Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country.

GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
78
 
78
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
82
 
82
Opportunity
46
 
46
Convenience
48
 
48
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
76
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 40; on E by Muddy Creek-Yampa River divide (Gore Range Divide) and Canyon Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 131.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas. Sarvis Creek Wilderness Areas access is restricted to non-vehicle methods.

County

Routt, Grand, Eagle

Size

457 Square Miles (292,334 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 65% Public, 51% USFS, 10% BLM, 4% State, 51% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.1422, -106.7344

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 17 hotels, 8 campgrounds, and 1 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


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country. The Gore Range, north of the Colorado River, is a long ridge (10,000 feet elevation) that runs north to Rabbit Ears Pass.

The landscape north of Gore Pass Highway is heavily timbered, primarily with lodgepole pine, aspen, Engelmann spruce and sub-alpine fir. The terrain is not rugged by Colorado standards. South of Gore Pass the elevation drops rapidly into piñon and juniper habitat. There are several major geographical features besides the Gore Range in this area.

They are: Thorpe Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, Green Ridge, Black Mountain, Congor Mesa, and Yarmony Mountain. The main drainages in the Yampa River drainage are Harrison Creek, Green Creek, Sarvis Creek, Silver Creek, and Morrison Creek. The main drainages in the Colorado River drainage are Muddy Creek, Blacktail Creek, Rock Creek, and Egeria Creek. The highest elevation is Red Dirt Peak (10,811ft.) on Gore Divide and the lowest is the Colorado River at State Bridge (6,744 ft.)

Black-bear Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
270
Licenses Drawn
270
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
249
Nonresident Quota
21
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
78.2%
Average 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
BE015O1R
E
R
O1
BE015P1R
E
R
P1
BE015P5R
E
R
P5
HuntScore Tip: Always apply for the unit that is your first choice if your goal is to accumulate points for use toward a future quality hunt. Points needed can change significantly from year to year.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
20
Harvest Male
13
Harvest Female
7
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
R
N/A 1
A
A
N/A 4
R
R
N/A 7
R
P0
N/A 7
R
PX
N/A 1
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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