Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 51 - Douglas County

The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The

GMU 51 - Douglas County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
30
 
30
Trophy Potential
2
 
2
Public Access
45
 
45
Ease of Terrain
90
 
90
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
40
 
40
Convenience
81
 
81
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
72
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 470; on E by I-25; on S by Douglas-Teller County line; on W by S Platte River.

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.

County

Douglas

Size

503 Square Miles (321,975 Acres)

Land Ownership

48% Private, 52% Public, 44% USFS, 1% State, 1% NPS, 3% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.3157, -105.0383

Amenities

There are 3 hospitals, 3 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 7 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Black Bear Notes


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HuntScore Tip

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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
405
Licenses Drawn
341
Licenses Surplus
64
Resident Quota
329
Nonresident Quota
12
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
BE039O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 39
BE039O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
69 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 39
BE039O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
70 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 39
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
8
Harvest Male
5
Harvest Female
3
4%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
E
0 1
1
0
0
ALL
ALL
NA
E
0 8
5
3
0
AS
AS
NA
E
0 6
4
2
0
PX
PX
NA
E
0 2
1
1
0
R
R
NA
E
0 5
3
2
0
HuntScore Tip: The key to hunting Colorado black bears in September is understanding that the physiology and behavior of bears dramatically change in mid-August.

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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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