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

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
54
 
54
Trophy Potential
89
 
89
Public Access
78
 
78
Ease of Terrain
69
 
69
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
21
 
21
Convenience
36
 
36
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
79
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

1,509 Square Miles (965,793 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 17% USFS, 49% BLM, 4% State, 8% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.0623, -108.4674

Amenities

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

Black Bear Notes


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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.

State Agency Website

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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 (2022)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
430
Licenses Drawn
322
Licenses Surplus
108
Resident Quota
231
Nonresident Quota
91
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
100%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into quotas, drawing odds, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
BE060O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
84 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 60
BE060O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 60
BE060O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
80 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 60
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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
35
Harvest Male
29
Harvest Female
6
4%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
E
0 10
7
3
0
ALL
ALL
NA
E
0 35
29
6
0
AS
AS
NA
E
0 29
23
6
0
CR
CR
NA
E
0 6
6
0
0
P0
P0
NA
E
0 6
6
0
0
R
R
NA
E
0 13
10
3
0
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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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