Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 751 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and San Juan Counties

The areas with the best deer hunting on public lands are: the HD Mountains, the Piedra River, Florida River and Los Pinos drainages, and lands southeast of Pagosa Springs. A large percentage of the deer initiate north-to-south migration in mid-October.

GMU 751 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and San Juan Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
77
 
77
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
72
 
72
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
10
 
10
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
12
 
12
63
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Continental Divide; on E by Los Pinos River-Piedra River divide; on S by New Mexico; on W by Los Pinos River, County Roads 501 (Bayfield-Vallecito Road), 240 (Pine River-Florida River Road) and Los Pinos River-Florida River divide.

Public land and road access is good at mid to high elevations in these units which lie between Durango and Wolf Creek Pass. South of U.S. Highway 160 much of the land is privately owned or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. To access pockets of public land within the Southern Ute boundaries you MUST obtain a crossing permit ($25) from the tribe.

Call (970)563-0125 for information. Hunting is not allowed on tribal lands.

County

Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, San Juan

Size

416 Square Miles (266,038 Acres)

Land Ownership

20% Private, 72% Public, 70% USFS, 2% BLM, 7% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.3542, -107.5433

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 20 hotels, 19 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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After a few years of cutting licenses the population appears to be stable with a good buck-to-doe ratio. Deer hunting will be good in this unit. The areas with the best deer hunting on public lands are: the HD Mountains, the Piedra River, Florida River and Los Pinos drainages, and lands southeast of Pagosa Springs. A large percentage of the deer initiate north-to-south migration in mid-October.

After the first week of November deer are typically on winter range. Much of the winter range occupied by this herd is on private land or tribal property

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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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,500 feet to more than 12,000 feet. Weather can change quickly and be severe.

Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
803
Total Harvest
271
Harvest Male
244
Harvest Female
27
34%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
803 271
R
R
638 234
R
EL
12 12
R
O3
258 106
R
O4
96 38
A
A
81 22
M
M
84 15
HuntScore Tip: There are no altler point restrictions for deer, but antlers must be at least 5 inches long.

Gear Recommendations for Deer Hunting From logo


Camping

Hilleberg Nallo 3 Person Tent-Red

Hilleberg Nallo 3 Person Tent-Red

The Nallo Models are known for their light weight. But it's their remarkable strength that makes these tents the first choice for anyone needing the lightest weight tents that still offer all-season, all weather functionality. This includes hikers of all types, of course, but also wilderness photographers, climbers, hunters, and other adventurers who want to get more out of carrying less.FeaturesKerlon 1200 outer tent fabric and 9mm poles make for a very lightweight yet supremely stable tent.All season construction: outer tent walls extend to the ground and mesh areas are backed with adjustable fabric panels.Tunnel construction offers maximum space to weight ratio and is the ideal choice for mobile journeys.A good amount of room for three occupants and their gear.Linked but seperable inner and outer tent for simultaneous pitching.Tunnel design requires only four pegs for pitching, and the simple, single opening continouse sleeve and pole tensioner system is quick to pitch and remarkably stable.A single entrance and vestibule afford easy access and plenty of storage space, but keep the weight very low.The lower portion of the rear outer wall can be rolled up for greater venting options.An optional footprint covers the entire area of the outer tent, including the vestibules. It connects directly to the tent, and can be left attached during pitching.The inner tent can be replaced with a Mesh Inner tent (sold separately; see accessories).The outer and inner tents can be used separately. Pitching the inner tent alone requires optional pole holderes (see accessories).Video -Hilleberg Nallo 3 Person Tent

Footwear

Danner Recurve 400G Insulated Hunting Boots-Brown-8

Danner Recurve 400G Insulated Hunting Boots-Brown-8

Built with inspiration from Danner's traditional style hunting boots, the Recurve is the next generation of performance for use across any type of hunt. Drawing design and technology cues from their best-selling hiking boots, the Recurve features a Vibram SPE midsole and TPU heel clip to ensure long hours of comfort on preseason scouts and extended treks. With seven inches of height for ankle support and Danner Dry waterproofing, the Recurve will keep you in the wild and on the hunt longerFeaturesFull-Grain Leather & Nylon Upper: For a durable and highly abrasion resistant upper, Danner combines their premium leather with nylon panels.Danner Dry: 100% waterproof barrier allows moisture to escape without letting water in, keeping your feet dry and comfortable all day long.400G Thinsulate Ultra Insulation: High-performance insulation that keeps you warm in the snow and rain without weighing you down.Removable OrthoLite Footbed: Three layers of varying density are combined for maximum cushioning and support. The entire footbed is made of open-cell polyurethane for better heat dissipation and air circulation.Vibram(R) SPE Midsole: This rubberized EVA midsole maintains the same cushioning properties as traditional EVA, but is more durable and won't break down as easily. This technology enhances rebound, comfort and support.How It Fits: Designed for versatility, the DPDX has a low profile for everyday wear. Whether on the trail or urban exploring, this last was built to offer enough room for comfort while maintaining a sleek profile. Ortholite footbed included.