Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 71 - Dolores and Montezuma 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 71 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
99
 
99
Success
74
 
74
Trophy Potential
86
 
86
Public Access
91
 
91
Ease of Terrain
65
 
65
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
59
 
59
Convenience
5
 
5
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
87
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Disappointment Creek and Dolores-San Miguel County line; on E by Dolores-San Juan County line, Montezuma-La Plata County line and Bear Creek; on S by County Highway 145; on W by US Forest Service Road 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road).

There is good vehicle access in this unit. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands. An exception is the Lizard Head Wilderness Area, GMU 71, which is accessible by foot and horseback only.

County

Dolores, Montezuma

Size

520 Square Miles (332,837 Acres)

Land Ownership

15% Private, 85% Public, 84% USFS, 1% State, 6% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

37.6891, -108.1687

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 4 campgrounds, and 0 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, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey, Pronghorn,

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.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
935
Licenses Drawn
919
Licenses Surplus
16
Resident Quota
685
Nonresident Quota
234
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
98.4%
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
BE071O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
BE071O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
70 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
BE071O1A
E
A
O1
LL
89.6%
72 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
36
Harvest Male
26
Harvest Female
10
4%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
E
0 6
5
1
0
ALL
ALL
NA
E
0 36
26
10
0
AS
AS
NA
E
0 33
24
9
0
CR
CR
NA
E
0 3
2
1
0
M
M
NA
E
0 6
4
2
0
P0
P0
NA
E
0 2
1
1
0
R
R
NA
E
0 19
14
5
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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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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