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
79
 
79
Success
39
 
39
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
69
 
69
Ease of Terrain
77
 
77
Room to Breathe
6
 
6
Opportunity
9
 
9
Convenience
33
 
33
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
72
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

216 Square Miles (138,403 Acres)

Land Ownership

31% Private, 69% Public, 60% 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

State Agency Website

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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 (2021)


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Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
40
Licenses Drawn
40
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
36
Nonresident Quota
1
Landowner Quota
15
Youth Quota
7
52.6%
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
DF056P2R
F
R
P2
LL
100%
0
DF056P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
0
DF056L1R
F
R
L1
LL
42.6%
0
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
288
Total Harvest
107
Harvest Male
93
Harvest Female
14
37%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 27 2
2
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 288 107
93
14
0
Any
EX
LL
N/A N/A 21 13
0
13
0
Any
WTO
LL
N/A
WD
2 0
0
0
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 35 5
5
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 9 2
2
0
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 9 2
2
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 68 33
32
1
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 126 52
52
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 226 100
86
14
0
R
WTO
LL
N/A
WD
2 0
0
0
0
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Weather Insights


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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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