Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

Hot spots are located north of Hayden. Some good trophy bucks are seen in the southern portion. This area is not managed for trophy bucks, but it does have a good number of adult males in the population.

GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
30
 
30
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
19
 
19
Opportunity
52
 
52
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
76
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 40; on E by Muddy Creek-Yampa River divide (Gore Range Divide) and Canyon Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 131.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas. Sarvis Creek Wilderness Areas access is restricted to non-vehicle methods.

County

Routt, Grand, Eagle

Size

457 Square Miles (292,334 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 65% Public, 51% USFS, 10% BLM, 4% State, 51% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.1422, -106.7344

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 17 hotels, 8 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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The deer herd has declined in the upper Yampa units due to a variety of factors. Most of the deer will be found in the western section of these units. Movement is also to the west. Hot spots are located north of Hayden.

Some good trophy bucks are seen in the southern portion. This area is not managed for trophy bucks, but it does have a good number of adult males in the population. Hunt the aspen and brush areas.

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


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country. The Gore Range, north of the Colorado River, is a long ridge (10,000 feet elevation) that runs north to Rabbit Ears Pass.

The landscape north of Gore Pass Highway is heavily timbered, primarily with lodgepole pine, aspen, Engelmann spruce and sub-alpine fir. The terrain is not rugged by Colorado standards. South of Gore Pass the elevation drops rapidly into piñon and juniper habitat. There are several major geographical features besides the Gore Range in this area.

They are: Thorpe Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, Green Ridge, Black Mountain, Congor Mesa, and Yarmony Mountain. The main drainages in the Yampa River drainage are Harrison Creek, Green Creek, Sarvis Creek, Silver Creek, and Morrison Creek. The main drainages in the Colorado River drainage are Muddy Creek, Blacktail Creek, Rock Creek, and Egeria Creek. The highest elevation is Red Dirt Peak (10,811ft.) on Gore Divide and the lowest is the Colorado River at State Bridge (6,744 ft.)

Deer Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1,895
Licenses Drawn
1,689
Licenses Surplus
180
Resident Quota
1,342
Nonresident Quota
347
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
74
83.8%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DE015O1A
E
A
O1
DE015P2R
E
R
P2
DF015O1M
F
M
O1
DF015O2R
F
R
O2
DM015O1M
M
M
O1
DM015O2R
M
R
O2
DM015O3R
M
R
O3
DM015O4R
M
R
O4
HuntScore Tip: Preference points are earned when you apply for a limited license but are unsuccessful in drawing a license for your first-choice hunt or when you purchase a point through the application process. Many hunters collect points and also hunt each year. Researching the number of points required for the GMUs you want to hunt is useful before applying.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,617
Total Harvest
486
Harvest Male
390
Harvest Female
96
30%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
1617 486
R
R
1300 429
R
O2
759 239
R
O3
491 161
R
O4
50 29
A
A
156 20
M
M
161 31
HuntScore Tip: There are no altler point restrictions for deer, but antlers must be at least 5 inches long.

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Footwear

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