Learned a valuable lesson on my 3/301 Antelope Hunt yesterday. Usually would keep this to myself but when people are putting in 14 + years i feel compelled to say something. First I will tell you I live 30 minutes from Unit 2 and 3 in Northwest Colorado.
When I rolled out to hunt yesterday morning I could not believe the caravan of hunters in the area. If you are on the ropes in your decision on which unit to hunt maybe this will help!
Unit 3/301 has limited public land compared to unit 2. Unit 3 is a easy private land tag to secure. There were hunters yesterday absolutely everywhere and driving on every back road and every two track in the unit. Also if you all private land hunters stay on their private ground you are mistaken. I saw this goat several times and knew he was not what i was looking for. I watch several hunters push him in a 5 square mile radius only for him to return to where I was. I told my hunting partner at around 4 p.m. if I see again I'm going to kill him so I can get this hunt over and get the hell out of here. To have 20 trucks drive by me in an hour, well to say I was livid is an understatement.
80% of the hunters in Unit 2 concentrate on the Cold Springs area leaving 90% of the unit open. Unit 2 has 10 times the public ground.
In my opinion 3/301 has more antelope than 2. But 2 has more ground and better quality. Just my thoughts from a very and frustrating hunt.
Matt M- Prostaff- outdoorsmensocialnetwork.com
Field Staff- Team RIP Outdoors.com