Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 181 - Grand County

The Continental Divide and the Gore Range Divide encircle Middle Park. Most of this terrain is steep to very steep. Sagebrush/shrubs are common on southern exposures at lower elevations.

GMU 181 - Grand County

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Ease of Drawing
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Success
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52
Trophy Potential
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1
Public Access
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61
Ease of Terrain
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82
Room to Breathe
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100
Opportunity
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2
Ease of Effort
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Bounded on N by Continental Divide; on E by Poison Creek and Main Fork of Troublesome Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 9 and US Highway 40.

County

Grand

Size

182 Square Miles (116,458 Acres)

Land Ownership

40% Private, 60% Public, 17% USFS, 32% BLM, 11% State, 5% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.2336, -106.3873

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Black Bear Notes


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Photos and Terrain Notes


The Continental Divide and the Gore Range Divide encircle Middle Park. Most of this terrain is steep to very steep. Sagebrush/shrubs are common on southern exposures at lower elevations. The past decadefts mountain pine beetle killed an estimated 80 percent of mature lodgepole pine trees in Grand County, creating numerous hazards along public roadways as these trees begin to fall.

Middle Park is a large basin surrounded by high mountain ranges. As an inter-mountain park it is unique in two respects. It does not have the level interior characteristic of other large mountain parks in Colorado, such as North Park and South Park, and it lies west of the Continental Divide. The Troublesome Creek area has numerous peaks along the Continental Divide reaching altitudes above 13,000 feet.

The highest of these is North Arapaho Peak at 13,502 feet in the southeast corner of the area. All the natural surface drainage for this area funnels through Gore Canyon, downstream from Kremmling. Vegetation in Middle Park can be categorized into five broad types Ò cropland, wetland/riparian, rangeland, forestland and alpine. The variety of vegetation types scattered throughout Middle Park creates a highly desirable mosaic very beneficial to wildlife.

However, plant communities at lower elevations are becoming increasingly disturbed by intensive human use.

Croplands consist of irrigated hay meadows and terraces that have been re-seeded to desirable forage plants. Most hay ground is \native hay

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


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Total Harvest
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Harvest Male
17
Harvest Female
3
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