Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 741 - La Plata County

Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development.

GMU 741 - La Plata County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
51
 
51
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
0
 
N/A
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
58
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 160; on E by Animas River; on S by New Mexico; on W by Montezuma-La Plata County line.

Most of the land in GMU 741 is private or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Only members of the tribe can hunt on the reservation. The Bureau of Reclamation owns the property around Nighthorse Reservoir near Durangp and currently hunting is not allowed. Hunting is allowed on the 3,000 acres owned by CPW in the adjacent Bodo State Wildlife Area.

County

La Plata

Size

484 Square Miles (309,830 Acres)

Land Ownership

32% Private, 68% Public, 42% USFS, 5% BLM, 17% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.1695, -108.1131

Amenities

There are 14 hospitals, 20 hotels, 9 campgrounds, and 11 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.

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development. This area is in the Colorado Plateau Ecoregion, which consists of shrublands and forests. Vegetation types include: alpine over 12,000 feet elevation; spruce/fir stands down to 10,000 feet; Gambel oak, serviceberry, and ponderosa pine above 6,500 feet; and piñon/juniper/sagebrush and agricultural fields below 6,500 feet.

Black-bear Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
6
Harvest Male
4
Harvest Female
2
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
R
N/A 3
M
M
N/A 2
R
R
N/A 1
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.