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    Colorado muzzy, high or low?

    I am taking my 17 yr old son to CO unit 67 for the muzzy deer hunt. This unit has limited amounts of alpine/timberline country with lots of 9000-9500 aspen country. My first thought is to hit the alpine bowls/timberline but with the the archery season opening 3 weeks prior to the muzzy opener on 9/14 and assuming the bulk of the muzzy elk hunters will be hitting the high country as well, will the deer be knocked off the tops? Also with the 9/14 opener, most will have shed by then and probably be hitting the timber. Would you guys write off the tops and concentrate on the aspens, or spend the time checking out the tops first and see first hand whats going on? The good thing with 67 is tags are fairly limited for all seasons but so is the amount of high country, so it could get beat up fast. Hopefully you guys with more first hand knowledge of the CO muzzy season can provide some insight. The bio has suggested this unit holds deer in the 9-9500 range but I enjoy hunting the high country.

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    I wouldn't set a plan in stone until you figure out where all the cattle are. If conditions have stayed similar they didn't have a lot of water either

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    There will be lots of bow hunters, but usually they thin out that far into their season. A lot depends on the weather too. The important thing is be flexible. Spend a day or 2 high and see what shakes out. Good luck.
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    Mature bucks will be high. They don't hide in the timber like elk do. They'll bed down in the open where they can see everything.

    I only hunt the ML season, and weather is a non issue, except it can be too hot.

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    Except it can rain for 5 solid days like it did last year during M/L season!
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    It only rained one day last year for me. Why, do you shrink in the rain?


    My point was, the weather won't affect where the bucks are. They'll be up high that time of year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hunter View Post
    It only rained one day last year for me. Why, do you shrink in the rain?


    My point was, the weather won't affect where the bucks are. They'll be up high that time of year.
    Yep! Go as high as you can! When you start seeing sheep you know you're in the right country! Big timberline bucks prefer the remoteness and feed of the lush high mountains, and they should still be in their summer haunts in mid September.

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    Great, sheep and cattle! That's a new one, first I heard they were in 67 too. Found sheep in the flat top years ago and cattle in the pecos wilderness in NM as well. Looks like I will need to check it out and see what's on top b4 writing it off. Hope to get out this summer and at least learn the access and hopefully find some bucks for a starting point.

    Thanks guys

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    Go to the Mason Family State Wildlife Area if you want to find some sheep, they'll lay up in the rocks and watch traffic.....and can usually find them right off the rd in Cathedral. Hope that will help pinpoint how high them big bucks can be

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    I was referring to bighorn sheep in an attempt to explain how high you should be looking. A better reference would have been at or above timberline (far above).

 

 

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