Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 25 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

The deer are scattered and will move in response to hunting pressure and weather.

GMU 25 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
31
 
31
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
84
 
84
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
14
 
14
Opportunity
59
 
59
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
55
 
55
72
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by the Middle Fork of Derby Creek and Derby Creek; on E by Colorado River; on S by Deep Creek; and on W by the Colorado River-White River divide.

Expect mild weather with light snow in the 1st season, with roads becoming impassable in the upper half of the area by the 3rd season. The high country in GMU 24 is prone to heavy snowstorms in late seasons. Heavy snowstorms can strand hunters on Flattops after 1st season. While there is a great deal of public land, hunting pressure is heavy especially in northern half of GMUs 23 and 24.

4WD is necessary on all but the few main paved roads. Half of the area is roadless - which makes for very good hunting if you can walk or pack in. You may encounter heavy ATV traffic in GMUs 12, 23 and 33. Hunters in GMU 25 and 26 can gain access using Forest Service Road 610 (Stump Park Rd) or USFS Road 613 (Crescent Lake Rd).

County

Garfield, Eagle

Size

214 Square Miles (137,157 Acres)

Land Ownership

17% Private, 84% Public, 59% USFS, 25% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.8072, -107.1296

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 15 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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The deer are scattered and will move in response to hunting pressure and weather

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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Photos and Terrain Notes


White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, evergreens and alpine tundra.

Deer Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1,751
Licenses Drawn
1,486
Licenses Surplus
250
Resident Quota
940
Nonresident Quota
546
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
94
76.8%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DE025O1A
E
A
O1
DE025P2R
E
R
P2
DE025W1R
E
R
W1
DF025O1M
F
M
O1
DF025O2R
F
R
O2
DF025W1R
F
R
W1
DM025O1M
M
M
O1
DM025O2R
M
R
O2
DM025O3R
M
R
O3
DM025O4R
M
R
O4
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,077
Total Harvest
302
Harvest Male
214
Harvest Female
87
28%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
1077 302
R
R
896 289
R
W0
64 46
R
O2
430 120
R
O3
369 107
R
O4
33 16
A
A
96 7
M
M
85 6
HuntScore Tip: Ever hunt a unit with a 100% success rate and not see any deer? If you're nodding your head to any of these scenarios then you're one of the people who knows that statistics are a good guide, but they aren't a guarantee.