They are both limited draw, but 49 takes a lot of points to get into. Usually the advice about not hunting too close to the Front Range pertains to the OTC units that are just past the limited draw units. 49 is a very good unit, but most hunts take around 3 points for a resident. 500 isn't bad, just nothing special about it. It's still a limited unit, so you would have had to apply to hunt it. Success tends to be a bit above average, which is nice. Trophy potential is in the middle of the pack, hunter density is about average, etc. Like I said, it's middle of the pack. Certainly nothing wrong with it. And it's close enough for you to be able to scout it frequently.
I enjoyed hunting unit 49 some years ago.
It seemed like there was always elk.
I can recall winters when herds of 250 elk would come down into South Park.
It seems like there is some areas that are difficult to get back into where a hunter will be rewarded.
I am always amazed at the amount of scent control products that exist on the market today. But they are there for a reason. Game animals have incredible noses and if you go out into the field smelling like body odor, summer sausage, gasoline and last night's Miller High Life fiasco you will probably not be punching a tag. Scent control sprays aren't cheap though. On a college student budget I had a serious need to alleviate at least some of my hunting costs. This is why I decided to...