Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 7 - Larimer County

Elevations range from 12,795 feet at the highest point in the southwestern part of the area to 4,921 feet along the eastern edge near Fort Collins. This area covers much of the northern part of the Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest.

GMU 7 - Larimer County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
40
 
40
Success
2
 
2
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
87
 
87
Ease of Terrain
79
 
79
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
48
 
48
Convenience
21
 
21
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
67
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by County Road 103 (Laramie River Road); on S by County Highway 14; on W by Larimer-Jackson County line.

There are many wilderness areas here that can only be reached by foot or horseÓno vehicle access. Hunters must know where they are in this area as there are many public lands locked on all sides by private land. Donftt risk access unless you have received permission well in advance of the hunt. Elk habitat is spread across a wide range of land ownership categories.

The largest single land manager is the United States Forest Service (USFS), followed closely by private landowners. The vast majority of USFS land is National Forest or designated wilderness. There are 4 USFS wilderness areas in the DAU; Cache La Poudre Wilderness (14 sq. mi.), Comanche Peak Wilderness (96 sq.

mi. in E-4), Neota Wilderness (15 sq. mi.) and Rawah Wilderness (113 sq. mi.).

There are some small areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Among state lands, those managed as State Wildlife Areas (C) or State Land Board holdings account for almost all of the total area. Many of these state properties provide elk hunting opportunities. Outside of private land, USFS, BLM and C lands receive almost all elk hunting pressure.

Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and southwestern portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek).

County

Larimer

Size

243 Square Miles (155,767 Acres)

Land Ownership

13% Private, 87% Public, 79% USFS, 7% BLM, 1% State, 47% Wilderness, 1% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

40.8149, -105.9911

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 16 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


Elevations range from 12,795 feet at the highest point in the southwestern part of the area to 4,921 feet along the eastern edge near Fort Collins. This area covers much of the northern part of the Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest. The overall climate in this area is relatively dry with low humidity. Climate varies across the area as a function of elevation.

The higher elevation portions in the west experience a harsher climate, with long, cold winters, abundant snowfall, and short, cool summers.

Black-bear Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
365
Licenses Drawn
365
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
344
Nonresident Quota
21
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
43.6%
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
BE007O5R
E
R
O5
LL
66.9%
67
BE007O1R
E
R
O1
LL
42.2%
69
BE007O1M
E
M
O1
LL
23.5%
63
BE007O1A
E
A
O1
LL
25.9%
65
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2018)


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