Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 3 - Moffat County

The lower elevations of 6,000ft consist (approximately 57%) of sage and sage steepe and (30%) saltbrush. piñon and juniper cover the upper elevations up to 8,500ft. Expect zero to light snow cover in 1st and 2nd seasons.

GMU 3 - Moffat County

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
0
 
N/A
Trophy Potential
64
 
64
Public Access
55
 
55
Ease of Terrain
92
 
92
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
24
 
24
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
79
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Wyoming, on E by County Highway 13/789, County Roads 108, 3, 158, 5 and 17; on S by Yampa River, US Highway 40 and County Highway 318; on W by Little Snake River.

Overall access is easy and 4WD is not necessary in most areas. Hunting pressure is heavy

County

Moffat

Size

848 Square Miles (542,834 Acres)

Land Ownership

46% Private, 54% Public, 45% BLM, 10% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7599, -107.9276

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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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


The lower elevations of 6,000ft consist (approximately 57%) of sage and sage steepe and (30%) saltbrush. piñon and juniper cover the upper elevations up to 8,500ft. Expect zero to light snow cover in 1st and 2nd seasons. The later seasons may bring moderate snow and a potential for near zero temperatures.

If the weather is mild, deer and elk will not be present in high numbers until the later seasons.

Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
395
Licenses Drawn
213
Licenses Surplus
182
Resident Quota
165
Nonresident Quota
48
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
BE003O5R
E
R
O5
LL
100%
84
BE003O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
84
BE003O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
77
BE003O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
81
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2016)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
1
Harvest Male
0
Harvest Female
1
5%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
E
0 1
0
1
0
AS
AS
E
0 1
0
1
0
R
R
E
0 1
0
1
0
HuntScore Tip: The key to hunting Colorado black bears in September is understanding that the physiology and behavior of bears dramatically change in mid-August.

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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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