Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 65 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

For the best bucks, hunt at high elevations early. Go lower as the season progresses. Access is relatively easy in the lower terrain, but rewards can be great for hunters willing to go into higher and more challenging terrain.

GMU 65 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
63
 
63
Success
47
 
47
Trophy Potential
83
 
83
Public Access
69
 
69
Ease of Terrain
82
 
82
Room to Breathe
11
 
11
Opportunity
23
 
23
Convenience
72
 
72
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
64
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by Big Blue Creek-Cimarron Creek divide; on S by Ouray-San Juan County line; on W by Ouray-San Miguel Countyline, County Highway 62 and County Highway 550.

Parts of GMU 65 are easily accessible by road, so hunting pressure near roads is significant. Hunters must be willing to walk well away from roads if they expect to be successful. The Uncompahgre a... Create a free account to read the rest of this access note!

County

Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray

Size

672 Square Miles (429,777 Acres)

Land Ownership

47% Private, 53% Public, 40% USFS, 10% BLM, 3% State, 16% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.2073, -107.6489

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 24 hotels, 6 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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After declining after tough winters during 2008 and 2009, the deer population appears to have stabilized. Consequently, license numbers have been increase slightly for this year. The buck-to-doe ra... Create a free account to read the rest of this deer hunting note!

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


These units include some of the most diverse terrain in Colorado, from 4,700 feet in the dry desert lands near Delta to 14,309-foot Uncompahgre Peak. Warm weather at the low elevations will cause m... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,205
Licenses Drawn
1,201
Licenses Surplus
4
Resident Quota
663
Nonresident Quota
357
Landowner Quota
244
Youth Quota
8
62.9%
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
DM065E1R
M
R
E1
LL
24.8%
62 That portion of GMU 65 above 11,000 feet elevation
DM064P3R
M
R
P3
LL
51.6%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064P2R
M
R
P2
LL
86%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O4R
M
R
O4
LL
13.7%
58 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O3R
M
R
O3
LL
68.8%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O2R
M
R
O2
LL
92.6%
79 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O1M
M
M
O1
LL
63.2%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O1A
M
A
O1
LL
53.4%
69 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DE064P6R
E
R
P6
LL
100%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65; 64, 65 – Those portions bounded on the north by the unit boundary; on the east by 2200 Rd, F Rd, Peach Valley Rd, Selig Canal, Loutsenhizer Canal, AB Lateral Canal, Landfill Rd, AB Lateral Canal, South Canal and West Canal; on the west by the unit boundary.
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
741
Total Harvest
414
Harvest Male
397
Harvest Female
17
56%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 94 35
35
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 741 414
397
17
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 5 5
0
5
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 33 10
10
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 45 27
15
12
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 25 7
7
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 317 193
193
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 233 133
133
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 14 11
11
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 614 369
352
17
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


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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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