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Was two years ago actually.

I think I have the answer now, the Stae land surrounding rd 101 is called bakers Peak! DOHHH! I never knew, I was hoping it was the private land areas surrounding Jim Robertson & Bakers! It is private right?

Really the story goes; I was up on top of Serviceberry and made my way to the south side slopes when I notice some nice bulls bedded down a ways further southeast down the slope on what I THINK is private. Since they were just below the upper ridgeline, I think it would have been pretty easy to sneak up and come out right above them. Wind was coming out of the south that day too!

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I meant above the creek, just east of where the road crosses it there is even a sign and parking area for the State Trust Land and BLM. Seriously guys, not knowing what ground is public and what is private makes us all look bad Shame on You! . The most important map you can have is a landownership map, either from the BLM or Forest Service, or private companies (they both label state and federal ground). A Delorme map does not show ownership clearly enough, only administrative boundaries. If in doubt, learn how to use your GPS in conjunction with the map to figure out where you are.

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Here's the landownership and an aerial photo with the landownership faded over the top...The magic of remote scouting!
Oh and thank the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for facilitating the land exchange that produced this.

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Hey exbiologist, in your second picture was this land ownership map on-line or did you buy the software? I have been thinking hard about buying some of the mapping software to create my own, just not sure and wanted some feedback. So wondering how you like it? I have been wearing out the Microsoft Virtual Earth website, but I kinda wanted the land ownership mapping ability.

Sad thing is I have spent years marking up my 1:100,000 and 1:24,000 maps up to show ownership boundries, but boy does it take a lot of time! I have most of the BLM 1:100,000 north of I-70, and prolly about 150 of the 1:24,000 maps and will never get to some of them! (yeah, yeah, I know, why! ...b/c I have only used a handfull myself! Its kinda like fishing gear, I have a problem and I need help with this buying addiction! Do they have a twelve step program for this stuff? LOL!)

FYI...I love that specific area for big mulies! I have bagged a buck there the last three years right along Willow Creek. All directly west of Serviceberry and all within a qtr mile of eachother. Last year my rookie buddy also got a nice fat & wide 3x3 for his first ever big game kill, and within 20 yards of where I got mine the day before! There was already a fresh gut pile about 30 ft from my kill, and then his was shot just past that! I thought it was kinda wierd they were hanging so close to so much fresh blood!

Trying to get him on the elk this year, and that is the reason I have been looking for help with the National Forest further down south.

SHHHHH.... My little secret so promise not to tell anyone, OK?

Unless someone has already bagged him in 3rd or 4th season last year, archery or muzzleloader this year, or maybe even by a car since then, there is a massive 6x6 muley roaming the area that is over 35" wide! Saw him two years ago on opening day of 3rd season as I was gutting the nice ~180 class 4x4 I just got. Then I saw him again on the last afternoon of 2nd season last year heading into Wyoming. He has huge brow tines and is VERY even on both sides. A true trophy of a lifetime! I did not draw a buck tag in the area this year since we choose to look at 4th season, but he is getting old and not sure how many more years he will make it so here is to hoping he makes you or someone a happy person, instead of feeding a mountain lion or a pack of coyotes! Last year I also found a super sweet ride side shed from another monster that would surely be over 30" wide and thick! Either one will make me a very happy guy! (That 180 class is my personal best)

Last year, I bagged my buck on the first day of the 2nd season, which was a 'management' buck with some funny little crooked horns. Mr. Cool!

To go along with that here is a couple of stories; If everyone remembers, starting the afternoon of the first day of that season we had a few inches hit the area, and the wind was howling from that first afternoon and all the next day! When I bagged the buck on day one, I was holding well in front of, and just below his nose level on a nice broadside shot. I could not believe how much that wind moved my shot and unfortunately I gut shot him in a 30+MPH crosswind sad Oops! I lost one of the back legs due to the hit and the boat load of gut juices that coated it! Cry

The very next morning, due to the storm we were pretty late getting out there. Then right as the sun was coming up we were only a couple hundred yards from the truck when we saw a huge 6x6 loan bull crossing behind us where we just came from. (OF COURSE!) He stopped for me several times with a nice side view, but with the shortest opportunity being close to 300 yards I had to pass! With the wind moving my shot from the previous day by close to 4 feet, I sure did not want to do the same to him.

Maybe this year! Thumbs up

As this 1st opens up this weekend, I want to wish everyone good luck and a safe trip! I do not know if I can take another month of this anticipation! It may kill me by then Brick Wall,)

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I have all the same problems as you heavyC! I have so many maps, its not even funny. I love thinking (fantasizing?) about new hunting areas. So the software I purchased is called The Colorado Outdoors Big Game CD statewide hunting maps. It has shapefiles for ArcGIS and klm files for Google Earth. In Google Earth you can fade the layers over the aerial photos to see landownership, elk usage maps, etc. I love it and will spend untold hours playing with it and making maps. I think the CDs cost $60 at Gander Mountain in Thornton. I don't know where else they can be purchased, maybe at the DOW.

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Nice!

Thanks so much! I guess I just 'have to' go buy that software now, those maps you have were just too cool for school!
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sent you a PM HeavyC

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Does anyone know if Bakers Peak has an area designated for camping? I have never camped on state trust lands but know that it is only allowed in designated areas. I remember when driving in, that there were a bunch of camps set up. Is this a designated camping area?

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Yeah, I would have the same question. I see all the camps as you come off of Hwy13 and onto road 101. They seem to stretch for a ways in certain areas.

FYI... I also replied to the PM! Thumbs up

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