Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 711 - Dolores, Montezuma, and San Miguel Counties

In the early seasons, deer are evenly distributed, mostly above 8,000 feet. Deer begin migrating to lower elevations, generally from east to west, in mid-October. Snow will cause them to move to lower elevations earlier.

GMU 711 - Dolores, Montezuma, and San Miguel Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
34
 
34
Success
51
 
51
Trophy Potential
85
 
85
Public Access
60
 
60
Ease of Terrain
86
 
86
Room to Breathe
13
 
13
Opportunity
24
 
24
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
56
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Summit Canyon Creek, Dolores River and Disappointment Creek; on E by US Forest Service Road 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road); on E and S by County Highway 145; on S by County Highway 184; on W by US Highway491 and Utah.

There is good vehicle access in these areas. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands.

County

Dolores, Montezuma, San Miguel

Size

819 Square Miles (524,121 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 36% USFS, 23% BLM, 1% State, 2% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

37.7626, -108.6895

Amenities

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

Deer Notes


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In the early seasons, deer are evenly distributed, mostly above 8,000 feet. Deer begin migrating to lower elevations, generally from east to west, in mid-October. Snow will cause them to move to lower elevations earlier. Deer concentrate on winter ranges in Dry Creek Basin, Disappointment Valley and along the rim of the Dolores River canyon.

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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Other Species in Unit

Pronghorn, Elk, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions. Most of unit 72 and the western sections of 70 and 711 is desert terrain and not productive for elk.

Deer Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
1,005
Licenses Drawn
1,005
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
527
Nonresident Quota
280
Landowner Quota
198
Youth Quota
0
32.4%
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
DM071P3R
M
R
P3
LL
23.5%
66 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
DM071P2R
M
R
P2
LL
42.9%
70 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
DM071O4R
M
R
O4
LL
9.8%
65 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
DM071O3R
M
R
O3
LL
43.9%
78 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
DM071O1A
M
A
O1
LL
40.2%
73 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
DM071O1M
M
M
O1
LL
27.1%
69 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
DM071O2R
M
R
O2
LL
33.9%
75 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
HuntScore Tip: If you have not held a big game, small game, annual fishing or combo license in the previous year when applying for a preference point, you will be charged a preference point fee of $30 or $40 based on species and residency.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
728
Total Harvest
447
Harvest Male
445
Harvest Female
2
61%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 46 13
13
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 728 447
445
2
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 2 2
0
2
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 39 12
12
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 216 147
147
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 389 250
250
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 36 23
23
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 643 422
420
2
0
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.

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Weather Insights


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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