Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 43 - Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties

This area encompasses the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Crystal River drainages. The lower elevations (6500ft) are primarily developed or agricultural. Timberline is around 11,500ft and there are 14,000ft peaks in the Wilderness Areas.

GMU 43 - Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
60
 
60
Trophy Potential
93
 
93
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
68
 
68
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
41
 
41
Convenience
46
 
46
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
87
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Colorado River; on E by Roaring Fork and Castle Creek; on S by divide between Roaring Fork-Crystal River drainages and East River-Muddy Creek drainages and McClure Pass; on W by Muddy Creek-Crystal River divide, divide between Roaring Fork-Crystal River drainages and Divide Creek-Baldy Creek drainages and S Canyon Creek.

About 40% of the area is wilderness (Hunter-Fryingpan, Maroon Bells, Raggeds, Collegiate Peaks) and vehicles are not allowed. These rugged areas offer increased hunting success, but require horseba... Create a free account to read the rest of this access note!

County

Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, Gunnison

Size

746 Square Miles (477,214 Acres)

Land Ownership

26% Private, 74% Public, 65% USFS, 8% BLM, 37% Wilderness, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.2260, -107.1373

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 29 campgrounds, and 1 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.

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Photos and Terrain Notes


This area encompasses the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Crystal River drainages. The lower elevations (6500ft) are primarily developed or agricultural. Timberline is around 11,500ft and there are 14... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
480
Licenses Drawn
201
Licenses Surplus
279
Resident Quota
168
Nonresident Quota
33
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
BE043O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
79
BE043O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
84
BE043O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
83
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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
29
Harvest Male
19
Harvest Female
10
4%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
E
0 8
6
2
0
ALL
ALL
NA
E
0 29
19
10
0
AS
AS
NA
E
0 26
17
9
0
CR
CR
NA
E
0 3
2
1
0
M
M
NA
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
R
NA
E
0 17
10
7
0
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Average Temps

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