Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 86 - Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties

Mule deer inhabit both lower and higher elevation habitat, but tend to utilize lower elevations containing more piñon/juniper and brushy vegetation. There are very low whitetail numbers and almost exclusively on private land.

GMU 86 - Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
41
 
41
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
56
 
56
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
9
 
9
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
50
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by County Highway 69; on S by Huerfano-Custer County line; on W by Sangre De Cristo Divide and US Highway 285.

The access for this unit is fair to good for access for public lands. The access for this unit is fair to poor for on private lands.

County

Fremont, Custer, Chaffee

Size

449 Square Miles (287,653 Acres)

Land Ownership

44% Private, 56% Public, 43% USFS, 12% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.2070, -105.6385

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 20 hotels, 14 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Focus on the northern 30 percent of unit. On public lands, try McCoy Gulch, Kerr Gulch, the area around Texas Creek and lower elevation public land around Hayden Creek. Mule deer inhabit both lower and higher elevation habitat, but tend to utilize lower elevations containing more piñon/juniper and brushy vegetation. There are very low whitetail numbers and almost exclusively on private land.

Whitetails have occasionally been seen around Howard and Cotopaxi.

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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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


The elevation in this area ranges from 14,064 feet on Humbolt Peak to 5,667 feet near Texas Creek. The terrain is Flat to gently rolling valley bottom climbing quickly to steep, rough mountains. The vegetation consists of Grassland to Grass to pine to spruce, firs and aspens to alpine meadows.

Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
470
Total Harvest
168
Harvest Male
139
Harvest Female
29
36%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
470 168
R
R
322 109
R
HR
16 11
R
EL
16 11
R
O2
94 21
R
O3
170 65
A
A
80 34
M
M
68 25
Any
WTO
12 0
R
WTO
12 0
Any
D
30 12
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.