Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 51 - Douglas County

There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet.

GMU 51 - Douglas County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
51
 
51
Success
55
 
55
Trophy Potential
43
 
43
Public Access
46
 
46
Ease of Terrain
87
 
87
Room to Breathe
9
 
9
Opportunity
18
 
18
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
64
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 470; on E by I-25; on S by Douglas-Teller County line; on W by S Platte River.

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.

County

Douglas

Size

463 Square Miles (296,178 Acres)

Land Ownership

53% Private, 46% Public, 44% USFS, 2% State, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.3158, -105.0381

Amenities

There are 3 hospitals, 3 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 7 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet and will remain on summer range until mid-October

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


The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
600
Licenses Drawn
600
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
460
Nonresident Quota
67
Landowner Quota
153
Youth Quota
35
41.7%
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
DM051P5R
M
R
P5
LL
44.4%
0
DM051O3R
M
R
O3
LL
43.5%
0
DM051O4R
M
R
O4
LL
30.7%
0
DM051O2R
M
R
O2
LL
29.4%
0
DM051O1M
M
M
O1
LL
49.5%
0
DF051P5R
F
R
P5
LL
88.2%
0
DF051O1M
F
M
O1
LL
55.6%
0
DE051O1A
E
A
O1
LL
53.1%
0
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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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
520
Total Harvest
278
Harvest Male
235
Harvest Female
37
53%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 112 41
35
6
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 520 278
235
37
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 56 35
28
5
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 140 4
44
26
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 78 50
50
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 89 46
46
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 45 32
32
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 352 202
172
26
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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