Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 9 - Larimer and Weld Counties

Deer summer range generally from elevations of 5,000 to 11,500 feet. The higher range usually becomes available to deer as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of deer winter at elevations below 8,000 feet.

GMU 9 - Larimer and Weld Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
75
 
75
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
60
 
60
Ease of Terrain
35
 
35
Room to Breathe
49
 
49
Opportunity
88
 
88
Convenience
91
 
91
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
79
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by I-25; on S by County Highway 14; and on W by US Highway 287.

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, Weld

Size

386 Square Miles (247,256 Acres)

Land Ownership

40% Private, 60% Public, 46% USFS, 2% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7895, -105.1595

Amenities

There are 5 hospitals, 20 hotels, 9 campgrounds, and 11 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Deer summer range generally from elevations of 5,000 to 11,500 feet. The higher range usually becomes available to deer as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of deer winter at elevations below 8,000 feet. Many west and south-facing slopes are typically clear of snow all year, with occasional spring and late winter storms depositing accumulations which quickly melt off.

Weather-related winter deer mortality is usually not a factor in this area. Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and south-western portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek). In most units in Colorado, mule deer and whitetailed deer are managed together, with population estimates, harvest and licensing focusing on the entire deer herd, with no species distinctions. In this unit mule deer are by far the predominant species.

However, occasional whitetailed deer have historically been observed in the area for at least the last 30-40 years. In recent years however, localized whitetailed deer herds have become established in the area, most notably in the Laramie River drainage, the area surrounding Fort Collins and in some drainages of the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River. These small localized herds are currently not a large concern for hybridization or competition with mule deer, but any expansion will be evaluated. Since whitetailed deer are harvested along with mule deer on general deer licenses, harvest pressure and habitat may act together to limit their range.

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


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.

Deer Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
730
Licenses Drawn
643
Licenses Surplus
78
Resident Quota
628
Nonresident Quota
15
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
93
70.9%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DF009L1R
F
R
L1
DF009O2R
F
R
O2
DF009O3R
F
R
O3
DF009P5R
F
R
P5
DM009L1R
M
R
L1
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
348
Total Harvest
164
Harvest Male
72
Harvest Female
85
47%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
348 164
R
R
252 137
R
EL
204 118
R
O2
27 14
R
O3
21 5
A
A
54 27
M
M
42 0
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