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Unit 4 Mule Deer

well, this is my first year to hunt Mule Deer in Colorado. We stalked the Elk in that area last season and had success. No monsters but I was happy for my first Elk hunt. We are planning to go back 2nd season in that area and there were four of us that drew out for Mule Deer. The place was crawling with them last year so we figured we would give it a shot. I hadnt anticipated drawing out with no prefrence points but maybe thats because of the area??? I was curious to know if there is anyone that hunts that area and has had some success. Lat year seemed a little starnge with all the snow in late October. Took about three days to find the Elk but when we did we found a bunch. Came across some good Mule Deer but one imparticular had us itching to give it a shot this year. I am new to the Colorado hunting scene. Seems like it takes a lot of planning and preperation so I have been doing a little homewrok this time around. Didn't do to much of that last year so I believe we were lucky. Lucky enough for two to each shoot a bull... at the same time... but that more than likely wont happen again.  I have not bought the OTC Elk tag and may not if I think I can get into some Mule Deer.  I guess I was looking for some innfo about Unit 4 and any comments or suggestion good or bad. Dont want hunting secrets for the area nor am I looking for someone to give me a heads up on a honey hole. I would appreciate any comments. Thank you. Thumbs up

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Congrats on the elk success

Congrats on the elk success last year!  You should share the pictures if you haven't already.  I have not hunted mule deer in Unit 4, but, like you, I did hunt elk during 2nd season last year.  Every day on our drive in to the National Forest, we saw 50-100 mule deer.  Unfortunately, they were all on private ground.  Regardless, I think you stand a pretty good chance of filling your tag, especially since you atleast have some familiarity with the area.  

I imagine you will get some people to respond to this post, but I would also suggest using the search feature to browse through some older posts on this website that might have some useful information.  One post that I came across recently is older, but I think it is very relevant to what you are asking: http://www.biggamehunt.net/forum/state-trust-lands-around-craig

Be sure to let us know how the hunt goes, and good luck!

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Sorry, I'm am a little slow...

You know, I couldnt find the search funtion and I decided to post. Then I went to the help post and amazingly enough... I found the search bar at the top. I did find some real good info and answers to the exact same questions that have been asked over the years.

I should have known better but the forums I am on for hot rods and firearms have a search function in a different spot and I missed this one. I hope to get some replies but just in case... Sorry to all who look at this and go "hey dumbass... use the search function" . Haha  Thats how excited i am! Ill have to post some pics. The one I got wasnt a monster but he had some real cool eye guards... They came up an inch or two and then they turned down on both sides. I hadnt seen anything like that before so if nothing else he is unique. Biggest mistake we made, which I am sure was a stupid one, we went back to get a cart we brought and we could get within 50 yards so it seemed logical. Snow was amazing last year and it was about 18 degrees when we decided to get the cart, so why not?  That decision cost me my mount as two damn buzzards found my Elk which had snow packed on him and in no time at all had picked a good portion of the hide off of the cape. I wish I had my revolver then... I would have liked to have shot one out of pure anger (i wouldnt have, just barking a bit). Thats how it goes, stupidity usually wins when inexperience is involved. Meat is good though and I have a nice set of antlers. Thanks again for the reply. I appreciate your help.

 

 

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I only pointed out the search

I only pointed out the search feature because it took me a little while playing on this website before I fully realized how useful it can be.  Even if I find some of the information I was looking for, I still like to create a new post in case somebody new comes along or somebody finds the post this time that missed it last time.  I am consistantly amazed at the amount of useful information people share on this website.  

That does sound like a unique bull.  I am sure I would gladly take him since I am still trying to get my first elk on the ground.  That is a bummer that the birds got to your elk, but at least the meat was still good.  I am a fan of the European and skull plate mounts, so it wasn't a total loss.  Now you will just have to get another elk that you can have mounted like you wanted to do with that one.  

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First of all welcome to the

First of all welcome to the forum. Like has been said it would be great if you could post your pictures up, sounds like you did great especially for your first time out.

I have not hunted in unit 4 so I'm of no help there but it sounds like you have a good head start already with what you learned last year. The only thing I could suggest is to check out Exbiologist site. Westernhuntingdata.com, The honey hole project will give some good info for only ten bucks and there is a lot of other good stuff as well.

Good luck with your hunt this year. Btw where are you coming from?

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I shoot this buck a few years

I shoot this buck a few years back in unit 4.  He is not a monster but he was my first buck.  I saw alot of bucks and most were this size.  I saw one monster but was never able to get back on him.

I will also be up there this year during second season with a bull tag, I did not draw a deer this year.

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That is a nice looking buck!

That is a nice looking buck! Thumbs up

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Gonna be in the same area?

GooseHunter Jr wrote:

I shoot this buck a few years back in unit 4.  He is not a monster but he was my first buck.  I saw alot of bucks and most were this size.  I saw one monster but was never able to get back on him.

I will also be up there this year during second season with a bull tag, I did not draw a deer this year.

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Ok, since that link, linked you to my babble!

Dang! I sure talk too much! That link from three years ago has me babbling about one of my honey holes!!!...ratrod, check out the areas I listed in that thread....I have had good success there, but second season is a mad house in that area. I would def suggest moving in HOURS before sun-up and waiting for the late arrivals to get the deer moving around!

Here is my 2005 160 class 2nd season muley from GMU 4 right in Willow Creek!

 

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Sorry about pointing out your

Sorry about pointing out your old post, but I do think it is very useful.  Also, that is a nice looking buck!

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Well what happened to my comments? Dohh!

Ok, here they are again

 

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Marty, you going to be in your usual areas? I'll be up there in GMU too! I snagged another RFW cow tag this year on the Four Mile Ranch this time. We will be camping right off of hwy 13 on CR101, but could surely free a couple of hours to drive around to the south side of the Elkheads to chew the fat over a beer or two!!!

 

Nice buck too! ...but your's sure looks way bigger than mine! LOL! ...though I was about 330lbs in that pics, so that has got to be why mine looks so small! LOL!"

 

 

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