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Location: Colorado
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OH NO!!

I messed up this year, and ended up with no elk tag. I'm going to do something i've never done in 60 years of huting Colorado. I'm going to hunt an OTC unit for a bull. Unit 55 is the closest, so that my pick. I expect huge hords of hunters to be there with me.

I'm going to try and stay positive for the hunt, and have a good time. I'll be surprised if I even see a bull. Let alone have a shot at one. I'll be using a muzzleloader to make it a little harder. Big smile

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Was this on purpose?  As we

Was this on purpose?  As we all know get off the roads and luck will be on your side!

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No, not on purpose. It just

No, not on purpose. It just worked out that way. It ended up being OTC, or not hunting elk.

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Bummer

Bummer.  My daughter didn't draw an elk tag this year either but I checked the box for the leftover draw for her.  I'd send you the leftover draw list if you want.  Not that all of those tags will be available in August when they go on sale to the general public, but it might give you some hope for other options besides an OTC bull tag.

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I've always wanted to see

I've always wanted to see what an OTC unit looks like at it's peak of hunters. It might be entertaining.

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OTC in full bloom

Still Hunter wrote:

I've always wanted to see what an OTC unit looks like at it's peak of hunters. It might be entertaining.

Been there, done that....don't care for it. That said, we did get elk some years. We would go third and the snow would drive most of the camps out some years. Toward the end of the week you had the place to ourselves. Dig out the snow shoes and go get 'em.

I try to hunt MZ when we can. There are usually some left over cow tags in some OK units. We used to do statewide MZ but that's no longer an option.

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55

If you go 2nd, most of the orange heads home by Monday for some reason. I am always amazed how much money is spent to only stay  for 3 days of the season.

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Yeah, I was planning starting

Yeah, I was planning on starting Monday for elk. I also have a deer tag for the same season, and I figured i'd use it on the weekends since it's on an uncrowded area.

That's the plan anyway.

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I have a cow tag in 55 for

I have a cow tag in 55 for 3rd season, I'm wondering if my chances will be better with a cow tag?

I live in 55, but never hunted 3rd season, but know most of the unit well and can hike a long ways, just not sure where to start since I've never hunted 3rd season before.

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Yes, you'll have a much

Yes, you'll have a much better chance with a cow tag. If they offered an OTC cow tag I would grab that instead of the bull tag. I'm a meat hunter anyway. Cows are tasty. Bulls can taste good too, but they can also taste like crap. Except for the herd cow, they all taste good.

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Tag fun!

I can empathize with the tag situation.

My buddy and I have been unsuccessful in the GMU 22 area for the past couple years (2nd and 3rd season).  So, based on some other advice, we decided to give 77 a try.  On March 29th we sat down, planned out our tag requirements and put them in before the draw on 1 April.  We went for muzzleloader elk and deer and rifle bear along with pronghorn.  Later that evening, we met for dinner and he says, "I forgot we have a trip to the Grand Canyon and won't be back until halfway throught ML season".  So, we went back online the next day and put in changes to our draw applications.  Once the draw results came out, we saw the mess we had.  We both have ML elk and rifle bear.  He has ML deer for the same GMU.  I have rifle pronghorn, he had to get an ML tag for it.  I ended up with rifle deer in 3rd season back in 77.  Cooincidentally, the wife's birthday is 1 Nov.  I was looking forward to being with her on her birthday for the first time in a few years.  So, this year, she is going to hang out in Pagosa Springs while we run around the mountains looking to fill my deer tag.

We leave for ML season on Wednesday and hope to avoid the weekend hunters.