Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 4 - Moffat and Routt Counties

From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with (15%) coniferous forests and (23%) aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country.

GMU 4 - Moffat and Routt Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
6
 
6
Trophy Potential
45
 
45
Public Access
48
 
48
Ease of Terrain
83
 
83
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
74
 
74
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
72
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by Moffat County Road 1, Routt County Road 82, US Forest Service 150 and Elkhead Creek; on S by US Highway 40; on W by County Highway 13/789.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas.

County

Moffat, Routt

Size

467 Square Miles (299,150 Acres)

Land Ownership

53% Private, 47% Public, 30% USFS, 11% BLM, 6% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7858, -107.3998

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 1 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.

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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with (15%) coniferous forests and (23%) aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,600
Licenses Drawn
1,074
Licenses Surplus
526
Resident Quota
886
Nonresident Quota
188
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
BE004O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
74
BE004O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
70
BE004O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
67
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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
8
Harvest Male
5
Harvest Female
3
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 1
1
0
0
ANY
E
0 3
2
1
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 2
1
1
0
R
CR
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
R
E
0 1
0
1
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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