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I am planning on applying for a Colorado mule deer tag next year. I am looking at unit 33 because it has a good amount of public land and you don't need any preference points to draw a tag. Any advice on this unit or others would be greatly appreciated thanks.

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from jay wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

Just because a unit has lots of public land doesn't mean the unit has lots of available hunting land. Much of the land out west is landlocked caused by the checkerboarding that occured during the railroad expansion years. You really need to do your homework to determine if the public land in the unit is accessible or not. I know of some units that are comprised of 60% public land but has very poor access. Much of this landlocked land basically becomes the land of the surrounding ranchers. The sportsmen act of 2012 contained language that was going to create easements to alot of the land that is landlocked.

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from fezzant wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

What season are you planning on hunting? Do you have a 4WD or an ATV? Are you looking for a wilderness hunt or would you prefer to stay closer to town? Buck or doe? How much time are you planning on devoting to this? Are you willing and able to climb steep country or would you prefer flatter ground?

You should be able to find public land to hunt in 33 without too much trouble. And there should be deer in there pretty much all year. But there are lots of other units with good numbers of deer that don't generally require preference points.

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from turkeyhunter14 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I am hoping for a 3rd season buck tag and i plan on hunting at least 5 days. I will probably stay in town but I do have a 4WD truck. I also don't care to much about the terrain. I've read a few articles about the White River National Forest and they said that had a lot of deer in it but there were a lot of hunters that go there.

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from jay wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

Just because a unit has lots of public land doesn't mean the unit has lots of available hunting land. Much of the land out west is landlocked caused by the checkerboarding that occured during the railroad expansion years. You really need to do your homework to determine if the public land in the unit is accessible or not. I know of some units that are comprised of 60% public land but has very poor access. Much of this landlocked land basically becomes the land of the surrounding ranchers. The sportsmen act of 2012 contained language that was going to create easements to alot of the land that is landlocked.

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from fezzant wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

What season are you planning on hunting? Do you have a 4WD or an ATV? Are you looking for a wilderness hunt or would you prefer to stay closer to town? Buck or doe? How much time are you planning on devoting to this? Are you willing and able to climb steep country or would you prefer flatter ground?

You should be able to find public land to hunt in 33 without too much trouble. And there should be deer in there pretty much all year. But there are lots of other units with good numbers of deer that don't generally require preference points.

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from turkeyhunter14 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I am hoping for a 3rd season buck tag and i plan on hunting at least 5 days. I will probably stay in town but I do have a 4WD truck. I also don't care to much about the terrain. I've read a few articles about the White River National Forest and they said that had a lot of deer in it but there were a lot of hunters that go there.

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