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What happened to mule deer in Colorado and what does the future hold? -
posted 6 days ago
Robert - I'll second that motion. Well said. I'd rather have less opportunity in state than poorly managed wildlife.
There are a lot of comments here that clearly demonstrate the problems with incomplete data. I strongly believe in mandatory reporting and encourage tooth collection for aging deer. I certainly think (again I am not a biologist) that increased pressure from hunters and NON-HUNTING recreation is pushing deer (not to mention bighorn sheep and mountain goats) out of the high country or into less accessible locations. There have been several recent studies that have observed the adverse impact on wildlife by backcountry skiers. CPW is trying to address the full impact of outdoor recreation on wildlife. I would bet that the rise in backcountry recreationalists dwarfs the increase in hunting pressure. This issue cannot be ignored.
In terms of killing does, there should be more doe tags. Data from QDMA and many others supports doe tags. I grew up in the Hudson Valley of NY. There is a surplus of does and few if any mature bucks. Empirical evidence supports harvesting does does lead to better mature buck ratios and numbers.
I am loathe to use one experience to characterize the entire state, but last season I drove from Dinosaur National Monument to Craig at 10 pm. My buddy and I stopped counting deer after 550...I wish I was exaggerating. There are so many deer and large bucks in the private low lands (based on my limited observations). I would like to see what happens this season and to see if the quarantine helps reduce the impact normally created by the hikers, skiers, dogs, etc.
Arizona’s best bear hunting opportunities -
posted 1 week ago
@Elliot J. THANK YOU. I'm in the same boat. I am a CO resident but new to bear hunting. I will have a tag this Fall and would appreciate beta from anyone on how to get it done in the Fall (or at least have someone point me in the general direction).
Basics to long-range hunting gear -
posted 2 months ago
I should add that I do not shoot game at that distance, just targets.
Jake - I successfully shoot out to <1200 yards accurately with the Leupold Mark 5HD 3.6-18. I rarely have the magnification set over 10x. The one thing I recommend is owning a First Focal Plane Scope vs. a second focal plane. The difference is that the measurement on the FFP reticle (mils or MOA) stay the same despite the zoom while the SFP scope reticle hash marks are only accurate at a set zoom. This allows me to hold for wind calls with a better field of view. If I have confused you, there are MUCH better resources than me on the web.
Kristen A. Schmitt