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Leadville area advise

Hello everyone,
My name is Dave and I am from Pa. I am new to this site and I would appreciate any and all advise on the Leadville area, on elk hunting. I have friends in the area now and have been offered the chance to come and stay at their place if I want to come out and hunt. Unfortunately they are not hunters and have no real personal advise on best hunt units and driving distances etc, etc, etc. I see they are on the border of units 48 & 49 and they are both draw areas. I hunt primarly archery but would consider rifle if the chance opened up. Could anyone advise on the best way to apply and the best archery/rifle options. I received the Colorado Big Game Brochure and have that info but am unsure about the best or most realistic way to apply, for someone without any PP's. If unsucessful in the draw what are the chances of OTC sales? It will be me and possibly a buddy hunting on our own.
All help appreciated
Think

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Leadville area advise

Depending on how many PP it takes (usually) to draw a tag you may be lucky. If not, there are many areas that have LOTS of OTC tags. Also, you may want to wait until the leftover licenses are posted and if you don't mind hunting for a cow elk you may be in luck. Leadville may be a place to stay but hunting in that area may take some flexibility in regard to season and method of take.

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Leadville area advise

Thanks,
I 've been thinking about putting in for the leftover lottery if I don't pull in the draw and see what comes up. Ever hear about the herd population and make up in either 48 or 49? I see there are some wilderness areas in there and they may hold some older bulls?

dwomer wrote:
Depending on how many PP it takes (usually) to draw a tag you may be lucky. If not, there are many areas that have LOTS of OTC tags. Also, you may want to wait until the leftover licenses are posted and if you don't mind hunting for a cow elk you may be in luck. Leadville may be a place to stay but hunting in that area may take some flexibility in regard to season and method of take.
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I don't know much about the area and/or herd however take a look at the link below. It provides some interesting information. I hope this helps.

http://www.gmuresearch.com/index.php

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That is pretty high up. Archery season will be fine, but if it is an early snow and cold, the rifle season probably would be no good for any of the seasons. Then again if it is a dry, warm year it might be ok into third season, but most likely not.

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bitmasher wrote:
That is pretty high up. Archery season will be fine, but if it is an early snow and cold, the rifle season probably would be no good for any of the seasons. Then again if it is a dry, warm year it might be ok into third season, but most likely not.

I assume you're talking about unit 48. That includes Clear Creek, Lost Canyon, and Independence Pass to name a few so you're right the elevation might be an issue. The top of Lost Canyon for example is about 12.5k feet.

I've never hunted elk so I'm just speculating, but there are some good looking valleys in unit 48. They may be full of hunters and no elk for all I know.

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