Hey there. Just saw that I got a muzzleloader tag for this year for units 7, 8, 9, 19, & 191. Would anyone mind pointing me in the right direction for some public land hunting? It would be much appreciated.
Lots of public land in Roosevelt NF throughout all those units (except 9)(get a USFS Roosevelt-Arapahoe NF map) , and check out the Cherokee Park SWAs. The lower Cherokee Lone Pine unit has a nice big chunk of public land in 191.
There's also a good thesis on the mule deer habits and movements in Poudre Canyon in the CSU library. I don't remember what it's called, but the title should be obvious. However it was mostly following marked does up in Long Draw and Corral Creek. Most of the bucks were up higher in that study in the Rawahs, Comanche Peaks, Neotas, Never Summers, etc until the end of October. After that they came down toward the winter range in the mountain mahogany country in the middle of the canyon, around Dutch George. There certainly are small deer populations in 191 in the SWAs and in the checkerboard country northwest of there. Decent deer hunting can be had in the foothills in 7 and 8 also. If it were me during muzzleloader season, I'd get up into the wilderness areas. Poudre Wilderness is tough country and there's deer there too, just not real . I think Hawkeye270 shot a nice buck during muzzleloader season last year in the Poudre area, you might PM him for more ideas.
Oh and I was screwing around with some population modeling stuff a few days ago, and it doesn't look like there's a lot of older bucks. About 62% of the bucks in that area are going to be 1 or 2 year olds. Just saying that real big dudes are going to be hard to come by.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...