Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 53 - Delta and Gunnison Counties

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.

GMU 53 - Delta and Gunnison Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
28
 
28
Success
64
 
64
Trophy Potential
89
 
89
Public Access
77
 
77
Ease of Terrain
73
 
73
Room to Breathe
10
 
10
Opportunity
18
 
18
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
56
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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.

County

Delta, Gunnison

Size

396 Square Miles (253,633 Acres)

Land Ownership

23% Private, 77% Public, 68% USFS, 9% BLM, 31% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.8069, -107.4210

Amenities

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

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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.

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


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.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
390
Licenses Drawn
383
Licenses Surplus
7
Resident Quota
217
Nonresident Quota
95
Landowner Quota
82
Youth Quota
6
26.8%
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
DM053P3R
M
R
P3
LL
56.6%
71
DM053P2R
M
R
P2
LL
100%
77
DM053O4R
M
R
O4
LL
6.3%
64
DM053O3R
M
R
O3
LL
19.3%
71
DM053O2R
M
R
O2
LL
27.4%
75
DM053O1M
M
M
O1
LL
34.5%
70
DF053P5R
F
R
P5
LL
71.4%
80
DM053O1A
M
A
O1
LL
45.5%
75
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
337
Total Harvest
216
Harvest Male
193
Harvest Female
23
64%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 47 21
21
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 337 216
193
23
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 19 5
5
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 29 23
0
23
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 123 76
76
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 109 82
82
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 10 9
9
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 271 190
167
23
0
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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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