Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 46 - Clear Creek, Park, and Jefferson Counties

There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet.

GMU 46 - Clear Creek, Park, and Jefferson Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
82
 
82
Success
40
 
40
Trophy Potential
38
 
38
Public Access
76
 
76
Ease of Terrain
70
 
70
Room to Breathe
7
 
7
Opportunity
49
 
49
Convenience
33
 
33
Ease of Effort
59
 
59
66
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Pike-Arapaho National Forest boundary and N Turkey Creek-Elk Creek divide; on E and S by US Highway 285; on W by N Fork of South Platte River and Continental Divide.

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.

County

Clear Creek, Park, Jefferson

Size

213 Square Miles (136,442 Acres)

Land Ownership

24% Private, 76% Public, 73% USFS, 25% Wilderness, 3% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

39.5109, -105.6030

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 25 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet and will remain on summer range until mid-October.

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


The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,230
Licenses Drawn
1,228
Licenses Surplus
2
Resident Quota
1,096
Nonresident Quota
71
Landowner Quota
325
Youth Quota
87
81.6%
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
DM039O4R
M
R
O4
LL
79.6%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DM039O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DM039O2R
M
R
O2
LL
79.8%
79 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DM039O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
80 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DF039P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
80 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DF039O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DF039O3R
F
R
O3
LL
85.4%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DF039O2R
F
R
O2
LL
43.8%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DF039O1M
F
M
O1
LL
71.4%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
DE039O1A
E
A
O1
LL
82.3%
79 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39, 46;
HuntScore Tip: You are able to receive a refund for your license as long as the season has not started. You would have to fill out the License Refund Application or Preference Point Restoration form and return the license and carcass tag with the application to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Preference Points will be restored to the pre-draw level, and you will not receive a preference point for that year.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
337
Total Harvest
83
Harvest Male
66
Harvest Female
17
25%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 60 25
25
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 337 83
66
17
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 45 10
8
2
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 18 13
0
13
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 69 6
6
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 94 17
17
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 51 12
10
2
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 232 48
33
15
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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