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Let's hear this years plans in Colorado!

Just got the deer and elk applications off in the mail. I cant wait. Hoping for GMU 70, or 71 & 711 for the deer tag during 3rd season rifle, and also hoping for the 70, 71, 72, 73, 711 either sex elk tag for the 4th season.

That means being out of the house and in hunt camp from Oct. 31st - Nov. 15th, if everything goes right. Not counting scouting days! Just me, the boy, and some good drinks and eats.

So Im hoping to drop my buck within the first few days of the season and then shifting all my attention to the elk. If I can do that, It will give me plenty of time for scouting and figuring out what the elk are doing and more important, where they are doing it! I hunted the same units last year for deer, but also had a cow tag. Two days into the season the deer were everywhere, but the elk were nowhere to be found. As dry and warm as it was the first few days of the season, it wasnt a big surprise, but a disapointment. So hopefully, the difference between the 3rd rifle season for deer, and the 4th rifle season for elk, will make the difference when it comes to weather, and paying attention to one or the other, and not having to worry about both. But Im hoping for the weather difference more than anything. Can the five days in between the 3rd rifle deer season and the 4th rifle elk season give me the weather that will get these elk coming down lower and moving around more?

Let's hope so!

Thats my plan and Im sticking with it! To everyone here in Colorado, good luck this year, may you get your first choice, and most of all, be safe. Thumbs up

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Well, the wife just about fell over when she came by and saw how much was going on the card. Take it easy there toots most of it is coming back. That being said I put in for sheep, mountain goat and moose. All I know im not going to draw but just building points. I put in for trophy units for elk archery, again won't draw but will get the point and pull a OTC tag for archery. Deer I put in for a later season archery. That way I can concetrate on Elk and hunt deer in a seperate season. Finally, antelope I have 6 points to date so I put in for antelope rifle. Should draw the unit I picked. Next year I'll go back to the bow for antelope. Only other thing is waiting to see if I drew for Turkey archery. I'm pumped about the seasons coming up and all the killer scouting when the snow melts off. Yes

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I can't share the units til later, but I'm putting in for an either sex first season elk tag that is a difficult draw with 0 points. For my second choice on elk, I'll put in for the cow tag in that same unit which would be a guaranteed draw. That way some of the guys in our party will have either sex tags and some will only have cow tags, but everyone will have something, which should rotate ever year, with only the really lucky guys drawing either sex every year.
Because I didn't draw my deer tag last year, I've a pref point, so I'm taking a chance on a 3rd season tag that requires 1 point. I don't know the area, but the stats look good. For my second choice, I'll put in for another unit that I've been curious about, but never hunted. I have a slim chance of pulling that tag on second choice.
This strategy gives me plenty of flexibility because the deer units are in OTC areas, so if I don't draw the either sex elk tag, I can still hunt a bull during my deer hunt. I may not want to do that, so I could pick up a second season bull tag if I don't draw in New Mexico either.
For antelope, I'm just buying a point, then going to Wyoming to hunt does depending on what happens with some of my other draws.
I've never put in for bear before, but I will this year for an area that requires 1 point to draw, but I'm hoping demand is a little lower this year and I may draw anyway.
Moose and sheep, I've never put in for, but if I don't want to be 50 or 60 when I draw, I should probably start now.

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I'm going for elk again this year. There is always plenty of OTC tags for the unit I will be hunting. I have never harvested an elk and this is only my second time out. First time out I had only three months of planning. My wife mentioned I should take up hunting,especially elk. The meat is so good. I didn't realize there was so much to learn. I live in the area I will be hunting and have one year under my belt for my area. I can't wait to head out to go shed hunting and scouting. I will be mostly sticking to elk, maybe get a deer tag down the road. I mentioned to my wife that I need to get a bow and do it like our ancestors. That didn't go over well. She said, lets get one with the rifle first. I managed to get so close last year, but being so green I just entertained the elk. I will be going out solo with back up plans if I go in too deep to pack one out. Just can't wait to get out there!! Good Luck to everyone this year! KBA

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I've been asking myself what hunt for 2009. I've got a few points - 3 or 4 I think.
I'd like to go 2nd season just for my own sanity so I can get away a little longer. A 5 day hunt seemed way too short last year.

- Bulls in the Buffalo Peaks? I usually see elk in that area.
- Sangres? Way steep terrain and the elk are often very high but they are there.
- Durango? My old standby area. Low success statistics but it is where I've killed most of my elk.
- Cow tag in Unit 61?
- Creede area? High altitude, lots of elk. An excellent unit to get aquainted with.

Decisions. Decisions.

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Im hoping for anything. I've never really been a trophy hunter, so Im happy with whatever I get. If i get anything, it's just icing on the cake. Of course, the bigger the better. But Im just fine and happy being out there hunting.

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same as ecery year. same camp same guys and killing a pile of elk for the bbq and hopefully getting a another addition for the wall

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Archery only for elk this year for me. Looking at north central part of state as of now.

Best of luck to those putting in the for draw units this year. Thumbs up

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Points points points, time to burn! 12 on deer over by Utah and 12 on pronghorn. Hoping to get a couple mounts this year. I'm saving the elk points for NW CO, hopefuly in a few yrs. Regular deer unit has been pumled by winter kill the last few years.

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Might as well give you my BULL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Let's hear this years plans in Colorado!

Antelope= Preference point

Deer= Preference point

Elk= most likely PLO cow tag, maybe a 3rd season bull tag

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