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camp

It might not hurt to take a small tent and the gear it would take to make a spike camp if you hunt til last light a long walk in the dark is no fun. you would be surprised how far you can travel following tracks or a herd. a gps should be part of your gear as well as basic survival gear

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Here you go I found you a

Here you go I found you a campsite. Just try to stay in the area as far as you can see. lol

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Nothing like Texas

HA! Thanks Hunter25! Like I said, Co is nothing like Texas. If that were a picture of Texas, 34 different people would own sections of that land and charge you $2500 per hunter for a season. I love Texas, I just hate that there is not much public land. That picture is beautiful, what part of the State is that in?

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Heading up to the flat tops

Heading up to the flat tops off of I-70 in western Colorado outside od Dotsero. That's only about 30 miles off of the interstate on an easily driveable dirt road even with a car. You know I've never hunted big game up there so I never checked the unit but it's across the Colorado river from unit 35.

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After many hours

After many hours or research, reading articles, pouring over harvest data, and neglecting my responsibilities at work, this is what I have come up with so far. I'm looking at these unit for an archery hunt.

Units 13, 211, and 32 are close to flat tops and (according to harvest data) have realatively low hunting preasure and have decent harvest success.

Units 70, 71, and 711 have really high harvest numbers but also alot more hunting preasure.

My sleepers are 741 because it has really low preasure and a great success percentage rate, and 78 because it has a big wilderness area located in it.

Now, I know very little about the access in any of these areas. Any information you guys can give about these units or your opinions would be apprieciated. Thanks again! I'm really enjoying the forum so far.

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keep the amount of public land in mind

741 and 13 have very little public land, hence the low hunter numbers and high success.  It's fair to assume it's almost all done on private lands/Indian Reservation lands.

 

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Good to know

Thanks exbiologist, I will scratch those two off the list. Does 211 and 32 have much public land, according to the harvest data, the number of hunters from last year was pretty low. That leads me to think there is not much public land.

Also, what are your thoughts on Units 14 and 53? After rereading some of your articles and some others, those two units were mentioned as good public archery hunt locations.

I haven't even gone on my first Elk hunt and I'm already getting Elk Fever!

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some public

211 doesn't have a ton of public land, but there's a fair amount that's huntable, none of it really rugged country.

32 can be iffy too outside of the Roan Cliffs.

53 is good and not all of the elk are going to be in severe backcountry.  14 would be a tough place for your first elk hunt.

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Thanks Bud!

Exbiologist, Thank you so much for all the advice. All of you guys have really helped me out a ton.

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Unit 14

Ex Bio,

I am just curious why you think 14 would be tough for first elk hunt.  I definatley respect your opinion as you know 1000 times more than me, but if they would be willing to backpack hunt a little and set -up in an area when they locate elk I think it could be good.  You can definately get away from some folks and there's plenty of elk. 

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