Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 33 - Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

The deer are scattered and will move in response to hunting pressure and weather.

GMU 33 - Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
87
 
87
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
47
 
47
Public Access
75
 
75
Ease of Terrain
73
 
73
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
40
 
40
Convenience
27
 
27
Ease of Effort
44
 
44
66
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by White-Colorado River divide; on E by Canyon Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 13/789.

Expect mild weather with light snow in the 1st season, with roads becoming impassable in the upper half of the area by the 3rd season. The high country in GMU 24 is prone to heavy snowstorms in late seasons. Heavy snowstorms can strand hunters on Flattops after 1st season. While there is a great deal of public land, hunting pressure is heavy especially in northern half of GMUs 23 and 24.

4WD is necessary on all but the few main paved roads. Half of the area is roadless - which makes for very good hunting if you can walk or pack in. You may encounter heavy ATV traffic in GMUs 12, 23 and 33. Hunters in GMU 25 and 26 can gain access using Forest Service Road 610 (Stump Park Rd) or USFS Road 613 (Crescent Lake Rd).

County

Garfield, Rio Blanco

Size

384 Square Miles (245,446 Acres)

Land Ownership

25% Private, 75% Public, 45% USFS, 29% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.6887, -107.6402

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 7 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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The deer are scattered and will move in response to hunting pressure and weather

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


White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, evergreens and alpine tundra.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,560
Licenses Drawn
1,322
Licenses Surplus
238
Resident Quota
793
Nonresident Quota
507
Landowner Quota
373
Youth Quota
61
85.3%
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
DM033P3R
M
R
P3
LL
100%
0
DM033P2R
M
R
P2
LL
100%
0
DM033O4R
M
R
O4
LL
25%
0
DM033O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
0
DM033O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
0
DF033P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
DF033P6R
F
R
P6
LL
100%
0
DM033O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
0
DF033O1M
F
M
O1
LL
24.4%
0
DE033O1A
E
A
O1
LL
78.9%
0
HuntScore Tip: Ninety to ninety-five percent of Colorado's GMUs require no preference points - or just a single preference point - in order to draw a limited license in those units.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,450
Total Harvest
298
Harvest Male
243
Harvest Female
47
21%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 139 31
13
18
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1450 298
243
47
0
Any
EX
LL
N/A N/A 100 25
0
17
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 135 23
16
7
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 24 5
0
5
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 464 104
104
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 561 102
102
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 27 8
8
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 1176 244
214
22
0
HuntScore Tip: Ever hunt a unit with a 100% success rate and not see any deer? If you're nodding your head to any of these scenarios then you're one of the people who knows that statistics are a good guide, but they aren't a guarantee.

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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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