Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 53 - Delta and Gunnison Counties

Winter weather is almost guaranteed during any season in this area which includes the high country of the West Elk Wilderness. Altitude ranges from 5,400 feet near Hotchkiss to more than 12,000 feet in the wilderness.

GMU 53 - Delta and Gunnison Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
82
 
82
Trophy Potential
58
 
58
Public Access
77
 
77
Ease of Terrain
73
 
73
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
73
 
73
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
86
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by N Fork of Gunnison River, Gunnison County Road 12 (Kebler Pass Road) Kebler Pass and Ohio Pass; on E and S by Gunnison River - N Fork of Gunnison River divide and Curecanti Pass, Smith Fork-Curecanti Creek divide, Smith Fork-Dyer Creek divide, and Delta-Montrose County line; on W by County Highway 92.

GMU 53 contains rough terrain and access is on rugged 4WD roads and foot/horse trails. Hunters should be prepared to hunt in difficult terrain. Packing an animal out in this area is challenging. Do not count on moving a vehicle close to the kill site.

County

Delta, Gunnison

Size

396 Square Miles (253,633 Acres)

Land Ownership

23% Private, 77% Public, 68% USFS, 9% BLM, 31% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.8069, -107.4210

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 0 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


Winter weather is almost guaranteed during any season in this area which includes the high country of the West Elk Wilderness. Altitude ranges from 5,400 feet near Hotchkiss to more than 12,000 feet in the wilderness. The range in elevations and the topography create volatile weather at all times of year.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,050
Licenses Drawn
366
Licenses Surplus
684
Resident Quota
319
Nonresident Quota
47
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
BE053O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
88
BE053O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
85
BE053O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
86
HuntScore Tip: If you have not held a big game, small game, annual fishing or combo license in the previous year when applying for a preference point, you will be charged a preference point fee of $30 or $40 based on species and residency.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
115
Harvest Male
57
Harvest Female
58
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 5
2
3
0
ANY
E
0 39
19
20
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 37
19
18
0
M
M
E
0 2
1
1
0
R
CR
E
0 2
0
2
0
R
R
E
0 30
16
14
0
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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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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