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    Colorado 4th season rifle with 14 points

    I'd like to use my 14 deer points on CO this year, preferably on a 4th season hunt. With that number of points, I'm concentrating on the units in the NW corner which is closest to Ogden, UT where I live. I'm looking at units 3, 4, 5, 11, and 12. If anyone has hunted these units during the 4th rifle, would you please let me know of your experience and any recommendations you might have. I'm looking for a 180+ buck (isn't everybody?) and have a 4wd and ATV and plan to spend a week hunting. I have always hunted DIY, public land but would consider a reasonable outfitter or trespass fee hunt. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    It’s always tough to ask for a lot one your first post to a forum. Those areas get pounded with hunters, but there are always big deer in CO

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    180 in those units would be a tough proposition on public land. You may want to investigate winterkill in the NW corner the past few years. All of those units are OTC elk plus offer a gob of deer tags. The few older age class bucks that exist likely are found on private land. There is the chance that a 180 buck may wander onto public land if the rut kicks in but you'll have to be super lucky! I think you would be a lot better off using your pref pts elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CODAK View Post
    It?s always tough to ask for a lot one your first post to a forum. Those areas get pounded with hunters, but there are always big deer in CO
    Thanks. With so few tags for the 4th season, I was hoping for the bigger buck that escaped the earlier seasons and migrated into the Winter range for the does during the rut. I photograph these bucks in WY on the Winter range after the season in Nov thru Jan and they are rarely seen during the hunt! Are there any areas similar to that that I might look at? Or just general info like "most of the deer in unit 5 migrate to Winter in WY by mid Nov" or "most of the deer in unit 4 have migrated into unit 3 by then, check the area around xyz".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimss View Post
    180 in those units would be a tough proposition on public land. You may want to investigate winterkill in the NW corner the past few years. All of those units are OTC elk plus offer a gob of deer tags. The few older age class bucks that exist likely are found on private land. There is the chance that a 180 buck may wander onto public land if the rut kicks in but you'll have to be super lucky! I think you would be a lot better off using your pref pts elsewhere.
    Thanks. I was hoping there might be some larger bucks on the Winter range with the does during the rut. Did they have significant winterkill in that area? What other area would you suggest that I look at? Maybe 3rd season in unit 61? I'm not going to have 14 pts again so I need to get it right this time!

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    The only way to do well in 61 during 3rd season would be on private. Unit 61 has not been good for big bucks for some time now. The only way I'd do 61 for a big buck would be archery before the velvet comes off....

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    I agree with Muley Hunter that unit 61 is over rated for quality of bucks. Have spent much time in that unit and not seeing allot of deer that would meet your 180 range. Sure there are good bucks in 61 but may be hard to find in 3rd season without some snow. Unit 35 may have better deer in it.

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    35 quite possibly does have better deer in it and possibly better deer than a lot of the state. But the problem with 35 is all the private in it. The deer like to stay up high until the snows push them out and if next year is like this year the deer will still be up high on the private in January.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuleyHunter View Post
    The only way to do well in 61 during 3rd season would be on private. Unit 61 has not been good for big bucks for some time now. The only way I'd do 61 for a big buck would be archery before the velvet comes off....

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    Thanks. I was also looking at 66 and 67 but it looks like those units had significant winter-kill and the number of tags is reduced 60-65%. Right now, I'm just going by the number of points it takes to draw and assuming that if it takes a lot of points, it must be pretty good. Doesn't look like that is necessarily true though. Another couple of units that popped up were 53 3rd and 21 2nd season. Looks like 21 has lots of tags though and I'm not sure 2nd season would be very good and I don't have enough to draw 3rd. Another that's still on my list is unit 1. I've hunted it before and it's a tough hunt and not many big bucks--but they're there. Very few tags for both 2nd and 3rd, in fact, of the 4 tags for 3rd, no NR were drawn even with lots of points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minn elk chaser View Post
    I agree with Muley Hunter that unit 61 is over rated for quality of bucks. Have spent much time in that unit and not seeing allot of deer that would meet your 180 range. Sure there are good bucks in 61 but may be hard to find in 3rd season without some snow. Unit 35 may have better deer in it.
    Thanks. I hadn't looked at 35. But if it takes snow to push them off private, I'm not sure I'd gamble on that for next year. Here in UT we haven't had much snow and the temps are like springtime and I'm thinking it may stay that way for awhile. Never know but I'm hoping for a solid unit without the weather gamble.

 

 
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