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What to do with 5 deer points in Colorado--Advice anyone?

Hello, I am new to this forum as a 'poster'; but have enjoyed reading everyone's input on many topics. I am set on my elk archery choice for this year but am struggling with choices for deer rifle. I was lucky enough to get a small muley buck (with the help of my husband)on opening day of my first ever hunting season several years ago--beginners luck!. I now have 5 PP and am seeking a more 'wall-worthy' buck (good tasting, too, hopefully). Not sure whether to gather more points for better choices in a few years or burn what I have now. Was looking at 4, 10, 12, 52, 61, 66, 72 and 76 for starters. Would appreciate any guidance or comments about these or other areas I should be researching. Thanks in advance!

 

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Any of those units will have

Any of those units will have a diecent wall hanging buck in them and if you want to draw out sooner rather than later it should work for you.  I would lean towards 61, and 66 out ot those units and the later season that you can draw the easier for a better buck.  But then the later in the year you go them more chances you'll have of finding a buck that is in the rut and tasting horriable. 

If I was in your shoes I would wait a few more years and pick a unit that I knew quite well and then go for a later season buck tag, 4th season would be best for a wall hanger but not the table. 

I cashed in 16 points in 2012 for a 4th season buck tag in my home unit of 44.  The bucks were there and I took a very respectiable 3x4 that tipped the scales over 300 lbs and was one of the best eatting bucks that I have ever shot but I didn't expect for that to of happened.  He was running with does and had a pretty good size herd for himself.   

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Thanks, Critter.  Forgot

Thanks, Critter.  Forgot about the late season/bad taste issue. May just wait several years as you suggest, get a 2nd choice archery this year and scout some more. My husband got a 5 x 6 muley in velvet during archery season last year in Unit 444. Best tasting deeer I have ever eaten.

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444 archery hunt was my fall

444 archery hunt was my fall back on unit while I was building points.  I managed a half dozen bucks over that time and chased a few wall hangers but never did get close enough to finish the deal with my bow. 

That is one option for you to build points and go archery hunting for table fair. 

One thing about that 4th season buck tag, everyone that saw the size of the buck that I shot swore that he was in the rut, but I have been around ones that have and you can smell them a dozen yards away.  There were a couple on the hill that were in full rut and didn't care when I walked up on them just before the hunt but the one that I shot was off like a jet when he sensed that something was wrong as I came out of the trees.  I do know that he should of been in full rut but he wasn't. 

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Unit 61

If it was me, and I was looking at unit 61 for a big deer, I would go early. It seems that the later seasons can be much tougher in unit 61 when it comes to the big bucks, but if you can catch those big bucks up high before they strip there velvet then it can be easier to find them. Quinton

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That could be why they don't

That could be why they don't offer a 4th season deer tag, they only have the 2nd and 3rd season for deer in 61.  Now the real fun hunt would be in unit 40 north of the Glade Park store towards the Utah border, at least it was fun until they created that wilderness area out of it when I used to hunt the Utah side.  Now you would have to plan a day hike in and a day hike out to hunt it unless you could get a raft to come across the Colorado from Westwater and then hike up to the border and into Colorado. 

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Thanks for the advice elkkill06

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If it was me, and I was looking at unit 61 for a big deer, I would go early. It seems that the later seasons can be much tougher in unit 61 when it comes to the big bucks, but if you can catch those big bucks up high before they strip there velvet then it can be easier to find them. Quinton


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If it was me, and I was looking at unit 61 for a big deer, I would go early. It seems that the later seasons can be much tougher in unit 61 when it comes to the big bucks, but if you can catch those big bucks up high before they strip there velvet then it can be easier to find them. Quinton

Thanks Quinton. If I do this, I would go for 2nd rifle. Sent a PM.
Patti

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Good news---

Got Unit 40 for archery elk and unit 61 deer 2nd rifle. Thanks for all the helpful advice everyone.

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Great news !

Congrats on the tags and the best of luck on both hunts.

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