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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
43
 
43
Success
62
 
62
Trophy Potential
51
 
51
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
72
 
72
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
41
 
41
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
73
HuntScore

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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

40.1476, -106.7310

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 92 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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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.

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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
400
Licenses Drawn
400
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
363
Nonresident Quota
37
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
49%
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
BE015O1M
E
M
O1
LL
45.9%
0
BE015O1R
E
R
O1
LL
36.2%
0
BE015O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
0
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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
86
Harvest Male
45
Harvest Female
41
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 4
3
1
0
ANY
E
0 30
16
14
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 26
13
13
0
M
M
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
CR
E
0 3
2
1
0
R
P0
E
0 7
4
3
0
R
PX
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
R
E
0 14
5
9
0
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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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