Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 71 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

In the early seasons, the deer are evenly distributed and found mostly above 8,000 feet. Deer begin migrating to lower elevations, generally from east to west by mid-October. Snow will cause them to move to lower elevations earlier.

GMU 71 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
37
 
37
Success
31
 
31
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
84
 
84
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
31
 
31
Opportunity
38
 
38
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
58
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Disappointment Creek and Dolores-San Miguel County line; on E by Dolores-San Juan County line, Montezuma-La Plata County line and Bear Creek; on S by County Highway 145; on W by US Forest Service Road 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road).

There is good vehicle access in this unit. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands. An exception is the Lizard Head Wilderness Area, GMU 71, which is accessible by foot and horseback only.

County

Dolores, Montezuma

Size

467 Square Miles (298,849 Acres)

Land Ownership

15% Private, 84% Public, 84% USFS

Latitude/Longitude

37.6527, -108.1778

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 12 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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In the early seasons, the deer are evenly distributed and found mostly above 8,000 feet. Deer begin migrating to lower elevations, generally from east to west by mid-October. Snow will cause them to move to lower elevations earlier. Deer concentrate on winter ranges in Dry Creek Basin, Disappointment Valley, and along the rim of the Dolores River Canyon

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

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions.

Deer Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1,080
Licenses Drawn
1,069
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
659
Nonresident Quota
410
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
37.6%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DM071O1A
M
A
O1
DM071O1M
M
M
O1
DM071O2R
M
R
O2
DM071O3R
M
R
O3
DM071O4R
M
R
O4
DM071P2R
M
R
P2
DM071P3R
M
R
P3
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
475
Total Harvest
91
Harvest Male
91
Harvest Female
0
19%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
475 91
R
R
350 66
R
O2
150 27
R
O3
194 36
R
O4
6 3
A
A
4 19
M
M
51 6
HuntScore Tip: There are no altler point restrictions for deer, but antlers must be at least 5 inches long.

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