CO Early Rifle Thoughts

chaza402

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I have more than enough points to hunt an early rifle unit. I was wondering if anyone has hunted 86 or 74 doe the early rifle . I’ve spent a lot of time elk hunting in the neighboring unit of 71 and I have hiked around 86, saw some decent bucks but it has been about 6 years.
 

AZGuy

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I have more than enough points to hunt an early rifle unit. I was wondering if anyone has hunted 86 or 74 doe the early rifle . I’ve spent a lot of time elk hunting in the neighboring unit of 71 and I have hiked around 86, saw some decent bucks but it has been about 6 years.
I accompanied a friend on the 74 early hunt in 2019, it was a decent hunt. He ended up with a 170class buck. We didn’t see the numbers we hoped to see. That being said I think it’s till a fun hunt. If you are a beast or have access to horses there are some opportunities that aren’t for the faint of heart.
 

txhunter58

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I hunted 82/86 in ‘03 and had an awesome hunt. (29” 8x7, mid 180s) That said, that hunt has been moved back a week and is now the same dates as muzzleloader season. 74 still starts a week earlier.
 
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SedaliaJay

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I've been helping friends in 82/86 and I've always put then on good bucks. I'm nervous about burning my points on it now that the season is moved back. Last year, there was so much snow that you couldn't even reach legal hunting areas since the tag is restricted to above timberline.

I've also heard from several people that bucks tend to move into the timber after they scrape. Everything will be scraped off for the new season dates.

I think they really ruined a great hunt by moving it back 2 weeks.
 

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