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Where did all the deer go in unit 27 Co

Hunted unit 27 this year up a little north of buffalo park around barbar basin.We hunted the 2nd rifle season for deer.There was four of us and we hunted hard ,covered a lot of ground and only seen 5 deer the seven days we hunted.The weather was warm and I know that didn't help anything but there wasn't even any sign.We even went to the DOW to try to find out any info and all they could say was that the deer were up in higher elevations ,to try up around rabbit ears pass.One of the guys did get a nice 4x4 but that was one of the five we seen.We hunted unit 15 the two previous years and had no trouble seeing 20-30 deer a day.Two of the guys hunted 27 in 05 and seen quiet a few deer while elk hunting so we thought we would try it. Does anyone know anything about this unit and what happened to the deer?I realize there is a lot of private land in this unit but do all the deer go there? Thanks.

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Re: Where did all the deer go in unit 27 Co

Winterkill from 07-08 winter, then not a severe enough cut back in deer tags in 08. They lost 39% of the deer, which you would for sure notice.

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Re: Where did all the deer go in unit 27 Co

It was pretty warm in second season. Did you try up higher around rabbit ears?

I didn't realize there was a 39% population drop, that seems very high....

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Re: Where did all the deer go in unit 27 Co

Thats the first thing I thought is a a bad winter and a lot of winter kill but all the miles we walked no one seen any evidence (bone ,skeletons ect.)of dead deer.We did drive over to the east side of hy.40 and hunted around by Carter mt for a day .Seen a lot of people but no deer.The DOW said (I beleve it was in Parshall) the deer had a good winter .We didn't try up by rabbit ears ,I had enough driving .

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Re: Where did all the deer go in unit 27 Co

Hey wait never mind, i got mixed up. It was a 3.9% loss. Went from 12,800 to 12,300. Sorry about that. Couldn't tell you what happened to the deer.

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