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    Colorado deer GMU 2 or 201?

    Hi,
    Looking for a little help from those of you who have hunted deer in Colorado's unit 2 or 201. We have enough points to draw either unit this year and are looking for recommendations before the application deadline (does it matter or are the units about equal access etc). We will be hunting the Nov 1-9 season. Also and ideas on starting points or areas to begin the summer scouting trips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! Mike

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    Please don't use all those points on the NW corner. Trophy quality in the NW corner has been off for many years, although it would likely still be a fun low pressure hunt, I believe there are far better units with those points.

    Do some homework on:

    44 4th season (if you have the points, one of the best)
    35 4th season (number of applicants has been soaring the past few years)
    53 4th season (I think this would be hard to beat, check it out)
    66 3rd season (give it a couple years would be even better)
    67 3rd season (give it a couple years would be even better)
    70 4th season (report are tons of deer with a few nice bucks, low pressure)


    If I had the points, I would go for a 4th season tag. Fourth season tags in a good unit are sooooo much better then the third season tags and less weather dependent since you are closer to the peak of the rut.

    If you would start a thread in the new members section and let us know more about you.
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    Years ago, we hunted units 77, 78, 771 every year. I have been thinking about a return trip before Obamacare wipes out any possibilities for future hunts. Any idea what the current situation is for Mule Deer and Elk. Thanks.
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    Thanks for the information and we have hunted 35 (a great unit), but 44 sounds interesting. We would much rather go 4th season, so we will start researching those. Do you know area 44 at all? Thanks again for those areas and your time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    Please don't use all those points on the NW corner. Trophy quality in the NW corner has been off for many years, although it would likely still be a fun low pressure hunt, I believe there are far better units with those points.

    Do some homework on:

    44 4th season (if you have the points, one of the best)
    35 4th season (number of applicants has been soaring the past few years)
    53 4th season (I think this would be hard to beat, check it out)
    66 3rd season (give it a couple years would be even better)
    67 3rd season (give it a couple years would be even better)
    70 4th season (report are tons of deer with a few nice bucks, low pressure)


    If I had the points, I would go for a 4th season tag. Fourth season tags in a good unit are sooooo much better then the third season tags and less weather dependent since you are closer to the peak of the rut.

    If you would start a thread in the new members section and let us know more about you.
    Some good info from UH. Maybe you can share something about yourself?

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    Lots of opinions but there are many good bucks are being taken out of 201,2, and 10 since the big numbers cut a few years back or they are starting to recover. Take into account that all of the NW part of the state is having a mild winter and IMO it is not a bad place to look at. 201 and 2 are recovering better than 10 at this point. Fair to say that the NW units after this winter will have recovered better than the gunnison units. Many elk hunters are reporting seeing groups of 170" to 190" bucks in 201 with no one hunting them.

    You also will not have to compete with 1000's of otc elk hunters but you will see some guys with cow tags that will point you to where they saw a big buck if you choose to hunt 2 or 201...

    All ths units in the Gunnison Basin are seeing hardest winter since 07/08.. Sad but true the mid Feb blizzard was one of the top 3 in snow water equivalent since 1995. With some places got up to 9.5 in of snow water equivalent or 10+ feet of snow in one 7 day storm. That was up high but the valley floor still has its share of snow down here or it has settled to 2/3 rds as high as the cattle fences in many wintering areas. Since then it warmed up then froze so the crust is above the sage in many places at this point and solid ice that animals cant break through. The big bucks just have not recovered in many of the gunny units and if I had a nickle for all the 18" to 24" wide bucks that are getting taken now I could retire. Just not the amount of 170" bucks out there so hunters are hammering the smaller bucks just to take something home after not seeing a big buck. Will some good bucks be taken yea are there some good ones out there yea - but they are far and few between now. I have hunted off and on in the gunny basin since the 80's and have chosen to hunt a neighboring 0 point unit as the quality is better than the over hyped "Gunnison Basin"...

    I would not rule out 2 or 201 and I would wait to see what this winter brings as IMO the Gunnsion units are 1 bilzzard (that it looks like will show up here friday) away from a "very bad to horrible" winter kill and while it may not be as bad as the 07/08 winter this one will be the hardest we have seen since then.. Just have to see what April and March bring. I would take this years winter kill into my thinking before I committed a bucket load of points in either the Gunnison or Eagle units.

    As far as 44 it is a tough hunt, know your private land boundaries or hire a guide as it is not the slam dunk hunt that many think it has to be. I would not over look 74 early season or 61 3rd as both have not seen the hard winters that some of Colorado has and both throw out several 200+" bucks each year.

    So I would not rule out 201 or 2 as if I had to bet you will end up with a big buck, not much hunting pressure, and a good experience if you choose either.
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    Thank You ColoradoV for the very good up to date info,you just answered a lot of questions for me,good luck hunting this year

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    You said we have enough pp to draw eithe unit. If you are resident you would be ok but not a nr as there would not be enough tags for more than one . I have 21pp nr and have considered each of those units. Have hunted 44 with a friend do you home work as that unit can be tough.

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    I had the nonresident muzzle loader deer tag for unit 2 in 2011. I know it is considered a low density deer unit, but I was impressed with both the quality and quantity of bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Deck View Post
    I had the nonresident muzzle loader deer tag for unit 2 in 2011. I know it is considered a low density deer unit, but I was impressed with both the quality and quantity of bucks.
    Depends on the kind of hunt you are after. If you are chasing the B&C book it's just not realistic for the most part in the NW corner. If you're looking for a great mature buck and aren't concerned with score, hunting some awesome country and seeing virtually nobody else hunting, the NW corner is a great choice. Unit 2 has lower density, but certain areas hold good numbers. 201 probably has more deer in smaller areas. Quality is about the same in each. A 170"+ buck is very realistic in either area. Bigger deer are taken there each year. I would hunt it in a heartbeat if I could.

 

 

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