Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 19 - Larimer County

Deer summer range generally from elevations of 5,000 to 11,500 feet. The higher range usually becomes available to deer as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of deer winter at elevations below 8,000 feet.

GMU 19 - Larimer County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
83
 
83
Success
51
 
51
Trophy Potential
42
 
42
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
88
 
88
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
65
 
65
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
72
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Bounded on N by County Highway 14 (Poudre Canyon Road); on E by I-25; on S by Harmony Road, County Roads 19, 38E, 27 and 44H (Buckhorn Road), Elk Creek-Pennock Creek divide and Rocky Mountain National Park boundary; on W by Larimer-Jackson County line.

There are many wilderness areas here that can only be reached by foot or horse, but there is no vehicle access. Hunters must know where they are in this area as there are many public lands locked on all sides by private land. Don't risk access unless you have received permission well in advance of the hunt. Elk habitat is spread across a wide range of land ownership categories.

The largest single land manager is the United States Forest Service (USFS), followed closely by private landowners. The vast majority of USFS land is National Forest or designated wilderness. There are 4 USFS wilderness areas in the DAU; Cache La Poudre Wilderness (14 sq. mi.), Comanche Peak Wilderness (96 sq.

mi. in E-4), Neota Wilderness (15 sq. mi.) and Rawah Wilderness (113 sq. mi.).

There are some small areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Among state lands, those managed as State Wildlife Areas (C) or State Land Board holdings account for almost all of the total area. Many of these state properties provide elk hunting opportunities. Outside of private land, USFS, BLM and C lands receive almost all elk hunting pressure.

Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and southwestern portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek).

County

Larimer

Size

396 Square Miles (253,471 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 60% USFS, 2% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.6032, -105.4728

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 6 hotels, 69 campgrounds, and 9 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Deer summer range generally from elevations of 5,000 to 11,500 feet. The higher range usually becomes available to deer as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of deer winter at elevations below 8,000 feet. Many west and south-facing slopes are typically clear of snow all year, with occasional spring and late winter storms depositing accumulations which quickly melt off.

Weather-related winter deer mortality is usually not a factor in this area. Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and south-western portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek). In most units in Colorado, mule deer and white-tailed deer are managed together, with population estimates, harvest and licensing focusing on the entire deer herd, with no species distinctions. In these GMUs mule deer are by far the predominant species; however occasional whitetailed deer have historically been observed in the area for at least the last 30-40 years.

In recent years however, localized white-tailed deer herds have become established in the area, most notably in the Laramie River drainage, the area surrounding Fort Collins and in some drainages of the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River. These small localized herds are currently not a large concern for hybridization or competition with mule deer, but any expansion will be evaluated. Since white-tailed deer are harvested along with mule deer on general deer licenses, harvest pressure and habitat may act together to limit their range.

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

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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from 12,795 feet at the highest point in the southwestern part of the area to 4,921 feet along the eastern edge near Fort Collins. This area covers much of the northern part of the Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest. The overall climate in this area is relatively dry with low humidity. Climate varies across the area as a function of elevation.

The higher elevation portions in the west experience a harsher climate, with long, cold winters, abundant snowfall, and short, cool summers.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,430
Licenses Drawn
1,430
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
1,235
Nonresident Quota
128
Landowner Quota
284
Youth Quota
0
71.7%
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
DM019O4R
M
R
O4
LL
63.1%
0
DM019O3R
M
R
O3
LL
80.6%
0
DM019O2R
M
R
O2
LL
70.4%
0
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,058
Total Harvest
325
Harvest Male
240
Harvest Female
85
31%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 218 36
27
9
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1058 325
240
85
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 106 36
10
26
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 29 16
0
16
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 349 103
90
13
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 261 88
67
21
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 95 46
46
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 734 253
203
50
0
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Weather Insights


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.

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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