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otc archery elk unit?

Hello,
I'm new here and was wondering if any of you experienced elk hunters could point my son and son-in-law to a decent archery otc elk unit? My son lives in Denver and filled a cow tag with his rifle last year and archery hunted some when he moved to Colorado 5-6 years ago. Both my son and sil have grown up hunting whitetails so they're not new to hunting but are wanting to go after elk now with a bow. Years ago I hunted mulies around Craig so I was wondering about the otc units south of Craig and towards Steamboat Springs? Has anybody hunted any of those units? I know the lower elevations are probably going to be private land so we are looking at the public land. We would be interested in units in other areas also.

We would appreciate any information.

Thanks,
Brian

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OTC versus limited

Many of the units near Craig are limited. The bear's ears units like 4, and 441 are limited draw only for archery. Same thing with the major public land units to the south in the Flat Tops: 12, 23, 24 and 33. Many of the other units have elk, but the public land is less accessible, just plain less of it and mostly lower elevations in units like 13, 131, 211, etc. Getting closer to Steamboat will put you in OTC units good amounts of public land like 14 and 15 or southwest of there like 231.

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Thanks for the reply! Does

Thanks for the reply!
Does 14,15,231 have good numbers of elk? They're not after trophy animals right now but just want to learn how to hunt and kill one with a bow. I notice otc units along interstate 70 what do you think about them?

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There are quite a few elk in

There are quite a few elk in the OTC units along I-70 from the top of Vail Pass down to Glenwood Canyon on both sides. However with them being OTC they usually get hunted pretty hard where there is road access but if you hike into a couple of the wilderness areas such as Holy Cross or Eagles Nest you can get away from some of the hunters.

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Is a lot of the public land

Is a lot of the public land between Pagosa Springs and Durango burned off from that huge fire?

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Just A fraction

It's up to 90ish thousand out of 2-3 million. It adds up eventually, but not necessarily a bad thing. Might even concentrate more elk near the edges of it.

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You will find that as a fire

You will find that as a fire moves through a area that it leaves little green islands that the animals go to. That along with the grasses and bushes that will start to come back after the fire give the elk and deer a lot of fresh nourishment. I have actually watched deer and elk move into a burnt off area while it was still smoldering and laying down in it.

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