Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 411 - Mesa and Delta Counties

Deer are found on high-elevation public land and private land during October. Some deer stay in lower elevation agricultural lands year-round. In late October deer generally migrate to lower elevation as the weather cools and snow starts to accumulate.

GMU 411 - Mesa and Delta Counties

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
94
 
94
Success
40
 
40
Trophy Potential
47
 
47
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
85
 
85
Room to Breathe
10
 
10
Opportunity
35
 
35
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
68
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Bounded on N by Delta-Mesa County line, Flowing Park Road and Lands End Road; on E by County Highway 65 and 92; on S by US Highway 50.

The lower elevations are mainly private.

County

Mesa, Delta

Size

210 Square Miles (134,326 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 20% USFS, 42% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.8736, -108.0833

Amenities

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

Deer Notes


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The deer population in these units is stable to slightly increasing. License numbers continue to be held steady at 1,060. Deer are found on high-elevation public land and private land during October. Some deer stay in lower elevation agricultural lands year-round.

In late October deer generally migrate to lower elevation as the weather cools and snow starts to accumulate. During the later seasons many deer will be on private land, so hunters should plan accordingly. Hunting in aspen and oak brush can be productive. Hunters should obtain land ownership maps of this area.

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


The Grand Mesa is heavily forested and offers a wide variety of terrain: from the spruce, fir and aspen forests up to 11,000 feet, to the piñonjuniper woodlands at about 4,800 feet.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
205
Licenses Drawn
70
Licenses Surplus
135
Resident Quota
64
Nonresident Quota
0
Landowner Quota
72
Youth Quota
32
94.1%
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
DE411P6R
E
R
P6
LL
100%
0
DF411P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
HuntScore Tip: If you have not held a big game, small game, annual fishing or combo license in the previous year when applying for a preference point, you will be charged a preference point fee of $30 or $40 based on species and residency.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
255
Total Harvest
99
Harvest Male
34
Harvest Female
61
39%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 14 0
0
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 255 99
34
61
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 9 5
0
5
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 2 0
0
0
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 103 60
0
56
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 93 18
18
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 31 13
13
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 3 3
3
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 239 99
34
61
0
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.

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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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