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Dialing in GMU 551

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Dialing in GMU 551

Postby The Hollow » 01 01, 2021 •  [Post 1]

Happy New Year. I am new to the forum and realize I need 3 posts before I can really use the forum. I live in Colorado and I hunt just about everything that moves. I am looking to really get GMU 551 really dialed in for elk and deer. I have taken a nice 6x6 out of there and messed up my daughters hunt on a larger bull because I was to impatient. She is still made at me by the way. I am very familiar with the unit south of Needle Creek Res. I give all my hunts 110 percent and probably should listen to my wife and ease up alittle bit but that not going to happen. Basically I will put miles under my boots if I have too. I hunted unit 441 the last two years and wasn’t impressed although I saw elk both years there was WAY to many hunters. I really want to get unit 551 dial in solid the elk are there you just need to never stop looking. Generally the majority of the hunters are gone by the 4th or 5th day of the season so the unit is wide open for the remainder. I am planning on hunting muzzle loader elk this season and hopefully my wife will draw a deer tag 2nd or 3rd season unfortunately she is unable to hike the mountains but will ride the ATV as far in as she can to hunt. Enough said for now looking forward to talking to a few of you.
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 01 01, 2021 •  [Post 2]

Welcome to the WT forum mister, glad to have you on board. Sure sounds like you have “the bark on” (as my brothers and I used to say when we were talking about somebody that had staying power and pushed hard till the mission is accomplished). I know zilch about the Centennial State so can’t really talk areas with you. There are a few cats here from down your way that I’m sure will join the discussion. Again, welcome.
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby The Hollow » 01 01, 2021 •  [Post 3]

Thanks for the welcome looking forward to sharing stories. Yes I don’t know the word stop when I’m in the mountains. Always what to see what’s over the next ridge.
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby Swede » 01 01, 2021 •  [Post 4]

Another welcome from another person that has never hunted Colorado. Best wishes on your 2021 hunt plan.
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby The Hollow » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 5]

Man somebody has to have hunted Colorado on here
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby Indian Summer » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 6]

I didn’t even know it is called the Centennial state. We have a few Colorado guys on here so be patient and I’m sure they’ll respond. Welcome to Wapiti Talk. Best dive bar on the internet!
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby The Hollow » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 7]

I understand Indian Summer but as soon as elk season is over I start planning for next season LOL it’s only 9 months away!!
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby saddlesore » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 8]

Can't help,I hunted west of there in 54. You might try Facebook pages

"Colorado Elk Hunters"or " I Hunt Colorado"
AS aside note,it sounds like you might try to cover too much ground.Pick and area and ge to know it intimately
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby The Hollow » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 9]

I hunt unit 551 and know it pretty well just wanting to refine it alittle. I know there are honey holes in there and would like to get some details.
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby Swede » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 10]

The Hollow wrote:I hunt unit 551 and know it pretty well just wanting to refine it a little. I know there are honey holes in there and would like to get some details.


Friend, we talk experiences, techniques, timing, use of equipment, etc., and rag on each other, but we don't talk about our "honey holes."
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby saddlesore » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 11]

I have about three honey holes ,or did.It took me 8-10 years to tie them down
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby Lefty » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 12]

Welcome welcome!

I'm another guy that hasn't hunted Colorado.
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby >>>---WW----> » 01 02, 2021 •  [Post 13]

w(ELK)ome to the forum. I never hunted those units. But good luck to ya!
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby Elkduds » 01 03, 2021 •  [Post 14]

I've backpacked 551, never hunted it.
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby Tigger » 01 04, 2021 •  [Post 15]

Welkcome!

hunted 76 and one north of Durango, but not 551. That does ring a bell though. Where in the state is it? I wonder if my brother hunted that one this year.

So, answer me this....are elk where you find them? Or do you find them where they are?
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby Billy Goat » 01 05, 2021 •  [Post 16]

I have fished around North Pass, but have not hunted east of 114. Sorry.

Welkome to the forum, though. Glad to have you at the table.
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Re: Dialing in GMU 551

Postby SoCo Mark » 01 23, 2021 •  [Post 17]

I used to hunt 551 years ago. I had plenty of action, including 2 shots w my recurve but ended up moving on to another unit. At the time, early 90s, there were plenty of hunters. I’ve always thought about going back after it went draw only. I would have to find the more “age friendly” terrain if I return... At the time it was a dynamite deer unit, but then many units were.
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