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Third Season Bull in Colorado, Where to go?

Hey Group, I've got a Third Season Bull Tag for Colorado and don't know where to hunt. Any help would sure be appreciated.

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Depends

Are you willing to scout?  How far are you willing to go from where you live?  How will you be hunting?  Do you want to use an ATV?  Are you a wilderness hunter?  Truck based?  Do you want to combine the elk hunt with a leftover deer tag?

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I enjoy scouting it's the

I enjoy scouting it's the time and distance factor. I live in southern California and don't get a whole lot of time off to drive out to Colorado. The time I take off is usually for the hunt and I try to get out there at least two to three days before the season starts. I usually hunt on foot or truck depends on the terrain. Yes, I'd love to combine my elk hunt with a leftover deer tag, how does one go about that?

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The best place is west of

The best place is west of I-25 and east of the Utah border, north of New Mexico and south of Wyoming. 

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There's only a handful of options

If you want a combo hunt, there will only be a small selection of halfway decent deer tags left over.  The main deer drawing has already happened, and the leftover draw is now probably complete.  If you want a buck tag for 3rd season, you've only got a few choices.  The leftover deer tags will be posted soon, but more than likely the remaining list for OTC elk units will be unit 34 and 27/181, and maybe 38, but you don't want that tag.  If you want a doe tag, you'll have a lot more options.   Leftovers go on sale August 10th.

You didn't say anything about wilderness, so I'm going to assume you don't want a backpack hunt.  So pick a unit west of the contintental divide that is less than half wilderness.  You're going to need roads if you are based out of a truck, and you're going to want some low elevation public land options if you have a deer tag and/or the weather turns nasty.  Units with large, high elevation private refuges should also be avoided.

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I don't mind hiking in to the

I don't mind hiking in to the wilderness. I usually hunt with my father and he's getting a bit up there so I tend to leave him near the truck and I'll hike in. I hunted second season last year near Pagosa springs, didn't have any luck. Everyone kept saying it was just to warm so we hiked up to the top of the hill near Burro Creek and West Fork passed a couple of drop camps. just south of the continental divide we saw plenty of sign but just couldn't catch up to the Elk. Being on foot the hike up took most of our day light. After a couple of days our group was getting doubtful so we headed towards Williams Creek Reservoir, I saw a couple of cows and some good bucks but no horns.

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Where to go?

It sounds like you hunt from your truck.  I hunt the same way and once you chose your area the key is the food.  Get up high and find the food.  I have run into similar problems with the drop camps.  I use them to my advantage.  I get up on the mountain before they get out of their tents and when they start to move so do the animals.  I don't intrude on the space right around their camps but it is public land.  Hunting from your truck requires alot of legwork.  I usually do around 8-10 miles a day to be successfull. 

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Thanks 62, You mentioned

Thanks 62, You mentioned finding the food. What exactly should I be looking for up there? is there a certain shrub or plant? Also what zone might you recommend checking out for third season. I know the weather is extremely different that late in the season and areas that may be good for 1st and 2nd season are a couple feet deep come third season.

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My dad and I hunted 3rd

My dad and I hunted 3rd season in 08 and it has become my favorite season for 2 reasons, very few hunters and a better chance of getting weather.

We hunt unit 24 in the national forest at 9k-10k ft.

I would recommend getting horses you can rent them from Sombrero Ranch for about $400 for the season. Trust me you will enjoy your hunt much more with horses.

Also I would get a leftover cow tag, you should easily be able to fill that tag with or without horses.

Kelly

 

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Kelly and the rest of the

Kelly and the rest of the members thanks for the advice. I'll try and post some pics of the hunt in the months coming up. Again Thanks