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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
85
 
85
Success
41
 
41
Trophy Potential
66
 
66
Public Access
80
 
80
Ease of Terrain
53
 
53
Room to Breathe
6
 
6
Opportunity
35
 
35
Convenience
26
 
26
Ease of Effort
45
 
45
63
HuntScore

Access Notes


Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
Local Gov't
State Gov't
Indian Reservation
State Wildlife/Wilderness Areas
National Park Service
Army Corps
Other Federal Land
Other

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

369 Square Miles (236,178 Acres)

Land Ownership

32% Private, 68% Public, 61% USFS, 3% State, 16% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.6643, -105.6004

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 (2022)


Total Quota
1,230
Licenses Drawn
1,210
Licenses Surplus
20
Resident Quota
1,057
Nonresident Quota
90
Landowner Quota
325
Youth Quota
87
82.6%
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 Notes
DM039O4R
M
R
O4
LL
125 125 0
81.5%
85.7%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
DM039O3R
M
R
O3
LL
175 175 0
78.5%
95.8%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
DM039O2R
M
R
O2
LL
225 225 0
92.2%
96.3%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
DM039O1M
M
M
O1
LL
150 137 13
100%
100%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
DF039P5R
F
R
P5
LL
150 143 7
100%
0%
0 0 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 39
DF039O4R
F
R
O4
LL
35 35 0
100%
100%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
DF039O3R
F
R
O3
LL
35 35 0
76.1%
0%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
DF039O2R
F
R
O2
LL
35 35 0
49.3%
0%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
DF039O1M
F
M
O1
LL
25 25 0
100%
0%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
DE039O1A
E
A
O1
LL
275 275 0
82.9%
81.3%
0 0 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 39
HuntScore Tip: Ninety to ninety-five percent of Colorado's GMUs require no preference points - or just a single preference point - in order to draw a limited license in those units.

Deer Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
643
Total Harvest
209
Harvest Male
133
Harvest Female
74
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 136 19
0
19
0
14% 7
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 643 209
133
74
0
33% 5
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 123 25
18
7
0
20% 5
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 71 31
0
31
0
44% 5
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 118 44
35
9
0
37% 4
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 109 57
50
5
0
52% 3
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 86 33
30
3
0
38% 3
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 384 165
115
48
0
43% 4
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

Avg. Days Hunted

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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  • Precip totals by month
  • Snow depth by month
  • Min/Max precip and snow depth
  • Average # of days between precip or snow event

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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