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new to site and new to colorado

hello everyone.::hello1

yup another newbie just moved to montrose co from slc Utah and ::help1looking for some one to show some new areas for elk hunting and deer hunting. now I'm not asking for your honey holes (favorite spots:yes:) I'm just want to find some where to go and get into elk. i mainly archery hunt:thumbsup1:. one day i would like to get that dream bull (first bull) with archery tackle. i have taken several cows with a bow over in Utah but no bull. I'm also looking for someone that would be willing to help\ show me how to understand the colorado ::confused2game regulation a little better.and show me what i need to do to apply for these permits. i have been on the website but there is allot there and is pretty overwhelming i have read a few pages and still a little confused so any help there would be appreciated.

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Welcome to the forum. As far

Welcome to the forum. 

As far as good hunting you can either head west or east from Montrose and be in some great country and over the counter elk tags.  Colorado doesn't use a limited entry hunt like Utah but drawing the tags in some units is just like a LE hunt since they will take quite a few points to get into the drawing.  Like Utah all deer tags are draw only and you need to specify a unit but some of the hunts allow you to hunt the surrounding units so that is a plus. 

As far as applying for the permits the application process starts around next March and it isn't that hard to figure out.  Colorado uses preference points for unsuccessful first choice draws and if you go to the statistics page that is on line you can check to see just how many points it will take to draw a tag for a specific unit.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/Pages/Statistics....

Also there is a magazine called Colorado Outdoors and in the March/April issue next year it will list the points needed also.  You will also need your hunter safty card and in Colorado it needs to be carried with you while hunting unless you take it down to a division office to buy a hunting license and they will then verify it, and it will say so on the license. 

So you have a while before you really need to get ready for the draws next year and come next Feburary you will see a lot of questions popping up here about the draws.      

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Critter Thanks for the

Critter

Thanks for the welcome and the reply.
Sound like you are familiar with the Utah draw?

So on 62 ,63, 64, 65 ,70, etc I could buy a OTC tag and hunt on these units for either sex. is there a antler point restriction on these units? (Kinda like the LE units in Utah where it is a cow or a spike only on LE units.)

And on the other units like 40,61,76 66,67,55, etc that are draw units and if drawn I can hunt that specific unit and if not drawn I will get a preference point for that unit or that specie?
Now you stated that if I drew in one of those units that I could hunt the surrounding units is that for both deer and elk or just deer? (Some of those units) not those in particular that I have listed. and how many choices are you allowed on a the first draw is it like utahs were you get five choices were if you don't draw on your first pick or the second but you do on the third?

I will keep ready the Colorado game regulations.

Would it be worth while to read or do the Elk Hunting University or not??

Again thank you for your help

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rsb_924 wrote:

Critter

Thanks for the welcome and the reply.
Sound like you are familiar with the Utah draw?

I have hunted Utah my whole life and lived there a long time.  I also have a Lifetime License there.  I have also been putting in for their draws since the late 70's.

rsb_924 wrote:

So on 62 ,63, 64, 65 ,70, etc I could buy a OTC tag and hunt on these units for either sex. is there a antler point restriction on these units? (Kinda like the LE units in Utah where it is a cow or a spike only on LE units.)

Yes for elk you can buy a OTC tag for either sex and there is a antler point restriction on these units for bulls.  The units are listed on page 23 of the proc.

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And on the other units like 40,61,76 66,67,55, etc that are draw units and if drawn I can hunt that specific unit and if not drawn I will get a preference point for that unit or that specie?
Now you stated that if I drew in one of those units that I could hunt the surrounding units is that for both deer and elk or just deer? (Some of those units) not those in particular that I have listed. and how many choices are you allowed on a the first draw is it like utahs were you get five choices were if you don't draw on your first pick or the second but you do on the third?

Yes, all those units take a few points to draw for archery except for 66, and 55 where a resident could draw with 0 points depending on how many put in for the draw, and yes, if you do not draw your first choice hunt you get a preference point.  As far as hunting surrounding units those units are not some that you can do it on for either deer or elk.  If you look at the proc you will see the units that allow you to cross into another unit.  As for the draw you are allowed 4 choices on the first go around but you only receive a point if unsuccessful on your first choice hunt.  So you can only get one point a year per spices.

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I will keep ready the Colorado game regulations.

Would it be worth while to read or do the Elk Hunting University or not??

Again thank you for your help

If you are just getting into hunting or a seasoned hunter the Elk Hunting University will always give you some help one way or another. 

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Welcome to the site! 

Welcome to the site!  Hopefully we will see some stories and photos of some of your hunts this fall!  Stick around, it's a great place!

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Sorry I missed this earlier.

Sorry I missed this earlier. Welcom to BGH and welcome to the state of Colorado. I have been many places but I never plan to live naywhere else.

It looks like youv'e gotten a bunch of good information already.

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Welcome to the site and to Colorado. It is a great place if you love the outdoors which it seems you do. Critter has given you some fine advice and I would add on to take weekend camping trips as often as you can to scout out 2 or 3 areas and get to know them well.  The site is full of knowledgeable folks who are willing to help if you ask. Also don’t miss out on the great fishing in Colorado. Blue Mesa is not that far from you and is full of trout and salmon. Welcome and good luck to you.

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thanks again for the welcome and a the advise and info. hopefully we can make it work here and learn and share some of my hunting knowledge here. there anyone here that shoots traditional archery? i do have a compound but the last 5 years have been into the trad thing just checkin thanks again for the welcome's

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  Let me add my welcome to

 

Let me add my welcome to BGH and to Colorado.  I can see you have already mastered the Smileys!  I have only been in CO for 4 years now but know you will love it here - especially all of the hunting possibilities.  You picked a pretty good place to live and offers you some excellent hunting areas surrounding you.

As for advise - these guys here on this site are an abundance of knowledge and I have learned a lot already through their info and their tips.  The Western Hunter is an excellent article site that will help eliminate some of the learning curves and exepedite better hunting for you.  

Critter and the rest of these guys have given it to you - Read the Regs cover to cover, pull of the stats page from the Colorado DOW site as it has data from 2006 to 2011, read those "lessons" that you feel will benefit you from the Elk University, and go walk some of the areas you are interested in.  Then come March sit down with your Big Gamebooklet (and hopefully your hunting partner) and get your draw info submitted. 

Good Luck! 

 

 

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Welcome to Colorado and BGH

Welcome to Colorado and BGH both are great places to hang out for awhile.  I can tell you moves to great place to hunt elk and deer.  Alot of great unit over there for you explore and find some really good honey holes for you.  There are alot of great people on here and if you have any questions someone on here will definetly be able to help you.  I will be over that way either next year ot the year after to pursue elk after along waited period of drawing prefernece points.  Good luckm inn the new job anmd all the adventure that this state and that area will provide to you.

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