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List B Roulette

Well folks, Colorado first rifle wasn't very productive.  My hunt in the western portion of Unit 4 was cut short due to a family issue but we weren't finding any animals or much sign anyway.  Now I'm thinking about a Plan B late in the season -- probably a List B leftover cow license.

Anyone else thinking about a late season cow hunt?  I see 600+ leftover tags available for combined units 11,12,23,24 and 211 around Meeker, and a couple of those seem to offer pretty decent odds in late season.  I've been flipping back and forth between the harvest stats and the leftover tag list, and have scratched my head raw.  The high number of tags available seems almost like a red flag.  What am I missing here?  Does the public land get a little too crowded?

Maybe this is one of those situations where its better to just play roulette -- put every late season hunt code with List B tags available on a slip of paper, drop them in a bag, and then just draw one.  And then go explore a new patch of this grand state!

Appreciate any and all suggestions!

 

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Late season

99, Sorry to hear your hunt was a bust and hope the family issue is taken care of. I hunt 12,23,24 and the problem with those late season tags is that most of the elk are on private property as the hunting pressure and snows have driven them down by then. You will see hundreds if not thousands of elk right around the town of Meeker but getting permission to hunt is a challange for sure. There is some accessable public land and STL but of course the other hunters will know about them too. That said, there are allot of cows in that area so there is a fair chance at getting a cow. Send me a PM and I can give you a few places that might be good if you choose to get a tag for 12,23,24.

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Now this is why these out of

Now this is why these out of state stats always have me so confused.  You live there, and are still scratching your head raw lol

Sorry to hear you didn't score on this past trip JC.  Hopefully you will straighten things out for the next season, and will be able to shoot a nice one to fill the freezer with.  Good luck!

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That's why I ended up not

That's why I ended up not hunting the late seasons any more. Most of them were a fair drive away and unless teh weather was just right many years we would see nothing on public lands. Other years they were everywhere but it was just too much of a gamble to enjoy it. I'm not familiar with hunting those areas though.

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Thanks guys! SGM - I really

Thanks guys!

SGM - I really appreciate your candor and insights regarding the Meeker area.  I've spent some time tonight with the land use maps and touring it with google earth.  I see what you are talking about as far as the private land is concerned.

I'm a bit of data geek so I think I'm going to pull together a short list of options based on tag availability, recent harvest stats, and amount of lower elevation BLM and STL lands in the unit.  After I get down to a short list of the 3 or 4, I'll put those in a hat and just pick one.

Thanks again!

 

 

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No problem, offer still

No problem, offer still stands if you have any questions.

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Well, if you want to hunt a

Well, if you want to hunt a public winter range next year. Apply for a 4th season elk tag for unit 481. ou can stay in a motel in town, and have a 15 min drive to the winter range. Easy hunting. No climbing at all. I'll tell you where it is.

It's just too easy for me.

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Thanks Still, and everyone

I appreciate everyone's input.  This late season thing is new to me.  For this 4th season I settled on a leftover cow tag for Unit 161, NW of Walden.  I made a scouting trip today and at first glance the large STL ansd BLM lands looked pretty good -- alot of diversity in the terrain and vegetation.  I also ran into a BLM ranger on independence mountain and he gave me his view of the migration patterns. 

I also saw a few signs on the BLM land indicating that certain areas were open to ATVs BUT ONLY FOR THE RETRIEVAL OF GAME.  This struck me as being a really intelligent approach to a contentious issue.   Does it work in practice ... can't say.

Now we wait and watch the weather.

 

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