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    I'd take into consideration that the Gunnison Basin is still nowhere close to what it was in 2007.

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    I have the same deal. I'm not sure where to go. seems like 9 points are alot to save and most places will take 7 to hunt. Maybe it's really worth saving 12 - 15. What i did find is unit 61 takes less than 6 and....
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    unit 61 has some real nice bucks. in the lower country. being 70 it will take some walking but not above tree line

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    I know gunnison was hammered but hear 66 is still good as for trophys and deer are in the lower elevations. If this is true and 3rd season takes 9 PTs. I would look long and hard at it.

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    I have almost decided on unit 66 2nd rifle. I am afraid point creep might get me in the 3rd season. I downloaded the Eastmans MRS, and now I have just about researched everything I know to look at. I did see that the Conejos produced three record book deer last year, just not many to choose from.
    Unit 61 low country sounds good, too. I dont have any experience there and I dont like the thick because I am not good at hunting in the thick.
    Thanks for all the help, it is about time to fill out the app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtreme View Post
    I have almost decided on unit 66 2nd rifle. I am afraid point creep might get me in the 3rd season. I downloaded the Eastmans MRS, and now I have just about researched everything I know to look at. I did see that the Conejos produced three record book deer last year, just not many to choose from.
    Unit 61 low country sounds good, too. I dont have any experience there and I dont like the thick because I am not good at hunting in the thick.
    Thanks for all the help, it is about time to fill out the app.
    In my opinion I would not use 9 points on any 2nd season tag without having a lot of solid information. ( points should guarantee you a quality hunt and I believe that any 3rd or 4th (latest seasons on units) would be a significantly better hunt, in addition to being able to produce higher trophy potential. I am assuming by what you have waid that you have non resident points. I did some quick research for you and found that with 10 points (if you wanted to wait another year) you could draw 3rd season in 61 and 66 and they havent had any point creep lately. This year you would be guaranteed or have partial chance at 3rd season in 53,63,66,61,55,54,551(just the units I would be interested in) and 4th season in 42, 68 and I think 4th season in 43 but it has a lot of private. Any unit in gunnison is going to be hard enough with a late season tag after the winter kill but I think a 2nd season tag would make it near impossible. Unless you are guided or know something, even though a couple big ones still exist, the quality deer are hard to come by since they lost that age class. I just want you to get a quality hunt for the years you put in as if I were there I would hope people would help me. I don't know most units but if I had your points I would put in for 66 or 61 3 rd this year and then if I didnt draw put in for 61 or 66 3rd next year when you should draw it for sure. 61 would be a tough hunt but the chance for a monster is there. If I badly wanted to draw this year I would do more research first but I would personally from what my gut feeling is go with in this order 53,63,54,55 all third and then 42 4th. Like I said this is a starting point and once you make a decision on one or two units call the biologist, game warden, etc and try and find someone who has hunted there in the last two years to find out if thier good choices.If you want any more info feel free to personal message me. Good luck and hope to hear the story and see some pictures.

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    Thank you sooo much for the good answer. Deserves rereading.

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    Unit 61 (and a few other units) has NO fourth season this year, so my guess is all those guy's who have been applying every year for fourth season will now be applying for third season which could negatively affect your odds of drawing with the same amount of points it took last year... just something to think about

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    Man the point creep has been a killer. I initially was building points to hunt elk in 61 but every year it seems to be further and further out of reach. Then i started building mule deer points in hopes to hunt 61 and serve as a dual purpose/scouting trip for elk but now I am focusing on using my 7 archery elk points next year on maybe unit 76 but who knows. Everyone knows they moved the draw deadline back a month to May 4th...right? LOL just kidding. I need all the help I can get to get a quality tag this year. Good Luck to everyone.

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    I would go for an early high country rifle hunt during the middle of Sept. Check out hunterstrailhead.com, the drawing odds section shows you what odds you have of drawing. 9 points will get you a unit 1 3rd rifle, unit 22 4th rifle, unit 74 early rifle, or a unit 512 Buckley late season air force academy tag.
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