Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 52 - Delta County

During the later seasons many deer will be on private land, so hunters should plan accordingly. Hunting in aspen and oak brush can be productive.

GMU 52 - Delta County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
44
 
44
Success
60
 
60
Trophy Potential
95
 
95
Public Access
47
 
47
Ease of Terrain
86
 
86
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
49
 
49
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
56
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Delta-Mesa County line; on E by Grand Mesa-Gunnison National Forest boundary, Overland Ditch, West Reservoir No. 1, and Jay Creek; on S by N Fork of Gunnison River and County Highway 92; on W by County Highway 65.

Respect motorized closures on public lands. The lower elevations are mainly private.

County

Delta

Size

264 Square Miles (169,244 Acres)

Land Ownership

52% Private, 48% Public, 37% USFS, 10% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.9335, -107.8286

Amenities

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

Deer Notes


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The deer population in these units is stable to slightly increasing. License numbers continue to be held steady at 1,060. 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. During the later seasons many deer will be on private land, so hunters should plan accordingly. Hunting in aspen and oak brush can be productive. Hunters should obtain land ownership maps of this area.

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


The Grand Mesa is heavily forested and offers a wide variety of terrain: from the spruce, fir and aspen forests up to 11,000 feet, to the piñonjuniper woodlands at about 4,800 feet.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,375
Licenses Drawn
1,300
Licenses Surplus
75
Resident Quota
807
Nonresident Quota
261
Landowner Quota
304
Youth Quota
30
42.6%
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
DM052P3R
M
R
P3
LL
95.5%
75 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 52, 411, 521;
DM052P2R
M
R
P2
LL
100%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 52, 411, 521;
DM052O4R
M
R
O4
LL
13.7%
61 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 52, 411, 521;
DM052O3R
M
R
O3
LL
33.5%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 52, 411, 521;
DM052O2R
M
R
O2
LL
48.5%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 52, 411, 521;
DM052O1M
M
M
O1
LL
27.6%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 52, 411, 521;
DF052P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
81
DM052O1A
M
A
O1
LL
35.6%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 52, 411, 521;
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
666
Total Harvest
380
Harvest Male
278
Harvest Female
95
57%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 65 21
21
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 666 380
278
95
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 8 6
0
6
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 33 10
10
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 130 96
0
89
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 238 137
137
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 172 90
90
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 20 20
20
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 568 349
247
95
0
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.

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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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