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I drew Colorado unit 76 deer
been 7 years waiting to Colorado muley hunt ... one animal I've yet to take is a good muley buck
can anyone say if 76 has good deer numbers or? I haven't been in that area (used to hunt 78 for elk) in years, since the burns really. I chose the unit because I hiked the continental divide trail from wolf creek once, love the scenery, the high mountains, how tough it is and the wilderness area.
Fairly low deer numbers you will glass lots of basins void of deer, but should see plenty of elk. Awesome country though
The time to ask that question was before you applied
I drew that elk tag last year and I never saw a decent buck. As a matter of fact I saw very few deer at all. I talked to an outfitter and he said it was not a good unit to burn my deer points on. Not trying to rain on your parade but I think you will have your work cut out for you...... it is some of the prettiest country I've ever elk hunted tho.
Starfire - I wanted to hunt muley's, I've been in that country some, it'll be a fantastic anyway low deer numbers or not
thanks for being real though ya'll, I appreciate the information, I do
I spent 14 days in 76 in I think 2016. I didn't see any good buck or a lot where I was at. I sitting on 22 or 23 points and still don't know where to burt them.
ya'll making this sounds like a fun challenging hunt :)
drive 1100 miles to a country I've not been in 7 years, no pre-scouting, going from 600 feet elevation to 10,000-11,000 feet, 3 knee surgeries and 53 years old, archery hunting mule deer that I've never seemed to be really successful at and in a unit that has low deer numbers :)
fantastic !! :) worst case, I hear bugling, get some fantastic photo's, eat some great rehydrated meals and bask in God's country for 8-10 days
worst ways to spent the first 10 days in September :)
I like your thinking Stealthy
Brad, Depends on where in 76 you are at. The traffic in 76 as increased tremendously over the years in this area. A lot of hikers and campers, and lots of CDT hikers. Now, the deeper you go in, away from the trails, the better you'll be. Don't expect to find the big bucks in the basins where the divide trail goes through, or next to the divide trail. It ain't going to happen. The CDT hikers that come into the shop don't have much to say about the mule deer in 76, but they talk a lot about the elk and moose.
There are still some good solid deer in 76. Just not a ton of them and you will have to work for it. Definitely take a fly rod, spectacular cutthroat fishing…
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I would probably hunt lower elevation, like right down by the river
appreciate the information everyone, really do
I've not hunted Colorado I guess since 2014 maybe? been too long, going to make the best trip of it and filling a tag will be icing