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Unit 551

Hello everyone I am new to this forum. I am usually in the primos forum but I can't seem to find anybody that has an answer to my question so I hope I can find someone here. I was wondering if anyone has information about unit 551 in Colorado. I would like to get as much information as possible like elk population, hunitng pressure , is it majority private or publice land. I bow hunt and will be going the week of labor day in september. Any information will help thanks. lol

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Unit 551

According to my maps upwards of 60% (all of the western side) of 551 is Gunnison National Forest. On the eastern side it may be all private, blm, or a mix of both. You should consider getting up to date quads (quadrangle maps).

Now about pressure, harvest studies, etc. Check out the DOW harvest stats, these are available for free, although a bit challenging to figure out how to read at first.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/huntrecap/

They also make a "Big Game CD" that you install on your computer. It will graphically layout the same harvest stat info and (I believe) give you some detailed maps. Have never used it myself but it might be worth a go for yourself.

I have not hunted 551, but maybe this info points you in the right direction.

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