Late to the game, advice for private land access?


New Member
Oct 4, 2018
Hello all! I did not anticipate being able to take leave this fall to fill the freezer, but at the last minute I was approved!! I can't wait to get out into the elk woods and get 'er done. For the window of time I have available (early OCT) the only options available to me were cow tags on the leftover list. I did some research on the CO Hunting Stats page and it seemed that out of what was left, the unit 016/017/161/171 tag was my best bet. Now that I have had a chance to do some more research it looks like I may have chosen a pretty rough unit. My only goal is to fill the freezer and have fun doing it. Does anyone have advice on approaching ranchers this late in the game? Or am I better off hitting the high country and glassing like I would for bulls? Thanks for any advice you can lend me, it's much appreciated!


Veteran member
Mar 9, 2014
You may need to wait until you can get to the unit and knock on some doors. Be ready to pay a trespass fee. Of course DIY is always fun! Let us know how you do Vinny
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Jul 9, 2018
I guess it depends how good you are at "schmoozing" people. You could always accept paying a trespass fee, in which case just contacting any of the ranches usually turns up at least 1-2 that'll let you on. If you want to stay free, that's not a bad tag though. There are plenty of spots to poke around in along the South edge of 17 and West edge of 16...
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