Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 421 - Mesa and Garfield Counties

The best deer hunting is at mid elevations (8,500-9,500ft), with more buck opportunities in the later seasons. The Battlements can be good in late seasons, but the terrain is rugged.

GMU 421 - Mesa and Garfield Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
36
 
36
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
66
 
66
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
52
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Colorado River-Plateau Creek divide; on E by Divide Creek-Buzzard Creek divide; on S by Mesa-Delta County line; on W by County Highway 65.

Hunters should be prepared to spend time on foot or horseback. Much of the area is public land. Overall, the hunting pressure is heavy.

County

Mesa, Garfield

Size

496 Square Miles (317,125 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 66% Public, 54% USFS, 11% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.2042, -107.8875

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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The deer population has declined in recent years. The fourth, buck-only season was eliminated in 2014. However deer are still abundant and at the lower end of the population objective range. Deer are found on forest lands and higher elevation private lands during Oct.

The resident deer stay in lower agricultural areas year round. The migrating deer herd begins to move off the forest to lower elevations in mid-Nov, often to BLM lands. The best deer hunting is at mid elevations (8,500-9,500ft), with more buck opportunities in the later seasons. The Battlements can be good in late seasons, but the terrain is rugged.

The open country offers good opportunities for those who get out on foot or horseback.

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


Grand Mesa terrain ranges from high elevation (11,000ft) spruce/fir forests to low elevation (4,800ft) piñon-juniper woodlands.

Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,027
Total Harvest
310
Harvest Male
297
Harvest Female
13
30%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
1027 310
R
R
124 242
R
O2
387 151
R
O3
333 89
A
A
154 44
M
M
149 24
Any
D
4 2
HuntScore Tip: There are no altler point restrictions for deer, but antlers must be at least 5 inches long.