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Mule Deer Colorado 49

Hi Gang,

 

My wife is hunting Mule Deer in Colorado unit 49/57 this upcoming smoke pole season.  We have been doing a lot of scouting and wonder if anyone else is seeing a lack of deer in these units this year?

 

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I'm right next to you in 481.

I'm right next to you in 481. I'm seeing deer from 8000ft to 11,000ft. Bucks and does.

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Nice!  I'm glad you are

Nice!  I'm glad you are seeing some.  What slopes are you typically seeing them on?  Over here in 49 it seems like there is an elk behind every tree but the muleys are being very elusive. 

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No pattern I can put my

No pattern I can put my finger on. I don't have a buck tag, and i'm looking for elk. I just see them pop up now then. All were shooters though. Still in velvet of course.

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The area

Im hunting when I made camp opening week there was some non hunting campers already there. I talked to them that first day. They said they had not seen any deer in there two days of camping and nature walks. The next morning heading up the trail at o dark thirty getting three miles deep I came upon a herd of ten bucks with four bruisers in it. I saw three different groups of four to five bucks the following days. It was always the first hour or so after daybreak and the last 45 minutes of light. Rest of the day nada no deer spotted. Id say that be the pattern first and last light around feeding and bedding transition areas. Didn't even see tons of deer sign but they were there likely holding to well used trails travel areas so sign not all over. Also I was hunting at high elevation. I know not your unit but likely following the same pattern.

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Same here. The ones I saw

Same here. The ones I saw were just after first light. Then they're gone. If I was hunting them i'd be still hunting bedding areas. Once they get some pressure from hunters. You won't even see them at first light.

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