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unit 14 & zirkel wil.

hey all,

unsuccessful 1st rifle season in unit 15, mostly because my hunting partner/meat hauler wasn't in good shape. after a 12 mile day of hiking above 9-10,000, he was wiped out. he bought me beers and breakfast to offset the tag price, and we went fishing instead. for anyone interested, cat to burns is fishing great! however, i wasn't wiped out, and i really want to get back out this season.

so right now im debating between 2nd or 3rd rifle. my 1st rifle tag was a cow, so it was class B, so i can get either season no problem. i am looking at the mt zirkel wilderness in unit 14 right now, and to hike in from the west side about 3-4 miles. theres a big meadow just inside the western border of the wilderness, with trails leading to it from all directions, and above that is where i plan to camp the first night. i want to explore the mad creek drainages and maybe ill go as far as the lakes to the east. i am also looking at unit 361, and maybe even SW flattops. like jensen SWA off yellowjacket pass. i havent put as much research in on these places, but 361 has a pretty nice chunk of wilderness as well. anyone have any suggestions?

this is my first year on big game, normally a wingshooter but i've got a deadly rifle barrel/scope for my 12 gauge, so i'd like to get 150yd shots or closer. is the snow deep north of steamboat? it wasnt so bad in 15 NW of gore pass last week but this is a lot more north. does this area hold a lot of elk? the DOW site recommends it as a good first hunt, and i like the butchers at steamboat meat and seafood, but should i be looking elswhere? any other advice? 2nd season better than 3rd?

final question: are you allowed to hunt on the resort property at steamboat? how about vail/beaver creek/breck/aspen/snowmass?

thanks!

Jeff

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Can't help you out with any

Can't help you out with any info, but I just wanted to say welcome to the site!  You should be able to get some advice from the guys on here, especially if you are asking about elk in Colorado.  Bummer your buddy got wiped out.

Be sure to check out the rest of the forums.  lots of great info on here to be found.  Be sure to throw up some of your own photos and stories.

Best of luck this fall!

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thanks!

thanks for the welcome, i'll let you know how it goes!

 

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Snow

The snow in area 14 was above 8000 foot.  Got about 5 inches on Monday that is all.  Looks pretty good for the rest of the week but it can come in pretty quick.   Good luck with your decision.  14 is a great area not a ton of big bulls but plenty of elk to be had.  I can't give you info on the other areas but I am sure some others on here can.  Post up pics for sure.

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awesome man, thank you for the reassurance... the research i have been doing seems to point to this place as a good backcountry experience, the FS rangers in steamboat said hunters did very well up here 1st season too, do you think i should head out for 2nd rifle or wait for 3rd? are there any deer up here, enough to make a combo a good choice??

thanks

jeff

 

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Welcome to the forum as it is

Welcome to the forum as it is always nice to see /meet new folks. Sorry to hear about your first season hunt but sounds like it was not a lose witht he fishing. Cannot help you with 14 or 361 but can on the Jensen/ Yellow Jacket area by Meeker. Send me a PM and we can talk that area. Unit 15 holds a fair amount or elk but also gets a ton of pressure as it is pretty easy access. As for which season is better that is hard to say. Second season will see the most pressure due to the fact deer season opens up but it can be very good. Of course third season could see heavy snow which will help push the elk down. I know it is not a great answer but it isa little help. As for the ski areas most to all are off limilts to hunting. If you read in the big game book it states something about the Vail area for sure. As I said, if you want tyo talk the Meeker area send me a PM. 

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2nd Season

Your best to hunt the Second Season over the Third.  The snow will most likely push the animals off the Zirkels or deep into low valleys.  As far as Deer goes there are some good ones.  Here are couple of them that I shot with my camera last week.

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Some nice bucks!  I'd take

Some nice bucks!  I'd take either one in a hearbeat!!!

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