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New CO Big Game Hunter

Hi everyone and I appologize in advance for the long winded 1st post. I'm new to Colorado big game and I'm hoping you all can provide some information to help me make a decision on how to prioritize my GMU's for the 2010 Archery season (Huntin Muley's). I'm living outside of Boulder, so I'm thinking I would like to keep it kinda close to the front range so I can easily do overnight weekend trips up into the mountains. I'm currently looking at units 28,371,&36 in that order for my arhcery tag and here are the questions I have:

-- I looked at the big game pref. point stats and some of the GMU's are not listed. Does it mean they will generally take 0 points to pull?
-- I have used the CDOW GMU interactive map to get an understanding of migration patterns. Do I need to worry about this in Sept or can I still find deer in high elevation? Also, is there good deer populations in the GMU's I selected? I didn't see any resident populations on the map.
-- Lastly, since I'm new and there are so many choices, are there any other GMU's I should consider for a 1st timer in Colorado? I'm looking for an alpine hunt.

Thanks in advance for any help you guys provide.

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Re: New CO Big Game Hunter

You need to look at the preference point requirements in conjunction with the Big Game regs. The tags listed are a code, and often times more than one unit is involved. For example, unit 28 archery tag is DE018o1A because it is also good in unit 18.
I would not worry about migration in September, you need to be hunting the high elevation stuff, right at timberline, in the krumholz. A snow fall in mid September likely won't be enough to really move them.
I guess you need to be honest with yourself regarding hunting other units. If you are really going to scout your butt off, get to know the local deer herds, then stay close to home. If not, head further west, into the real deer country, where you should improve your odds. Unit 36 has three times the deer per square mile as 28 and 371.

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Re: New CO Big Game Hunter

Thanks for the advice. Sounds like I have some more research to do and need to head west for the best odds. I do plan to do a ton of scouting once the snow breaks, and going west will give me an excuse to fly fish the blue and colorado more frequently this summer What??

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