which is E-F-011-O1-R.  If that doesn't work out I'll just buy an OTC Bull tag and hunt, I guess, the Flattops.  Haven't even thought about Deer or Antelope yet.  Any chance there will be decent leftover tags available?

 

 

 

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You should be able to pull that 1st rifle Flat Tops cow tag with the 4th choice as it often goes to leftovers.  

Regarding other leftovers over the past 8 years, things have really tightened up as other hunters have learned to use the draw and the internet and how to read the draw summaries.  For elk, there won't be any 1st bull or either sex tags generally outside of a few marginal units, but 4th season usually has an excellent selection. There won't be much for antelope that's worth your time, but Wyoming always has plenty of leftover doe tags and a few buck tags.

Deer is pretty tough too.  More people apply now than just a few years ago, more people know how to read the drawing summaries and there are about 40% fewer licenses to go around. There are couple of units along the front range that can usually be counted on for leftovers, but West Slope is pretty iffy.  I'd expect a few license increases this year which may help with the later choices and leftover availability.  If you're looking for buck tags, I'm sure there will be Middle Park tags, some Poudre, St. Vrain, Big Thompson and Golden area licenses for 2nd or 3rd season.  Archery and muzzleloader should have a slightly better selection of units west of the divide.

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It would be really nice to

It would be really nice to pull that cow Elk tag just to have meat on the table.  It's a "B" tag so I could still snag a leftover or OTC I believe.  Any suggestions for a potential leftover tag area that is somewhat remote, not crisscrossed with roads/ATV trails?  The reason I like the Flat Tops is that the road hunters can't get in.  I'm a backpack hunter.  

Not sure if I'll hunt Antelope this year.  Maybe if I can find a good partner. After a couple of somewhat bad experiences I'm picky on who I hunt with. :) 

For deer I'm thinking Archery for the longer season and nice weather.  Not really that worried about getting the best area this year just want some quality time outdoors.  I'll check out all those areas you mentioned.  Thanks!!

 

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Welcome to BGH, always nice

Welcome to BGH, always nice to see new folks on here and met new people. You are correct that you can still get an OTC tag if you draw your "B" cow tag. I know what you mean about being deployed and not being able to hunt for a few years. Got back from the sand box just in time to get a few left over tags last Oct. Not very good areas that late but still got out hunting. If you can get to a license agent the first day, first thing in the morning you have a better shot at some of the better left over areas. As ExBio said, not a lot of great left over areas but some are better than others for sure. Also as he said you should draw your 4th choice. I usually hunt just north of the FlatTops in 12/23/24 and love the area but not all the people. Getting off the roads and away from the main crowds is a big plus to me. Don't hesitate to ask questions or even PM me if you want.

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Welcome to the site!  Lots of

Welcome to the site!  Lots of great info and people on here, so stick around, and join in!

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Thanks for the warm

Thanks for the warm welcomes.  I'll definitely be at the DOW early for the left over sale.  BTDT once before.  The last few days I've been trying in vain to come with a game plan for the 2013 draw so I can scout them this year.  I'll have 10 DEER and 9 ELK pts.  Doesn't seem to be enough for any of the good units.

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Woah!

Don't go to the DOW.  The lines are ridiculous.  Just go to a small, out of the way sporting goods store or gas station that sells mostly fishing licenses.  If you need to, go in the day or two before ot make sure they know how to sell hunting licenses too.  Places like Sportsman's Warehouse and Wal Mart are also big no-nos on leftover day.  

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Wow that is great

Wow that is great information.  I thought I had to go to the DOW office.  When does DOW post up the left over tags on the website? 

 

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leftover tags

The list will be published in July after the leftover draw (for those that selected that option).  You can pretty well figure out what the list should look like by checking out the remaining licenses for each hunt code when they post the drawing summaries in June though.

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