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Missed mine, looking to help son

I had my opportunities but didn;t get a chance to shoot my Elk during Archery season, but learned a tremendous amount of information this being my first year.

Now I'm trying to plan my 14yo's hunt in GMU 51. Anyone have any recommendations on locations? He has a Cow tag for 4th season. We're doing the online scouting, but if someone is willing to send me some information to help narrow this down I'd appreciate it. I have 4x4 and don't mind hiking to get away from the crowds. I also need to look for my other son's late hunting since he wasn't able to fill his during archery, but was considering GMU 54 maybe. Initial looks like alot of public areas. Any other recommendations is appreciated as well.

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Sorry, don't have any

Sorry, don't have any recommendations for you in unit 51.  But wanted to let you know the youth archery tag isn't good for any late season hunt like the rifle tags.  Only unfilled youth rifle either-sex or antlerless tags can be used in any late season in the state with the 2 new exceptions for units 3/301 and 11/211.  You'll need to purchase another tag for your son (any rifle cow tag will do) if you plan on doing a late season hunt with him.

Good luck in area 51.  Hope you make some great memories!

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Youth archery unfilled tag may exchange for late season rifle

I called the DOW and they explained that the unfilled youth archery tag will just need to be exchanged for a youth cow rifle tag. They didn't mention any cost associated with this and my older son would be eligible to hunt in the late season youth only areas in blue on the GMU map. I'm hoping to make it over there today for the exchange and I can update this once I know for certain.

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That's good news.  I didn't

That's good news.  I didn't realize the DOW would exchange the youth archery tags.  I wonder if they do the same for muzzleloader too.  Just more props for the state of Colorado and how they make it a great opportunity for kids to get out and hunt.

Thanks for updating and good luck in 51 (and beyond).

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They did exchange his tag

Just to update you, they did exchange his either sex tag for a cow tag during the late rifle seasons (anytime after Nov 18). They actually just scratched out the either sex and wrote in anterless and stamped his tag. He can now hunt in any area colored in blue on the youth map. They did have some updates to the program on printouts as well, but nothing really changed from our perspective. Hope this helps.

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