Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 561 - Chaffee and Saguache Counties

The elevation in this area ranges from 13,944 feet on Mount Ouray to 7,036 feet near Salida. The terrain is Steep to moderately steep mountains.

GMU 561 - Chaffee and Saguache Counties

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
6
 
6
Public Access
90
 
90
Ease of Terrain
64
 
64
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
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N/A
Ease of Effort
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61
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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by US Highway 285; on S by the Arkansas River-Rio Grande drainage divide; on W by Continental Divide.

Access is good with 90 percent of the unit being public.

County

Chaffee, Saguache

Size

128 Square Miles (81,884 Acres)

Land Ownership

9% Private, 91% Public, 84% USFS, 6% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.4564, -106.1958

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 0 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


The elevation in this area ranges from 13,944 feet on Mount Ouray to 7,036 feet near Salida. The terrain is Steep to moderately steep mountains. The western border of the area is alpine tundra (above 11,500ft) and is characterized by sedges, forbs and stunted willows. As the elevation drops, the next ecosystem is subalpine forest (9,000ft-11,500ft) dominated by subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, aspen and bristlecone pine.

The montane forest (5,600ft- 9,000), contains primarily ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, and aspen. The semidesert shrubland areas (7,000ft-8,000ft), support sagebrush, rabbitbrush, mountain mahogany, grasses and numerous forbs. The piñonjuniper woodlands (6,800ft-8,000ft), contain primarily piñon pine, juniper, mountain mahogany, rabbitbrush, forbs and cactus. The riparian ecosystems extend along all of the drainages and include narrowleaf cottonwood, willow, cinquefoil, current and forbs and grasses.

Agricultural cropland in the area consists mainly of native grass and alfalfa hay fields in the Arkansas River valley bottom and along tributaries

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
6
Harvest Male
3
Harvest Female
3
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
E
0 2
1
1
0
ANY
E
0 2
1
1
0
ANY
ALL
E
0 2
1
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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