Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 36 - Eagle County

Deer herds will be scattered from 6,500ft to timberline and will move down to the lower elevation piñon-juniper areas as heavy snow arrives. Over 18" of snow will move the Deer. Try hunting the aspen, open parks and shrublands.

GMU 36 - Eagle County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
71
 
71
Success
33
 
33
Trophy Potential
98
 
98
Public Access
82
 
82
Ease of Terrain
62
 
62
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
48
 
48
Convenience
23
 
23
Ease of Effort
57
 
57
63
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Bounded on N by Elk Creek to Piney Ridge, to Eagle

County

Eagle

Size

275 Square Miles (176,160 Acres)

Land Ownership

17% Private, 83% Public, 78% USFS, 4% BLM, 30% Wilderness, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.7182, -106.4708

Amenities

There are 2 hospitals, 2 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Deer herds will be scattered from 6,500ft to timberline and will move down to the lower elevation piñon-juniper areas as heavy snow arrives. Over 18" of snow will move the Deer. Try hunting the aspen, open parks and shrublands. GMUs 35 and 36 have the most mule deer.

After the first heavy snow, most GMU 45 deer will move into GMU 36.

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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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Deer Management Plan

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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevation climbs from 6,000ft with sage and piñon to over 14,000ft with alpine vegetation starting at 10,500ft. Vegetation types in this unit are largely determined by elevation and aspect. The mountain peaks above approximately 11,600 feet in the Gore Range contain mostly bare rock or alpine communities. Spruce-fir occurs mostly between the elevations of 8,000 and 11,600 ft.

Aspen and aspen-conifer mixes dominate the slopes from 7,000 to 8,500 feet. Mountain shrubs show up on lower slopes near 7,000 feet. In the western two-thirds of the unit, piñon-juniper covers the foothills, and sagebrush parks appear on the more level sites as elevation drops. Aspen, an early successional species, is found mostly on sites that have been burned or disturbed within the past 150 years.

Riparian vegetation parallels creeks and rivers. Elk prefer areas with a diversity of vegetation types in close proximity to each other. These areas occur because of disturbance and changes in slope, aspect and microclimates. The best habitat areas generally have a ratio of 40% cover to 60% open foraging habitat.

The vegetation in this unit can be categorized into five main groups: cropland, riparian, shrublands, forests, and alpine. Croplands are found in the valleys at the low elevations and are mostly hay grounds of timothy, orchard grass, wheatgrasses, and alfalfa.

Riparian vegetation is found along the major creeks and rivers. These communities support the greatest abundance and diversity of plant and animal species.

Cover types range from spruce-fir to blue spruce, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, aspen, narrowleaf cottonwood, and willow as you go from high to low elevations.

Shrublands consist of sagebrush, mountain shrublands, and grassland communities. Sagebrush is the most common land cover at the lower elevations. Rabbitbrush, western and slender wheatgrass, and native broadleaf plants commonly grow with the sagebrush.

Mountain shrubs include serviceberry, snowberry, mountain mahogany, chokecherry, bitterbrush and a small amount of Gamblefts oak. The shrublandsft grasses and forbs provide forage for elk in the spring months. Grasslands occur on the more level sites in forested areas (large bunchgrasses such as Thurberfts fescue, wildrye, needlegrass, and brome) and in the alpine areas (Idaho and Thurberfts fescue, Sandberg bluegrass, blue bunch wheat grass mixed with forbs). Forests fall into 5 major groups: piñon-juniper, aspen and aspen-conifer mix, Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and spruce-fir.

piñon-juniper woodlands occur in the lower elevation foothills. They provide good thermal and hiding cover but poor forage. Aspen and mixed aspenconifer woodlands occupy the middle elevations. The understory consists of emerging conifers (where aspen is not the climax specie), grasses and forbs, and some shrubs.

This community provides some of the most important calving habitat and summer cover and forage for elk. Douglas fir shares the middle elevation zone mostly on the moister sites usually on north facing aspects, but is less represented than the aspen woodlands. It is a long-lived species valued for wildlife habitat diversity, scenic value, and big game cover. Lodgepole pine grows in even aged stands and below the spruce-fir.

In mature stands, the dense overstory limits the growth of understory forage, but provides good cover. Spruce-fir (Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir) dominates the higher elevations up to tree line. This habitat provides excellent summer cover for elk. Alpine sites occur on high mountain peaks and basins.

Grasses, sedges, and numerous forbs are present. Short willows grow in moister areas. These sites provide important elk summer range.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
2,370
Licenses Drawn
2,346
Licenses Surplus
24
Resident Quota
1,693
Nonresident Quota
583
Landowner Quota
537
Youth Quota
81
73.1%
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
DM036E1R
M
R
E1
LL
16.4%
63 That portion of GMU 36 within the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
DM035O4R
M
R
O4
LL
14.5%
59 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DM035O3R
M
R
O3
LL
65.7%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DM035O2R
M
R
O2
LL
99%
75 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DM035O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
80 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DF035O3R
F
R
O3
LL
75.9%
71 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DF035O2R
F
R
O2
LL
50.7%
70 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DF035O1M
F
M
O1
LL
75.5%
71 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DE035P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DE035P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
75 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DE035O1A
E
A
O1
LL
80.9%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 35, 36, 45, 361;
DM004P5A
M
A
P5
LL
41.7%
57 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 4, 13, 301, 29, 30, 31, 32, 25, 26, 27, 34, 36; – Those portions not within Craig city limits in the following townships, ranges, and sections: • T6N R90W Sections 5, 6 • T6N R91W Sections 1, 2, 3 • T7N R90W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections
DF004P5A
F
A
P5
LL
100%
67 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 4, 13, 301, 29, 30, 31, 32, 25, 26, 27, 34, 36; – Those portions not within Craig city limits in the following townships, ranges, and sections: • T6N R90W Sections 5, 6 • T6N R91W Sections 1, 2, 3 • T7N R90W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,164
Total Harvest
223
Harvest Male
184
Harvest Female
34
19%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 83 6
3
3
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1164 223
184
34
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 103 6
0
6
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 14 10
10
0
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 14 10
10
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 512 91
80
11
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 429 102
83
14
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 23 8
8
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 978 211
181
25
0
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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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