Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 14 - Routt and Grand Counties

Most of the deer will be found in the western section of these units. Movement is also to the west. Hot spots are located north of Hayden. Some good trophy bucks are seen in the southern portion.

GMU 14 - Routt and Grand Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
31
 
31
Success
41
 
41
Trophy Potential
43
 
43
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
70
 
70
Room to Breathe
9
 
9
Opportunity
14
 
14
Convenience
34
 
34
Ease of Effort
50
 
50
67
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Little Snake-Elk River divide; on E by Continental Divide; on S by US Highway 40; on W by US Highway 40 and Routt County Road 129.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas. Mt.

Zirkel Wilderness Areas access is restricted to non-vehicle methods.

County

Routt, Grand

Size

382 Square Miles (244,527 Acres)

Land Ownership

14% Private, 85% Public, 85% USFS, 27% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.6480, -106.7823

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 10 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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The deer herd has declined in the upper Yampa units due to a variety of factors. Most of the deer will be found in the western section of these units. Movement is also to the west. Hot spots are located north of Hayden.

Some good trophy bucks are seen in the southern portion. This area is not managed for trophy bucks, but it does have a good number of adult males in the population. Hunt the aspen and brush areas.

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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with (56%) coniferous forests and (27%) aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country or about 7 % of the land cover.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
50
Licenses Drawn
50
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
33
Nonresident Quota
17
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
23.6%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
DM014E1R
M
R
E1
LL
23.6%
0
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
531
Total Harvest
241
Harvest Male
142
Harvest Female
86
45%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 124 57
15
42
0
A
WTO
LL
N/A
WD
5 6
0
66
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 531 241
142
86
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 2 6
0
6
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 29 6
6
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 23 12
12
0
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 23 12
12
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 322 166
109
44
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 33 0
0
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 378 178
121
44
0
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Average Temps

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