Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 29 - Boulder, Jefferson, and Gilpin Counties

There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet.

GMU 29 - Boulder, Jefferson, and Gilpin Counties

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
99
 
99
Success
28
 
28
Trophy Potential
42
 
42
Public Access
29
 
29
Ease of Terrain
89
 
89
Room to Breathe
6
 
6
Opportunity
27
 
27
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
49
 
49
69
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Bounded on N by the ridge line from Pawnee Peak to Brainard Lake, Boulder County Roads 102 (Brainard Lake Road), 94, 81, 106, and 95 (Lefthand Canyon Drive), US Highway 36, Boulder County Road 34 (Neva/Niwot roads), and County Highway 52 (Mineral Road); on E by I-25; on S by County Highway 128, 93, 72, 119, and US Forest Service Road 149 (Rollins Pass Road); on W by Continental Divide.

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.

County

Boulder, Jefferson, Gilpin

Size

409 Square Miles (262,051 Acres)

Land Ownership

71% Private, 29% Public, 22% USFS, 1% BLM, 6% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.9999, -105.3139

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 13 hotels, 127 campgrounds, and 15 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet and will remain on summer range until mid-October

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, Shiras Moose, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

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Photos and Terrain Notes


The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,240
Licenses Drawn
693
Licenses Surplus
547
Resident Quota
664
Nonresident Quota
27
Landowner Quota
325
Youth Quota
79
99.4%
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
DM029P5R
M
R
P5
LL
100%
0
DM029O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
0
DM029O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
0
DM029O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
0
DM029O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
0
DF029P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
DF029O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
DF029O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
DF029O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
0
DF029O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
0
DE029O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
0
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
771
Total Harvest
202
Harvest Male
138
Harvest Female
58
26%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 132 18
8
10
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 771 202
138
58
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 97 31
18
9
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 201 52
35
17
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 111 26
19
7
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 107 42
28
12
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 123 33
30
3
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 542 153
112
39
0
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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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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