Look for deer in the lower elevations on the east and south sides of the unit.
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.
31% Private, 69% Public, 60% USFS, 6% BLM, 3% State
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.
Deer Management Plan
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
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
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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.
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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Look for deer in the lower elevations in the east part of unit, as this is their winter concentration. Look towards areas such as Cleveland Mountain and the Dry Lake area.
Better deer areas are in the lower elevation piñons and junipers along the north, west and south sides of the unit. The areas around Turret are improving, and area near Wellsville should be good.
Deer can be found throughout the unit, but better deer hunting is found at the lower elevations. In later seasons, deer will move down toward the town of Buena Vista and along Hwy 24.