Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 741 - La Plata County

In October, deer move from their summer range at the high elevations in the north to their winter range to the south. In the early seasons deer hunting can be good near timberline. As deer begin to move to winter range they can be more difficult to find.

GMU 741 - La Plata County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
71
 
71
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
51
 
51
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
87
 
87
Opportunity
44
 
44
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
75
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 160; on E by Animas River; on S by New Mexico; on W by Montezuma-La Plata County line.

Most of the land in GMU 741 is private or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Only members of the tribe can hunt on the reservation. The Bureau of Reclamation owns the property around Nighthorse Reservoir near Durangp and currently hunting is not allowed. Hunting is allowed on the 3,000 acres owned by CPW in the adjacent Bodo State Wildlife Area.

County

La Plata

Size

484 Square Miles (309,830 Acres)

Land Ownership

32% Private, 68% Public, 42% USFS, 5% BLM, 17% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.1695, -108.1131

Amenities

There are 14 hospitals, 20 hotels, 9 campgrounds, and 11 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Good fawn production and survival the past few years has helped this population. The buck-to-doe ratio is high, so it is possible to find quality bucks. In October, deer move from their summer range at the high elevations in the north to their winter range to the south. In the early seasons deer hunting can be good near timberline.

As deer begin to move to winter range they can be more difficult to find. Look for timbered areas with a good mix of open meadows or undergrowth. Deer will head to winter range, usually 8,500 feet and below, during the third rifle season in a typical year. The lower portions of Junction Creek and areas further south can provide good deer hunting in the later 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

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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development. This area is in the Colorado Plateau Ecoregion, which consists of shrublands and forests. Vegetation types include: alpine over 12,000 feet elevation; spruce/fir stands down to 10,000 feet; Gambel oak, serviceberry, and ponderosa pine above 6,500 feet; and piñon/juniper/sagebrush and agricultural fields below 6,500 feet.

Deer Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
685
Licenses Drawn
509
Licenses Surplus
152
Resident Quota
309
Nonresident Quota
200
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
20
68.4%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DE741O1A
E
A
O1
DF741O1M
F
M
O1
DF741P2R
F
R
P2
DM741O1M
M
M
O1
DM741O2R
M
R
O2
DM741O4R
M
R
O4
DM741P2R
M
R
P2
DM741P4R
M
R
P4
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
601
Total Harvest
280
Harvest Male
237
Harvest Female
43
47%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
601 280
R
R
517 258
R
O2
198 93
R
O3
247 129
R
O4
66 31
A
A
54 11
M
M
30 11
Any
D
6 5
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.