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Old 09-03-2012, 08:15 AM
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Well, it happaened again. Once again none of my party got drawn for buck tags in Colrado this year (2012). we had to put in for leftover cow tags. We were lucky enough to get 3 cow tags for GMU75. Never hunted that area so I'm doing alot fo research. I bought several maps fo the area and have used the DOW website which also contains maps showing migration trails, wintering areas, etc. It looks like Missionary Ridge is the place to be.
Anyone got any experience hunting GMU 75???
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:55 AM
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I have hunted GMU 76 and 78 just east of there a lot. What season are your tags for. I have had better luck in the first and last splits. First due to the rut often extends into the early season. The last because a good snow will force the elk down to the lower meadows. Good luck on taking an elk.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:24 PM
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As a note -it took me(as a resident) seven years to draw a buck tag in area 55.Hard to draw a deer tag.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:16 PM
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I will be hunting 2nd rifle season this year. This is a first for me as I usually hunt 3rd rifle season when the snow usually has come in and starts the elk on thier migration to the lower elevation. Last year I hunted in GMU 11 and was fortunate enough to bag a nice cow.
I've got a buddy here in town who always seems to be lucky enough to draw a buck deer tage every year in the same unit. My guess is that he's either super lucky or the unit he puts in for doesn't get a lot of people applying. All this without having any preference points. I think he's just lucky as all get out.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:12 AM
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Years ago I hunted in the Durango area and there was a real problem with people stealing your elk. One in particular was stolen from the spot where I had seen a fellow kill it the day before and the game warden told me that one elk was stolen out of the camp while the fellows were out hunting the next day. Watch your backside in this area.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:00 PM
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I shot a velvet mule deer in that area with my bow back in 1992. Loved the area and hope to return while I am still physically able.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:53 PM
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Well, I'm back from the 2nd season elk hunt in GMU #75. All I can say is . . . . dry.
None of the hunters were seeing any elk in that area. I spoke to a couple of game wardens who told me that GMU #74 was doing better than the area we were in.
To make matters way worse. One of my hunting buddies got a bad case of altitude sickness. We tried to warn him of the seriousness of altitude sickness but he just mumbled something about hunting all his life in areas just like this & higher. We were camped at 10,500 ft elevation. On opening morning he stayed in his sleeping bag and said go on without him. Early Monday morning, he askd me to get him to a hospital. His oxygen level was down to 52% and pneumonia had already set it. The next 4 days were spent in the hospital instead of hunting in the field. We picked him up from the hospital on Thursday and headed back home to California 2 days early. He's humble now and grateful to me & my dad for getting him off that mountain for medical attention. I think we're going to head back to NW Colorado next year. We seem to have much better luck.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:01 AM
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This will be known as the year of the bad elk hunts including mine. I have talked to several other elk hunters who had horrible hunts due to weather, sickness, lame horses and car wrecks. Must have been something to do with the moon phase.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:20 AM
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This will be known as the year of the bad elk hunts including mine. I have talked to several other elk hunters who had horrible hunts due to weather, sickness, lame horses and car wrecks. Must have been something to do with the moon phase.
Not a good elk year for me either. Hunted Unit 28 the first season with a cow tag and the only elk seen were 3 in the beds of pickup trucks of hunters going home. Last day where I hunted everything, roads, trees, signs, etc. (including the highway over the divide) was covered with a thick coating of ice. Didn't even bother buying an OTC Bull tag for the later seasons, instead headed to PA for the last weeks of archery deer there. They might not be as good as an elk, but my Colorado muzzleloader mulie and Pennsylvania farmland archery whitetail will keep me from starving this coming year. (Maybe I should sell my centerfire rifles .)
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:31 AM
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Hey, Irv - Probably got lots of buyers here on the board for those old unused centerfires!

Sorry to hear of the tough luck with the elk, fellas - haven't heard from any of the hunters here in Ariz., so don't know how their hunts turned out. Probably the same, as it's pretty dry here, also.

Our NE New Mexico mule deer hunt had three of the four tags filled the first day. Mine went unfilled because of being persnickity over what to shoot. Saw several nice bucks, but just not what I was after. Maybe next year. BTW - it was dry in that part of the country, too.
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Sorry to hear this, Leosniper. Glad you got your buddy down off the mountain in time. A lot of hard-luck hunt reports this year. Weather affects have always been with us, but I wonder if wolves are now there in enough numbers to be a factor. When the wolves first show up, they can really disrupt normal elk dispersion until the elk somewhat adapt to their presence.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:44 AM
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Shawn. I didn't know that wolves had been introduced in Colorado? I hear of them in Idaho but SW Colorado?
If that is the case, has anyone here in the forum heard this? Any sightings in Colorado?
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:46 PM
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Shawn. I didn't know that wolves had been introduced in Colorado? I hear of them in Idaho but SW Colorado?
If that is the case, has anyone here in the forum heard this? Any sightings in Colorado?
They have not yet been introduced, but some pro-wolf groups are fighting hard to get the DOW to introduce them. A few years ago I saw some high perecntage hybrids on leashes on the CU campus (during a semester break) and have talked to one individual who claims to have seen one west of Boulder in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area (perhaps someone left some of the hybrids loose). I haven't heard any reports of any in the last few years.
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Shawn. I didn't know that wolves had been introduced in Colorado? I hear of them in Idaho but SW Colorado?
They haven't been introduced in CO, but I don't think they will need to be. They will just expand from WY, and they are likely already there.
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