Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 31 - Mesa, Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

piñon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons.

GMU 31 - Mesa, Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
97
 
97
Public Access
57
 
57
Ease of Terrain
56
 
56
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
31
 
31
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
68
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Colorado-White River divide; on E by Roan Creek-Parachute Creek divide and Kelly Gulch; on S by Colorado River; and on W by Bookcliffs, Little Salt Wash-Roan Creek divide, Big Salt Wash-Roan Creek divide and East Salt Creek-Roan Creek divide.

Rains bring muddy roads. High elevation snows make roads impassible without chains. 75% of area is BLM land. There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV.

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County

Mesa, Garfield, Rio Blanco

Size

644 Square Miles (412,266 Acres)

Land Ownership

43% Private, 57% Public, 57% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.4355, -108.4034

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.

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


piñon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons. Some areas are steep and rugged, especially in southern portion.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
160
Licenses Drawn
15
Licenses Surplus
145
Resident Quota
13
Nonresident Quota
2
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
BE031P1R
E
R
P1
LL C
100%
87
BE031P5R
E
R
P5
LL C
100%
87
HuntScore Tip: You are able to receive a refund for your license as long as the season has not started. You would have to fill out the License Refund Application or Preference Point Restoration form and return the license and carcass tag with the application to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Preference Points will be restored to the pre-draw level, and you will not receive a preference point for that year.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
30
Harvest Male
19
Harvest Female
11
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ANY
E
0 11
7
4
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 8
5
3
0
R
CR
E
0 2
1
1
0
R
P0
E
0 1
0
1
0
R
PX
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
R
E
0 7
5
2
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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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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