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Depending on how much you like to climb a tree here is what I do. Either climb one tree and tie off one end of your rope or throw the rope over a high limb and tie the end of the rope off. Take the other end and throw it over a high limb of a second tree and leave enough rope to reach the ground between the two trees. Then take what ever you want to hang and tie it to the rope that is looped from tree to tree, then take the second end of the rope and pull your goodies up high enough to where Yogi can't reach it and tie the second end off. This way it is off of the tree and out of reach of Yogi.

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thanks for the advice...

Yea I tried to tell my dad that it was a bad idea.... There was lots of sign in the area anyways and I personally only wanted to haul up water not food. Too late to try something new we're just going to pack enough with us to stay out 2 nights instead of longer. We also plan on camping in the middle of a pasture not right next to the creek and black timber haha.

I'm still pumped for opening weekend hopefully moma's getting a new bear skin rug.... Thumbs up

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Is there any reason to NOT hunt this Unit 47 for 2nd season rifle? It looks like it is 95% public land with most of that covered by the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness area. In addition, 51 bulls were killed by only 370 hunters in that season. From your photos it looks beautiful and the trees are still alive. Any thoughts?

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Wilderness tends to discourage many hunters, which is probably why most guys don't hunt it. It's incredibly steep and rugged country and has lots of heavy timber. So the hunting is tough, the success is lower than the surrounding units, but rewarding for those who do hunt it. There's also only a few access points, which tends to concentrate what little pressure there is. But if you're a backcountry hunter, this is a great place.

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Well as for hunting this unit its pretty large with less hunting pressure then surrounding areas. What you do have to deal with is the pressence of non hunting traffic such as dirt bikers and lots of tourists hikers and photographers.

like ex said its a wilderness area so its thick and theres only a few trail head acces points. I'm hunting the backside of some private land with very remote acces and the trail is steep and rugged. If i ever did kill anything it would be almost impossible to get it out(almost). If you have mules or horses you'll be set but theres not alot of access for atv's. So if you do plan on hunting unit 47 you'll be hiking in to places you really dont wanna hike out of with an animal or hunting on horseback.

Not all of unit 47 is rugged but if you want to find the animals you'll have to go where noone else does. Theres a good population of elk in the area but not as good as succes rate as other places. Later in the season the herd heads down in elevation and tend to go on private property for safe haven.

This is my 3rd year hunting the unit and I have yet to pull one out. But thats why its called hunting not killing...

Oh and about the trees being alive... I'm on the other end of the unit. Unlike over toawards the hunter frying pan and smuggler mountain, the beatles have really worked on the trees there. Where im hunting is lucky to not be affected by the tree kill.

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Whenever I go out camping I use the same method as Critter and havent had any problems (knock on wood). Do the bears hibernate by 2nd rifle season (elk)? Or are they just as big a concern?

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Thanks for the info on this unit. I think we will go for it. If nothing else, we get to spend a few days in the Colorado Wilderness and that's worth the effort.

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