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Pick a state

Okay, if you want to go on a meat hunt, and don't want to drop big $$$$ on an outfitter, what would your choice be for a state.  I live in Southern CA, so AZ, NV, CO, UT, and NM are all okay drives.  I know AZ and NV might be lottery only, as well as maybe NM.  Don't know if I'd want to waste a draw for a "meat" hunt.

I have hunted only one time for elk, that was in Oregon.  It was a Any bull general rifle tag, and the success rate wasn't great.

What type of hunt would you try for?  Either sex, cow, archery, rifle, muzzleloader (Have all 3).

What say you?

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I think that the best chance

I think that the best chance for a meat hunt would be in Utah.  Their anterless hunt starts in November and different areas run into December but you do have to apply  in June I believe.  Also during the anterless hunt there you don't have to worry about throphy or horn hunters like some other states that run both hunts together.  Here in Colorado you can apply for a late season cow tag but then you have to pray for snow to drive them down or have access to private property.

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Do you know if there are any

Do you know if there are any leftover tags after the draw, or you need to get in an application by June?

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It is hard to tell since the

It is hard to tell since the tags went on sale to the general public in July but here is a link to what may be left and the DOW web site. 

http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/2010-remaining-antlerless-permits.html

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Thanks!

Thanks!

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My top two would be AZ and

My top two would be AZ and UT, I know theres a lottery system but  both states have good trophy potential.

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Colorado

I'd do a late season hunt in Colorado and wait until you get reports of a massive snow in December.  Many of those tags are good for the full month and can be drawn 2nd choice or as leftovers.

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I've had a couple of those

I've had a couple of those tags here in Colorado and both of them went unfilled.  I watched elk each weekend sitting up on the private property and they didn't move down until February and that was when the hunts went into January.  Another time a friend of mine had one and we watched the elk on top of the hill and when they came down one night they didn't stop until they were across the boundry line into another unit and more private property. 

The nice thing about the Utah anterless hunts is that they happen on 99% public land and after all the other hunts have been compleated.  So the only other hunters that you will encounter are other anterless elk or deer hunters.

I hate it when somebody leaves the guide book on the hill and the elk read it and figure it out. 

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Ha!

Critter wrote:

I hate it when somebody leaves the guide book on the hill and the elk read it and figure it out. 

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For myself it would be NM. I

For myself it would be NM. I know that they a once in lifetime draw for monster bulls there. But strictly for a meat hunt right where i live CO.

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I'll stay close to home for

I'll stay close to home for meat so CO but trophy hunting I'd be looking to AZ or NM.

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