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    Unit 43, early season deer hunt, Maroon Bells

    Hi everyone. This is my first post after having reviewed this forum for a while.

    My hunting buddy and I are finally thinking of applying for unit 43 high country deer hunt. We have 9 pts each and really want to give this a try.

    We have hunted elk several times in a different unit and have been very successful with that. So we are not new to colorado hunting but new to high country deer hunting and I'm a little overwhelmed with the idea of a true back country hunt now that it finally might be happening. Our elk hunts allowed for us to drive to our camping spot and then hike out each morning to hunt. However, from what I have been understanding from this forum (awesome forum by the way) and other research I have done we are probably looking at a several mile hike into maroon bells before we would set camp and then hunt from there.

    Am I on the right track of what to expect? Any other input will greatly be appreciated on where to hunt, opinion of Maroon Bell hunting, equipment for this first time mule deer hunter.

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    Should be a lifetime experience hunt!

    I wouldn't expect anything other than a bivy hunt with that tag.

    Your number one priority should be getting in shape. Coming from OH, elevation is going to be a big deal, so give yourself several days to acclimate.

    That is some first mule deer hunt!

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    We hunted this area last fall in muzzle loader season. We did not see anything other than small forked horn bucks. I am sure the big boys are in there we just did not see them. It was my first backcountry hunt. BB summed it up with his comment about getting in shape. I consider myself to be in decent shape but was not prepared for this unit. I strongly recommend doing some research on the gear you will need. Do not take the "what if" stuff. Find water and stay close.

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    Don't get me wrong I'm a flat lander compared to the boys out west but I've hunted elk in the 8000 to 10000 ft range 5 times now. Is there a huge difference between 10000 and 12000 or 13000 ft. I felt like i was in pretty good shape for the elk hunts. At least I'm not like one of my hunting buddies coming from Alabama....elevation of 8 ft!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfurman24 View Post
    We hunted this area last fall in muzzle loader season. We did not see anything other than small forked horn bucks. I am sure the big boys are in there we just did not see them. It was my first backcountry hunt. BB summed it up with his comment about getting in shape. I consider myself to be in decent shape but was not prepared for this unit. I strongly recommend doing some research on the gear you will need. Do not take the "what if" stuff. Find water and stay close.
    What kind of gear would you recommend to take or not take? Any input on areas to check or or stay away from while hunting?

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    The difference between 10000 feet and 13000 feet is huge!

    Coming from low elevations 10000 is where the problems start.

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    Gotcha....thoughts on what I can do to prepare.....besides live at that elevation.

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    I personally felt like their was a huge difference between 10000 and 12500 feet. I can not say how others will deal with the difference. For me the hardest part was I felt like I was breathing through a straw. I live in Kansas and can not go out West on a whim just to scout and acclimate. Like you I have not had any issues in 8-9000 foot. I know next time I go I will be in better shape. BB will have a lot more and better info for your hunt. I was just trying to give a rookie perspective.

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    You can get Diamox from your doctor.

    But the best way is to acclimate. Give yourself prep days before the hunt: One night at 8000 feet, one at 9000 feet, one at 10000 feet. If you feel sick go down. It is a little different for everyone.

    Hunt high, sleep lower. Try to keep your campsites under 11000, unless you are well-acclimated. Drink plenty of water.

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    Thanks for the tips guys. This should for sure be a trip of a lifetime.

 

 

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