Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 82 - Alamosa and Saguache Counties

The population is growing and offers a high buck-to-doe ratio. Hunter success is good for those who draw a license. A limited number of licenses are issued for this area.

GMU 82 - Alamosa and Saguache Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
49
 
49
Success
44
 
44
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
44
 
44
Ease of Terrain
89
 
89
Room to Breathe
33
 
33
Opportunity
5
 
5
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
66
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Poncha Pass; on N and E by Rio Grande-Arkansas River divide; on S by Alamosa-Costilla County line and US Highway 160; on W by County Highway 17 and US Highway 285.

Hunting is prohibited in Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Baca National Wildlife Refuge which are located within this unit. National forest and national park preserve, where hunting is allowed, abuts the park and refuge so when hunting pressure starts deer and elk move down quickly to the safe havens. There is also private land 30 with residential development in the northern half of the unit. So, be sure to know whatfts behind your target.

Hunters are allowed to pass through the national park to hunting areas, but some restrictions apply. Call the National Park Service at 1-719-378- 6399, or go to the web site, www.nps.gov/grsa for information. Much of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range is U.S. Forest Service wilderness.

This range is extremely rugged and road access is limited. It is accessible mainly by foot or horseback. Hunters should be in shape if they plan to hunt here. Throughout the area, access varies from moderate to very difficult.

Hunting can be good for those willing to go into tough terrain. Hunting is also challenging because animals can move quickly to large areas of private land, and onto Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Baca National Wildlife Refuge where hunting is prohibited. You must have permission to hunt on private land. Trespassing is a significant issue in the valley.

County

Alamosa, Saguache

Size

982 Square Miles (628,541 Acres)

Land Ownership

36% Private, 44% Public, 31% USFS, 10% BLM, 3% State, 20% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

37.8739, -105.7301

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 69 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Deer hunting in the San Luis Valley has been improving recently due to the limit on buck licenses. Success rates are high for hunters who draw a buck tag. Due to overall low deer population, doe hunting is allowed only on private land in specific areas to address game damage issues. The population is growing and offers a high buck-to-doe ratio.

Hunter success is good for those who draw a license. A limited number of licenses are issued for 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.

Management Plan

Deer Management Plan

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

Elk, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The San Luis Valley is a vast 8,000-square-mile area that provides a wide variety of terrain at elevations that range from 7,500 feet to 14,000 feet. The rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains define the valleyfts east side. The middle of the valley is flat farm land that is privately owned. The Rio Grande and the Conejos River provide long riparian areas that cut through high-elevation alpine forests to lower elevation cottonwood and willow stands.

The west is bordered by the Rio Grande National Forest and the San Juan mountain range.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
465
Licenses Drawn
465
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
342
Nonresident Quota
88
Landowner Quota
84
Youth Quota
0
54.3%
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
DM082O4R
M
R
O4
LL
18.7%
0
DM082O3R
M
R
O3
LL
62.2%
0
DM082O2R
M
R
O2
LL
82.1%
0
DM082O1M
M
M
O1
LL
77.9%
0
DM082O1A
M
A
O1
LL
64.9%
0
DM082E1R
M
R
E1
LL
24.2%
0
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
291
Total Harvest
112
Harvest Male
112
Harvest Female
0
38%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 32 5
5
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 291 112
112
0
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 46 13
13
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 16 7
7
0
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 16 7
7
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 109 45
45
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 83 37
37
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 5 5
5
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 213 94
94
0
0
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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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