Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 131 - Routt and Rio Blanco 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 coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country.

GMU 131 - Routt and Rio Blanco Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
69
 
69
Trophy Potential
75
 
75
Public Access
16
 
16
Ease of Terrain
79
 
79
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
28
 
28
Convenience
6
 
6
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
67
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by US Highway 40; on E by County Highway 131; on S by Routt County Roads 15,132, 25, 132A and 29; on W by Fish Creek, Trout Creek and Routt County Road 179.

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. Hunting pressure may create refuge situations on the private lands in GMUs 13, 131, 214 and 441.

Public hunting in GMUs 13 and 131 is limited to a few small parcels of BLM land and some State Trust Land parcels.

County

Routt, Rio Blanco

Size

193 Square Miles (123,826 Acres)

Land Ownership

83% Private, 17% Public, 1% USFS, 9% BLM, 7% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.3547, -106.9830

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 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.

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 coniferous forests and 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 (2019)


Total Quota
35
Licenses Drawn
10
Licenses Surplus
25
Resident Quota
8
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 Notes
BE131P1R
E
R
P1
LL C
100%
69
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
23
Harvest Male
9
Harvest Female
14
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 5
2
3
0
ANY
E
0 8
3
5
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 7
3
4
0
R
CR
E
0 1
0
1
0
R
P0
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
R
E
0 1
0
1
0
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.

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Average Temps

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