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Big Game Hunting

How some areas are ruined by ATV's

Uploaded on November 14, 2011

I decided to hunt some BLM land in NW Colorado this last year during the 2nd rifle season for deer and elk with my wife. She had the tag, I was the spotter. I have not been to this BLM land in 30 years. The last time I was there, I was 16. It's a very narrow strip of BLM about 1/4 mile wide and miles long. You can access it from a county road and from there it's all down hill...big time down hill. My wife and I hit this area a couple hours from dusk and I noticed when I got there that a 4WD road had been cut all the way to the bottom. From the top, I could see a hunter on an ATV about every 1/4 mile. From the time we accessed the BLM land 13 ATV's roared up and down that road. This area was completely worthless now. There was no way any elk or deer would come within a mile of this stip of BLM. 30 years ago when I hunted it, we got three elk, two cows and a bull and we saw huge mule deer. The quality of the hunting was amazing, but it was because most would not want to walk the strip down to the bottom. We saw nothing that night...not a bugle...not a deer. It was a shame to see such a good area go to crap!

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from CoBowHunter wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

No comments...maybe only ATV hunters read these message boards.

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from gman1 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

When you have that happen to you it really destroys the good memories that you had of the area when you were younger, doesn't it? I guess there is something to say for wilderness areas!!

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from gman1 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I hunted around Pagota peak years ago and really enjoyed the area.

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from CoBowHunter wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Gman1 I am not familar with Pagota Peak. Are we talking Colorado?

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

CoBow, I read the maps real careful to find out what kind of transportation is allowed. There are some good areas in CO that are bike, hike, or horse only, and after a couple of snows usually the bikes don't go. Other places are "on trail only" so if you figure out where the designated trails are, and fing a place in between them... A place doesn't have to be Wilderness to have restrictions.

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from armygtr wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

I agree that the pressure in these areas are heavy close to the trails but I have had luck hiking off of the ATV areas.

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from CoBowHunter wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

No comments...maybe only ATV hunters read these message boards.

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from gman1 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

When you have that happen to you it really destroys the good memories that you had of the area when you were younger, doesn't it? I guess there is something to say for wilderness areas!!

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from gman1 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I hunted around Pagota peak years ago and really enjoyed the area.

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from CoBowHunter wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Gman1 I am not familar with Pagota Peak. Are we talking Colorado?

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

CoBow, I read the maps real careful to find out what kind of transportation is allowed. There are some good areas in CO that are bike, hike, or horse only, and after a couple of snows usually the bikes don't go. Other places are "on trail only" so if you figure out where the designated trails are, and fing a place in between them... A place doesn't have to be Wilderness to have restrictions.

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from armygtr wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

I agree that the pressure in these areas are heavy close to the trails but I have had luck hiking off of the ATV areas.

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