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Just rambling

Sounds like most of you have a pretty full plate for the year. Other than turkey hunting and a possible deer hunt in Nebraska, I will be hunting in Colorado. My hunting plans are still a little bit up in the air, but luckily I still have time before the April 2nd CO application deadline.

The only big game license I am certain about is my rifle antelope license. After archery hunting antelope for the last two years, it will be nice to have a better chance of putting some meat in the freezer and horns on the wall.

I might keep building preference points for deer and archery hunt on my second choice, or use my preference points and go late season plains rifle deer hunting.

For elk, I was going to go 2nd season rifle with my dad and one of my brothers. However, my dad decided he wanted to go 1st season, and he already put in his application. My brother wouldn't be able to get a license during 1st season since he is building preference points for a trophy unit. I have one preference point and was building towards an archery hunt that requires 2 preference points. Now I have to decide between going with my Dad and using my preference point, or going with my brother.

For Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, and Moose, I only have one preference point, so I will continue my march towards having a chance at these wonderful animals.

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

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These are

These are good decisions to have to make!
Good luck. Dancing

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Waited too long

Well I screwed around for too many years and now I am in no mans land with my elk points. I have 7 and my dad has 8. We were thinking about 61 for 2nd season but I am a little concerned about my dads ability to get in and out of those canyons. My dad might apply for a RFW tag and I might consider a muzzle hunt in 76 next year. So this year year it looks like OTC in the flattops again.

For deer, I'll apply for a PP and try to draw a buck with my second choice but that is getting hard to do. My dad will draw his tag out East and that should be a great hunt. Our friends out there have been seeing some giant deer lately.

Antelope will be a PP only.

Moose, I will apply again out of habit but don't hold my breath about drawing one even though this will be my 18th year applying.

Sheep, I'll apply again because someone has to draw those tags and it might as well be me.

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You have to love this time of

You have to love this time of year. I have to keep a bowl of ice water on my computer desk to dunk my credit card into after each states application process is complete. So far this year I am hoping for a muzzle loader hunt in Utah's Book Cliffs and if I don't get that I'll have a general season buck tag for a area on the Nevada border. That along with a elk tag for Utah.

Colorado was easy this year in that I only put in for preference points for both elk and antelope. My first choice for deer is a muzzle loader tag in unit 44 which is about a 95% chance of drawing. If not I'll go archery hunting in unit 444. Elk will be a OTC bull tag and a third season cow tag.

Coming up in June will be the draw for Arizona and a chance at a Arizona Strip deer tag, I hope.

Wyoming gave me a few preference points.

Then comes Nevada and a shot in the dark at a deer tag on a old mining claim and the mountain wilderness above it that my dad worked back in the first half of the 1900's. That one should be fun if I can only draw it.

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WoW

Sounds like a full plate! Keep us posted and good luck!

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Boy i here you on that credit

Boy i here you on that credit card melt down! it definetly makes it too easy...Iwas supposed to go to Wyoming this year with my brother but he backed out due too employment issues..oh well..we'll just get another point. I'll add to my utah, nevada, and wyoming points again this year. Put in for New mexico on a chance and not sure what in colorado..burned my 20 elk points last year..starting over now. maybe i'll get lucky and get another moose tag!

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Perhaps I missed it,

Perhaps I missed it, how did you do on your 20 point elk hunt? Did you get a biggun? Applause

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I have too many Deer points to go to 55, but I will likely burn them up so I can have a Deer and A Elk tag in the pocket. I know I can Shoot a 180 there, just hurts to over achieve on the points. Wyo antelope Buck and Moose again here in Colo!!! It is my turn to draw!!! Points for Bear and Antelope here. I have 6 Bear points, but I have not done enough scouting and homework, so I will wait. My 11 year old Daughter gets to put in this year, so we will put her in for some real easy hunts! I have some Private lined up for Bear and Elk for her, not me daggumitt!! Maybe a Whitetail doe out on the river for her as well and points for everything else. Been reloading all Winter and ready to try some new loads. Bucky if you let the DOW keep your money when you turn in the tag, you keep your points. It is a expensive prop but if you need the points as most of us do, just hit your toe with a hammer and it makes it a little easier. Sorry to hear about your accident and your continueing health issues. I had 3 herniated discs for 17 months and the only way I went hunting this year was a RF burn of the nerves. It got me 2 months of relief. I had back surgery 2 weeks ago and it is a slow go. Still have fluid and some swelling that is pushing on some nerves that obviously run to my rear and down my legs. I have lost 1 1/2 inches in my right quad and they finally said It is time for surgery. Rehab starts in about a week. Opssup, I am to interested on your 20 point hunt!!

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no BoneCollector i did not.

no BoneCollector i did not. It was a really good hunt but had zero success. Passed on 10 average and the shot never materialized on the one! Too bad it takes 20 years to get there...at my age it probably will never happen again.

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Wow you guys all have great plans. Wish I could hunt several states I just can't afford that right now. It's OTC archery elk for me, now that I qaulify as a CO resident. Hope I get the time I need from work to do a good amount of scouting. Good luck to all and I'm sure we'll try to keep each other updated.