Unit 76 colorado

1989Cohunter

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I debating on burning my points next year. Looks like with 7 going in for 1st season, I may draw? Curious what others have drawn out with.
 

AaronS

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I've been debating on going ahead and burning my 20 NR points on 76 archery or holding out for 61, although with creep I'm not any closer than I was to 61 5 years ago.

Question on 76.... can you hunt it effectively in archery without horses? I've hunted 77/78 to the south and I've done best when I've been able to get to the back country on horses. 61 I feel like I could pull of a successful (or at least enjoyable) DIY hunt with no horses, which is one of the things that has me wanting to hold out. Thoughts on trying to tackle 76 on foot?
 

ChubbyTuna

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I've been debating on going ahead and burning my 20 NR points on 76 archery or holding out for 61, although with creep I'm not any closer than I was to 61 5 years ago.

Question on 76.... can you hunt it effectively in archery without horses? I've hunted 77/78 to the south and I've done best when I've been able to get to the back country on horses. 61 I feel like I could pull of a successful (or at least enjoyable) DIY hunt with no horses, which is one of the things that has me wanting to hold out. Thoughts on trying to tackle 76 on foot?
Same dilemma for me in 2017. I burned my 17 NR points on 76 instead of waiting for 61. I hired an outfitter to dropcamp me 9 miles deep. So worth it and would do it again in a second. Won best photo of the year here on MM with my bull.
76 Bull Link
Let me know if you want to chat.
 

OldMan2

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Same dilemma for me in 2017. I burned my 17 NR points on 76 instead of waiting for 61. I hired an outfitter to dropcamp me 9 miles deep. So worth it and would do it again in a second. Won best photo of the year here on MM with my bull.
76 Bull Link
Let me know if you want to chat.
Would like to chat.
 

oldmossback

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Same dilemma for me in 2017. I burned my 17 NR points on 76 instead of waiting for 61. I hired an outfitter to dropcamp me 9 miles deep. So worth it and would do it again in a second. Won best photo of the year here on MM with my bull.
76 Bull Link
Let me know if you want to chat.
hey chubby, what did that drop cost if you dont mind sharing the info?
 

DonVathome

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You do not need horses in 76. I shot my 300 inch bull within sight of my truck - after climbing high only too see him way down below me!
 

COLOelkman

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My experience during archery season in 2017 was that most drainages I hunted, the elk were near treeline. A couple of the areas you could day hunt from the road and others were best to backpack in a couple hours. I didn't have horses but an ATV was pretty essential as many of the roads would be tough to take a regular 4 WD. Small jeeps would work but I didn't plan to hike in further than I could backpack so horses sure would not be "required". I heard some of the drainages I looked at that probably would have needed horses were pretty busy with horse camps. The unit is pretty big but from others I've talked to, horses would not be necessary to find good hunting.
 

270Whatelse

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Horses definitely not necessary. I have hunted or helped 3 diy hunts in this unit and have killed 3 nice bulls less than a 30 minute hike from the road. One in archery and 2 in 1st rifle. If you hunt the west sw side of the unit horses would be great for getting back into the wilderness but for the rest of the unit not needed imo.
 

6x6 bull

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I hunted this unit a few years back and didn’t see one bull.. only saw a herd of pronghorn. Definitely not worth my 22 resident points
 

6x6 bull

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You were in the wrong unit then. There are no pronghorn in 76, it also doesn't take 22 resident points.
This Orion the “Hunter” sure doesn’t know as much as he puts off 😂🤣

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Bluehair

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A bunch of these fellers have seen bigfoots and I saw an ostrich outside Cortez once, so sure I can buy a speedgoat. :rolleyes:
 
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This Orion the “Hunter” sure doesn’t know as much as he puts off 😂🤣

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That clearly shows 17 points for the early rifle tag, so you burned an additional 5 points to draw. And if you didn’t see a single bull on the early rifle hunt that’s brutal. As a resident the regular 1st rifle can be drawn with 6-7 points. Without much effort you should be able to turn up a lot of elk with some decent bulls. Hunted it once and out glass on about 70 bulls before I killed one. Also I believe the southeast corner of the unit could hold some antelope.
 

6x6 bull

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Please tell is where in 76 you saw antelope. Like I said you don't need 22 points to draw that hunt. You must also be a crap hunter if you couldn't find elk in 76. Even ray Charles could find a 6x6 bull.
in the south east corner. And I never said you “need” 22 points. But clearly i drew it with 22. And let’s see your bull from 61 this year if you are such a great hunter 😂
 

oldmossback

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If you guys notice that screen shot is for EARLY rifle bull, Not first rifle. So it may take 22 res points for the EARLY hunt.
That being said, I have never seen antelope in 76 either. I have though seen elk and bulls every time I have been in the unit. Even just scouting around on the atv. If you cant find a bull (even a little one) during early season or first rifle, Your doing something wrong.
 

AaronS

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Same dilemma for me in 2017. I burned my 17 NR points on 76 instead of waiting for 61. I hired an outfitter to dropcamp me 9 miles deep. So worth it and would do it again in a second. Won best photo of the year here on MM with my bull.
76 Bull Link
Let me know if you want to chat.
PM Sent ChubbyTuna.
 

Test Man

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I'm currently sitting on 20 points as a non-resident. I would absolutely love to hunt 61 but with point creep and being 63 years old I'm leaning towards 76. I've hunted Unit 74 around Silverton 4 times so I know what I'm getting into. I try to stay in shape and ran a half marathon on my 63rd birthday. I know Unit 40 is an option but really can't afford an outfitter. I was going to hunt 76 a couple years ago but got derailed by a shoulder issue. Definitely sitting in no mans land with 20 points.
 

oldmossback

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I'm currently sitting on 20 points as a non-resident. I would absolutely love to hunt 61 but with point creep and being 63 years old I'm leaning towards 76. I've hunted Unit 74 around Silverton 4 times so I know what I'm getting into. I try to stay in shape and ran a half marathon on my 63rd birthday. I know Unit 40 is an option but really can't afford an outfitter. I was going to hunt 76 a couple years ago but got derailed by a shoulder issue. Definitely sitting in no mans land with 20 points.
Having spent a little time in both units, I would say 61 is a little easier altitude and terrain. That being said, I would have horse packer on speed dial in both units for the pack out at our ages.
My son should draw 61 first rifle this year and has never shot a bull.
 

bowcrazy

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I'm new to MM and in the same situation as many with 20 NR points and considering 76. Looking at drop camps right now as I will be alone on the trip. Anyone have any recommendations on an outfitter?
 

callsalot

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I have 15 NR points and was looking at archery. However after looking at the odds it looks like I'm still a year or two behind the curve. Am I looking this correctly.
 

270Whatelse

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I would call Long Ridge outfitters they hunt in the burn area. Frazier is also very good. Don't really need a drop camp in this unit but nothing wrong with doing one if you want.
 

BuckedUp

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I've been debating on going ahead and burning my 20 NR points on 76 archery or holding out for 61, although with creep I'm not any closer than I was to 61 5 years ago.

Question on 76.... can you hunt it effectively in archery without horses? I've hunted 77/78 to the south and I've done best when I've been able to get to the back country on horses. 61 I feel like I could pull of a successful (or at least enjoyable) DIY hunt with no horses, which is one of the things that has me wanting to hold out. Thoughts on trying to tackle 76 on foot?
076 is definitely huntable without horses. I’ve hunted 77, 78, and 76, IMO 76 is way easier terrain than units to the south.
 

AaronS

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076 is definitely huntable without horses. I’ve hunted 77, 78, and 76, IMO 76 is way easier terrain than units to the south.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to start focusing my attention there if I don't gain any ground on 61 here pretty quick.
 

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