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
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
65
 
65
Room to Breathe
99
 
99
Opportunity
60
 
60
Convenience
6
 
6
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
87
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

39.4090, -108.3566

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 2 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 1 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.

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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 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%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
BE031P1R
E
R
P1
BE031P5R
E
R
P5
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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
11
Harvest Male
8
Harvest Female
3
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
R
N/A 1
R
R
N/A 8
R
PX
N/A 2
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.