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    Question about success rates

    I am planning my first western hunt this fall. It will be an Colorado archery hunt. I am a member of hunters trail head. When I look at the hunter's success rates on hunters trailhead, I am confused. Some tags that are good for multiple units show different success rates for each unit. For example, (I'm making up numbers here), unit 16 archery -20%, unit 161 archery-10%. How do they figure those rates? Since you are allowed to use your tag in either unit, how would they track unsuccessful hunters to a specific unit?

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    not certain, but perhaps post hunt reports say which unit you hunted... and did you harvest or not?

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    I'm sure someone at g&f could explain it best. If I were going to CO for a first time hunt, I would write down a list of questions and talk to the local warden, biologist, and if they have 1, the access coordinator.
    And IMO, after the first conversation with each, I would (and have), think about what we went over, and write down any new questions and call each back in a couple weeks.

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    Those numbers come from the post hunt surveys that they conduct. The DOW has hunt planners that you can call and they can help you with most of your questions. The number is in the gig game booklet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granby guy View Post
    Those numbers come from the post hunt surveys that they conduct.
    Granby guy is right on. The numbers are skewed too since they don't actually call everyone. They call a certain percentage then do some formula to come up with a "predicted" harvest number. Of course sheep, moose and goat are (or should be) pretty much right on, although I've seen mistakes there too...

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    The CO FWP tells me they mail out 3,500 questionnaires each year and based on the responses they extrapolate the hunter success in each unit.

    I don't know how many deer tags are issued in total. I could tell if I could find their harvest reports page which I had bookmarked, but they are changing their website and my links don't work anymore, nor do most of the ones that come up when I google CO FWP.

    The number for the CO hunt planners is 303-291-7526.

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    Its all a numbers game. They have no way to tell the exact numbers. Years ago they hired an outside company to canvass hunters, then the numbers were better. Still no way to keep hunters honest.
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    I am not sure what percentage of hunters they call, but I think it is probably higher among non-residents. I have never hunted in CO and not gotten a post-hunt call to ask me harvest questions.

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    I have never got a call from them ever when I hunted CO.

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    I've deer hunted in Colorado as a nonresident twice in the past three years. Both times, I received a survey to fill out.

 

 

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