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I usually hunt elk north of craig and decided to get a buck tag as well this year. We never really see deer in the national forest and I was wondering if anyone hunts the state trust lands north of craig. Based on the terrain I'm going to assume they would be better for deer.

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Which ones did you mean specifically? I've not hunted them, but I did scout a lot of places this summer for first season elk hunting, but also with the thought that I may come back and hunt deer in second season. Did you mean the lands between Craig and the national forest? The ones just east of 13? Or west? Or some of the northern BLM lands?

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My deer tag is not good in unit 3 so I am not considering anything west of Highway 13. One of the STL's I was pondering I believe is called Baker's Peak and is just east of highway 13. It looks much more deer-y than up high. Have you spent any time there?

Are these BLM lands just further north? Are they any good?

I also did a scouting trip to California park last year and drove by a STL after leaving Highway 40 maybe midway to the park. I don't recall the name but do you know anything about it? During that midsummer trip, the park was good for deer. But we decided to hunt our normal stomping grounds west of the park that year.

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Keep in mind that I have never deer hunted here, have only summer scouted, but have talked to many locals and my friends have hunted there the last several years. I believe Baker's peak is the large area which borders a bunch of BLM land around Serviceberry Mountain. It is very good, but receives a lot of pressure according to the locals. I saw quite a few there this past summer. It is road hunted heavily. The STL between Hayden and California park supposedly also receives a lot of pressure(according to DWM) because there is a lot of deer there. According to the STL brochure, there may be an access drawing in the morning on opening weekend. I would hunt it mid week. I suspect California park would be a complete zoo during the season, but I don't know this for a fact. I liked the northern BLM lands because they look like deer habitat (mid elevation, brushy lands), are huntable, will receive less pressure (but can withstand less). That's my 2 cents.
And my friends say that they never see deer in the national forest during the season, but they are all over the ranch lands.

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Thanks for all the helpful info. How do you access the BLM lands? California park was exactly that last year during 2nd rifle but by the number of carcasses all over, the 1st season must have been a massacre.

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Do you have the Craig BLM map? It has all the landownership, including the Division of Wildlife Easement through private lands which allows access to some isolated parcels. Off the top of my head there are 4 ways to reach the BLM lands north of the National Forest. California Park and Slater Park roads go all the way through. The road that goes through the Baker's Peak STL/Serviceberry Mountain has a road that cuts back west to the Camelback/Bibleback mountain BLM areas. Lastly there is a road south of Hahn's Peak peak that heads west to Shields Mountain(GMU 5, but that road cuts through). Like I said it was off the top of my head, I don't have access to that map right now, but I believe all those are correct.

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As I am in school at CSU, the majority of my maps are with my family in Lakewood. I do believe we have the Craig BLM though?

Bibleback and Camelback are in unit 5 and thus would be off limits for deer. Is there any BLM on the north end of the forest that is still in unit 4?

Bakers is the only one I have actually seen. I think it was road 101 that we took to get into it? All I remember is that the guys were parking on the road, crossing a creek, hiking across a long flat, and then hunting some bluffs about 3/4 to a mile off the road. Does this sounds familiar for Bakers?

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Thats exactly it. I wouldn't walk across the open, (except in the dark) because there is a trail on the south end just above the creek. Jax on North College in Ft. Collins has the BLM map I am talking about. Make sure you get the most recent version(2007? maybe 2006). It has the access easement that I was talking about to the other BLM parcels, which I'm pretty sure are in 4, not 5, but I was looking for both elk and deer(elk tag good in 3,4,5 etc). Other than those spots, I would consider the northern portion of the national forest, which I would assume would receive less pressure than the southern and western portions.

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So, is the area directly surrounding the Jim Robertson Mountain and Bakers Peak area a STL and open to the public? If so I sure blew it! I hunted that Serviceberry Mountain area, and never knew. I had several chances to stalk up on some nice bulls, but thought the area to be off limits DOHHHHH!

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So, is the area directly surrounding the Jim Robertson Mountain and Bakers Peak area a STL and open to the public? If so I sure blew it! I hunted that Serviceberry Mountain area, and never knew. I had several chances to stalk up on some nice bulls, but thought the area to be off limits DOHHHHH!

Was this for archery or muzzleloader this year?

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exbiologist wrote:
Thats exactly it. I wouldn't walk across the open, (except in the dark) because there is a trail on the south end just above the creek. Jax on North College in Ft. Collins has the BLM map I am talking about. Make sure you get the most recent version(2007? maybe 2006). It has the access easement that I was talking about to the other BLM parcels, which I'm pretty sure are in 4, not 5, but I was looking for both elk and deer(elk tag good in 3,4,5 etc). Other than those spots, I would consider the northern portion of the national forest, which I would assume would receive less pressure than the southern and western portions.

What do you mean by, "because there is a trail on the south end just about the creek." Game trail or one to use to get across the creek?

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