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Newbie here

Hey guys, let me start off by saying this, I'm totally new to hunting. I've gone out and shot some jack rabbits in the high deserts of California but that's about it. I have a hunting planned this coming 2nd rifle season for deer elk in unit 15 around the routte national forest area ( don't know where I'm new to CO). Is there any tips or tricks you guys can share? I'm not looking for a trophy just something to fill the freezer with. Any tips on gear I might need?

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Location: Front Range, CO
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Welcome to CO and BGH.  You didn’t say where you are living now but, you are never wrong spending as much time as you can scouting the area for habitat, assess, and property lines.  Getting to know an area and how to effectively move around it is key.  If you cant get your feet on the actual ground, do a very thorough map recon.  That would be my number one suggestion for starting out.  Being physically fit and able to stay out past dark and get to a spot before the sun comes up has always served me well.  Good luck! 

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Welcome to the site.. It is a bit slow here, but if you are patient there is usually someone that can help you out.. First off I hope you are coming with a couple buddy's.. Hunting alone in Colorado on your first time and being new to hunting is not something you want to take on by yourself.. The weather can turn in an instant here.. Prepare for worst case scenarios with hot or cold weather,snow or rain.. Tire chains, tow straps, come alongs and chainsaws are always on the trip. I do not know a heck of a lot about the unit you have chosen, but if you call the CWP they have hunt planners that you can chat with that will lead you in the right direction..If you are going to camp out in a tent, be sure it is a quality tent that you can heat up with a wood stove or other safe method.. The more room you have the better in my experience.. may be harder to keep warm, but that is where a good wood stove with some coal will help!! Don't be shy about asking questions, there is never really a dumb question..

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Routt NF hunting

I shot my first deer and my first elk in the Bears Ears area, but that was 50 years ago, and I moved from Steamboat to Montana about 40 years ago, so I'm sure a lot has changed since then.

Back then we could find deer and elk almost anywhere on the forest, and I killed several deer and several elk almost within walking distance of town.

Also back then, there wasn't an "e" in the name Routt.

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Hey ChazisBoss, I hunted

Hey ChazisBoss,

I hunted Archery there for a few years. Never connected with an elk or deer but they are in there allong with a few bears. It is a big unit so get some boots on the ground and look around.  We hunted south of 134 on the public land. Get about 2-3 miles away from the roads and 4 wheelers and you will see them. Good luck.

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Hey ChazisBoss,

I hunted Archery there for a few years. Never connected with an elk or deer but they are in there allong with a few bears. It is a big unit so get some boots on the ground and look around.  We hunted south of 134 on the public land. Get about 2-3 miles away from the roads and 4 wheelers and you will see them. Good luck.

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Hey Chazis, I hunted deer

Hey Chazis,

I hunted deer there last year during 2nd rifle.  There is a lot of public ground up there, but there were also a lot of other hunters around.  As many people have said get boots on the ground and explore some areas.  As you said south of 134 there are some great areas, i also explored near the town of yampa and that looked promising as well.  I had a deer in my crosshairs last year only to have it run off right before I was ready to shoot.  There are a lot of camp sites up there so spend a few weekends up there to get the lay of the land.  I will be hunting 2nd rifle there again this year, hoping to explorer up along rabbit ears pass area a little more.  Good luck and hopefully we can communicate a few more times over the summer

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Hey Chazis, I hunted deer

Hey Chazis,

I hunted deer there last year during 2nd rifle.  There is a lot of public ground up there, but there were also a lot of other hunters around.  As many people have said get boots on the ground and explore some areas.  As you said south of 134 there are some great areas, i also explored near the town of yampa and that looked promising as well.  I had a deer in my crosshairs last year only to have it run off right before I was ready to shoot.  There are a lot of camp sites up there so spend a few weekends up there to get the lay of the land.  I will be hunting 2nd rifle there again this year, hoping to explorer up along rabbit ears pass area a little more.  Good luck and hopefully we can communicate a few more times over the summer

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hunting 15 as well

I'll be hunting unit 15 2nd rifle as well this year. My first three years hunting were in unit 27 south of the Red Dirt res and had decent luck those years...but am tired of the multitude of private land there. So I decided to try 15 this year because of the large amounts of public land and wanting to hunt further from the road than unit 27 allowed. Will be taking my daughter with me this year so she can get a taste of hunting before committing to it completely next year.
I've been looking at south of 134 in the Gore pass area. I'll be taking a couple of upcoming weekends up there for boots on the ground scouting and to get used to my new GPS unit before the start of the season.

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hunting 15 as well

I'll be hunting unit 15 2nd rifle as well this year. My first three years hunting were in unit 27 south of the Red Dirt res and had decent luck those years...but am tired of the multitude of private land there. So I decided to try 15 this year because of the large amounts of public land and wanting to hunt further from the road than unit 27 allowed. Will be taking my daughter with me this year so she can get a taste of hunting before committing to it completely next year.
I've been looking at south of 134 in the Gore pass area. I'll be taking a couple of upcoming weekends up there for boots on the ground scouting and to get used to my new GPS unit before the start of the season.

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hunting 15 as well

I'll be hunting unit 15 2nd rifle as well this year. My first three years hunting were in unit 27 south of the Red Dirt res and had decent luck those years...but am tired of the multitude of private land there. So I decided to try 15 this year because of the large amounts of public land and wanting to hunt further from the road than unit 27 allowed. Will be taking my daughter with me this year so she can get a taste of hunting before committing to it completely next year.
I've been looking at south of 134 in the Gore pass area. I'll be taking a couple of upcoming weekends up there for boots on the ground scouting and to get used to my new GPS unit before the start of the season.

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