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.
How many of you out there keep a journal of your hunting trips or outings? I started to about 20 years ago and then moved them from a journal to a story that I will send out to my friends so that they can enjoy the time as well. I'll aslo put into the journal the scouting trips that go along with the hunts of limited or once in a lifetime hunts.
I have found that if you buy a small notebook that fits into your shirt pocket and take it with you when you head out is the...