Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 231 - Routt, Rio Blanco, and Garfield Counties

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

GMU 231 - Routt, Rio Blanco, and Garfield Counties
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Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
24
 
24
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
64
 
64
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
12
 
12
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
50
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Bounded on N by Routt County Roads 29, 132A, 25, 132 and 15; on E by County Highway 131; on S by Bear River; on W by Williams Fork-Yampa River divide to Dunkley Pass, Rio Blanco County Roads 8 and 19 and Routt County Road 55.

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.

County

Routt, Rio Blanco, Garfield

Size

166 Square Miles (106,132 Acres)

Land Ownership

36% Private, 64% Public, 61% USFS, 2% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.1411, -107.0274

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 12 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.

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.

Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
141
Total Harvest
38
Harvest Male
30
Harvest Female
8
27%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A 36 12
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A 141 38
M
M
LL
N/A 25 0
R
EL
LL
N/A 2 0
R
HR
LL
N/A 2 0
R
O2
LL
N/A 44 13
R
O3
LL
N/A 34 13
R
R
LL
N/A 80 26
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