That stinks for you Still Hunter. It looks like my dad and I drew our 2nd season buck tags, but my daughter did not draw her 3rd season buck tag. It does not show anything for my oldest son and my youngest wanted to chase elk 1st rifle this year so no deer for him.
As I'm sure you know, there are always leftover tags. No, not for the unit or season you want, but for anyone else wondering, if you're unsuccessful in the draw, you've still got a chance at the leftover draw, then the leftover tags go on sale in August. And yes, there will be buck deer rifle tags, some muzzleloader tags and some archery tags available.
I know earlier you had mentioned that you wanted to deer hunt in muzzleloader season and stay close to home because you had people coming in from out of town. However, you can always look for a rifle tag with decent lodging nearby, like in Middle Park (should be lots of leftovers there this year).
As I told you already. I was foolish to not apply for my normal rifle season deer tag. My bad.
I'm going to have the best time I can hunting for a cow during ML season. Anything I can scrape up after that is a bonus. Now I have a deer point. I'll try for a buck during ML season next year. One of the guys in the group got that this year.
I really don't feel too bad about not getting deer. My heart is always in elk. Even if it's a cow. Actually, I love getting cows. Good eating.
So, I ended up with my 3rd choice for deer, which is an archery tag for Unit 29. I am actually kind of excited to get another chance at the deer in that unit. I have a couple more places I want to check out, and eventually I hope to find deer on huntable public ground.
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...