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Colorado Unit 14 First Rifle

My cousins and I put in for a first rifle elk tag, hopefully we get drawn. Was wondering about decent camping spots? How are the forest service roads? We are planning on staying just east of Clark up in the sticks in our wall tents. Any help would be great. I read about a lot of blowdowns and burns in the areas but those posts were from 2009. I would imagine a lot has changed in 8 years. Thanks Mike. 

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There aren't many blow downs within 10 miles of Clark...  There are plenty of places to hunt off Seedhouse or S of seedhouse off like cr42 or something like that.  Or up by Hinman Creek is okay too.  Be prepared to hunt at least a mile from the roads as that area gets pounded by hunters, hikers, and horseback riders.  

We bowhunt there.  There are elk there, mostly raghorns for bulls.  Instead of thinking you are going to get super high in elevation look lower, 8200-9500 is pretty adequate for where we find the elk.  

There are some nice campsites off Seedhouse along the river.  Those campsites allow you to be mobile and try some different spots if you aren't seeing sign the first day.

 

Brian

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It's a scenic unit...if you like the color blaze orange.  As a previous poster said, there are elk there, but there are a LOT of hunters there too. Think mid-west gun-deer season amount of hunters. Even with a limited tag, the unit was packed. Last year first season I saw more hunters opening day then in the previous 4 season's opening days combined.  And we didn't hunt near the roads, we were 4-6 miles back on most days. We are giving it one more year, then looking elsewhere - would go elsewhere this year, but don't have the time to scout. 

As for the roads, they are typical Colorado forest service roads.  Some are gravel and well maintained, others are dirt, and will be muddy and potentially impassable depending on the weather.  Bring tire chains and some sort of winch if you want to camp down a 4x4, dirt, two-track forest road. With a tent type camp, you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot, but don't expect to be miles or even out of site of your nearest neighbor.  

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It's a scenic unit...if you like the color blaze orange.  As a previous poster said, there are elk there, but there are a LOT of hunters there too. Think mid-west gun-deer season amount of hunters. Even with a limited tag, the unit was packed. Last year first season I saw more hunters opening day then in the previous 4 season's opening days combined.  And we didn't hunt near the roads, we were 4-6 miles back on most days. We are giving it one more year, then looking elsewhere - would go elsewhere this year, but don't have the time to scout. 

As for the roads, they are typical Colorado forest service roads.  Some are gravel and well maintained, others are dirt, and will be muddy and potentially impassable depending on the weather.  Bring tire chains and some sort of winch if you want to camp down a 4x4, dirt, two-track forest road. With a tent type camp, you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot, but don't expect to be miles or even out of site of your nearest neighbor.  

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Well it's official! We are

Well it's official! We are going to unit 14 on the limited license Cow elk tag. Ive heard about the crowds and been to Unit 55 on a otc hunt. Literally saw maybe 5 guys all 7 days I was there. Can't wait to try somewhere new. Looks like I'm gonna wear out google earth on my computer!!! 

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Well it's official! We are

Well it's official! We are going to unit 14 on the limited license Cow elk tag. Ive heard about the crowds and been to Unit 55 on a otc hunt. Literally saw maybe 5 guys all 7 days I was there. Can't wait to try somewhere new. Looks like I'm gonna wear out google earth on my computer!!! 

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have fun

GMU 14 is very different from 55, that's for sure.  Enjoy easier walking and likely lower elevations in 14.  Never hunted 55 so I can't comment on the hunting pressure, but have spent a lot of time camping and exploring there.  Just don't expect a serene, middle-of-nowhere hunting experience in 14.  And good luck to you!

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GMU 14 is very different from 55, that's for sure.  Enjoy easier walking and likely lower elevations in 14.  Never hunted 55 so I can't comment on the hunting pressure, but have spent a lot of time camping and exploring there.  Just don't expect a serene, middle-of-nowhere hunting experience in 14.  And good luck to you!