Ok guys I know it's early but I was looking for advice on getting a leftover buck tag for CO since I have no points to draw with. What units would you recommend and how early do I need to stand in line to get the unit I want?
What unit and season do you prefer? My go to unit after the draws has been 444 archery for deer and there may be some left overs for the first couple of rifle seasons. Other than that you can check the box on the application that tells them that you want a list of left over tags that are available after the draw and then see which one you would like to try out.
Hopefully Exbiologist will see this post and and chime in, he could help you a lot with it. In my opinion the tags and units that are going to be left over for those two seasons are going to be hard units to hunt. Either a lot of private property that you might have problems getting access to across to get to the hunting areas, or units that need a lot of snow to push the animals down into the public land to hunt. You may also want to wait until the list comes out and then reask the question so that we know what units are available to you.
That is why I hunted 444 during the archery season. I could get a point and still have a lot of hunting area that was open to me without having to deal with private property.
I live and hunt in unit 75 southern Colorado. If you have not already sent in for your tag, many people draw the 2nd season tag here with no preference points. There are no left overs here usually for buck tags.
We have great deer here and lots of public land. Our deer have been getting more numerous and larger for many years here, I would give you some advice if you choose this area.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...