Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 181 - Grand County

This unit has good numbers of deer. This unit is managed for quality bucks. There are good numbers of mature bucks, but they rarely reach trophy status found in lower elevation mtn shrub and mild winter areas.

GMU 181 - Grand County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
92
 
92
Success
48
 
48
Trophy Potential
79
 
79
Public Access
61
 
61
Ease of Terrain
82
 
82
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
76
 
76
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
62
 
62
68
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Bounded on N by Continental Divide; on E by Poison Creek and Main Fork of Troublesome Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 9 and US Highway 40.

County

Grand

Size

182 Square Miles (116,458 Acres)

Land Ownership

40% Private, 60% Public, 17% USFS, 32% BLM, 11% State, 5% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.2336, -106.3873

Amenities

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

Deer Notes


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This unit has good numbers of deer. The buck-to-doe ratios continue to increase as a result of limited buck hunting and mild winters. This unit is managed for quality bucks. There are good numbers of mature bucks, but they rarely reach trophy status found in lower elevation mtn shrub and mild winter areas.

Concentrate on transition zones that have aspen, shrub and coniferous cover. Deer tend to move west and down in elevation over the seasons, snow will move them faster and farther. A limited number of 4th season deer licenses available.

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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


The Continental Divide and the Gore Range Divide encircle Middle Park. Most of this terrain is steep to very steep. Sagebrush/shrubs are common on southern exposures at lower elevations. The past decadefts mountain pine beetle killed an estimated 80 percent of mature lodgepole pine trees in Grand County, creating numerous hazards along public roadways as these trees begin to fall.

Middle Park is a large basin surrounded by high mountain ranges. As an inter-mountain park it is unique in two respects. It does not have the level interior characteristic of other large mountain parks in Colorado, such as North Park and South Park, and it lies west of the Continental Divide. The Troublesome Creek area has numerous peaks along the Continental Divide reaching altitudes above 13,000 feet.

The highest of these is North Arapaho Peak at 13,502 feet in the southeast corner of the area. All the natural surface drainage for this area funnels through Gore Canyon, downstream from Kremmling. Vegetation in Middle Park can be categorized into five broad types Ò cropland, wetland/riparian, rangeland, forestland and alpine. The variety of vegetation types scattered throughout Middle Park creates a highly desirable mosaic very beneficial to wildlife.

However, plant communities at lower elevations are becoming increasingly disturbed by intensive human use.

Croplands consist of irrigated hay meadows and terraces that have been re-seeded to desirable forage plants. Most hay ground is \native hay

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
4,295
Licenses Drawn
4,166
Licenses Surplus
129
Resident Quota
3,403
Nonresident Quota
556
Landowner Quota
1,276
Youth Quota
420
91.9%
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
DM027O4R
M
R
O4
LL
24.7%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 27, 181;
DM027O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
84 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 27, 181;
DM027O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
84 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 27, 181;
DF027O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
85 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 27, 181;
DF027O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
85 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 27, 181;
DM018O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
82 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
DF018O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
DE018P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
DE018P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
DE018O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
83 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,017
Total Harvest
327
Harvest Male
153
Harvest Female
161
32%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 54 9
0
9
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1017 327
153
161
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 101 20
12
8
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 355 82
47
29
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 448 194
72
115
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 59 22
22
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 862 298
141
144
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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Average Temps

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