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Last minute advice, CO Muzzle loader Areas

Looking for last minute advice on a good area for elk during the Colorado muzzleloader season. We've got 6 bonus points, will be wall tent camping in public land. No guides or private property. We're not new to either elk hunting or muzzleloading. Will have boots & back packs to haul out meat & have atv's if legal. Looking for a good chance for a couple of good bulls but are not hung up on points or B & C scores. We hunted in unit 76 seven years ago, 3rd season centerfire & got a couple of bulls and had a great time. The statistics indicate that at least 12 points are needed for that area these days which we don't have. We're leaning towards units 66, 67 & 57. Any suggestions?

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Re: Last minute advice, CO Muzzle loader Areas

you're kind of in no-man's land with 6 nonresident points (I'm assuming you're a nonres). You've either got way more than you need or not quite enough. Can you hold out a few more years, or does it have to be this year?

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Re: Last minute advice, CO Muzzle loader Areas

Nonres correct - out of Nevada & I understand what your'e saying about no-man's land. We're not committed to this year - it's more like the itch to get back to Colorado & chase those elk again is getting hard not to scratch. To add to that, one of the gang just got a new TC Triumph (his first inline) and it needs to draw first blood. I've got to review the regs again but seem to recall something about some tags being issued to people not having "enough" points. I'm kind of thinking about the first choice being 76 with a bonus points for the second choice. What I don't want to do is waste the points we do have for a so so area. 76 isn't mandatory either but we do have good history there.

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Re: Last minute advice, CO Muzzle loader Areas

76 is a great unit for sure. If you want to save points for a few more years you can always draw a second choice tag, a leftover, or an OTC. That'll get you in the woods and you wont blow your points.

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Re: Last minute advice, CO Muzzle loader Areas

I would put in for your preference point and then a cow on your second choice, that is where you can draw a cow on your second choice. You will have to find a unit that is undersubscribed .Otherwise try 54, 55, or 551. These are no longer a statewide tag and have to be unit specific this year. Give it a try on your second choice for bull or cow.

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Re: Last minute advice, CO Muzzle loader Areas

Look at unit 49. Not a bad unit and you could be very good with your points.

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Re: Last minute advice, CO Muzzle loader Areas

Thanks guys. Went for another point & probably an over the counter or leftover tag, probbably cow, after we see what NV gives us.

Will do some studying on unit 49.

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