Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, and evergreen

GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
66
 
66
Trophy Potential
80
 
80
Public Access
92
 
92
Ease of Terrain
58
 
58
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
55
 
55
Convenience
60
 
60
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
87
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Deep Creek; on E and S by Colorado River; on W by Canyon Creek.

Expect mild weather with light snow in the 1st season, with roads becoming impassable in the upper half of the area by the 3rd season. The high country in GMU 24 is prone to heavy snowstorms in late seasons. Heavy snowstorms can strand hunters on Flattops after 1st season. While there is a great deal of public land, hunting pressure is heavy especially in northern half of GMUs 23 and 24.

4WD is necessary on all but the few main paved roads. Half of the area is roadless - which makes for very good hunting if you can walk or pack in. You may encounter heavy ATV traffic in GMUs 12, 23 and 33. Hunters in GMU 25 and 26 can gain access using Forest Service Road 610 (Stump Park Rd) or USFS Road 613 (Crescent Lake Rd).

County

Garfield, Eagle

Size

193 Square Miles (123,483 Acres)

Land Ownership

8% Private, 92% Public, 73% USFS, 19% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.6527, -107.2848

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 15 hotels, 24 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Black Bear Notes


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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


White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, evergreens and alpine tundra.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
350
Licenses Drawn
81
Licenses Surplus
269
Resident Quota
71
Nonresident Quota
10
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
BE034O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
88
BE034O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
88
BE034O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
90
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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
30
Harvest Male
18
Harvest Female
12
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 2
1
1
0
ANY
E
0 10
6
4
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 10
6
4
0
R
P0
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
R
E
0 7
4
3
0
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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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