Try the Chain Mountains, Browning Ridge, Land's End Peak, and Smith Fork Mountain. When snow falls, herds move quickly to lower elevations on the western end of the unit.
Bounded on N by N Fork of Gunnison River, Gunnison County Road 12 (Kebler Pass Road) Kebler Pass and Ohio Pass; on E and S by Gunnison River - N Fork of Gunnison River divide and Curecanti Pass, Smith Fork-Curecanti Creek divide, Smith Fork-Dyer Creek divide, and Delta-Montrose County line; on W by County Highway 92.
GMU 53 contains rough terrain and access is on rugged 4WD roads and foot/horse trails. Hunters should be prepared to hunt in difficult terrain. Packing an animal out in this area is challenging. Do not count on moving a vehicle close to the kill site.
23% Private, 77% Public, 68% USFS, 9% BLM, 31% Wilderness
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.
Winter weather is almost guaranteed during any season in this area which includes the high country of the West Elk Wilderness. Altitude ranges from 5,400 feet near Hotchkiss to more than 12,000 feet in the wilderness. The range in elevations and the topography create volatile weather at all times of year.
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.
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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Deer are found on high-elevation public land and private land during October. Some deer stay in lower elevation agricultural lands year-round. In late October, deer generally migrate to lower elevation as the weather cools and snow starts to accumulate.
As the season progresses and hunting pressure increases, deer will move to lower elevations to the west where private land is abundant. When snow falls, herds move quickly to lower elevations on the western ends of the unit.
Good numbers of mature bucks were observed during the 2014-15 aerial post-hunt surveys. This unit is managed for high buck-to-doe ratios. Success rates for those who draw a license are usually above the statewide average.