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Non-resident looking for CO Elk Hunt Unit Advise

Hey all. I'm pretty new here but hope you all can offer some advise. My Dad and I have 10 preference points built up for elk hunting in Colorado. What area(s) would you select if you had 10 points to use. Or would you wait another year or two and accumulate a few more. I don't want to wait more than one or two more years.

Thanks in advance for any and all advise!

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gmu's 61 or 76

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thats a lot of points dont loose em! i met a guy this summer that lost like 14 points because he didnt keep applying through the drawing sucks for him.

as for your question i would try to hold off until you get about 12 and try for the bosque del oso in unit 85 and 851

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RUFFNECK wrote:
thats a lot of points dont loose em! i met a guy this summer that lost like 14 points because he didnt keep applying through the drawing sucks for him.

as for your question i would try to hold off until you get about 12 and try for the bosque del oso in unit 85 and 851

i there any public land in 85 and 851

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This sounds like a perfect job for a map from http://www.kmlers.com. I will have a map of all of the units in Colorado ranked for trophy potential and harvest success by February of next year. The maps are color coded from 'hot' to 'cold' so you can easily see which units have higher harvest success and trophy potential. Once you have it narrowed down to a few units, then you can select the unit and view the most important statistics for that GMU.

Try the map of Idaho Non-Resident Bull Elk that you can download from the home page. This will give you an idea of what statistics will be available on the Colorado map.

Oh, and I just added a very sweet couple of maps. Elk, Mule Deer, and Antelope migration routes and seasonal ranges viewable in 3D using google earth. Check them out here:
http://www.kmlers.com/ordermr.html

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The Bosque del Oso has been overwhelmed by gas well development. The DOW didn't acquire the minerals with the surface. There is a huge amount of industrial activity in and around much of that area. I wouldn't waste my points there.

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Although the area does have a lot of gas wells I dont believe it has had that much of an effect on the elk. I know from experience from this year that there are huge bulls hanging out in the bosque.

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Each to his own, but here is a direct quote from a comment in todays Charlie Meyers column in the Denver Post.

"I just finished a bear hunt in Bosque Del Oso last week. BDO is a 30,000 acre tract owned by the State of CO about 25 miles west of Trinidad. It is managed as a trophy unit for elk, deer , bear and turkey. I needed eight points to draw my bear tag. There were 11 other hunters in the designated campsite with elk tags. It seems like they needed at least 10 points to draw a bull tag.

WTO, a gas-drilling company, own the mineral rights at BDO. They have 400 wells drilled on site. Every ridge has a road built on it. You are never away from the sound and/or sight of wells and compressors. Also, traffic from the gas company and their subcontractors is constant although they are restricted during hunting season to a 9:00 am-3:00 pm schedule.

As a result of the noise and traffic, the quality of the experience was poor. Most of the hunters present in the campsite agreed that they would not have chosen to hunt in BDO if they had known about the intense drilling activity. Also, whether due to hot weather or drilling, no animals were shot between 12 hunters after five days of hunting.

In my opinion, BDO is ruined as a hunting area. Game might be present during colder weather but I like a little "wild" in my hunting experience. I hear that parts of NW CO are in a similar state. It's sad to hear that North Park will join the list of CO areas changed forever by the oil and gas industry."

http://www.denverpost.com/charlie

But hey, they aren't my points so do what you will.

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Well plainview you haven't made any suggestions to help this guy out, what area would you recomend?

And like I said there are big bulls in the area people need to learn to get off the roads and hoof it. plus the wells really arent that noisy and all around the wells and the areas that they run the pipline are revegitated so it doesnt look like the ground threw up there!

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Thanks for the information, folks. I really appreciate it!

I haven't really thought about what area I wanted to hunt, we just started applying for preference points when we sent in for archery license back in '99. Been applying for a point every since. I sure don't want to loose them so we'll keep applying for them each year, unless we finally get to use them.

It's a beautiful state and I can't wait to get back out there. I'm hoping to make this a trip of a lifetime. I really want to hunt a great area. If it would be worth it to accumulate a couple more points, I'm all for that if that's what it takes.

Thanks again!

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10 points--Where to hunt? I would say you need to decide what sort of hunt you are looking for. If you are leaning toward a DIY deal, I would still lean toward the Bosque (Unit 851). Here's why. Lots of elk. Great bull/cow rations. Very good genes. Limited pressure. The key ingredients there, tho, are that you want to hunt the 2nd or 3rd seasons. Here's why: The weather seems to stay warmer longer and the rut never seems to come on real hard there like you would think. AND, there is a fair amount of private hunting on the West on South sides of the area so hunting pressure prior to the 2nd season helps aid the natural movement in and out of the area. The other good thing about this hunt for you as non-resident is that we're talking 30,000 acres to research and concentrate on rather than several million like some of the other good limited areas like 76: Great area, but big and the really great hunting is, oh, another 5-15 miles farther from any roads than the Bosque. 61?? Same thing AND you have LOTS of guys with cow tags every rifle season that seemingly will screw up whatever perfect plan you might have had after spotting your target the nite before.

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