Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
19
 
19
Trophy Potential
83
 
83
Public Access
88
 
88
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
55
 
55
Convenience
12
 
12
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
80
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by the White River; on E by Monument Gulch, County Highway 64, Monument Gulch Road, Rio Blanco County Roads 103 and 26; on S by Douglas Creek-Roan Creek divide, the Douglas Creek-Salt CreeKansas divide, the Evacuation Creek-Salt Creeks divide and the Bitter Creek-West Salt Creek divide; and on W by Utah.

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. Get maps and study BLM access points.

County

Rio Blanco, Garfield

Size

888 Square Miles (568,304 Acres)

Land Ownership

12% Private, 88% Public, 87% BLM, 1% State, 3% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.8575, -108.8031

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 1 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.

State Agency Website

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


Pinyon-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 & rugged, especially in southern portion.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,010
Licenses Drawn
403
Licenses Surplus
607
Resident Quota
335
Nonresident Quota
68
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
BE021O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
83
BE021O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
77
BE021O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
81
HuntScore Tip: Over-the-counter with caps licenses are licenses that are sold over-the-counter but limited in number and only available as first-come first-served. You snooze - you loose.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
38
Harvest Male
23
Harvest Female
15
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 4
3
1
0
ANY
E
0 13
8
5
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 12
7
5
0
M
M
E
0 1
0
1
0
R
CR
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
R
E
0 7
4
3
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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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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