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New to CO

Postby kill'em21 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:51 pm

Hey everyone, First off I've been around on DHC for a couple of months but I havent' been on the CO forum at all.

So here it is. I'm moving to Fairplay, CO and hour SW of Denver for work in a couple of months and was wondering if there are birds around there in the fall. I'm not asking for any spots just if there are birds around or if I'm gonna have to drive 3 hours east to find some birds. Anyone have any input?
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Re: New to CO

Postby duckman27 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:33 pm

I just moved here last year so I know how you feel. The Middle Fork of the South Platte runs through Fairplay and that should hold birds. The best hunting i've found so far is out East along the Platte as far as public goes. If you can get private land and get away from the pressure you'll have your best luck.
My main issue out here is the number of people that crowd onto the public land. Another thing is that people think that since the air is thinner that they can skybust at geese that 5x out of their range.

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Re: New to CO

Postby canbakchaser » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:03 pm

Ya south park has birds for sure. get private land.
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Re: New to CO

Postby duckmutt101 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:57 pm

there is a good possabilaty that i will be moving to co. too, where is there to huint near greely? is there access anywhere on foot?
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Re: New to CO

Postby canbakchaser » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:56 pm

No body is gonna give you there spot get a map.
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Re: New to CO

Postby kill'em21 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:36 am

Thanks for the input guys. Makes me feel better knowing I'm moving to a place that at least has a few birds.
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Re: New to CO

Postby duckbuddy » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:53 pm

In all honesty sell off your decoys and start chasing elk from bow season all the way through rifle. The amount of gas you have to spend to go all the way up to the south platte for a chance is definitely tough to swallow. I live in the metro area and I travel and avg of 2 hrs to get away from the crowds and have the best chance at decoying birds.
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Re: New to CO

Postby kill'em21 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:16 am

I don't know. I mean part of the south platte runs right through town and there are multiple SWA within 40 min so while you might be right I think I'll look around a bit before I decide to sell off decoys, boat, and other stuff. besides I might just keep the stuff anyways. I can always make 1 or 2 trips a year to places that have a ton of birds. and if thats the case I can chase elk and pronghorns and whatever else is around between trips.
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Re: New to CO

Postby canbakchaser » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:31 pm

Colorado literally has the worst public land with one exception and I'll sell you the directions but they aint cheap.
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Re: New to CO

Postby kill'em21 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:31 pm

Thanks for the offer on your directions however I am currently a poor college student so i will have to decline your offer. however I will take your words about public land into consideration. maybe I can get some permission on some private land. All I really care about is are there actually birds to kill. if there is I will put whatever amount of work is necessary to get setup either public or hopefully lease free private(not gonna hold my breath on that one).
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Re: New to CO

Postby duckman27 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:47 am

It's not as hard as you would think to get some private land to hunt on. Just ask the farmers and they will usually lead you in the right direction
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Re: New to CO

Postby kill'em21 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:13 pm

duckman27 wrote:It's not as hard as you would think to get some private land to hunt on. Just ask the farmers and they will usually lead you in the right direction


Lets hope so. I can't afford to lease land on a foresters budget. oh and is the hunting out there mostly field hunting or water cause right now being from michigan I have mostly floater and only like 4 full bodies.
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Re: New to CO

Postby duckman27 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:02 pm

Either. We killed a good number of ducks out of fields earlier in the season and then switched back to the river once all the lakes froze up. Most of your goose hunting will be done in fields but that doesn't mean you can't kill them on the rivers
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Re: New to CO

Postby kill'em21 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:54 am

ok thanks. I guess I'll have to see how much I'm gonna get to hunt this season and then maybe invest in a few more field dekes. but I'll keep my floaters for sure
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Re: New to CO

Postby nathanael920 » Mon May 09, 2011 1:11 am

kill-em. Im moving up to colorado friday. Also a college student and from oklahoma. Not positive if ill be around for this fall or if this job is just gonna be seasonal but if i am i'd be more than happy to have someone go chase birds around with.
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Re: New to CO

Postby kill'em21 » Fri May 13, 2011 3:29 pm

nathanael920 wrote:kill-em. Im moving up to colorado friday. Also a college student and from oklahoma. Not positive if ill be around for this fall or if this job is just gonna be seasonal but if i am i'd be more than happy to have someone go chase birds around with.


where in the state are you moving too and who are you working for?
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Re: New to CO

Postby nathanael920 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:32 pm

sorry i didnt check this all summer. I moved up to Estes Park for the summer and guided fly fishing for kirks fly shop. I had to get back down south to chase the geese this season!
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Re: New to CO

Postby drhudson » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:09 pm

if u could get to eleven mile it has some decent hunting in the early season. you need to know wheir to be though. need any info u can PM me.
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Re: New to CO

Postby Catfish_Hunter » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:15 am

All these people saying colorado public land hunting sucks and how there isn't any ducks in that state are full of it. I grew up in colorado and the amount of waterfowl in that state is impressive. You'll have to do your homework to find a good area but they do exist. I lived just on th other side of the mountains from there and passed threw fairplay quite a few times.

Hunt the lakes and ponds early season then hit the rivers as the water freezes up. Once the river freezes its time to hit the fields. You might have to drive a little to find a spot but you won't need to drive half way accros the state to the platte to get decent hunting. These guys just don't want you hunting in "their" spots. :fingerhead:

If you want to see some horrible public land waterfowl hutning move to florida then we can talk.
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