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snow

we have hunted gmu 5 in co the lat 2 years thats the only time we have been elk hunting both times first rifle the weather was pretty nice i think we got 1 day of snow each year. we are going again this year same unit 5 first rifle we are coming from mn its looking like we are going to get some snow. can it get bad there in first rifle season with the snow ? any info from people that have hunted more than 2 years would be appreciated i have tire chains but being up there when it snows kinda gets me nervous as far as getting out if need be. like i said the last 2 years have been pretty mild weather just want to know what to expect

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Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/29/2009
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snow

It's Colorado... as the saying goes, if you don't like the weather....wait 10 minutes.

As far as in and out, tire chains and a 4x4 should be ok. Drive slow, be careful and you will be alright.
Keep a good eye on the weather and leave early to a lower elevation if you have any doubts on it letting up.
That area can be iffy on 1st season... you can get 2 inches or 2 feet and it could stay or melt off within a day.
With good tires, a well maintained 4x4, and tire chains...you can do most anything.
Do you know the roads your driving on? Not sure exactly where your going, so can't say myself. Shelf roads are always the worst for pucker factor, but nice wide (more than a 2 track) roads and your usually good to go.

HTH
22 years hunting in CO
Rock crawling and snow wheeling experience

Mike

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im not sure of the road off hand but we come in through encmapment wy so i guess i would be about halfway between encampment and steamboat lake co. and thanks for the info

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Location: Clark, CO
Joined: 10/05/2009
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Unit 5 got about 10 inches of snow this last weekend. It is snowing there right now too. I was up in little red park and wiskey park a couple days ago and it was looking real nice and like winter. A couple warm days and the roads will be a non-issue. You do however have to be careful i the area if it is wet as it is all clay and if you choose to go up the wrong road you will be sitting on your frame real quick. Forget the chains at that point and bring the winch!!!

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