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
55
 
55
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
70
 
70
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
68
 
68
Convenience
39
 
39
Ease of Effort
61
 
61
69
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

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


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 (2021)


Total Quota
7,780
Licenses Drawn
7,594
Licenses Surplus
186
Resident Quota
6,012
Nonresident Quota
1,356
Landowner Quota
2,161
Youth Quota
611
90.8%
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
DM018O4R
M
R
O4
LL
33.3%
69 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 28, 37, 371;
DM018O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
82 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 28, 37, 371;
DM018O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 28, 37, 371;
DM018O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
82 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
DF018O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
83 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 18, 28, 37, 371;
DF018O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
83 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 18, 28, 37, 371;
DF018O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
DE018P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
DE018P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
DE018O1A
E
A
O1
LL
100%
83 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371;
HuntScore Tip: You are able to receive a refund for your license as long as the season has not started. You would have to fill out the License Refund Application or Preference Point Restoration form and return the license and carcass tag with the application to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Preference Points will be restored to the pre-draw level, and you will not receive a preference point for that year.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,485
Total Harvest
447
Harvest Male
281
Harvest Female
150
30%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 187 36
9
27
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1485 447
281
150
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 172 30
22
8
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 548 143
69
58
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 496 195
138
57
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 82 43
43
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 1126 381
250
115
0
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.

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Weather Insights


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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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