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OK RUFFNECK, you're correct. I didn't offer Minner any advice on where to best spend his points---and I'm sorry about that.

Here's my advice: Move to Colorado. Establish residency. Use those points on ANY Ranching for Wildlife unit--because that's where the best of the best elk reside and non-residents can't apply.

I personally wouldn't try to accumulate 10 or more points to hunt anywhere else. I also think the present point system for elk/deer/antelope/bear stinks and should be modeled more after the sheep/goat/moose system where you accumulate 3 base points and then after that you get another entry in the drawing for each year of not being drawn.

By the way, RUFFNECK, I'm not anti oil & gas, but all the same. I wouldn't hunt the Bosque under it's current conditions. I'm curious though, If you couldn't hunt the BDO, what would your next choice be? (on public land-not private)

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There you go now your talkin! I totally agree with you on rfw and the pp system it does kinda stink. And actually i am accumulating prefrence points right now i have eight and i think im going to use them in either the hill ranch or trinchera. how about you?

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Location: Georgia
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Thanks for the advise, I really appreciate it! I still would like to hear about any other areas you folks think are good but take 10+ preference points to get.

Unfortunately, moving to CO is not an option right now. I've almost done it twice throughout the years but neither time it worked out (once was when I almost went to CSU but opted for Clemson since it was 1000 or so miles closer to home Big smile ). It is a beautiful state and I hope to visit many more western states in the years to come. Nothing like the Rocky Mtns. anywhere around here!

Thanks again for the advise if you all can think of any other areas I should research, I'd be very appreciative!

Have a great day!

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Location: Southeast Colorado
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Hey Minner, what part of Georgia are you in? I have family NE of the Atlanta mess.

Rufneck--I don't try to accumulate very many elk points. When I get a couple I burn them on a cow hunt on one of the "local" RFW units. That's just too much fun to wait. I usually buy an over-the-counter bull license if I want to go anywhere else--that being unit 86 or 80. I lost my dream spot when my aunt sold her ranch above Aguilar many years ago.

I'm rained out of harvest here in SE Colorado so I'm contemplating OTC second season but I haven't picked a spot. Probably 86-861 because I have a cabin down there. That's a hard hunt with low success of public lands but it's close. What are your plans?

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Well I didnt have any luck with the draw so I was able to snag up a leftover buck license private land in rye for second season and im getting an over the counter bull for second season. Acutually i usually hunt up in 86 and 861 yeah it's tough hunting but i found me a honey hole and have had good success there!

what ranch do you burn your points on plainview?

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The one in Huerfano County.

Haven't got a "honey hole" for me, but I see a lot of elk in some of the central canyons and down at Kerr Gulch. No secrets there. I have passed on shots because of the location & weather. I don't have horses or an ATV and the old back ain't getting any younger. But I do enjoy the hunting---however, if it isn't fun, I'm not going to do it. I don't feel the need to prove anything these days.

Maybe I'll see ya up there...(but not too far up)

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ok! i like that area in kerr gulch i killed a cow there about two years ago didnt see anything in there last year though.

after i downed that cow i ran into a guy looking for a bull his buddy shot the evening before and couldn't find he said they had shot it in the head. i was assuming the bullet didnt penetrate but who knows. bad shot anyway

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Hey ruffneck, I'm taking my nephew to hopefully fill his first buck tag Saturday on a day hunt. Were hitting the lower Huerfano SWA below Green Mountain. I know you're hunting this season, but if you make it to a PC I'll post back Sunday or Monday if I see any elk or sign in there this weekend.

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plainview wrote:
Hey Minner, what part of Georgia are you in? I have family NE of the Atlanta mess.

I live in northwest Georgia. Not to far from Tennessee. I actually have family in Colorado. I've never met them but a lot of my paternal grandfather's family live out there. I think I remember someone saying "Climax", but I'm not too sure now.

And you're right, Atlanta is a big mess. I don't go anywhere near unless I absolutely have to.

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socokhtnr that would be very much appreciated good luck!

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