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Season over need advice

So, I had a deer tag and logged 7hours of walking today and no elk or deer.  I cut deer tracks everywhere but they were a day old at least. I know it was only one day and thats part of hunting but it get extremely frustrating.

I was hunting 371 and would like to try something not as rugged. Can anyone suggest a decent unit to apply for deer and Elk for next year in CO?  I have one preference point now and would like something within 3-4 hours of Denver if thats possible.

I am not asking for any secret honeyholes, people cam PM me if that helps.

 

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No honeyholes? I can give you

No honeyholes? I can give you about 100 crappy spots. Would that help?

I know. I'm a wise guy.

 

 

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"Still" send me a pm of your

"Still" send me a pm of your best spot...ahahahah

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That would be #97. It's a

That would be #97. It's a little less crappy than the rest.

 

Seriously, I hunt the ML season. My spots may be lousy by 2nd rifle that you hunt.

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I am leaning towards the 

I am leaning towards the  muzzleloader season.  I know there are elk in there.  I think they wise up by second rifle season.  I think Archery and muzzleloader should do it.  It is also still warm enough to camp in tents.  

It was 12 degrees this morning when I arrived on the mountain.

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You will find that the

You will find that the country that most deer and elk inhabit is going to be fairly tough going for the hunter.  You will find some that hang out in the flat country but as soon as the first rifle goes off they will head to the meanest country that they know. 

The best advise is to start looking next summer at different units and find one that you like the look of and then scout the dickens out of it.  You don't need to go all the way up to 10,000' to find deer and elk either.  The place that I plan on shooting my cow elk this year is just a hair over 7,000' and they have been there all summer long.  Also some of the best elk hunting that I have found for larger elk it around 8,500' and no higher, and that is here in Colorado. 

As for next year you might want to look at Exbiologest web site and pay a little bit of money and pick one of the better areas that he suggest.  So between his site and some scouting next summer you might have a good plan on where to go in 2013 and you just might get lucky in 2012. 

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Thanks for the advice

Thanks for the advice critter.  I have been seeing elk in the same spot at around 8500ft.  Much better than hiking to 11000ft and being 4 miles from the truck.

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  I have had great success in

 

I have had great success in unit 79... most likely more drive than what you are looking for.  I have also done some scouting in the plains east of me and have found some very nice deer for possible future hunts.  I don't think you have to find the Hunter25 area to ensure of a success - although if the property right next to him was for sale I would be buying it!  I found some great areas also near Westcliffe in the national forest that is definitely worth taking a look at.  I am much closer to these areas than you but think finding the right unit for multiple hunts is the answer as well.  Good luck in your scouting.

 

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