Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 78 - Archuleta, Conejos, Mineral, and Rio Grande Counties

Elevations range from about 6,500 feet to more than 12,000 feet. Weather can change quickly and be severe.

GMU 78 - Archuleta, Conejos, Mineral, and Rio Grande Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
76
 
76
Trophy Potential
55
 
55
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
72
 
72
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
13
 
13
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
63
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N and E by Continental Divide; on S by New Mexico; on W by San Juan River, Four Mile Creek and Piedra River-San Juan River divide.

Public land and road access is good at mid to high elevations in these units which lie between Durango and Wolf Creek Pass. South of U.S. Highway 160 much of the land is privately owned or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. To access pockets of public land within the Southern Ute boundaries you MUST obtain a crossing permit ($25) from the tribe.

Call (970)563-0125 for information. Hunting is not allowed on tribal lands.

County

Archuleta, Conejos, Mineral, Rio Grande

Size

764 Square Miles (488,681 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 61% USFS, 1% BLM, 23% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

37.2354, -106.8588

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 4 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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,500 feet to more than 12,000 feet. Weather can change quickly and be severe.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
131
Harvest Male
76
Harvest Female
55
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 13
7
6
0
ANY
E
0 47
28
19
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 37
20
17
0
M
M
E
0 4
3
1
0
R
CR
E
0 10
8
2
0
R
P0
E
0 2
1
1
0
R
R
E
0 18
9
9
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


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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