Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 26 - Garfield, Eagle, and Routt Counties

The deer are scattered and will move in response to hunting pressure and weather.

GMU 26 - Garfield, Eagle, and Routt Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
31
 
31
Trophy Potential
60
 
60
Public Access
50
 
50
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
57
 
57
42
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by the Bear River; on E by County Highway 131; on S by the Colorado River; and on W by Derby Creek, the Middle Fork of Derby Creek and US Forest Service Trail 1802.

Expect mild weather with light snow in the 1st season, with roads becoming impassable in the upper half of the area by the 3rd season. The high country in GMU 24 is prone to heavy snowstorms in late seasons. Heavy snowstorms can strand hunters on Flattops after 1st season. While there is a great deal of public land, hunting pressure is heavy especially in northern half of GMUs 23 and 24.

4WD is necessary on all but the few main paved roads. Half of the area is roadless - which makes for very good hunting if you can walk or pack in. You may encounter heavy ATV traffic in GMUs 12, 23 and 33. Hunters in GMU 25 and 26 can gain access using Forest Service Road 610 (Stump Park Rd) or USFS Road 613 (Crescent Lake Rd).

County

Garfield, Eagle, Routt

Size

222 Square Miles (142,397 Acres)

Land Ownership

51% Private, 50% Public, 30% USFS, 19% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.9865, -106.9398

Amenities

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

Deer Notes


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The deer are scattered and will move in response to hunting pressure and weather

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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Photos and Terrain Notes


White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, evergreens and alpine tundra.

Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
634
Total Harvest
176
Harvest Male
126
Harvest Female
44
28%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 63 0
0
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 634 176
126
44
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 4 4
4
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 293 776
44
32
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 207 78
64
8
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 34 14
14
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 538 172
126
40
0
HuntScore Tip: There are no altler point restrictions for deer, but antlers must be at least 5 inches long.

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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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