Just returned from our 2nd season deer hunt in NW colorado GMU 3 & 301 with no success.... Saw a lot of elk sign which is unusual for the area that early. As to the deer in the area their were almost non to speak of which my family and i found very odd... The past few years we have seen 100's of deer every section we have hunting in these units. Talked to a wildlife officer from meeker and he said the deer had moved up high last spring and their has been to much food and not enough snow to move them down into the area and the winter kill was moderate to normal. We never really have hunted unit 301 because it is 90% private. Later in the week decided to take a drive through the unit since we wernt seeing anyting in area 3 we came upon some private land with id say 6 4x4 trucks driving around a 3 mile by 3 mile square we decided to glass the area they kept driving around and come to see id say 100 deer or better with some really really nice bucks in the middle of where they were driving. we took out our map and noticed that this persons land borders BLM land and they were "deer driving" keeping them off the BLM land on on the private so they could charge and almost garantee their customers a deer. We stopped one of the trucks and they admited to doing this and he said he couldnt talk much longer he had to finish his deer drive so that his wife could fill her tag. I found this amazing and rediculus.
anyone else hunt these areas 2nd season how did you do????