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West Slope hunt info needed

I went hunting for the first time in 17 years last year (and my first time in Colorado ever). I got skunked but had a greattime and got the bug bad. We went up to West Muddy/Electric Mountain area in the Grand Mesa National forest, lots of pressure 2nd rifle last year.

I am looking for any input on units and locations, I live in Grand Junction and a buddy has a place in Mancos (between Cortez and Durango) so we were thinking relatively near either of those places.

Just wanting an enjoyable hunt and some meat, do not care at all about trophy animals, cow is fine, spike is fine. Rifle season for sure and am considering muzzleloading season as well, relatively open to dates.

Have fourwheelers but we are willing to hike as well, both of us do plenty of camping/hiking so we can handle SOME hoofing it. (don't want to pack the whole camp in)

I just plan on putting in for a tough draw so I can get a pref point and then finding an either OTC or easy draw to actually hunt this season.

Wanting to do Muley too, so any suggestions there are welcome.

FWIW I grew up hunting in So TX and have hunted plenty of hogs, javelinas, whitetail and dove, but mountain/elk hunting is a wholly different experience and much more beautiful.

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Re: West Slope hunt info needed

You might try 12, 23, and 24. It is going to be somewhat of a drive north, but there are usually left over mule deer tags for these units and over the counter elk.

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Re: West Slope hunt info needed

+1 gjk5

It's easy to catch the "fever" when you're in hunting in such beautiful country. We're looking forward to a backpacking trip in July and maybe I'll go hunting this fall if the economy picks up.

I can't help much with a new area for you to hunt, there's more experienced individuals on here than I. Good luck and good hunting.

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Re: West Slope hunt info needed

gjk5,

Welcome to BGH! Thumbs up When it comes to the West Slope it is tough to get into elk hunting areas where it is not crowded. To hunt with smaller crowds you will want to put in for 1st (my preference) or 4th season. Muzzy season might also be another way to go, but it is going to be a guess on which units will take points and how many. The only way to really up your chances on killing elk is to get in an area and stay there, learn it better than your own back yard. Yes

Most units are 4 point or better (or 5 inch browe tine on one side) for elk. The only units I know where you can shoot spikes are in trophy units. A cow tag typically is easier to draw then a bull tag.

My suggestion to you would be to hunt where you hunted last year (try first season) and then this summer get out in some of these other units and look around, do some fishing, and do some hiking. Find what you think would fit you and the type of terrain you like to hunt. If you do an OTC hunt in second season you can draw a muley tag usually with no points during second season. I personally do not like hunting both at the same time. I split them up so I can put all of my time into one animal.

If you have any specific questions on units or areas in units we would be more than glad to help. Big smile Good luck and good hunting.

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Re: West Slope hunt info needed

Thanks for the replies folks. Been working too hard to get back on and reply.

I definitely was not planning to hunt both Muley and Elk in the same season, that would be too much.

Thanks ek06, I can definitely get up there (back of the Mesa) and around Mancos to scout plenty this year.

Do you mean draw a leftover Muley tag?

I will probably put in for something unlikely so I can get a preference pt, and maybe a cow tag for 42/421 etc since the OTC are bull only (saw good # of cows last year, just no bulls) and if unsuccessful I wil do an OTC and hopefully a Muley tag.

Thanks for the info!

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Re: West Slope hunt info needed

gjk5,

More than likely to draw that muley tag for 2nd season you would have to put it as a first choice on your application. I think it takes 1-2 points to draw a 3rd season tag for those units.

Good luck and good hunting. Big smile

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Re: West Slope hunt info needed

Thanks!

Now that it's warming up and clearing up I need to go try some of the test loads I reloaded during the crappy weather and get some scouting plans going.

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Re: West Slope hunt info needed

jgk5,

you might try units 21 and 30 just north of you (Douglas / Baxter Pass areas) easy area for you to scout. Should be able to get a cow tag without much problem. I would recommend 1st or 4th seasons also. Hunted this area last year and had no problem getting my cow on the 2nd day of 4th season. Good Luck.

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