That's unit 9, and there's basically no public land big game hunting there . I think it's time for you to sit down with a road atlas or good map that shows the BLM and Forest Service in Colorado. I like the The Roads of Colorado a little more than Delorme, but that will work too, but realize that Delorme does not show the private inholdings as well as Roads of Colorado. You need to check out this link which shows which units are OTC for rifle bull elk: http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/0DB03426-BBA1-4101-870A-F6392C8B6189/0/GMUMapBullElkOTC2nd3rdRifleSep2008.pdf
Then you need a copy of the big game regs brochure to see which units have leftover deer licenses: http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/393CEE85-2EA3-48B9-9480-7EDC2166361B/0/biggame.pdf
Look at the deer and elk units which have little asterisks by the legal sex. That will tell which units and which seasons had leftovers available last year.
So, in conjunction with your maps, you should be able to find places with public land and leftover or OTC tags.
Then you need to decide on a strategy before you further narrow down your selections. Do you want to maximize the amount of hunting season you have? If so, then you have two more decisions to make. Do you want spend all of your hunting time in one unit? Or would you rather spread out the efforts?
Or would you rather buy two elk and two deer tags for the same unit and maximize your opportunites within the limited amount of hunting time that you have?
I guess this is the time to explain list A vs list B... You can have two tags of the same species if at least one is list B. List B tags are always antlerless tags. So you cannot have two buck or bull tags. You can have a buck and doe tag, two doe tags, two cow tags or a cow and a bull tag. Not all antlerless tags are list B, it depends on the unit, so check pages 9 and 10.
Doing this should really help you narrow down your focus.
Maybe Mr. Remington refers to the Wellington Reservoir SE of Bailey. That is in Unit 501, and some hunts are combined areas with 50, 501, and 51. The property right at Wellington is privately owned, and was used as a pay-per-visit camping and fishing area until last fall, when it was suddenly closed without any real explanation as to why. The future of the lake is uncertain at this time. There is a lot of Forest Service property all over the region; and a lot of 501 incorporates the Lost Creek Wilderness, which is quite large and rugged, and is foot or hoseback access only. The numbers of game animals in there are not huge, but there are some nice ones. Some of the recent burn areas (Hayman, Buffalo Creek) are holding game, but these areas are well-used by Mountain Bikers, Hikers with dogs, Camping Groups, and others because of close proximity to Denver urban areas. All licenses are draw only, some don't require Points, and I'm not sure if leftovers are available.
Yes, that is the place. The wilderness area seems to be no motorized vehicles zone. The Colorado trail runs through it I believe. The area seems to be loaded with mule deer. There seems to be quite a bit of private land in the area. I believe unit 501 is a draw unit. Do they usually have left over tags for these units?
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...