Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 74 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

The buck-to-doe ratio is high, so it is possible to find quality bucks. In October, deer move from their summer range at the high elevations in the north to their winter range to the south.

GMU 74 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

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Bounded on N by Ouray-San Juan County line; on E by San Juan-Hinsdale County line and Animas River; on S by US Highway 160; on W by Montezuma-La Plata County line, Dolores-San Juan County line, San Miguel-San Juan County line and Ouray-San Juan County line.

Public land is abundant in GMU 74 with much of it quite remote. Where road access is good expect hunting pressure.

County

La Plata, San Juan

Size

533 Square Miles (341,323 Acres)

Land Ownership

14% Private, 86% Public, 76% USFS, 7% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

37.6145, -107.8607

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 15 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Good fawn production and survival the past few years has helped this population. The buck-to-doe ratio is high, so it is possible to find quality bucks. In October, deer move from their summer range at the high elevations in the north to their winter range to the south. In the early seasons deer hunting can be good near timberline.

As deer begin to move to winter range they can be more difficult to find. Look for timbered areas with a good mix of open meadows or undergrowth. Deer will head to winter range, usually 8,500 feet and below, during the third rifle season in a typical year. The lower portions of Junction Creek and areas further south can provide good deer hunting in the later seasons.

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.

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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development. This area is in the Colorado Plateau Ecoregion, which consists of shrublands and forests. Vegetation types include: alpine over 12,000 feet elevation; spruce/fir stands down to 10,000 feet; Gambel oak, serviceberry, and ponderosa pine above 6,500 feet; and piñon/juniper/sagebrush and agricultural fields below 6,500 feet.

Deer Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
475
Licenses Drawn
475
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
318
Nonresident Quota
157
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
64.3%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DM074E1R
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R
E1
DM074O1A
M
A
O1
DM074O1M
M
M
O1
DM074O2R
M
R
O2
DM074O4R
M
R
O4
DM074P2R
M
R
P2
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
115
Total Harvest
43
Harvest Male
43
Harvest Female
0
37.4%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O4
15 9
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M
100 34
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