Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 84 - Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, and Pueblo Counties

The best place to start is the north end of the Greenhorns. Good hunting can be found on private lands, but permission difficult and needs to be obtained early. Pueblo Reservoir SWA offers opportunities for late season hunts.

GMU 84 - Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, and Pueblo Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
40
 
40
Success
44
 
44
Trophy Potential
38
 
38
Public Access
28
 
28
Ease of Terrain
91
 
91
Room to Breathe
10
 
10
Opportunity
26
 
26
Convenience
47
 
47
Ease of Effort
61
 
61
50
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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by I-25 and County Highway 1; on S by County Highway 69; on W by County Highway 96 and 67.

The access for this unit is good to public lands. Private lands vary from reasonable to no access allowed.

County

Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Pueblo

Size

1,281 Square Miles (819,872 Acres)

Land Ownership

72% Private, 28% Public, 20% USFS, 3% BLM, 4% State, 3% Wilderness, 1% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

38.0590, -105.0036

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 10 hotels, 15 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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The best place to start is the north end of the Greenhorns. Good hunting can be found on private lands, but permission difficult and needs to be obtained early. Pueblo Reservoir SWA offers opportunities for late season hunts. The unit is large and primarily private land and National Forest with limited whitetail numbers and access.

However, the Pueblo SWA has some opportunities for whitetail hunting and good public access to the Arkansas River corridor, on both the north and south side of the river, west of the Pueblo Reservoir. The Swallows SWA is accessible off Highway 50, has plenty of parking and has many trails that hunters can utilize to get into some quality whitetail cover. A great deal of habitat work has been done in the area this past year and what historically has been impenetrable vegetation now sports wide openings and better visibility. The south SWA can be accessed off of Highway 96 and provides 10+ miles of public land and whitetail habitat.

South of Pueblo between Highway 78 and Burnt Mill Rd holds some whitetail but is dominated by mule deer and private land. Hunting opportunities for non-landowners in this area will be hard to come by. Whitetail are concentrated along waterways within the unit, and nearly exclusively on private property around Rye and Colorado City. Densities increase as you get closer to the interstate and diminish as you get closer to Rye.

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.

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Photos and Terrain Notes


The elevation in this area ranges from 12,412 feet on Greenhorn Peak to 4,593 feet near Pueblo. The terrain is Flat to rolling prairie to moderately steep foothills to steep mountains. The vegetation consists of Shortgrass prairie to piñon, junipers and shrubs to pines and oaks, to sprucefir, to alpine meadows.

Deer Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
2,440
Licenses Drawn
2,440
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
1,763
Nonresident Quota
216
Landowner Quota
570
Youth Quota
82
39.7%
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
DM069P3R
M
R
P3
LL
96.5%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DM069P2R
M
R
P2
LL
100%
78 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DM069O4R
M
R
O4
LL
6.8%
56 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DM069O3R
M
R
O3
LL
33.1%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DM069O2R
M
R
O2
LL
37.8%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DM069O1M
M
M
O1
LL
51.3%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DF069P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
74 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DF069P2R
F
R
P2
LL
70.9%
69 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DF069O1M
F
M
O1
LL
55.6%
65 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
DE069O1A
E
A
O1
LL
31.9%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 69, 84, 86, 691, 861;
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,167
Total Harvest
526
Harvest Male
384
Harvest Female
139
45%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 136 64
56
8
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1167 526
384
139
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 104 88
0
87
0
Any
WTO
LL
N/A
WD
129 35
12
21
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 79 16
16
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 292 119
116
3
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 405 195
175
20
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 22 9
9
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 952 446
312
131
0
R
WTO
LL
N/A
WD
129 35
12
21
0
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Average Temps

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