Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 37 - Summit and Grand Counties

This unit is managed for quality bucks. There are good numbers of mature bucks, but they rarely reach trophy status found in lower elevation mtn shrub and mild winter areas.

GMU 37 - Summit and Grand Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
91
 
91
Success
41
 
41
Trophy Potential
81
 
81
Public Access
76
 
76
Ease of Terrain
71
 
71
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
65
 
65
Convenience
38
 
38
Ease of Effort
57
 
57
71
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Colorado River; on E by Barger Gulch, Williams Fork River-Blue River divide, Williams Fork River-Straight Creek divide and Continental Divide; on S by Continental Divide; on W by Eagle River-TeNew Mexicoile Creek divide, I-70, Blue River, Cataract Creek and Gore Range Divide.

County

Summit, Grand

Size

528 Square Miles (338,172 Acres)

Land Ownership

27% Private, 73% Public, 65% USFS, 5% BLM, 6% Wilderness, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.6612, -106.1251

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 5 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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This unit has good numbers of deer. The buck-to-doe ratios continue to increase as a result of limited buck hunting and mild winters. This unit is managed for quality bucks. There are good numbers of mature bucks, but they rarely reach trophy status found in lower elevation mtn shrub and mild winter areas.

Concentrate on transition zones that have aspen, shrub and coniferous cover. Deer tend to move west and down in elevation over the seasons, snow will move them faster and farther

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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


The Continental Divide and the Gore Range Divide encircle Middle Park. Most of this terrain is steep to very steep. Sagebrush/shrubs are common on southern exposures at lower elevations. The past decadefts mountain pine beetle killed an estimated 80 percent of mature lodgepole pine trees in Grand County, creating numerous hazards along public roadways as these trees begin to fall.

Deer Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
7,230
Licenses Drawn
6,938
Licenses Surplus
292
Resident Quota
5,586
Nonresident Quota
1,128
Landowner Quota
2,023
Youth Quota
585
92.1%
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
DF018O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
87 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 18
DE018P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18
DE018P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18
DF018O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
83 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 18
DM018O4R
M
R
O4
LL
39.2%
73 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18
DF018O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
87 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 18
DM018O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
83 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18
DM018O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
88 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18
DM018O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
87 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18
DE018O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
85 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18
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Deer Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
2,554
Total Harvest
838
Harvest Male
649
Harvest Female
166
34.5%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 204 54
45
9
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1628 471
308
145
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 926 367
341
21
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 233 52
43
9
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 600 168
90
68
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 534 173
106
59
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 57 24
24
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 1191 365
220
127
0
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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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