Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

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

GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
14
 
14
Trophy Potential
58
 
58
Public Access
92
 
92
Ease of Terrain
50
 
50
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
45
 
45
Convenience
72
 
72
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
71
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Deep Creek; on E and S by Colorado River; on W by Canyon Creek.

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

178 Square Miles (113,818 Acres)

Land Ownership

8% Private, 92% Public, 73% USFS, 19% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.6527, -107.2848

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 15 hotels, 24 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

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 (2021)


Total Quota
835
Licenses Drawn
549
Licenses Surplus
286
Resident Quota
354
Nonresident Quota
194
Landowner Quota
189
Youth Quota
31
98.6%
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
DM034O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
0
DM034O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
0
DM034O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
0
DM034O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
0
DF034O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
DF034O2R
F
R
O2
LL
89.3%
0
DF034O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
0
DE034P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
0
DE034O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
0
DE034P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
0
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
746
Total Harvest
76
Harvest Male
66
Harvest Female
10
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 104 13
10
3
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 746 76
66
10
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 123 10
10
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 284 27
23
4
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 204 18
15
3
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 31 8
8
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 519 53
46
7
0
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.

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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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