Hi Exbio, Im a flatlander from Indiana Iv been hunting for 32 years, I started deer hunting when I was 10 . I have a daughter from my first marriage,and I have two step-sons now,I have got all three of them into hunting. they all of gotten their first turkey and the oldest step-son has taken a few deer. my whole family loves to fish. I have been elk hunting a few times in colorado and planning on going again this year taking my oldest step-son on his first elk hunt .
we will be in colorado sept 1st, archery hunting unit 78 east of pagosa springs.if you know any info on that area. I would be most appreciative. I have hunted that area once up jackson mt rd. with no luck so any thing I can learn would be great . I have looked at the colorado hunt atlas so I know where the summer consentrations are , travel corridors and water holes. I have looked for an estimated population for unit 78 but have not come across that info yet if there is one or how accurate it would be. I look at maps almost every day trying to pin point that special spot and so far looks like i need to be up about 10,000ft plus and thats not a problem. I just have to train alittle harder.
Not certain, but probably use a trend survey where they fly the winter range, doing a count in the same couple of places at about the same time every year. Plug the numbers into a model that probably has a detection function, sight distance which usually incorporates terrain and vegetation, maybe a winter severity index and a few other things like sex and calf ratios and harvest numbers to compute an estimate.
Most areas have some individual tweaks to further fine tune the models to what the biologists believe to be the most accurate numbers possible.
thank you. thats how I got started .when I was just knee high to a grasshopper I would sit and wath my dad and his friends fling arrows at straw bales. and I couldnt wait to join them. We would go to K-mart every weekend and thats where I found my first bow. 30# ben person recurve, I wanted that bow so bad I could taste it. I finally broke pop down . I had that bow until 5 years ago I lost it and my barn to a fire. actually I lost all my hunting equipment in that fire.thank goodness for insurance. now I have my whole family shooting archery.when I built the barn back I put an indoor range up stairs only 18 yards but keeps the muscles in tone. :
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