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Colorado Unit 76 Muzzleloader Elk
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Contributors to this thread:
Scott 28-Jan-24
P&Y400 29-Jan-24
Longcruise 29-Jan-24
tinman 29-Jan-24
Scott 29-Jan-24
P&Y400 29-Jan-24
P&Y400 29-Jan-24
tramper 29-Jan-24
KHunter 30-Jan-24
Buglmin 31-Jan-24
Scott 03-Feb-24
Deercy 06-Feb-24
6x6elk 06-Mar-24
Quinn @work 06-Mar-24
rickh 06-Mar-24
Quinn @work 07-Mar-24
Firsty 07-Mar-24
Scott 28-Mar-24
Paul@thefort 28-Mar-24
cnelk 29-Mar-24
Scott 04-Apr-24
Glunker 27-Apr-24
elk serial killer 29-Apr-24
Scott 03-Jun-24
KHunter 04-Jun-24
Scott 04-Jun-24
Serrano 04-Jun-24
cnelk 04-Jun-24
KHunter 05-Jun-24
Firsty 05-Jun-24
Firsty 09-Jun-24
From: Scott
28-Jan-24
Hello, my Name is Scott Ewaskowitz and I'm new to the site. I'm not sure how it all works so forgive me if over stepping my boundrdries with my question. What I'm looking for is any feed back positive or negative you could or would share about a Colorado unit 76 Muzzleloader elk hunting tag I may draw in 2024. I've got 26 points and want to make sure I wouldn't be making a mistake by applying for this tag. Thank you guys for any help you may be able to share.

From: P&Y400
29-Jan-24
It all depends on what your goals are for your hunt. Is your goal a 320” bull or bigger? Or is it just important to see quite a few elk with some above average size bulls in a beautiful part of the state? It is very subjective from one hunter to another what experience is worth 26 year’s worth of applying.

From: Longcruise
29-Jan-24
That's a lot of points!!! If I start now I'll be 103 by the time I get there. LMAO

Any more my goal is just to hunt. All draw archery when it gets here might ruin even that!

From: tinman
29-Jan-24
Heard some mixed feedback on 76 1st rifle. One positive and two negative. Don't know the specific areas. Hunted archery there 6 or so years ago and was definitely fun hunt then.

From: Scott
29-Jan-24
My goal would be to spend 8 days with my son chasing, hopefully bugling elk in a beautiful part of the world. It's not the as much about the size of the elk as it is to get to share an outdoor experience with him. Right now I'm looking for any guidance from anyone that may have hunted the unit before and could share some of the things that may have worked for them and some key things that may not have worked for them. I appreciate any tips that would make our hunt fun. Thanks for your help.

From: P&Y400
29-Jan-24
I’ve heard from several folks that unit 76 would most likely provide you with a fun hunt checking the boxes you mentioned.

From: P&Y400
29-Jan-24
I’ve heard from several folks that unit 76 would most likely provide you with a fun hunt checking the boxes you mentioned.

From: tramper
29-Jan-24
I sent you a pm, Scott.

From: KHunter
30-Jan-24
I would google variations of "unit 76 muzzleloader elk" or "unit 76 elk" and then directly message the individuals who have been writing on various hunting forums, including non Bowsite forums, about having hunted it for best, candid, info.

If I get a message from you I will presume you took my advice after maybe finding me having written about the unit somewhere. For some forums you need to have a certain number of posts to be able to message members so plan for that as well. With that many points in play it is worth digging deep to prepare and decide.

What other forums do you regularly visit, if any?

From: Buglmin
31-Jan-24
Depends on what quality of bull you're looking for. I know guys during the gun seasons that were killing lil raghorns and small five point bulls. And we only know of one good bull that came out of 76, a big 340 class bull. But they were in 76 as far as they could with horses.

76 has really changed. The forest service fixed a lot of roads in 76, and now you're able to drive everywhere in 76 . And the utvs are everywhere in 76 now. I'm sitting on 16 points for elk as a resident, and I won't burn my points in a unit like 76. And I know 76 very well, have spent time guiding there since the 90's.

From: Scott
03-Feb-24
Thanks Buglmin. I appreciate you taking time to send me your thoughts on unit 76. I just want to make sure I'm doing the right hunt for the time I've spent applying for it. Thanks again Scott

From: Deercy
06-Feb-24
How much, if any, experience do you have in the area?

From: 6x6elk
06-Mar-24
Can you not draw unit 2? I had an incredible hunt there with opportunities every single day.. I understand point creep but if I had those points that is where I would go.

From: Quinn @work
06-Mar-24
The 1 Non-Resident Unit 2 Muzzy took 30 points to draw last year. There were 7 people that applied last year with more points than him that didn't draw. The OP is probably 8-10 years out from having a realistic chance at a Unit 2 muzzy tag with 26 NR points in 2024.

From: rickh
06-Mar-24
Not sure if you have the points for 61. I've bowhunted 61 and 76 and both were great hunts. If I live long enough to get enough points I would hunt 61 over 76.

From: Quinn @work
07-Mar-24
It took 26 points for a NR to draw Unit 61 Archery last year.

From: Firsty
07-Mar-24
For the points you have as a N Res I think a 76 muzzy tag is a good use of your points for the hunt you are looking for as you described above.

From: Scott
28-Mar-24
I appreciate everyone's input on my question. I've decided I will give the unit 76 Muzzy a go for 2024. I will let everyone know how it goes. If there is any more advice I'm always open for help. Thanks again.

From: Paul@thefort
28-Mar-24
So Scott, how do you plan on hunting unit 76, ie, self guided or with a guide. Public or private lands? Wilderness Areas? Have you hunting elk in the past? How much time will you devote to the hunt?

From: cnelk
29-Mar-24
I’m guessing he will devote a maximum of 9 days since that’s how long the ML season is.

From: Scott
04-Apr-24
Paul@thefort, yes, I have hunted elk before all unguided and I plan on doing this hunt unguided as well. It will be all on public land. I plan on pre-scouting for a week prior to the hunt and then give it the entire 9 days if needed.

From: Glunker
27-Apr-24
Expect a lot of burned over area and the elk hanging above treeline.

29-Apr-24
this is bowsite.... not smoke pole site

From: Scott
03-Jun-24
This is a follow up to my initial question back in January about anyone having any information on Colorado unit 76 for Elk. I wanted to let everyone that shared information with me Thank you and that I did in fact draw the Unit 76 Muzzleloader tag for this year. I'm super excite but realize that this is going to be a big undertaking. I would take any and all information that you guys would have to make this trip fun and successful. Thanks again for all your help.

From: KHunter
04-Jun-24

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KHunter's Link
Are you planning to camp at truck, use an ATV, or back pack in/out for several nights?

Have you considered renting llamas? Great outfit in Silverton, Redwood llamas, for that. See link. We LOVED getting much further back in 76 wilderness than otherwise would have with llama power assist.

From: Scott
04-Jun-24
Awesome Bull KHunter. To answer your question I'm not sure. I've called Redwood Llamas to check that option out, the other options are still on the table. Coming from Wisconsin the Redwood Llamas is really out of the way. If we couldn't make the Llamas work for us could we make the hunt work with any or all of the other 3 options. Looking for your thoughts?

From: Serrano
04-Jun-24

Serrano's Link
It looks like the snow melted over a week ago. We need moisture soon up there. I think the San Juan's missed the spring storms.

From: cnelk
04-Jun-24
Pics like Khunter’s are perfect examples why point creep happens.

From: KHunter
05-Jun-24
“ If we couldn't make the Llamas work for us could we make the hunt work with any or all of the other 3 options.”

I have bow hunted 76 3 times since 2017 and all three optioned have worked for me plus the llamas. Elk easily found near and far from roads. You have all sorts of viable options.

There are other llama options between WIsconsin and the unit. And Silverton is on edge of 76. Pop over stony pass in a bout an hour from silverton and you are in 76.

Have fun, it is practically guaranteed to have fun in 76.

From: Firsty
05-Jun-24
Cnelk, don't look at KHunters harvest photos it will probably increase point creep.

From: Firsty
09-Jun-24
Scott I sent you a pm

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