Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties

There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet.

GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
88
 
88
Success
35
 
35
Trophy Potential
43
 
43
Public Access
65
 
65
Ease of Terrain
48
 
48
Room to Breathe
28
 
28
Opportunity
35
 
35
Convenience
36
 
36
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
62
HuntScore

Access Notes


Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service National Grasslands
Indian Reservation
State, County, City; Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas
State Wildlife/Wilderness Areas
Bureau of Reclaimation
Department of the Defense
National Park Service
State
Other Federal Land
Private

Land Ownership
Legend


Bounded on N by US Highway 40 and I-70; on E by County Highway 74 and Jefferson County Road 73; on S by US Highway 285, N Turkey Creek-Elk Creek divide and Pike-Arapaho National Forest boundary; on W by Continental Divide. (See unit 391.)

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.

County

Jefferson, Clear Creek, Park

Size

341 Square Miles (218,115 Acres)

Land Ownership

35% Private, 65% Public, 62% USFS, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.6642, -105.6005

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


There are migratory and residential deer herds. Migratory deer winter at low elevation areas often mixing with residential deer. In summer and fall, migratory deer move up in elevation to forests and alpine areas above 9,000 feet and will remain on summer range until mid-October.

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

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Photos and Terrain Notes


The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Unit Elevation Profile

HuntScore generates thousands of synthetic hikes in the unit to create an elevation profile. This profile is what you can expect to experience within a 2 mile hike from a road or trail in this unit.

Elevation in this unit ranges from 6735' to 14196' with a median elevation of 8652'. If you are preparing to hunt this unit you should train for hiking up and down slopes of 12.6%.

Distribution of Slopes From Hikes
Common Slope

This is typical incline or decline experienced while hiking from a road or trail in the unit

Elevation Range
Max Elevation: 14196'
Median Elevation: 8652'
Min Elevation: 6735'

Common Elevation Profiles

Deer Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
1,230
Licenses Drawn
1,208
Licenses Surplus
22
Resident Quota
1,104
Nonresident Quota
61
Landowner Quota
325
Youth Quota
87
84.6%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into hunt scores, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Quota Drawn Surplus Resident Draw Odds NonResident Draw Odds Min Res. Points Min NonRes. Points
DE039O1A
E
A
O1
LL
275 275 0
81.7%
87.5%
0 0
DF039O1M
F
M
O1
LL
25 25 0
53.2%
0%
0 0
DF039O2R
F
R
O2
LL
35 35 0
47.9%
33.3%
0 0
DF039O3R
F
R
O3
LL
35 35 0
100%
0%
0 0
DF039O4R
F
R
O4
LL
35 35 0
100%
0%
0 0
DF039P5R
F
R
P5
LL
150 128 22
100%
100%
0 0
DM039O1M
M
M
O1
LL
150 150 0
100%
100%
0 0
DM039O2R
M
R
O2
LL
225 225 0
100%
93.8%
0 0
DM039O3R
M
R
O3
LL
175 175 0
100%
100%
0 0
DM039O4R
M
R
O4
LL
125 125 0
79%
0%
0 0
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
710
Total Harvest
231
Harvest Male
105
Harvest Female
116
33%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth Success Rate Days Hunter
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 207 57
6
45
0
28% 6
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 710 231
105
116
0
33% 6
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 88 33
26
5
0
38% 5
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 102 44
0
44
0
43% 10
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 129 37
28
9
0
29% 4
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 110 25
17
8
0
23% 4
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 74 35
28
5
0
47% 3
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 415 141
73
66
0
34% 5
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.

Harvests Trends


Overall harvests trends are broken down by hunt_code, manner, season, sex, type, and species of deer (if applicable) to the extent state wildlife managers provide such data.

Total Harvest

Success Rate

Days Per Hunter (To Harvest)

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.

Precipitation

The probability of precipitation is the likelihood of experience rain, snow, hail, etc... on a given day within the month. A good trick is to invert the probability to estimate how many days will pass, on average, between precipitation events. Hover or click a month to see how many days will pass between precipitation events.

Use the average and maximum precipitation events to set expetations for what rain gear to bring. Also remember that water availability can influence wildlife patterns, so be sure to check out the current weather patterns leading up to your hunt.

Snow

Each month of the year brings it's own challenges for weather. Select a month to see what you can expect and how to prepare for extreme events.

Likely Wind Directions

Wind Speed

Sunshine




Cloud Cover




Other Weather Events

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