Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 60 - Mesa and Montrose Counties

This unit along the Utah line is primarily winter range. Big game migrate in from Utah; harvest success depends on the weather.

GMU 60 - Mesa and Montrose Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
64
 
64
Success
37
 
37
Trophy Potential
90
 
90
Public Access
83
 
83
Ease of Terrain
69
 
69
Room to Breathe
11
 
11
Opportunity
16
 
16
Convenience
3
 
3
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
59
HuntScore

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Bounded on N and E by Dolores River; on S by County Highway 90; on W by Utah.

The GMU is primarily BLM land.

County

Mesa, Montrose

Size

238 Square Miles (152,047 Acres)

Land Ownership

18% Private, 82% Public, 18% USFS, 64% BLM, 13% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.4906, -108.9685

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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Success depends on the weather in Utah. Harvest is generally better for mule deer in the later seasons around the Paradox and Sinbad valleys.

This unit along the Utah line is primarily winter range. Big game migrate in from Utah; harvest success depends on the weather.

Because of migration patterns, population estimates for this GMU are not possible. Chronic wasting disease has been found in deer and elk in Utah

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.

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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from 4,500 feet along the Dolores River to 8,600 feet near the Utah line

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
260
Licenses Drawn
249
Licenses Surplus
11
Resident Quota
132
Nonresident Quota
74
Landowner Quota
48
Youth Quota
2
59.2%
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
DM060P3R
M
R
P3
LL
100%
79
DM060P2R
M
R
P2
LL
100%
79
DM060O4R
M
R
O4
LL
10.2%
61
DM060O3R
M
R
O3
LL
56.5%
77
DM060O2R
M
R
O2
LL
83.3%
83
DM060O1M
M
M
O1
LL
55.6%
75
DM060O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
82
DF060P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
76
DF060P2R
F
R
P2
LL
100%
73
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
193
Total Harvest
64
Harvest Male
61
Harvest Female
3
33%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 41 0
0
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 193 64
61
3
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 7 7
7
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 69 29
29
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 71 28
25
3
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 5 0
0
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 145 57
54
3
0
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.

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Weather Insights


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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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