Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 56 - Chaffee County

Look for deer in the lower elevations on the east and south sides of the unit.

GMU 56 - Chaffee County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
49
 
49
Success
38
 
38
Trophy Potential
20
 
20
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
83
 
83
Room to Breathe
7
 
7
Opportunity
35
 
35
Convenience
23
 
23
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
57
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Chalk Creek and Tincup Pass Road; on E by Arkansas River and County Highway 291; on S by US Highway 50; on W by Continental Divide.

The access for this unit is good to public lands.

County

Chaffee

Size

238 Square Miles (152,171 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 61% USFS, 6% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.6301, -106.2087

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Look for deer in the lower elevations on the east and south sides 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.

Management Plan

Deer Management Plan

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Photos and Terrain Notes


The elevation in this area ranges from From 14,269 feet on Mt. Antero to 7,054 feet near Salida. The terrain is. Steep to moderately steep mountains with some level areas at low elevations.

The vegetation consists of Grassy, brushy slopes in low areas to spruce/fir to alpine tundra. The western border of the area is alpine tundra (above 11,500ft) and is characterized by sedges, forbs and stunted willows. As the elevation drops, the next ecosystem is subalpine forest (9,000ft-11,500ft) dominated by subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, aspen and bristlecone pine. The montane forest (5,600ft- 9,000), contains primarily ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, and aspen.

The semidesert shrubland areas (7,000ft-8,000ft), support sagebrush, rabbitbrush, mountain mahogany, grasses and numerous forbs. The piñonjuniper woodlands (6,800ft-8,000ft), contain primarily piñon pine, juniper, mountain mahogany, rabbitbrush, forbs and cactus. The riparian ecosystems extend along all of the drainages and include narrowleaf cottonwood, willow, cinquefoil, current and forbs and grasses. Agricultural cropland in the area consists mainly of native grass and alfalfa hay fields in the Arkansas River valley bottom and along tributaries

Deer Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Deer Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
910
Licenses Drawn
910
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
724
Nonresident Quota
108
Landowner Quota
187
Youth Quota
9
53.5%
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
DF056P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
75 private land only
DF056P2R
F
R
P2
LL
66.7%
75 private land only
DF056L1R
F
R
L1
LL
47.6%
69 "Permit Type C; License Valid for Units: 56
DM048O3R
M
R
O3
LL
54.7%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 48
DM048O2R
M
R
O2
LL
53%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 48
DM048O1M
M
M
O1
LL
70.9%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 48
DM048O1A
M
A
O1
LL
77.2%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 48
DM048E1R
M
R
E1
LL
15.5%
64 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 48
DF048O1M
F
M
O1
LL
27%
64 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 48
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Deer Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
265
Total Harvest
89
Harvest Male
77
Harvest Female
12
34%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 47 5
5
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 265 89
77
12
0
Any
EX
LL
N/A N/A 8 5
0
5
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 25 7
4
3
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 2 0
0
0
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 2 0
0
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 141 51
51
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 42 21
17
4
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 193 77
68
9
0
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Weather Insights


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Average Temps

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