Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 17 - Jackson County

If you are patient, you could have success hunting trophy bucks. North Park has an early rifle, deer-only season that begins as soon as possible after archery closes.

GMU 17 - Jackson County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
33
 
33
Success
25
 
25
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
63
 
63
Ease of Terrain
85
 
85
Room to Breathe
14
 
14
Opportunity
19
 
19
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
41
 
41
50
HuntScore

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Bounded on N and E by County Highway 125; on S by Continental Divide (Jackson-Grand County line); on W and N by County Highway 14.

Over 2/3 of North Park is public land.

County

Jackson

Size

282 Square Miles (180,269 Acres)

Land Ownership

36% Private, 64% Public, 36% USFS, 19% BLM, 2% State, 6% Other

Latitude/Longitude

40.4685, -106.3171

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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If you are patient, you could have success hunting trophy bucks. North Park has an early rifle, deer-only season that begins as soon as possible after archery closes. This season provides additional hunter opportunities as many of the deer in North Park migrate early. Few deer are found in North Park during January classification flights.

Small sample sizes lead to higher observed buck:doe ratios than can be expected during the hunting seasons. Use 3-year average success rates for choosing a hunt.

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 in North Park range from 7,800 feet at Northgate to 12,951 feet at Clarkfts Peak. The average elevation of the open, sagebrush-grassland park is 8,000 feet. North Park is a relatively flat, sagebrush grassland with numerous wetlands interspersed with wide, willow dominated drainages. The mountains that surround the park rise rapidly to the alpine zone above timberline.

The montane zone is dominated by lodgepole pine stands and to a lesser extent aspen and spruce-fir stands. Vegetation varies throughout the Park with sagebrush lining the valley floor, a variety of willow species along stream courses, and mountain shrub, lodgepole pine, aspen, and spruce-fir at higher elevations. The dominant vegetation types present are coniferous forest, sagebrush mix, and irrigated grass hay fields The valley floor at 7,880ft supports ag lands and sage. Extensive willow stands line the streams - a favorite moose habitat, so be sure of your target.

The forest surrounding the basin varies from aspen/lodgepole to spruce/fir. The area is generally windy and colder than places in western Colorado. Prepare for snow during your hunt. 4WD is helpful, as are chains.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
355
Licenses Drawn
355
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
226
Nonresident Quota
68
Landowner Quota
66
Youth Quota
0
29.6%
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
DM017O3R
M
R
O3
LL
62.5%
64
DM017O2R
M
R
O2
LL
28.4%
64
DM017E1R
M
R
E1
LL
45.9%
68
DM006O4R
M
R
O4
LL
9.4%
56 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6, 16, 17, 161, 171;
DM006O1M
M
M
O1
LL
31.1%
63 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6, 16, 17, 161, 171;
DM006O1A
M
A
O1
LL
42.2%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6, 16, 17, 161, 171;
HuntScore Tip: If you have not held a big game, small game, annual fishing or combo license in the previous year when applying for a preference point, you will be charged a preference point fee of $30 or $40 based on species and residency.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
114
Total Harvest
35
Harvest Male
35
Harvest Female
0
31%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 31 2
2
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 114 35
35
0
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 6 2
2
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 36 16
16
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 61 20
26
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 14 5
5
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 2 0
0
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 77 31
31
0
0
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.

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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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