Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 70 - Dolores, Montrose, and San Miguel Counties

In the early seasons, deer are evenly distributed, mostly above 8,000 feet. Deer begin migrating to lower elevations, generally from east to west, in mid-October. Snow will cause them to move to lower elevations earlier.

GMU 70 - Dolores, Montrose, and San Miguel Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
57
 
57
Success
52
 
52
Trophy Potential
44
 
44
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
68
 
68
Room to Breathe
10
 
10
Opportunity
15
 
15
Convenience
52
 
52
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
67
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 90, Dolores River, San Miguel River, and County Highway 62; on E by Ouray-San Miguel County line and San Miguel-San Juan County line; on S by San Miguel-Dolores County line, Disappointment Creek, Dolores River and Summit Canyon Creek; on W by Utah.

There is good vehicle access in these areas. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands.

County

Dolores, Montrose, San Miguel

Size

1,361 Square Miles (871,086 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 16% USFS, 49% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.0620, -108.4682

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 5 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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In the early seasons, deer are evenly distributed, mostly above 8,000 feet. Deer begin migrating to lower elevations, generally from east to west, in mid-October. Snow will cause them to move to lower elevations earlier. Deer concentrate on winter ranges in Dry Creek Basin, Disappointment Valley, and along the rim of the Dolores River Canyon.

Dry Creek Basin is recommended in the third and fourth seasons.

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.

Management Plan

Deer Management Plan

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions. Most of unit 72 and the western sections of 70 and 711 is desert terrain and not productive for elk.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,440
Licenses Drawn
1,440
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
651
Nonresident Quota
503
Landowner Quota
290
Youth Quota
4
42%
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
DM070P2R
M
R
P2
LL
79.4%
0
DM070P3R
M
R
P3
LL
62.2%
0
DM070O4R
M
R
O4
LL
16.6%
0
DM070O3R
M
R
O3
LL
37.5%
0
DM070O2R
M
R
O2
LL
46.4%
0
DM070O1M
M
M
O1
LL
60.4%
0
DM070O1A
M
A
O1
LL
82.4%
0
DF070P3R
F
R
P3
LL
58.8%
0
DF070P2R
F
R
P2
LL
100%
0
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,451
Total Harvest
593
Harvest Male
576
Harvest Female
17
41%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 126 32
32
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1451 593
576
17
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 83 23
23
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 535 225
217
8
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 633 285
276
9
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 74 28
28
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 1242 538
521
17
0
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.

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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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