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After living most of my life in MN I'm fully retiring and moving to Fraser, CO. I've elk hunted in MT, NM, ID and in SW CO around Delores. I've never hunted GMU 28. Looks like it is OTC and promising elk habitat but pretty steep. Is this a productive area or should I be looking elsewhere? I'm also excited about chasing some big mulies. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Congrats on your retirement !!!!
Well, you'll fit right in being from Minnesota and moving to Fraser. Winters will be similar - :)
Yeah, I just heard that Fraser was vying with International Falls, MN for the "icebox of America". My lake cabin is 70 miles from International Falls. Maybe I should be looking for a warmer location. :) I don't mind cold weather but hate the heat. Going to love the cool, dry summers, even though they are short.
Left Mn a year ago for Colo springs. Not familiar with where you are going. But weather here is much better than Mn, both winter and summer. Income tax is better, not progressive that die in Mn. Real estate tax is better. Estate tax here is zero, and very punitive in Mn for successful people. Best of luck on your move.
Hey pig doc! I hope to retire in about 2 years and head to my cabin north of Dolores! I am jealous! Working on an exit strategy for my vet practice as we speak. I also have a CO license so can dabble a little up there. Good luck in your new adventure!
I spent 35 yrs working up on the divide a half hour SE of Fraser. Cold but a lot of nice sunny winter days. There was a good archery range at the Winter Park Ski Area...Grand Co Archers...assume that it still exists?
Hope you don't want to garden because it is a very short growing season. North Park is neat as well, lightly populated and an hour to the north, and you are only an hour and 20 minutes from the Denver area if traffic is running smooth.
Mulies catch heck during bad winters but there can be some decent ones in Grand Co. That said I shot quite a few elk (over a dozen) with my bow but never arrowed a mule deer in Grand Co. The elk herds get lots of pressure... but my info is dated as I've been away from the area for a dozen years.
Fishing is primarily for trout but you have some big lakes with large trout in them, and one with good Northern Pike fishing (or at least it was decent years ago).
Good luck on your move!
Im so glad to get some good neighbors. We have a place in Winter Park, just 4 miles from Fraser. I know the area well, and would be happy to share info. PM me.
Thanks for all the good thoughts. I will be 18 miles from Lake Granby and will definitely be bringing my boat down and doing some trout fishing. Thanks Kurt for the tip on the Grand County archers. I Googled them and they are still operating. Will be a great place to meet some fellow bow hunters. Dale, the cost of living stuff you mention is real and part of the reason I'm relocating. txhunter, if you are ever in the Fraser area drop me a PM
Good move! I've got two daughters in Kremmling that keep telling me to move out there but I already go out 3 or more times a year. I would guess you've scouted it out and know what fun there is to be had! You'll probably miss those trips to your cabin on Vermillion tho. Have fun and let us know what fun you're having!
Congratulations Pig Doc, we just bought a cabin with some land near Somerset in Gunnison though, ae are also retiring out there in 2 years. I don't mean to hijack your post but while guys are responding does anyone know about the unit 521 area?
CO will never be the same ;0) .. it needs all the conservatives it can get to offset the lib/socialist dem environut lunatics moving there ... Good luck ...
Matt, PM sent.
Jeff, I hope they don't tar and feather conservatives. :)
I know it's a shame, liberal loons doing that in most states. Getting into gov't and pushing their bs agenda.
Matt, PM sent.
Jeff, I hope they don't tar and feather conservatives. :)
Chuck, I'm keeping my cabin on Lake Vermilion. That's a piece of paradise I will never leave.
If you get near Groundhog reservoir north of Dolores look me up. We are also thinking about renting it out for hunting in the future but being very selective as to who. I suspect you would qualify! ??
Welcome to Colorado PD, be sure to sign the petition to recall Polis when you get here :-)
From one veterinarian to another, enjoy your your retirement!
What made you choose Fraser, CO, Chad?
Proximity to Winter Park (we are a family of skiers), reasonable drive to Denver where our daughter now lives, fishing on Lake Granby, hiking, biking, Jeeping, snowmobiling, dirt biking, horseback riding, and it's not as commercialized as Summit County and has more of a small town feel. Was hoping hunting would be good, but that's not a deal breaker. I know I can get into some good elk country without having to drive too far. Cold weather does not bother me and I'm looking forward to the cool dry summers without the insect plague we have in MN.
Chad, I have elk hunted Unit 28 for the last 11 years. If you want to talk, PM me.
Congrats and best of luck with the new chapter PD!
Pig Doc - You will feel right at home this year with all the mosquitoes from the wet spring/ summer. They are fierce!
But they don’t bite the the Minnesota State Bird for some reason. More bothersome than anything.
I'm so jealous Pig Doc. The wife and I have been considering relocating to CO now that the kids are out of the house. Congrats and best wishes.
BK, 10 days ago I drove from MN to Denver. The front of my car was completely coated in bugs and it took 2 trips through the car wash to get them off. The next morning I drove up to Winter Park and did not hit one bug! As I was sitting in a cafe having breakfast a bird hopping in and out of the grille of my car. While I'm eating my omelet the bird was feasting on bugs on my radiator from MN, IA, NE and eastern CO. The gnats and mosquitoes in MN have been unbearable this year. Can't wait to move!
Just spent the last 3 days flyfishing some local waters around WP. I didn’t see a mosquito or biting fly the whole time. That’s likely to change later in the summer, though.
God it’s beautiful up there right now!
Thanks Ryan. If that's your dream, just do it and it will work out.
Like you, our kids are grown, which makes us totally mobile. On Friday 7/5 my wife and I made the decision to leave our home of 20 years in MN for a place in CO. Saturday we shopped for properties on line and lined up a realtor in Winter Park. Sunday we drove to Denver and stayed with our daughter. Monday we looked at 8 properties. Tuesday on the drive home we made an offer on our favorite property, which was accepted on Thursday. We are moving in September. It was all impulsive and spur of the moment but it feels right. Here's a pic of our new view.
Been watching the weather out there Matt. 70's during the day and upper 40's at night. We are sweltering here in the 90's with 70% humidity. Hope you caught a few trout.
That is so cool that it happened that way. Much admiration for you and the wife. The wife and I got 20 more years of work before I retire so the job thing is an issue. I could transfer to Ft. Collins tomorrow but the wife would have to find a new job. I think maybe she will be ready next year after her "baby" (youngest of 5 kids) has one year of college under his belt. Then she thinks he will be fully fledged.
The wife and I are heading to Lost Creek Wilderness (near Bailey, CO south of Frasen)for 3 days of backpacking in a few weeks. I just love the mountains and Colorado. JTV can testify that I would fit in good with the liberals out there...lol.
Good luck to you Ryan in realizing your dreams. Keep chasing them man!
Thanks to several CO guys that have PM'ed me with good advice and information on GMU 28. Makes me feel welcome before I even move in.
Congrats on your retirement, Pig Doc. Enjoy!
Wow, that’s a fast timeline! Congrats and best of luck chasing your dream.
I have 24 months until retirement. The wife is already retired and we just bought our dream home in Big Horn WY. Heading out in Sept to start setting up the house. Won’t be a resident for a few years but excited about the move. The west is great!
Chad, congrats and best wishes.
Pig Doc, make sure to get up to the Grand Lake area too, lots of fun stuff to do up there, and dinner at the Grand Lake Lodge is top notch. My wife and I just spent a couple days up there for our 10-yr anniversary.
Beautiful place Rob! I have a good friend with a lodge and outfitting business west of Buffalo. Amazing country.
Thanks Pig Doc. We are very excited. Heading out first 2 weeks of September.