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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
76
 
76
Success
42
 
42
Trophy Potential
95
 
95
Public Access
84
 
84
Ease of Terrain
64
 
64
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
48
 
48
Convenience
8
 
8
Ease of Effort
55
 
55
65
HuntScore

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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

232 Square Miles (148,514 Acres)

Land Ownership

17% Private, 83% Public, 59% USFS, 25% BLM, 23% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.8170, -107.1194

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 6 campgrounds, and 0 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

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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 (2021)


Total Quota
1,560
Licenses Drawn
1,518
Licenses Surplus
42
Resident Quota
809
Nonresident Quota
657
Landowner Quota
355
Youth Quota
65
74.6%
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
DE025W1R
E
R
W1
LL
5.1%
55 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26, 35; BURNS HOLE RANCH
DM004P5A
M
A
P5
LL
41.7%
58 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 4, 13, 301, 29, 30, 31, 32, 25, 26, 27, 34, 36; – Those portions not within Craig city limits in the following townships, ranges, and sections: • T6N R90W Sections 5, 6 • T6N R91W Sections 1, 2, 3 • T7N R90W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections
DM012E1R
M
R
E1
LL
6.6%
55 License Valid for Units: 12, 24, 25, 26, and 231; Those portions of GMUs 12, 24, 25, 26, and 231 within the Flat Tops Wilderness Area
DE025O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
79 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DE025P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DE025P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DF025W1R
F
R
W1
LL
26.3%
59 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26, 35; BURNS HOLE RANCH
DF025O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
75 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DF025O2R
F
R
O2
LL
61.9%
79 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DF025O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DM025O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DM025O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DM025O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
79 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DM025O4R
M
R
O4
LL
55.6%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26;
DF004P5A
F
A
P5
LL
100%
68 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 4, 13, 301, 29, 30, 31, 32, 25, 26, 27, 34, 36; – Those portions not within Craig city limits in the following townships, ranges, and sections: • T6N R90W Sections 5, 6 • T6N R91W Sections 1, 2, 3 • T7N R90W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections
HuntScore Tip: Always apply for the unit that is your first choice if your goal is to accumulate points for use toward a future quality hunt. Points needed can change significantly from year to year.

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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 Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 96 7
0
7
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1077 302
214
87
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 85 6
4
2
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 430 120
90
30
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 369 107
73
34
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 33 16
16
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 896 289
210
78
0
R
W0
LL
N/A N/A 64 46
31
14
0
HuntScore Tip: Harvest statistics are only taken at the unit level and include all harvests of a particular species by a particular manner. However it doesn't go to season level detail. For example, all rifle hunts (Season 1, Season 2, etc) are combined to a single total.

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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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