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    Research

    Now that the hunting season is winding down what is the first few things you start your research on for the 2018 season?

    I like to see the stats from this years hunts from Game & Fish.

    I take a few weekends out to coyote hunt in areas I want to hunt big game and see what?s around in the winter range.

    I go back on social media posts on groups I?m a member in and see what guys have posted for general ideas on animals taken in different areas.
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    I tend to make a wish list of hunting destination possibilities, then I get lost in stats and finally, make myself more confused on what to try and do for the following season.

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    I research as much as I can but most of my time is taking care of stuff I broke this hunting season.....

    They just dont make stuff to last any more.

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    My research for 2018 started back in 2015. You can't go by just one or two years of statistics no matter what you are hunting. About the only thing that you can tell by the statistics is how many points it is going to take to draw the tag that you want in the area that you are planning on hunting. That is in states that use a point system and even then that sometimes fails you.
    If you don't care where you are, you are not lost....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimP View Post
    My research for 2018 started back in 2015. You can't go by just one or two years of statistics no matter what you are hunting. About the only thing that you can tell by the statistics is how many points it is going to take to draw the tag that you want in the area that you are planning on hunting. That is in states that use a point system and even then that sometimes fails you.
    This is one of the philosophies behind the book and the three year trends in the MRS. Three years in the book and then current year from the journals on the table and you have 4 years worth of information to look at.
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    I know that the trends I have been looking at is that it seems that most units in Colorado seem to have a lowering success rate by the year.

    Has anyone else noticed this or is it just the luck of the draw with what units I am looking at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimP View Post
    My research for 2018 started back in 2015. You can't go by just one or two years of statistics no matter what you are hunting. About the only thing that you can tell by the statistics is how many points it is going to take to draw the tag that you want in the area that you are planning on hunting. That is in states that use a point system and even then that sometimes fails you.
    Definitely good advice.
    Even starting a few years out it's often still tricky to figure out what might work the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallardsx2 View Post
    I know that the trends I have been looking at is that it seems that most units in Colorado seem to have a lowering success rate by the year.

    Has anyone else noticed this or is it just the luck of the draw with what units I am looking at?
    Colorado can be top notch. Some friends of mine who are meat hunters are changing units again due to this.
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    Unfortunately my research seems to be centered around, "How much is it going to cost?" so far this year.

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    Cost can always be a big part of research.
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