Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 70 - Dolores, Montrose, and San Miguel Counties

With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions.

GMU 70 - Dolores, Montrose, and San Miguel Counties

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
50
 
50
Trophy Potential
59
 
59
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
68
 
68
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
52
 
52
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
63
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 90, Dolores River, San Miguel River, and County Highway 62; on E by Ouray-San Miguel County line and San Miguel-San Juan County line; on S by San Miguel-Dolores County line, Disappointment Creek, Dolores River and Summit Canyon Creek; on W by Utah.

There is good vehicle access in these areas. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands.

County

Dolores, Montrose, San Miguel

Size

1,361 Square Miles (871,086 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 16% USFS, 49% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.0620, -108.4682

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 5 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions. Most of unit 72 and the western sections of 70 and 711 is desert terrain and not productive for elk.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
113
Harvest Male
63
Harvest Female
50
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 4
4
0
0
ANY
E
0 39
22
17
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 35
19
16
0
M
M
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
CR
E
0 2
1
1
0
R
P0
E
0 10
7
3
0
R
PX
E
0 2
2
0
0
R
R
E
0 20
7
13
0
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.

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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

Average Temps

Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used. Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters. If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.

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