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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-30-2017, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Colorado Elk Hunt 3rd rifle

Anyone driving out to western Colorado/Montrose area in the next few weeks? I am flying out and was checking all sources to see if anyone would be willing to drive antlers home (if I get lucky). Of course I would be willing to compensate.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2017, 07:56 PM
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Can't help here but we were in the area for first rifle. Where are you going and do you have a guide?
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2017, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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Hunting unit 043. No outfitter. A good friend of mine lives out there so he'll be my guide for the week.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2017, 07:23 AM
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Let us know how it worked for you. From 08-12 I hunted 3rd season in that area. Units 51 , 420, and 62. Let me know also on mule deer thinking of going back next year.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2017, 08:34 AM
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I hunted unit 43 during the muzzle-loader season this year in early Sept (North Thompson/Middle Thompson/Wolf Creek area). It was hot and there was no rut activity to speak of. Lots of bears down low, as I believe it was a dry summer and there was not much in the way of food for them at high elevations. I also found that most of the parks/meadows I have hunted in years past were not lush with grasses, so the elk were spending more time in the aspen groves where the grasses were more abundant. Good luck - curious to hear how you make out.

There is an outfit in unit 42 ("JT Horses" I think) that does transportation of heads/mounts and meat via truck across the country that I used a couple of years ago when my dad and I both shot bulls in Arizona - they picked up our two european mounts from our taxidermist near Flagstaff, and delivered them to my door in PA for ~$600. It was half the cost of every other estimate I got.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2017, 07:58 AM
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dscott - where did you go this year? I spend some mule deer points in CO and took a decent mulie in Unit 55. Of course the year I put in for a tag, they have a massive winter kill and drop the deer numbers by almost 80%! Still, I was back out in the high country and not in the office!

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dscott - where did you go this year? I spend some mule deer points in CO and took a decent mulie in Unit 55. Of course the year I put in for a tag, they have a massive winter kill and drop the deer numbers by almost 80%! Still, I was back out in the high country and not in the office!

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I currently have 6 should I blow them next year in 52 or look at another unit, want to go next year or year after.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2017, 08:46 PM
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Hey outofstater - I didn't hunt 52, I hunted 55. If you wanted to hunt 55, you MAY have a chance of drawing for mule deer using a bow only, not muzzleloader as it takes a lot of points. Don't know anything about rifle hunting in that unit.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-05-2017, 06:04 PM
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Okay, thanks!
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