Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 86 - Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties

The elevation in this area ranges from 14,064 feet on Humbolt Peak to 5,667 feet near Texas Creek. The terrain is Flat to gently rolling valley bottom climbing quickly to steep, rough mountains.

GMU 86 - Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
44
 
44
Trophy Potential
51
 
51
Public Access
56
 
56
Ease of Terrain
79
 
79
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
28
 
28
Convenience
6
 
6
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
72
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by County Highway 69; on S by Huerfano-Custer County line; on W by Sangre De Cristo Divide and US Highway 285.

The access for this unit is fair to good for access for public lands. The access for this unit is fair to poor for on private lands.

County

Fremont, Custer, Chaffee

Size

496 Square Miles (317,567 Acres)

Land Ownership

44% Private, 56% Public, 43% USFS, 12% BLM, 1% State, 25% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.2161, -105.6691

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 3 campgrounds, and 0 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, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The elevation in this area ranges from 14,064 feet on Humbolt Peak to 5,667 feet near Texas Creek. The terrain is Flat to gently rolling valley bottom climbing quickly to steep, rough mountains. The vegetation consists of Grassland to Grass to pine to spruce, firs and aspens to alpine meadows.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
75
Licenses Drawn
22
Licenses Surplus
53
Resident Quota
19
Nonresident Quota
3
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
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100%
90
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 (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
29
Harvest Male
20
Harvest Female
9
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 3
2
1
0
ANY
E
0 10
7
3
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 9
6
3
0
R
CR
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
P0
E
0 4
2
2
0
R
R
E
0 2
2
0
0
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Weather Insights


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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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