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posted 3 months ago
We still have not draw our hunt. We drew our second choice which was kind of the reason we started putting in and waiting for one of the high preference point hunts. When we started the unit we have been putting in for was estimated around 12 points for out of state and we have a 65% chance now with 21 points. Yet I live in New Mexico which has some great areas but most of the time getting a tag is about like winning the lottery.
So this year going into the Colorado draw for Elk we have 21 preference points. Last year we put in a second choice for an early season hunt in a normal season over the counter unit. We decided to put in the second choice after losing my Uncle last January and we all wanted to go hunt since we had been putting it off most years after very poor over the counter hunts. It is a conundrum we waited for years on a premium hunt only to lose one of the main reasons my Dad and my cousins and all of us started hunting. Yet the unit we hunted was poor. We hiked 10-15 miles a day and saw very few (1-2) legal bulls. For my cousin and I who are in our 40s and in pretty fair shape it wasn't awful but for my Dad who is now in his late 60s it was a pretty miserable experience. we started all this when I was 19, it can be pretty disappointing when you just keep waiting year after year for a decent hunt. I'm glad they have the over the counter tags because we still have some ability to go hunt it may just not be the hunt you want or the hunting that my dad grew up experiencing in Colorado as a young man.