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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
82
 
82
Success
32
 
32
Trophy Potential
54
 
54
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
72
 
72
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
42
 
42
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
74
HuntScore

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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

40.1476, -106.7310

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 92 campgrounds, and 0 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

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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 (2021)


Total Quota
1,560
Licenses Drawn
1,560
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
1,185
Nonresident Quota
328
Landowner Quota
375
Youth Quota
67
79.9%
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
DM015O4R
M
R
O4
LL
29.4%
0
DM015O3R
M
R
O3
LL
89.6%
0
DM015O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
0
DM015O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
0
DF015O3R
F
R
O3
LL
85.7%
0
DF015O1M
F
M
O1
LL
92.6%
0
DF015O2R
F
R
O2
LL
47.2%
0
DE015P3R
E
R
P3
LL
92.1%
0
DE015P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
0
DE015O1A
E
A
O1
LL
96.5%
0
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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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 Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 156 20
0
20
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1617 486
390
96
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 161 31
23
8
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 759 239
193
46
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 491 161
145
16
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 50 29
29
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 1300 429
367
62
0
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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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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