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new guy colorado swa's

I am new to forum. I have been hunting elk for last 10 years in Colorado, but mainly have been hunting in Pagosa Springs area. Will be hunting 1st rifle around Meeker and Craig. Please give advise on some of the stat wildlife areas. I have been thinking about Indian Run, Bitter Brush, Oakridge, and  Jensen. Any advise would be appreciated. Are any of these areas good for first rifle?

again thanks for any help!

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As a rule, the SWAs are typically low elevation

Because of their low elevation, those SWAs are generally not very good for the early rifle seasons.  Although the areas just south of Indian Run isn't a bad option.   Oak Ridge and Jensen usually have some elk on them, but all the scrub oaks can make hunting difficult.  For 1st season, I'd usually want to get a little higher, but because the archers tend to run the elk off the north end of the Flat Tops so early, you have decent chance of getting into them in those SWAs.

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thank you for the help, so now i have another question, what about the trust lands. i noticed most of these are only 640 acres. are they even worth the effort. much appreciated. will post when i get back to let everyone know update of the elk in the area.

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I wouldn't bother with the small ones

640 acres won't hold, but you catch them passing through.  I'm not which particular parcels you're talking about, but unless they are large, high elevation pieces, I wouldn't bother with them for elk.  Deer can be a different story.

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From my experience Oakridge

From my experience Oakridge area has elk, but be prepared to see plenty of orange.  Bitter Brush is good if your looking for antelope.

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