Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 31 - Mesa, Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

Concentrate on higher elevations in early seasons. If the weather is dry, you'll need to do a lot of walking and looking. Good snows will move the herds to lower elevations to the north and to the south.

GMU 31 - Mesa, Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
57
 
57
Success
56
 
56
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
57
 
57
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
48
 
48
Opportunity
28
 
28
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
61
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Colorado-White River divide; on E by Roan Creek-Parachute Creek divide and Kelly Gulch; on S by Colorado River; and on W by Bookcliffs, Little Salt Wash-Roan Creek divide, Big Salt Wash-Roan Creek divide and East Salt Creek-Roan Creek divide.

Rains bring muddy roads. High elevation snows make roads impassible without chains. 75% of area is BLM land. There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV.

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County

Mesa, Garfield, Rio Blanco

Size

644 Square Miles (412,266 Acres)

Land Ownership

43% Private, 57% Public, 57% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.4090, -108.3566

Amenities

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

Deer Notes


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The hunting ranges from fair to good in the Bookcliffs and Piceance units. Deer are well-distributed in the northern portion from mid-October. Concentrate on higher elevations in early seasons. If the weather is dry, you'll need to do a lot of walking and looking.

Good snows will move the herds to lower elevations to the north and to the south. Hunt high early, low later. Cathedral Rim has some big bucks, but tough terrain. Little Hills and Dry Fork of Piceance is better late

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, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey, Pronghorn,

Photos and Terrain Notes


piñon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons. Some areas are steep and rugged, especially in southern portion.

Deer Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
735
Licenses Drawn
716
Licenses Surplus
9
Resident Quota
443
Nonresident Quota
273
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
21
56.5%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DE031O1A
E
A
O1
DM031O1M
M
M
O1
DM031O2R
M
R
O2
DM031O3R
M
R
O3
DM031P2R
M
R
P2
DM031P3R
M
R
P3
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
470
Total Harvest
254
Harvest Male
254
Harvest Female
0
54%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
470 254
R
R
349 197
R
O2
133 52
R
O3
216 145
A
A
79 32
M
M
42 25
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.