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Old guy doing archery mule deer unit 53
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Glidingindian 19-May-24
Charlie Rehor 19-May-24
Corax_latrans 19-May-24
Glidingindian 19-May-24
midwest 19-May-24
elkster 21-May-24
Glidingindian 21-May-24
Glidingindian 21-May-24
19-May-24
I should draw unit 53 archery mule deer in Colorado. Will be 69 in September and would like to do this solo , same area did my first MD hunt almost 40 yrs ago. Have spoken to game and fish in 2 offices but no in field (game warden) advice. Ideally would get an airbnb in Paonia and day hunt but willing to camp, maybe have a son tag along Have had some ups and downs health wise lately but doing great now. Killed a bull in 76 last year at 12,300 and had lots of help packing him out but did a good bit myself. When younger killed several elk solo but life has changed. I can go almost anywhere the young guys do but a helluva lot slower. Live at sea level but stay in shape and usually take wife out for a vacation at altitude prior to hunt. #1 any up to date knowledge of winter kill, overall numbers and quality of MD in north end of 53 #2 if I decide to get an outfitter any suggestions #3 any knowledge of private land that would allow trespass fee hunting #4 if I am crazy just tell me , can’t hurt my feelings. I’ll return the tag and burn points later. Have 22 but don’t rifle hunt , might change my mind and take a rifle some day. Given changes in age, health , $$ I feel I’m running out of runway. Didn’t draw anything else so far this year so I’ll find some sort of cancellation hunt if I nix this one. Thanks guys.

19-May-24
Have a great hunt.

19-May-24
JMO, take your son(s), daughter(s), brothers and anyone else you can find who will be an asset, and enjoy your trip to the fullest with the people you love the most.

I used to LOVE hunting Solo, but 30 years later, it has occurred to me that I don’t have so many hunts left that I am willing to pass up the chance to spend time with my brother or anyone else who will add to the experience. I put in for the draw this year in a unit where it would take something close to a miracle, but my brother & nephew are both likely to come up with tags for both deer and Elk. So most likely I’ll be tagging along as a spectator/pack mule, even though I’m at an age where I can’t take it for granted that there will even BE a “next year”. I’m already older than my dad’s father ever got to be, and rapidly gaining on where my Mom’s father topped out…

Anyway, maybe put the family first; I’m sure you know that we only get one shot at it….

19-May-24
I agree. Sons would love to go, not sure I would ask them to take that much time away from work without a tag. We were 3 for 3 2 years ago in archery MD in eastern plains ( oldest son killed 225 inch deer , youngest and I both 175) , 3 for 3 on elk the year before in the Gila and 3 for 3 the year before on WT in Kansas. I have ruined them and happy I did. Hope to find a last minute hunt for both of them

From: midwest
19-May-24
Hope you have the hunt of a lifetime! Solo or otherwise.

From: elkster
21-May-24
I've hunted 53 off and on for 30 years. Not the Northern part but darn near everywhere else! I don't know private land connections. You could call Needle Rock outfitters. I'm not sure if they are permitted in the potion you want to go to though. I had good luck with them packing me in and out. Also, Lands End if Tony is still guiding. If going solo, on public, it would be a huge advantage to bivouac because of the daily climb. If I decide to hunt MD in 53, it will be with a rifle most likely unless I wait till retired and take the entire month off.

21-May-24
Thank you elkster! I will hunt any part of the unit if I can find out about winter kill/ overall herd health and numbers. As much as I initially thought I would like to do a diy hunt I’m starting to get cold feet, especially if doing day hunts not a good option. Will check with your outfitters. If I find a last minute cancellation bow hunt for my sons I’ll turn the tag back in and go with them, whether I have a tag or not.

21-May-24
Thank you elkster! I will hunt any part of the unit if I can find out about winter kill/ overall herd health and numbers. As much as I initially thought I would like to do a diy hunt I’m starting to get cold feet, especially if doing day hunts not a good option. Will check with your outfitters. If I find a last minute cancellation bow hunt for my sons I’ll turn the tag back in and go with them, whether I have a tag or not.

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