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
22
 
22
Success
40
 
40
Trophy Potential
48
 
48
Public Access
52
 
52
Ease of Terrain
74
 
74
Room to Breathe
10
 
10
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
94
 
94
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
59
HuntScore

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 and Mount Sneffels wilderness areas at the south end of GMU 65 offer challenging terrain but good hunting potential.

County

Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray

Size

607 Square Miles (388,391 Acres)

Land Ownership

48% Private, 52% Public, 39% USFS, 10% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.2076, -107.6488

Amenities

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

Deer Notes


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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 ratio is showing noticeable improvement. Abundant spring moisture should help the northern area of this area that is notoriously dry.

For the best bucks, hunt at high elevations early. Go lower as the season progresses. Deer move lower and to private land as hunting pressure increases. During the second season, deer favor aspen/oak brush/ serviceberry areas; they move lower to piñon/juniper during the third season.

Access is relatively easy in the lower terrain, but rewards can be great for hunters willing to go into higher and more challenging terrain.

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


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 meat to spoil very quickly, so be prepared to pack out fast. Weather is variable and unpredictable at the higher elevations.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
25
Licenses Drawn
25
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
17
Nonresident Quota
8
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
24.8%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
DM065E1R
M
R
E1
LL
24.8%
0
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
754
Total Harvest
244
Harvest Male
239
Harvest Female
5
32%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 79 14
14
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 754 244
239
5
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 5 5
0
5
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 29 12
12
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 21 14
14
0
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 21 14
14
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 269 101
101
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 343 91
91
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 8 7
7
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 646 218
213
5
0
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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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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