Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 61 - Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties

The Uncompahgre Plateau is a broad structural uplift within the Colorado Plateau physiographic province. The Uncompahgre Plateau consists of a relatively flat 9,000 - 9,800 foot summit that runs northwest from Ridgway to the Unaweep Canyon.

GMU 61 - Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
32
 
32
Success
69
 
69
Trophy Potential
71
 
71
Public Access
85
 
85
Ease of Terrain
74
 
74
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
32
 
32
Convenience
7
 
7
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
68
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 141; on E by US Forest Service road 402 (Divide Road) and Dave Wood Road; on S by County Highway 62; on W by San Miguel River and Dolores River.

Numerous roads provide easy access to the plateau, but many canyons are accessible only by foot and on horseback.

County

Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel

Size

835 Square Miles (534,238 Acres)

Land Ownership

15% Private, 85% Public, 49% USFS, 36% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.4074, -108.5150

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 4 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Black Bear Notes


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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey, Pronghorn,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The Uncompahgre Plateau is a broad structural uplift within the Colorado Plateau physiographic province. The Uncompahgre Plateau consists of a relatively flat 9,000 Ò 9,800 foot summit that runs northwest from Ridgway to the Unaweep Canyon. The summit drops off quickly on the Unit 61 side and more gradually slopes downward on the Unit 62 side. Both sides of the Uncompahgre Plateau are incised by deep canyons separated by relatively flat mesas that typically run perpendicular to the main summit ridge and end at the San Miguel, Dolores, Gunnison or Uncompahgre Rivers.

The elevation in this area ranges from 4,570 feet along the Dolores River near Gateway to 10,338 feet at the summit of Horsefly Peak near the southeast end of the Plateau. At elevations below approximately 6,500 ft near the Dolores, San Miguel, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers, a high desert plant community is the predominant, extant vegetation type. Important plant species of this community include four-wing saltbush, shadscale saltbush, black sagebrush, winterfat, broom snakeweed, rabbitbrush, greasewood, and, in the Gateway area, black brush. Elevations between approximately 6,000-7,500 ft, are characterized by piñon pine and Utah juniper woodlands and grassland/shrub (e.g., basin big sagebrush, black sagebrush, Wyoming/mountain big sagebrush, mountain mahogony, Indian ricegrass).

The piñon-juniper type covers approximately 40% of this area and is the predominant plant community. From approximately 7,500 to 8,500 ft, ponderosa pine/mountain shrub (e.g., Gambel oak, serviceberry, mountain mahogany, mountain big sagebrush, silver sagebrush, snowberry, manzanita) is the dominant vegetation type. Elevations above 8,500 ft are generally characterized by aspen forests and a mixed spruce-fir complex (aspen, Douglas fir, sub-alpine fir and Engleman spruce). Common plant species found in lowland riparian areas on the Uncompahgre Plateau include narrowleaf cottonwood, coyote willow, chokecherry, tamarisk, and boxelder.

In higher elevation riparian areas characteristic species include thinleaf alder, birches, willows, and blue spruce. Agricultural areas and cultivated croplands within the area occur primarily in the Uncompahgre Valley between Montrose and Delta.and in the other major river valleys surrounding the Plateau

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
290
Licenses Drawn
290
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
252
Nonresident Quota
38
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
29.4%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
BE061O5R
E
R
O5
LL
8.7%
0
BE061O2R
E
R
O2
LL
62.5%
0
BE061O1M
E
M
O1
LL
45.5%
0
BE061O1R
E
R
O1
LL
32.4%
0
BE061O1A
E
A
O1
LL
15.6%
0
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
74
Harvest Male
63
Harvest Female
11
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ANY
E
0 25
21
4
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 24
21
3
0
R
CR
E
0 1
0
1
0
R
P0
E
0 5
3
2
0
R
R
E
0 19
18
1
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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Average Temps

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