Colorado is widely recognized as a top vacation destination in the West and it’s also experiencing population growth at a trajectory that cannot help but impact mule deer in the future. Colorado Mule Deer Trophies. The 1,920 total acre Window Sash Ranch is a scenic family cattle ranch located 40 miles (35 minutes) north of Alamosa, Colorado in Saguache County between the friendly towns of Center and Saguache, Colorado. ��;4쭫u��/ԟ1(A������U4s!V��G�Ĺ.��>⶝��wkN�<= ��rw�3o��ں!OE�)�p�; K(�"�nD�� 0mA�*Á��UԊ��5����9m㳲�B[�,I�r�_I It is 1301 square miles in size and encompasses portions of Saguache County. ��N�V+_�u������4�� �s(zF'y�lAU7�,D�w�e��[ ��)�H;*��jx���W�PT�>Wb����/��P��O؈[Pޑ_F��\u�{�T�?�U��f�@������~�1����z��A$��&2V$��z��an�X��^r�����0���9�~���|���;��\��XO���X��o�=���x�7ֆ�$lC|k�R\��E��3N��Rh�Z5��x�oB ���jm�����&��lA=�|��F�`����C�u��-�u{h��.�y8?�O��q���'�l�(���z5�%�?9��E�ȏ���n���y=��ʍ�mH�w��ǎ���A August 15 to February 28 for hunting. 13 0 obj 2 Lot County Road 46aa, Saguache, CO 81155. HUNTING: Pronghorn, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, coyotes, bobcats, small game. Right now, I think it’s safe to say that the good ol’ days are not ahead of us. Los Creek Ranch lies in one of Colorado’s largest public lands playgrounds, with few people playing in it. Colorado’s human population is booming. Vl���4��!�ٿ�t��챌8-�bNu���1)��1�Y���r��%Zk�ϲ���� &ѢRL#��7��B�!���.��*/�����x������w�TAr�QG�7S0���1��̈],5,���2icB�3c�BA"����4_l�Su��Ich��j��:Ub�j��ƽND.Df���L����(�6b�3����L��h��Pۉ.v��W������LW"�e-�v���˘���v�?S�8][��f���C(Gs� �T�r�d8 With antler’s that can reach up to 200 inches and weigh a staggering 300 pounds, the mule deer is one animal that is worth hunting. In my previous article, the topic of the winter of 2007-2008 played a prominent role in the storyline. The hunt for this iconic animal is what we hope to continue to do. %PDF-1.5 Colorado isn’t going to become less crowded in the future and mule deer hunting will remain a coveted opportunity. Your email address will not be published. For many sportsmen, there is a gripe of not enough mature deer in the herds once again. In 2007, the post-hunt deer numbers in Colorado were estimated at over 600,000 animals. I predicted that B&C-class bucks that would be 5-7 years old in 2013-2015 would be exceedingly rare in the areas hit the hardest, but which were also the biggest producers of B&C bucks prior to ‘07-‘08. The numbers of variables that enter into population estimates are high and somewhat complicated and some are estimates themselves. Nevertheless, since these majestic creatures share their inhabitants with coyotes and mountain lions, they are not easy to take down. Along with the reduction of B&C entries, there was a change and adjustment of the overall statewide deer population. But the reality is that those bucks just weren’t there. Saguache, Colorado: Rio Grande National Forest La Garita Wilderness, Colorado Unit 68 . Every summer, visitors flock by the tens of thousands, and the high country and resort towns are filled with tourists. By February, places like the Gunnison Basin had sagebrush winter range completely covered with snow. The science behind the population impact of humans and development is foggy, but I think it’s safe to say that the long-term effects of continued growth will be to the detriment of the mule deer population. We hunters will be rooting for them and a fortunate few will get to take home a Colorado dream buck. Most of the population increase has occurred on the Front Range, which is the urban corridor along Interstate 25. Very nicely improved with a custom log home, managers home, barn, shop, and working corrals. ?КEN���sW��K% "Ď��I��R ��`\�Z�P���s�B��F�B�(�y��vf.J�Η�J�i�R�r�l\�ʔ�G��@O:�q1�_���=Fr���e�&ؐ�u� .T�e�{:R�t86'ZB�Nm`F߶ϤĦlZ�h�j\,p� �p��:4eM. Saguache Deer hunting in the San Luis Valley has been improving recently due to the limit on buck licenses. Saguache County appeals to most types of hunters by accommodating most types of travel. In fairness, fewer hunters will obviously take fewer bucks and the net result of B&C entries will be lower. Backs to BLM property which extends into the National Forest and fenced on 3 … Hunts. It is a rural/agricultural community located on Highway 285 and Highway 114 in southern Colorado. on Colorado mule deer hunting and management. Several species of wildlife frequent the property including elk, mule deer, coyotes and antelope. 5 0 obj active. 11 0 obj Payment. Located south of Saguache, Colorado, Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area offers 4,579 acres of marshlands and sagebrush, with several scenic lakes and ponds. Emergency feeding programs were instituted to try and save deer from catastrophic population losses, but by spring, carcasses littered the winter range. 160 acres. The road ends at the gate to this mountain hideout. New herd census science was adopted. endobj It was literally a sea of frozen white. While anecdotal, it’s still real and useful. �9��[�K�6��-���ՈQ�g�_����8[KQb���� With over the counter bow, 2 nd and 3 rd rifle hunts as well as great draw odds on 1 st rifle, 4 th rifle and muzzleloader hunts. The Gunnison Basin is an almost entirely encapsulated valley of rolling sagebrush draws where thousands of deer and elk are funneled out of the high country from the huge surrounding alpine peaks. A change in the annual official estimate of only 240 animals is less than 1/20. endobj <> We are hunting the Eastern Plains of Colorado for huge Mule Deer and Whitetail Deer. endobj This last winter, La Garita and Saguache mountains got pretty good snow, much of it late and it has rained up there every day in the last week. <> One reason put forth is that there are some who believe in the importance of hunter opportunity and recruitment of young hunters that goes along with that. The collective opinion of people I know and talk to is that the quality is down significantly. ݖB�U��a��ϑ����'�u� ���t!�������;��#�U�Hfp���HdG�W���>�2�?�~�e1�'-�:�+E��E����%;���&&�-u�+�%HD@NG�sT�ƣ�)����o!��vR��s����r����0*dWyԑ�Qi�),� �,ٚ������`���&+bf%�VwTŬJf0��5T�@�҈�l)a-@�Q���SH����@c5���4^o��Ds ��]����%&�����APq��)��iX��1�Q:�G. While it’s hard to determine size and weight in the field, in Colorado, mule deer tend to be a bit bigger and weigh in a little heavier than white-tailed deer. It consist of Game Management Units (GMU) 68, 681, and 682. This big game unit has historically supported outstanding elk, mule deer and antelope populations, accented by bighorn sheep and a quickly growing moose herds. 2 0 obj endobj Yearling deer were also victims and the next summer fawns were scarce. The total value of roughly 7,000 acres of ranches recently listed for sale in Saguache County, Colorado, was around $15 million. ;q����w�m)mfa@��3��=>ZU���YE޿U�tv[^����������}9>����j�\|�@�''��r8�r�}8�����(�X�)����˯��׌������)Ȓӳ2��=^V��n��W�dAS�`���p ��L�=�.iAV�p��/d��h�ж=Ѳ��� Family owned with exclusive hunting rights to thousands of acres across Colorado. It’s not just visitation that is increasing. Six non-typicals and 50 typicals were taken! Situated in a highly productive agricultural zone, the ranch is a verdant sub-irrigated grassland that has operated as a 200-head cow-calf operation for more than 35 years. ACRES: 320 OPEN: Year round for watching wildlife only. The DAU is bounded by the conti- nental divide on the north and west side, on the south by Carnero Creek and County Road G, and on the east by Colorado Highway 285. There were 23 entries in the five years leading up to that winter and 12 in the five years after. The elk and trophy mule deer hunting is unrivaled throughout Colorado and thousands of miles of mountain roads are enjoyed by all forms of off road vehicle enthusiast. �y�'�㏀�3.58m�X�{�ϧ~�.��'L>�{�(��#v/붭��L��S�\�]3��{�+� ( �b��߻}�Į� tמر���+,BW���l���iƹ*��g�p���AuBռX����m�w�QӶ0L���Vl!I��>:e��?�`Ǥ�c�I�1�Q��aC�kF�Jb-��J�#�RZ�QR Along with these altruistic reasons for tag allocations, we must also be discussing the reality of the funding that takes place for an agency almost entirely dependent on hunting and fishing license sales. <> The buck-to-doe ratio is high for this area, so older age-class quality bucks can be found. In it, I addressed population trends, big buck potential, and record-class mule deer potential and history. Located in Sargents, Colorado, just off Hwy 50 in the subdivision of Deer Haven Estates, youll enjoy the HOA conveniences of snow removal for year round access, shared water and sewer, and sense of community, yet have the seclusion and privacy you desire in a park like setting. 7 0 obj Moffat : Saguache Co : Colorado First Colorado Land Office Located just west of the dramatic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this 126-Acre property offers wide open space, and limitless potential for residential, agricultural, and recreational use, all with an end-of location, and a front-row mountain view. We are currently elk hunting and trophy mule deer hunting over 24,000 private acres of prime Elk and Mule Deer habitat. Colorado is an evolving and dynamic landscape of humans, hunting management, weather, and deer populations. endobj A glaring example of this is the Gunnison Basin, which was probably hit the hardest. Therein lies the rub. endobj This is one of those rare end of the road retreats. We are surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo mountain range on the east and the San Juan range on the west. Age, nutrition and other environmental factors play big roles in a specific deer’s height and weight. rEAD mORE. There are many factors that impact mule deer in Colorado these days – an exploding human population and consumption of winter range; a “hands-off” predator management plan; strange and inconsistent weather patterns; and hunting pressure tuned and tailored to a more “opportunity-based” management style rather than a “quality” approach. However, I will say that I’ve spent most of my adult life living in and amongst mule deer country, have photographed them and observed them almost daily for decades, and things are changing in this state. RESTRICTIONS: No motor vehicles off designated roads. From Saguache go south 15 miles on US 285 to Saguache CR L. Go west 4 miles to BLM road that bisects property. endstream The animals can’t move to lower and milder winter range because of the geological plateau to the west, which effectively blocks the animals in once snow depths become too deep. of 1%, even though harvest varied by over 5000 animals (13%) between those two years. x��Wmo�H�����vU�}ߵTUJH�w�е)m>D�@�I,�9�J��7�����=E �����>/�vz�X��n8��~'/O�����ZM۪^}��W#���{�? To illustrate, I’ll refer to the overall statewide deer population estimates of 2016 (418,560) and 2017 (418,800). In fact in the past 2 years I have seen several that will likely break the 200" mark. That being said, we have in our favor the monstrous amount of public land available to pursue these wonderful animals when given the opportunity. Elk populations in the area are stable and mule deer populations are growing—with buck-to-doe ratios and harvest rates well above the state average. <>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> Hunting on the Ranch is excellent with large mule deer bucks some in the 180-190 inch class harvested consistently and bull elk being found on the BLM lease above the ranch. endobj Ranging in elevation from 7,563 ft to 7,586 ft, this area is home to Johnson Lake, Trites Lake, and Davey Lake, among others. Saguache (a Ute word meaning "blue earth" or "water at blue earth") is the northern Gateway to the San Luis Valley. The area must also have the genetic potential to have such representation. The author’s 2004 buck was one of the typicals entered. Saguache Deer hunting in the San Luis Valley has been improving recently due to the limit on buck licenses. [��}zE?�T!-����T]=Q��ز�� We also elk and mule deer hunt in the southwestern corner of Colorado near the New Mexico border. GMUs: 68, 681 and 682 Landownership: 47% USFS, 20% BLM, 6% CO State, 26% Private Post-hunt … Situated at 11,000 feet, the property is located in GMU 551 and offers excellent elk and mule deer hunting. The topography of the ranch is flat and consists of grass-covered plains mixed with sagebrush. 4 0 obj 160 Acres of Land & Home for Sale in Saguache, Colorado County Road P, Saguache, CO 81149. You can travel horseback, walk, drive or ride ATV’s on designated roads. There are plenty of big mulies all over the area. Unit 68 is an over the counter unit for bull elk tags, and the landowner preference points that would be available allow for you to hunt mule deer nearly every year. More mature bucks mean less opportunity overall and less revenue for a cash-strapped government bureaucracy. When I say adjusted, I’m referring to the inexact science of surveying animals across thousands of square miles of suitable habitat. $549,000. 6 0 obj As for 2" of snow in Saguache, in town, yeah might be about right for Nov Dec time, but Saguache town is only 7500ft, Where the elk are in Unit 68 that late, probably still higher altitude. 10 0 obj A vast majority of visitors flock to the mountains and high country, and the impact is noticeable. To illustrate, I’ll refer to the overall statewide deer population estimates of 2016 (418,560) and 2017 (418,800). ��p�a�EL�&�[ endobj �o�8�̞�3�����/�}z>�5��i� �R1b7�1��8��b�l"VxeS�s��u�"�a�O�Mk�vdrl¥dž[Fjl In 2016, there was an estimated nearly 80 million visitor days by tourists with a gross influx of almost $20 billion into Colorado. <> Its main drainages are Saguache, Carnero and Keber Creeks. Forty years later, that population had skyrocketed to 4.3 million people in 2000, and now at the conclusion of the latest census, the population is now at 5.6 million people. stream Saguache Park averages 10,500ft I would say SAGUACHE DEER HERD Game Management Units: 68, 681 and 682 Revised By Brent Frankland, Terrestrial Wildlife Biologist Colorado Parks and Wildlife 0722 South County Road 1 East Monte Vista, CO 81144 Final Approved April 2019. For those unaware, the winter of ‘07-‘08 was devastating for mule deer in western Colorado. In it, I addressed population trends, big buck potential, and record-class mule deer potential and history. We target mature bucks scoring in the 190"+ with a real possibility at 200+" for Mule Deer, and 160+" for our Whitetail Deer Bucks. The average price of ranches for sale in Saguache County was $1 million. Conserving the properties will also protect high-priority water rights and ensure water quality for native fish species. In 2009, the numbers were re-estimated and adjusted to fewer than 400,000. Mature bucks make up a relatively small percentage of any given deer herd and these animals are currently tough to come by. endobj Mountain Homes for Sale and Mountain Properties for Sale near Saguache, Colorado TBD FR 578, Saguache, Colorado 81149 Photos Map ... Also on the property is a 2-stall horse/mule barn with tack and feed room. Colorado is widely recognized as a top vacation destination in the West and it’s also experiencing population growth at a trajectory that cannot help but impact mule deer in the future. Located in unit 551, which is well known for growing GIANT Mule Deer and is one of the most sought after units in the country, the 254+/- acres are above the threshold to draw those coveted Mule Deer tags through the Landowner Preference Program. x�ݙI�7��#�w���s�/W�,�(#�8DQ�B��Ͽ���v�����Ҁ�?��rm6�=. Your email address will not be published. Success rates are high for hunters who draw a buck tag. The Saguache elk herd E-26 is located in south central Colorado, on the northern side of the San Luis Val- ley. x��X�n�8}7��K iQӼS�I��4ݤ؇���&. Just make sure you have a realistic expectation when you burn two decades worth of preference points. 160 acre Colorado hunting ranch bordering public land on three sides. 8 0 obj The Los Creek Ranch offers complete facilities, sitting at a spectacular 9,100 in elevation, providing cool summers, colorful mountain falls, and white winters. J & D OUTFITTERS & GUIDE SERVICE. hr�^�[$��}�����c���6��� Due to overall low deer population, doe hunting is allowed only on private land in specific areas. <> This Front Range is where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, and includes Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs. 2 D-26 Saguache Deer HMP Draft Executive Summary. u�� � Located just 2.5 miles from the Colorado Trail, this elk lodge is situated for unprecedented access to the surrounding National Forest for hunting and mountain recreational activities. Growth in the mountains and what is called the Western Slope of Colorado is substantial also. It’s fair to counter to some of the premise that I’ve laid out if you strongly believe in an opportunity-based license allocation strategy. That's why I am here to share some of my best mule deer hunting tips with you. ����x��Qde,��N���y�R��� v���XLL�����ҁw%��Bv����؆�6V�{1\L]%�?�C,��#��ie\k�e���l`|��0.�3�Kb���*�G�ho{ Unfortunately I have not … stream Almost eight years ago, I authored an article for. We love to hunt high country and do very well on early season hunts in this area. I have harvested many trophy animals for myself and guided hunters to some of the largest Mule Deer in the state of Colorado. endobj To further emphasize the point, when B&C buck numbers are down, mature (five years and up) buck numbers are down, semi-mature (three to four-year-old) buck numbers are down and the harvest and buck numbers are heavily tilted toward young bucks. This was a sentiment echoed in the ‘90s when sportsmen across Colorado collectively spoke of the lack of bucks and older deer. Deer populations were hit hard. Not to get you too fired up but I shot this deer several years ago around Saguache Falls in the western portion of unit 68. I also made some assertions and predictions. <>/XObject<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 12 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 1>> La Garita Wilderness is a great choice for your Colorado dream hunt. <>>> After all, official population statistics published by the state suggest a rather rosy situation. There is most definitely a continued trend of quantity over quality in Colorado’s deer management, even with license quotas in place. The more mature deer there are in a given herd, the greater likelihood there is to have a percentage of those bucks to be record-class bucks. Deer numbers plummeted for the first few years afterward and tag numbers were greatly reduced in response. I remember taking my daughters to a track meet in Gunnison in May 2008 and the highway shoulders had more deer carcasses that we cared to count. stream Receive exclusive giveaway opportunities, behind-the-scenes videos and articles straight to your inbox. Upon your arrival to Saguache County, over-the-counter elk tags and fishing licenses can be … In the five years prior to ’07-‘08, 20 B&C bucks were taken in Gunnison and Saguache counties, which make up almost all the country in the Gunnison Basin. <>>>/BBox[ 0 0 439.51 258.73] /Matrix[ 0.16382 0 0 0.27828 0 0] /Filter/FlateDecode/Length 1548>> Success rates are high for hunters who draw a buck tag. Almost eight years ago, I authored an article for Western Hunter on Colorado mule deer hunting and management. Lots Land For Sale . Excellent elk and mule deer hunting in Colorado Game Management Unit 40, which is widely recognized as one of the best trophy units in Colorado. The “Boone & Crockett Barometer” was my anecdotal assertion that in areas that have a potential to produce B&C mule deer bucks, the presence and taking of these B&C bucks by hunters is a reflection of the overall age class representation of mature bucks in the herd. This, of course, is an inexact science. Public outcries ensued, concerns were heard, and management of deer became more conservative through a great deal of pressure by sportsmen. This might seem somewhat a convoluted concept by some and most certainly will be scoffed at by some biologists, but to the layperson, it’s a fairly simple premise. In 1960, Colorado’s population was 1.75 million people. Backcountry recreationalists push into every alpine drainage with a lake and wildlife is displaced. Many died in utero due to the stress on pregnant females. You might choose to pack-in to a wilderness area, park your motor home at a campground, or set up camp in area motels. Common game species to be found on ranches for sale in Saguache County include elk, mule deer, bear, turkey, grouse and ducks. <> 40 Acres. For example, the Missouri Breaks of Montana could never match some areas of Colorado for B&C bucks even if the area was managed for the harvest of more mature bucks. {��0��1�2k=��Xtۧb5���Er��X$��ؐ�п�п�'q�������������n�����;g��.x�XˆgK3�a+q2�:����Zi��뜠�e����K�p�|6 k��$�~?�� (�I� In the five years since, two B&C bucks were entered from these two counties. I also made some assertions and predictions. We operate on Private land and the Rio Grande National Forest under the USFS Sauguache Ranger District . Radical decreases in B&C numbers were also seen in other traditional big buck spots such as Grand County (Middle Park) and the southwest San Juans, which are made up of Archuleta, La Plata and Montezuma counties. Charging Up for High-Exertion Backcountry Hunts, Shared Use of the Backcountry: Best Practices. �Cjlʙ�ؔɱ)���ӰJ3�����% ���&b%�$����8"�6�Q>�Y��������3=��9��UȰ�Y��j��W��h�zb%�~�m渓��X;78�� �::� $89,000 Est. Click here to view more great trophies from our Eastern Plains hunts. Private hunting land is the key to our success. 3 0 obj Eagle County, the top-producing B&C county in Colorado from a historical standpoint, also experienced a large reduction in record book entries post ’07-‘08. The numbers of variables that enter into population estimates are high and somewhat complicated and some are estimates themselves. When a bias toward an “opportunity-based” tag allocation exists, the age class suffers and harvest is primarily younger bucks. Every summer, visitors flock by the tens of thousands, and the high country and resort towns are filled with tourists. Colorado Elk Hunting. The economy here is mainly agricultural. endobj In my opinion, the Boone and Crockett Barometer reflects a trend in Colorado’s mule deer herd health and management approach. The Saguache 80 is an 80 deeded acre ranch located approximately eight miles south of Saguache, Colorado with amazing views of the mountains. Critics of this article may be quick to dismiss this as the bemoaning of a mule deer trophy hunter. <> A change in the annual official estimate of only 240 animals is less than 1/20th of 1%, even though harvest varied by over 5000 animals (13%) between those two years. endstream <> Today, Russell Lakes SWA is a great place to stop and rest while exploring the San Luis Valley. There is also a prevailing opinion of some wildlife managers that you cannot stockpile mature bucks, and if you do, eventually you’ll have catastrophic losses of mature bucks in the populations when a severe winter occurs. Tweaking tag numbers is the only way for wildlife managers to control harvest in a hunting program with archery, muzzleloader, and three rifle seasons to pressure the herds. Located South East of Gunnison and North West of Saguache,CO, this portion of the Gunnison National Forest and the La Garita Peaks is a true sportsman’s wish come true. An adjudicated spring with reliable year-round flows provides an excellent opportunity to develop food plots further enhancing wildlife habitat. The snow started in earnest during December, stacking up on winter ranges in record-setting amounts. How mule deer adapt and are impacted by us in the future remains to be seen. sale listed 1 day ago . 1 0 obj endobj Palmer Outfitters is owned and operated by Brian and Brent Palmer and located in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. In reality, at least three years of age class were decimated that winter: yearlings, fawns, and older bucks. The Boone & Crockett Barometer is just a reflection of a small percentage of a small percentage of animals. Open 40 acres includes a drilled domestic well to irrigate for a garden or have water available for animals. In my opinion, it was a tipping point in both Colorado’s deer herd and to some extent, the management goals of the state wildlife agency, now known as Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). We have recently added some BLM permits to further enhance our fully guided hunts When you want a quality Colorado hunting experience consider Silver Spur Outfitters. For every official B&C buck, there are dozens of mature bucks that simply don’t fit B&C criteria. Print. Is this a truth or a bias based on unsuccessful hunting and lack of game sightings? Mature bucks weakened by the rigors of the rut were walking skeletons by late winter and many died during the spring. Winter range is being gobbled up at a consistent pace out on the Western Slope, mainly through oil and gas extraction, but basic human development and sprawl is just as insidious. The truth might be somewhere in between. There are still places for bucks to escape to get big and old. Property map. Colorado has deer numbers that any other state would love to have, but for some (myself included) the current condition of mule deer herds in Colorado leaves something to be desired and is in a precarious state. My true passion is hunting giant Mule Deer, however, we do offer guided Elk, Bear, Moose, Big Horn Sheep, Pronghorn, and Mountain Lion hunts. %���� Required fields are marked *. <> The Data Analysis Unit for the Saguache deer herd is located in south central Colorado, on the northwest side of the San Luis Valley. The year 2004 was the top B&C-producing hunting season for Colorado in the last two decades. Recently, I heard Steve Rinella of Meateater fame talk on a podcast about hunters generally feeling like big game populations are overestimated by state agencies. With a population of around 500, we enjoy the small town life. 9 0 obj The towns of Durango and Mancos, Colorado are the closest towns that you are likely to know. 12 0 obj It consists of Game Management Units 68 and 681 (Figure 2). The properties are located in one of the very few locations in Colorado where healthy populations of elk, mule deer, moose, mountain lions, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and pronghorn coexist. Established in 1874, Saguache is the county seat where vital government activity takes place for one of the largest counties in Colorado. Of suitable habitat cash-strapped government bureaucracy provides an excellent opportunity to develop food further. For every official B & C bucks were entered from these two counties I am to. 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