Probably more than half of the tags are purchased on leftover day. After that it is just a trickle, with some places never selling out. Some units will have large amounts of leftovers, others just a few. The season/weapon will also dictate which units have more leftovers than others. The following is a list of areas with large amounts(100 plus tags) of leftovers last year, we will know in early June which units will have leftovers this year:
Archery either sex: 7/8/9/19/191, 20, 38
Doe 2nd rifle: 3/301, 4/14/214/441, 5, 18/28/37/371, 25/26, 38
Doe 3rd rifle: 4/14/214/441, 18/28/37/371, 27/181, 38
Doe 4th rifle: 38
Buck Muzzleloader: 7/8/9/19/191
Buck 2nd Rifle: 9/19/191, 20, 33, 38
Buck 3rd Rifle: 9/19/191, 20, 29, 38
Buck 4th Rifle: 9/19/191, 38
The unit 18/28/37/371, 28/181, 3/301, 5 and 4/14/214/441 doe tags are List B. List B means you can have two tags, as long as one of them is list B. All buck tags are list A, and only some doe tags are list B. So you can have a buck and a doe tag or two doe tags if one tag is from that list.
The lists above will not be the only tags available, but these are the most likely units that you can bank on.
I have noticed that Unit 38 pops up on almost every one of those possible left over tag seasons. I believe that should be in the Golden area? What is the issue there? No public land? I figured so close to the front range it would be sold out. I see deer all along the 470 from Littleton to Golden every day. Although, I am sure they are nowhere to be found once the season starts.
Land ownership pattern is one of the biggest problems. Total square miles of public land isn't too bad, but it's very broken up, creating refuges among the public parcels. Total deer numbers are just fine, but the deer are hard to come by at the higher elevation, larger public parcels. They tend to be lower in and around the private lands. Most of what you are seeing on your commute is private land or open space parks where hunting is not allowed in those foothills. One other thing, some of the better public deer habitat in the area is on Golden Gate Canyon State Park, which is only open for elk hunting, not deer hunting. And even then, it's by a separate application once you have your tag.
The first deer I shot, way back in 1958, was taken to the local meat shop and processed into steaks, roasts and some burger. Back then in that little Idaho town, when you took a deer into the butcher, you got the same deer back. Unfortunately, times have changed. The last time I took an animal to a butcher, in the mid 60's, I don't have a clue who's meat I got back, but I sure don't think it was mine. I ended up throwing the burger as it stunk the house up every time we...