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Do-It-Yourself Hunting Tips

As a hunter, Durango, Colorado offers some great Do-It-Yourself hunting opportunities. Durango, Colorado's proximity to some of the best public hunting lands make it an ideal location to purchase your Colorado hunting ranch or hunting land. Below we provide you with some great do-it-yourself hunting tips for planning your next hunting trip in the Durango Valley.

 

  • DIY Durango, Colorado Elk Hunting Tips
    1. You will want to start planning your hunt early the year you want to hunt. Colorado application deadline for limited entry tags is generally in early April. If you want a limited entry tag you will need to send in your application prior to the deadline date.
    2. You will need to decide what area you are going to hunt and what unit that area is in. Elk hunting units in the Durango, Colorado area are:
      • Elk Units 71, 73, 74, 75, 741, 751
    3. Once you have submitted your application it is time to wait and see if you draw a tag. Many units take several years to draw a tag. If you do not draw there are still over-the-counter opportunities in Colorado.
    4. If you draw a tag, you will then want to scout the area you plan to hunt. If you do not have the time to scout in advance make sure to plan on arriving at your area a couple of days in advance so that you can scout before the season opens.
    5. When you are scouting you will want to glass openings early in the morning, During the day scout for heavily used trails taking note of any wallows you find and look for deep timber where elk may bed down. Make sure to keep downwind.
    6. Once the season starts and hunters begin to pressure elk, elk will head to the steepest darkest timber they can find at first light. You will seldom find elk in the open after daylight on public land once the season starts.
    7. When hunting timber, go slow and stop and listen often. Make sure to keep downwind and glass as often as you can.
    8. Make sure that you are prepared to be able to pack your elk out especially if you are hunting areas not accessible by roads. You may want to find a local outfitter who will be willing to pack your elk out. If not make sure you know how to reduce your elk into loads that you can pack. If you are strong you can simply quarter the elk up and pack out the quarters. Also keep in mind the weather. If it is hot, you will have to take precautions so that your meat does not spoil. Take tarps, coolers, dry ice, etc. to help ensure that you can keep your meat cool.

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  • DIY Durango Colorado Mule Deer Hunting Tips
    1. You will want to start planning your hunt early the year you want to hunt. Colorado application deadline for limited entry tags is generally in early April. If you want a limited entry tag you will need to send in your application prior to the deadline date.
    2. You will need to decide what area you are going to hunt and what unit that area is in. Mule Deer hunting units in the Durango, Colorado area are:
      • Mule Deer Units 71, 73, 74, 75, 741, 751
    3. Once you have submitted your application it is time to wait and see if you draw a tag. Many units take several years to draw a tag. If you do not draw there are still left over tag opportunities in Colorado.
    4. If you draw a tag, you will then want to scout the area you plan to hunt. If you do not have the time to scout in advance make sure to plan on arriving at your area a couple of days in advance so that you can scout before the season opens.
    5. When you are scouting you will want to glass openings early in the morning, During the day scout aspen stands. Look for ridges and natural travel corridors that deer may use traveling to and from feeding and bedding areas. Make sure to keep downwind.
    6. When hunting timber, go slow and stop and listen often. Make sure to keep downwind and glass as often as you can.
    7. Make sure that you are prepared to be able to pack your deer out especially if you are hunting areas not accessible by roads. You may want to find a local outfitter who will be willing to pack your deer out. If not make sure you know how to reduce your deer into loads that you can pack. If you are strong you can simply quarter the deer up and pack out the quarters. Also keep in mind the weather. If it is hot, you will have to take precautions so that your meat does not spoil. Take tarps, coolers, dry ice, etc. to help ensure that you can keep your meat cool.

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  • DIY Durango, Colorado Bighorn Sheep Hunting Tips
    1. You will want to start planning your hunt early the year you want to hunt. Colorado application deadline for limited entry tags is generally in early April. If you want a limited entry tag you will need to send in your application prior to the deadline date.
    2. You will need to decide what area you are going to hunt and what unit that area is in. Bighorn Sheep hunting units in the Durango, Colorado area are:
      • Bighorn Sheep Units S71
    3. You will want to contact local Colorado Division of Wildlife offices and talk with officers and biologists who may be able to help give you an idea of where you want to hunt. Also US Forest Service offices are good sources of information.
    4. Once you have submitted your application it is time to wait and see if you draw a tag. Many units take several years to draw a tag.
    5. If you draw a tag, you will then want to scout the area you plan to hunt. If you do not have the time to scout in advance make sure to plan on arriving at your area a couple of days in advance so that you can scout before the season opens.
    6. When you are scouting, you will want to glass and glass some more. For that reason you will want to have the best spotting scope you can afford as well as a good pair of binoculars.
    7. Make sure that you are prepared to be able to pack your sheep out especially if you are hunting areas not accessible by roads. You may want to find a local outfitter who will be willing to pack your sheep out. If not make sure you know how to reduce your sheep into loads that you can pack. Keep in mind that most sheep hunting country is steep and rugged and only accessible by foot. Also keep in mind the weather. If it is hot, you will have to take precautions so that your meat does not spoil. Take tarps, coolers, dry ice, etc. to help ensure that you can keep your meat cool.

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