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Unit 61 Elk or punt?

Sorry for the last minute question. 

I've been going back and forth between putting in for unit 61, or putting a hybrid code for my #1 choice which would most likely mean getting another preference point. 

With 8 points it looks like I can draw 2nd, 3rd, or 4th season Rifle in GMU 61, but NOT 1st Season.   I would really like to draw a 1st season GMU 61 rifle tag, but last year if I'm not mistaken it took 10 points so I doubt I can ever catch up?

So what do you think?

Put in for Unit 61 (2nd, 3rd, or 4th season?), keep building points??  Also open to other ideas. Thanks guys!

 

 

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Thats a tough one !

AuroraRifleman,

I guess the question would be..... Are you looking for just a really great and enjoyable hunt or a big bull ?

We are all looking to find that bull of a lifetime, but the later seasons become tougher to find the "BIG" bulls. Don't get me wrong, you will see lots of elk, including bulls, and may even still hear some bugling. Also you will be in some beautiful and amazing country.

Quinton

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Quinton,Thanks for the

Quinton,

Thanks for the advice.  A big bull would be nice, but I really don't think I can catch up to unit 61 since I'm at least 2 points behind.  I have 8 and it took 10 mininum last year.  It will creep up to 11 in the next year or two I would guess?

So, I'm thinking hard about GMU 76 1st season rifle. 

It looks like I have enough points with 8 to almost be guaranteed to draw.

I also looked at GMU 40.

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Decisions ???

I am doing unit 40 1st season this year. The advantage I have is that I grew up in this country and am lucky enough to know how to work with all the private in 40. I am expecting really big things from 40, "IF", everything works out for the critters as far as the drought goes.

I do not know unit 76 personally, but I hear that 76 is another great unit that you will see lots of elk in and lots of bulls. As far as the quality goes though a 300-320 bull is a big bull in the unit.  

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Yes, I read your posts on

Yes, I read your posts on unit 40 but I don't want to crowd you. :)  Are you worried about the Elk getting pushed onto private land?

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Private

The elk on the NF will get pushed into the private, but you can still have a decent shot at a good bull during 1st season.  I will be hunting all the tough to get to spots on the outskirts of the unit in the BLM. I am hoping to find that truly once in a lifetime bull. I hope !!!! Shock!

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Horseback? Great plan.  I

Horseback?

Great plan.  I like people that aren't afraid of hard work.  I'm the same way.  Best of luck!

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No horses

I actually have a guy that will bring his goats in if i get lucky enough to take a bull. Sooooo.... I will be hiking in and hunting on foot !! Wacko

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Me too.  Good thing we're

Me too.  Good thing we're young (I'm 45).  Whistling

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45 is really young for your

45 is really young for your once in a lifetime bull. I was 48 when I drew a elk tag in the Utah Book Cliffs and shot a 7x6 on opening day. Then my brother in law and I spent the next 8 hours packing him out. I'm 60 now and plan on a unit 61 or 201 muzzle loader hunt in 2014. I can feel my muscles aching already. Dancing

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I hope I'm lucky enough to

I hope I'm lucky enough to still be able to hunt the hi country into my '60s and beyond.

Well, I went ahead and put in for 76.  It was going to be 2015, but more likely 2016, before I could draw 61.  Not that long I guess, but not having a 1st choice every year gets old.  I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about.  Then again, I have like 7 or 10 days to call in and change my application with CPW.

Elkkill really had me thinking about 40 too, but realistically I don't think I could have figured that place out with only a couple of scouting trips preseason. 

 

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