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Old 08-08-2014, 01:23 PM
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Just got stationed out in Colorado Springs from California.
Needless to say I am very excited to be here.

So let me get to the point, I want to go hunting.
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Like everyone else that is new to the state I have no clue where to go. I've gone to the local Parks and Wildlife center, exhausted the internet, and even asked buddies at work.
FAIL

My proposal, instead of me asking where to go hunting, and people tell me. Why not go hunting with me. I'll pay for the gas, we can take my truck, and heck I'll even buy the beer for after the hunt.

I'm looking to make new friends out here in Colorado, and learn a thing or two about the land and animals.

Looking to hunt: squirrels, prairie dogs, coyotes, chucks, deer, elk, bear, and possibly anything else I can.

I'm a rifleman, and no longer shoot bow.

Also if you are wondering, I have been hunting since October of 1998, and stay very proficient and careful with my firearms. I expect the same out of anyone I go shooting with.

If interested, please let me know
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:51 PM
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Old 08-09-2014, 06:00 AM
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If I was back that way I'd hook you up as a service to one military member from another. But, I'm in AL right now and will be for at least the next few months. I'll be back for antelope season but there is no way for you to get a tag for the unit I have since they are all sold out.

If you are active duty then you are automatically considered a resident if you got stationed there, you just need a copy of your orders to show when you buy a tag. That means the licenses will be a whole lot cheaper. This also makes you eligible for the Ranching for Wildlife Program and those can be some great hunts. The left over licenses just went on sale so you may want to get a regulations brochure and see if any of them are for around the Springs. Plus you can buy an over the counter bull elk tag until the season closes. There are usually a lot of left over cow elk tags available for the area around Craig. The DOW maintains an office in Craig and can point you in the right direction if you want to put a cow elk in the freezer.

If you're stationed at Petersen or the Academy then next year look into hunting on base. They issue limited tags for does and cows to keep the herds in check. Probably too late to do it this year but it is still worth checking into.

If no locals come forward to help you, go to the nearest DOW office, I think there is one in the Springs. They have pretty knowledgeable people that can answer questions and give some input but it will be of a general nature. Lots of the info like harvest stats, licenses, preference points, maps etc... is on the DOW website. Spend some time there.

I may be back that way for longer than the antelope hunt but right now I'm not sure. Feel free to PM me if you want some info on specific things in CO. I'm a 5th generation native and have hunted all over the state for everything except moose since the DOW doesn't seem to want to give me a tag despite trying for nearly 20 years.
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:56 PM
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If I was back that way I'd hook you up as a service to one military member from another. But, I'm in AL right now and will be for at least the next few months. I'll be back for antelope season but there is no way for you to get a tag for the unit I have since they are all sold out.

If you are active duty then you are automatically considered a resident if you got stationed there, you just need a copy of your orders to show when you buy a tag. That means the licenses will be a whole lot cheaper. This also makes you eligible for the Ranching for Wildlife Program and those can be some great hunts. The left over licenses just went on sale so you may want to get a regulations brochure and see if any of them are for around the Springs. Plus you can buy an over the counter bull elk tag until the season closes. There are usually a lot of left over cow elk tags available for the area around Craig. The DOW maintains an office in Craig and can point you in the right direction if you want to put a cow elk in the freezer.

If you're stationed at Petersen or the Academy then next year look into hunting on base. They issue limited tags for does and cows to keep the herds in check. Probably too late to do it this year but it is still worth checking into.

If no locals come forward to help you, go to the nearest DOW office, I think there is one in the Springs. They have pretty knowledgeable people that can answer questions and give some input but it will be of a general nature. Lots of the info like harvest stats, licenses, preference points, maps etc... is on the DOW website. Spend some time there.

I may be back that way for longer than the antelope hunt but right now I'm not sure. Feel free to PM me if you want some info on specific things in CO. I'm a 5th generation native and have hunted all over the state for everything except moose since the DOW doesn't seem to want to give me a tag despite trying for nearly 20 years.
Thank you for the response. I will check into the local DOW. Hopefully some people speak up.
I have spent some time in the mountains, and feel comfortable hunting deer and elk if I get the tag.

I'm hoping some locals speak up about prairie dogs/coyote hunting East of 25.

Please when you get back to Colorado let me know.
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Old 08-10-2014, 05:47 AM
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email me. Pueblo here.
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:04 PM
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PM me, I'm stationed at Peterson and can give you some more info on coyotes, prairie dogs and turkeys if you want to turkey hunt.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:14 PM
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Hey brox, I'm going 2nd season rifle to area 55 with me and a few other guys. Let me talk to them to see if they mind another guy coming with us. I think that will be fine with that. If you are interested let me know and we can talk further.
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