COLORADO

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Last year hunters harvested 35,165 deer and success was 45 percent. The cluster of six units known as the Middle Park, between Kremmling and Granby, is mostly public land and produces good bucks; hunter success is 40 to 50 percent. If you're interested in trophy muleys and don't mind using your preference points, set your sights on units 10 and 21 near Rangely and Unit 44 near Eagle. Most whitetails are found east of I-25 on private land along the major watercourses. This year winter conditions were mild and deer came through in good shape. Of concern is the long-term drought that has impacted the state, especially the southern portion. Contact: Colorado Division of Wildlife (303-297-1192; www.wildlife.state.co.us).