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
50
 
50
Success
50
 
50
Trophy Potential
83
 
83
Public Access
78
 
78
Ease of Terrain
69
 
69
Room to Breathe
12
 
12
Opportunity
14
 
14
Convenience
36
 
36
Ease of Effort
44
 
44
59
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

1,509 Square Miles (965,793 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 17% USFS, 49% BLM, 4% State, 8% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.0623, -108.4674

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 (2022)


Total Quota
1,245
Licenses Drawn
1,245
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
574
Nonresident Quota
425
Landowner Quota
251
Youth Quota
5
39.8%
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
DM070P3R
M
R
P3
LL
55.6%
76 private land only
DM070P2R
M
R
P2
LL
70.7%
81 private land only
DM070O2R
M
R
O2
LL
44.3%
79
DM070O3R
M
R
O3
LL
33.6%
76
DM070O4R
M
R
O4
LL
15.2%
66
DM070O1A
M
A
O1
LL
72.2%
80
DM070O1M
M
M
O1
LL
70.8%
77
DF070P2R
F
R
P2
LL
100%
75 private land only
DF070P3R
F
R
P3
LL
76.9%
71 private land only
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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Deer Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
1,232
Total Harvest
728
Harvest Male
719
Harvest Female
9
59%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 115 15
15
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1232 728
719
9
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 74 30
30
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 459 274
270
4
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 523 375
370
5
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 61 34
34
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 1043 683
674
9
0
HuntScore Tip: There are no altler point restrictions for deer, but antlers must be at least 5 inches long.

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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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