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    Locating water

    Wanting to hunt a new unit in Colorado this year. I will have no time to scout this year. Other than studying aerial maps what methods do ya ll use to locate water before arriving in the backcountry?


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    Google Earth, USGS and BLM maps and look for springs, call BLM or National Forest.
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    So ya ll are mainly looking for springs, I m assuming that's because it's the cleanest source. Do ya ll ever use creeks/streams. Just a little apprehensive that I ll show up to find dry sources.


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    Are you talking about water for you to drink or water sources animals would be using?

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    Searching for drinking water, will have to run it through the filter obviously, just want to have several points already in GPS to check before I arrive.


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    For potable water I always carry a water filtration system for my backpack hunts. Most in my area swear the water is safe to drink from the creeks and springs in southern British Columbia but I'm not interested in testing this for myself. As to actually finding the source, google is good, first hand knowledge is better. So far I've limited my backpack hunts to basins/bowls where I could actually see a small lake or river via google or topo map. I would definitely recommend filtering the water from any source(except maybe rain water) unless you're interested in finding out how far you can stretch the one roll of TP you took in with you.

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    As long as you filter it any water source you find will be ok but obviously some will be cleaner and better then others. Look at the maps and google earth as UH suggested and identify all possible water sources. Are you going to be backpack hunting? What type of country is it? If the area looks like it has plenty of water I dont worry to much. If not I stock up good on water at the last place I know there will be water on my way in so I know I will have a couple days to figure out where the best place is to get water near where Im camped.

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    Yes it's a backpack hunt unit 74 in colorado. I have a sawyer squeeze system as well as tablets so that should handle my filtration needs.


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    One time in the 80's a couple friends and I backpacked into the Monitor mountains in Nevada. That was before people really thought much about drinking the water from a stream.
    I would SERIOUSLY recommend not drinking directly from any water source. It looked good and tasted great but about 4 days later things started to not go well. The cramps were horrible. Lucky we were on our way at the time.
    Not an experience I care to repeat.

 

 

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