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Location: MO
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I am moving to Grand Junction CO in the early summer. I am an avid hunter and am looking forward to hunting in CO. The problem is i dont know where to start. Hunting out west is night and day different from here in MO. I was just wondering on what things i should look at. What areas present good hunting and what should i be working on. Thanks you for any help that could be offered.

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Location: Southeast Colorado
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Start here.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/

The bad news is you need 6 months of residency before the seasons/and or drawing applications to qualify as a resident. If you can get an address and Colorado drivers license ASAP it will certainly cost you less to hunt next fall.

Good luck, and welcome!

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Location: MO
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Thanks for the link. I have been reading on the CO website for a while. I also have some booklets that a buddy picked up for me while he was in CO. I know the 6 month thing would be nice but i have already conceded that i will have to spend extra this year. This fall i would like to find some where to buy over the counter tags for either a cow elk or a mulie doe or both. While i would love to chase a buck or a bull the cost would be very high for me and my knowledge is limited. Since i have never shot a mule deer or an elk a female would be a trophy to me. If any one has ideas on what units to look at i would greatly appreciate the help. My wife and i are planning on going out there later in march and i plan on stopping by an office while out there. Any other pointers on the hunting would be appreciated.
Thanks
Garrett

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Location: Southeast Colorado
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Your best bet might be to review the statistics page on the Colorado DOW website. The most recent harvest data posted is for 2005.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Statistics/

If the link doesn't work the sequence is hunting-big game-statistics.

This will give you some indication of the harvest sucess ratios in each unit. The hunt recap summaries will tell you how many, if any, points were required to draw in each unit.

ALL deer licenses are draw only. MANY bull elk licenses are over-the-counter and a smaller quantity of cow licenses are over-the-counter. In some units it is possible to have more than one elk license. Many bear licenses are also over-the -counter but antelope are drawing only. If you are interested in moose, bighorn or goat you need about a 6 year start on collecting preference points. Don't forget turkeys.

Grand Junction is in the heart of many wonderful hunting areas. I myself do not usually hunt the west slope so it would not be prudent for me to advise you on local units. However, the White River area to the north is known for high quality deer and elk hunting and the Grand Mesa (which rises right above Grand Junction to the east) is a fabulous place.

You didn't indicate what method of take you prefer---archery, muzzleloader or rifle. It is probably going to be easier to draw a license in the archery or muzzleloader seasons. Depending on the license, you should be able to hunt from early September to November. You might want to give one of the DOW biologists from the west slope a call. Most I have dealt with were friendly and helpful. As in every profession, there are a few DOW personel who are on an ego trip. These are not in the majority.

Don't assume you have to hunt in the high country. There are outstanding opportunities in the "scruffy" sagebrush and oak country that covers much of western Colorado---plus the access is better and so is the weather. Don't expect to knock on anybodys door and get permission to hunt. A plauge of outfitters has pretty much put an end to that. Not that outfitters are inherently bad, they just have most of the private lands sewed up. Fortunately there are millions of acres of BLM and Forest Service land available to you. Get some maps.

The drawing deadine is April 3 so you have a lot of time to do some research. The online applications are easy to use.

Good luck!

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gportra, Welcome to BGH! and to Colorado! Big smile

Plainview, Great post! Thumbs up

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Location: MO
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Thanks a lot for all of the help i will difinately put in for a deer tag and an elk tag. Thanks again for all the info. I have a lot of homework ahead of me.

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