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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Need help with CO applications....

Me and the wife are looking to put in for Elk and Deer this year, and the application cutoff is 7 April.

We haven't hunted in CO as we just moved here last year, and not sure on the best way to approach the applications. We have hunted in Wy, and SD for Whitetail and Antelope with good luck.

We still are unsure of where to hunt, and will continue the informations search. We are from Colorado Springs, and have a camper to camp in while hunting. We do not have wheelers yet, so walking in or jeep trails is the best we can do for now. Probably rifle and 1st season.

Any tricks to the trade?
Should we apply for the "dream" locations in hopes we can get them in the future?
Should we apply for preference points?
What season is best?
Any place that has a good population and isn't private property?

Anything you can help with would be great! Would love for some good wall mounts, but love the meat more than the next. Just trying to get settled and hunting actively for life.

Thanks,
Maverick

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Need help with CO applications....

Here in Colorado we offer over-the-counter bull elk tags. Since it's sounds like you haven't narrowed your search to any areas I would stick with this option for now. It also doesn't require going through the draw.

Once you become familiar or narrow your search to some geographic area you can then see if that unit has any leftovers after the draw for deer and cow tags.

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Need help with CO applications....

Thanks for the advice. Can you get over the counter deer tags too?

Mav

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No... the DOW did away with those quite a few years back to help our deer herds recover. Since the switch to all draw for deer, herd numbers and buck quality has improved greatly.

So narrow your search and after leftovers go on sale, you should be able to pick up a deer or cow tag (depending on unit). Look at the regulations and look for hunt codes with asterisks... these are units that were undersubscribed last year and will probably have leftovers this year. This can help narrow your search.

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Since you're down to the wire, I'd get rolling real fast. First season rifle tags are by draw only. With no points, you might want to apply for a cow tag. I'd seriously consider areas within the White River / Flat tops area. Lots of elk, not alot of real monsters and lots of hunters...but fairly easy access and tins of huntable areas. I'd look into units 12, 23, 24,33 and 231. You don't need an atv as they're really limited to the trails nd area set aside for their use.

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Need help with CO applications....

Thanks for the help everyone. I'm thinking elk will be easier to figure out since there are over the counter tags. I need to find a good place to hunt some muley. Never hunted them, but I hear they are tasty! Is unit 80 down south good for deer? Thanks,

Mav

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80 is a good unit, but you'll need 1-2 points to get in there to hunt. I'd suggest you learn to hunt your local units. You have lots of National Forest Access just outside of Colorado Springs, so take your wife on some camping trips this summer and get to know the land. The local hunting isn't as good as some of the west slope units, but I'd recommend you stick close to home while you're learning. You've got plenty of elk and deer in your backyard. However those units are not OTC in second or third season, so you must apply now.

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Thanks for the info. Yeah, I'm thinking of going for the preference points in 80 in hopes I can at least get a cow tag and a deer tag, and hunt over the counter in 59, 591, 581, 511 or 512 2nd or 3rd season elk. I have today and tomorrow to nail this down, but I think its coming together.

Mav

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What you need to do fast is go down to your local magazine dealer and pick up a Colorado Outdoors for March/April. You will find the units listed for deer and elk and how many points if any are needed to draw a tag where you want to hunt. It also shows what the quota was last year and how many applicants there were that put in. Unit 80 for cow elk is a crap shoot. The first two seasons you need 1 point the others are luck. As was said about deer you will need 1 or 2 points. If nothing else you can just put in for the points and then put in for the left over tags that come out.

Jim

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Great info! I will see about picking one of those up tonight. And use that info.

Mav

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I agree with these folks, learn a decent area with good access for this year and maybe next and keep learning about other places and this darn preference point system. ...& I would also go ahead and apply for the preference points. Can't hurt and in a year or two down the road when you learn the lay of the land you will already have a couple banked. Mr. Cool!

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