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
35
 
35
Success
47
 
47
Trophy Potential
85
 
85
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
85
 
85
Room to Breathe
12
 
12
Opportunity
28
 
28
Convenience
3
 
3
Ease of Effort
49
 
49
54
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 (2021)


Total Quota
1,180
Licenses Drawn
1,180
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
618
Nonresident Quota
332
Landowner Quota
230
Youth Quota
0
35.4%
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
26.6%
64 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 711;
DM071P2R
M
R
P2
LL
46.7%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 711;
DM071O4R
M
R
O4
LL
10%
62 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 711;
DM071O3R
M
R
O3
LL
55.1%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 711;
DM071O2R
M
R
O2
LL
34.2%
72 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 711;
DM071O1M
M
M
O1
LL
28.8%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 711;
DM071O1A
M
A
O1
LL
41.7%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 711;
HuntScore Tip: Ninety to ninety-five percent of Colorado's GMUs require no preference points - or just a single preference point - in order to draw a limited license in those units.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
634
Total Harvest
292
Harvest Male
292
Harvest Female
0
46%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 55 11
11
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 634 292
292
0
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 25 6
6
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 219 103
103
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 302 152
152
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 33 20
20
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 554 275
275
0
0
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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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