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Which Colorado elk unit is best unit 66 or 40?

You bet elkkill, lets talk about it.

All the responses have been educational to say the least. This is a great forum to learn new areas and new systems. Very good info on the statistics, lay of the land, and trophy potential etc. There is a lot of knowledge out there with all those who responded. I owe some payback if anyone hunts or fishes MN.

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Which Colorado elk unit is best unit 66 or 40?

I hunted 61 first season and 4th season and scouted every weekend from mid July through 4th season. I would recomend this unit to anyone that wants to shoot a good bull 300-320" I saw a few bulls that were about 340" and one really nice bull that was about 370" but he disappeared first weekend of muzzle loader. I dont think one season is better than the other ones But if you want a better chance at a monster than you better go with 40. Pirvate land access is the key unless you can do alot of scouting. I saw a bull driving home one night in 40 and he was every bit of 390". I agree with Ex on 66 I dont beleive its worth that many points. Check out biggerstaffhounds.com he guides in 40. I dont know him but he has a cool web site.

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Which Colorado elk unit is best unit 66 or 40?

Hey Festus did you end up taking a bull?

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Which Colorado elk unit is best unit 66 or 40?

I passed on about a 320" opening morning at 60 yards in Gill creek and that afternoon the ranchers started driving cattle that made it really tough. By sunday morning it was like a ghost town. So I went to plan B I didnt think that too many elk could ever be problem we played cat and mouse with a really big heard and the big boys were in the bottom of a canyon and the cows that were already bred were with the satalite bulls all the way from the top down to the bottom so getting down to the big bulls was a problem. I passed on a decent 5X5, and a couple small 6X6's and finally the last night I shot a 6X6 that went 300 3/8" I'm was really pleased with the hunt the bulls were screaming their heads off we had elk within 8' from us. The smaller bulls and lead cows would come in to a call like you wouldnt beleive I thought we were going to get run over a few times.

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Which Colorado elk unit is best unit 66 or 40?

Festus it sounds like you had a good hunt and got to see lots of elk. What about maybe sharing a pic. And congrats on a good bull. Thumbs up

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Which Colorado elk unit is best unit 66 or 40?

I second the nomination, we want pictures! Big smile

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Sorry, no field pics they didnt turn out we took them at night with my new garmin 550t no flash so we tried to use our head lamps and my buddy had his glove half over the lens by the time we noticed we had him quartered and caped. I Just got the skull boiled out tonight. I'm sure my neghbors were geting concerned about the smell coming from my shed. I'll get it cleaned up and sparkling white and get it outside for some better pic's. [attachment=0]P1011998.JPG[/attachment]

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Re: Which Colorado elk unit is best unit 66 or 40?

Great Colorado Bull right there. Excellent job! Thumbs up

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Re: Which Colorado elk unit is best unit 66 or 40?

festus, i think yur scoring is a little modest, that bull looks to be a least 320 or bigger? nice frikin elk!

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Nice lookin bull ! Thumbs up Can't waite to see a better pic of him.

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