Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 461 - Jefferson and Park Counties

There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet.

GMU 461 - Jefferson and Park Counties

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
79
 
79
Success
48
 
48
Trophy Potential
42
 
42
Public Access
7
 
7
Ease of Terrain
69
 
69
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
54
 
54
Convenience
10
 
10
Ease of Effort
30
 
30
50
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Bounded on N by Jefferson County Roads 122 (South Turkey Creek Canyon), 124 (Deer Creek Canyon), County Highway 7 and 470; on E by South Platte River; on S by North Fork of South Platte River; on W by US Highway 285.

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.

County

Jefferson, Park

Size

143 Square Miles (91,802 Acres)

Land Ownership

77% Private, 23% Public, 5% USFS, 2% State, 5% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.4713, -105.2554

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet and will remain on summer range until mid-October.

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

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Photos and Terrain Notes


The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
868
Licenses Drawn
399
Licenses Surplus
469
Resident Quota
364
Nonresident Quota
21
Landowner Quota
210
Youth Quota
40
79.2%
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
DM201O1A
M
A
O1
LL
14.8%
49 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 391, 461;
DM391P5R
M
R
P5
LL
100%
67 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 391, 461;
DM391O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
60 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 391, 461;
DM391O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
59 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 391, 461;
DM391O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
60 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 391, 461;
DM391O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
61 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 391, 461;
DF391P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
67 Permit Type C; License Valid for Units: 391, 461;
DF391O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
50 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 391, 461;
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
436
Total Harvest
195
Harvest Male
99
Harvest Female
96
45%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 52 12
9
3
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 436 195
99
96
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 6 0
0
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 361 180
87
93
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 5 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 12 3
3
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 378 183
90
93
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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