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


Ease of Drawing
99
 
99
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
92
 
92
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
63
 
63
Opportunity
66
 
66
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
96
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

193 Square Miles (123,502 Acres)

Land Ownership

8% Private, 92% Public, 74% USFS, 19% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.6653, -107.2552

Amenities

There are 15 hospitals, 20 hotels, 16 campgrounds, and 7 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
945
Licenses Drawn
510
Licenses Surplus
432
Resident Quota
388
Nonresident Quota
122
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
48
99.7%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DE034O1A
E
A
O1
DE034P2R
E
R
P2
DF034O1M
F
M
O1
DF034O2R
F
R
O2
DM034O1M
M
M
O1
DM034O2R
M
R
O2
DM034O3R
M
R
O3
DM034O4R
M
R
O4
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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 Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
746 76
R
R
519 53
R
O2
284 27
R
O3
204 18
R
O4
31 8
A
A
104 13
M
M
123 10
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.