Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 3 - Moffat County

The buck-doe ratio is increasing. The mid-range elevations with mountain shrub and piñon-juniper breaks generally hold the most deer, especially during the regular rifle seasons. Movement occurs with weather and hunting pressure.

GMU 3 - Moffat County

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
61
 
61
Success
70
 
70
Trophy Potential
50
 
50
Public Access
55
 
55
Ease of Terrain
92
 
92
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
36
 
36
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
66
 
66
61
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Wyoming, on E by County Highway 13/789, County Roads 108, 3, 158, 5 and 17; on S by Yampa River, US Highway 40 and County Highway 318; on W by Little Snake River.

Overall access is easy and 4WD is not necessary in most areas. Hunting pressure is heavy

County

Moffat

Size

848 Square Miles (542,834 Acres)

Land Ownership

46% Private, 54% Public, 45% BLM, 10% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7599, -107.9276

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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The buck-doe ratio is increasing. The mid-range elevations with mountain shrub and piñon-juniper breaks generally hold the most deer, especially during the regular rifle seasons. Movement occurs with weather and hunting pressure.

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.

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Other Species in Unit

Elk, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The lower elevations of 6,000ft consist (approximately 57%) of sage and sage steepe and (30%) saltbrush. piñon and juniper cover the upper elevations up to 8,500ft. Expect zero to light snow cover in 1st and 2nd seasons. The later seasons may bring moderate snow and a potential for near zero temperatures.

If the weather is mild, deer and elk will not be present in high numbers until the later seasons.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
4,013
Licenses Drawn
4,013
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
2,420
Nonresident Quota
1,107
Landowner Quota
1,063
Youth Quota
279
61.3%
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
DF003W2R
F
R
W2
LL
22.2%
67 GREAT DIVIDE RANCH
DM003O2R
M
R
O2
LL
70%
75 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301;
DM003O1M
M
M
O1
LL
24%
64 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 5, 14, 214, 301, 441;
DF003O1M
F
M
O1
LL
89.3%
63 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 5, 14, 214, 301, 441;
DF003W1R
F
R
W1
LL
100%
64 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 0301; BUCK MOUNTAIN RANCH
DF003O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
79 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301;
DF003O2R
F
R
O2
LL
65.6%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301;
DM003O4R
M
R
O4
LL
18%
60 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301;
DE003P4R
E
R
P4
LL
58.1%
69 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301;
DM003O3R
M
R
O3
LL
71.6%
75 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301;
DE004W3R
E
R
W3
LL
8.1%
56 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 0301; VISINTAINER RANCH
DM003W1R
M
R
W1
LL
17%
57 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 0301; BUCK MOUNTAIN RANCH
DM003W2R
M
R
W2
LL
17.9%
61 GREAT DIVIDE RANCH
DE004W1R
E
R
W1
LL
7.7%
56 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 0301; VISINTAINER RANCH
DF004W1R
F
R
W1
LL
35.3%
61 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 0301; VISINTAINER RANCH
DF004W3R
F
R
W3
LL
31.8%
60 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 0301; VISINTAINER RANCH
DE214W2R
E
R
W2
LL
3.8%
55 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 214, 301, 441; BLUE SAGE RANCH
DF214W2R
F
R
W2
LL
15%
57 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 214, 301, 441; BLUE SAGE RANCH
DF214W4R
F
R
W4
LL
17.6%
57 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 214, 301, 441; BLUE SAGE RANCH
DF301W2R
F
R
W2
LL
31%
59 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301; LAY CREEK RANCH
DM301W2R
M
R
W2
LL
10%
56 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301; LAY CREEK RANCH
DE003P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
81 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 5, 14, 214, 301, 441;
HuntScore Tip: Preference points are earned when you apply for a limited license but are unsuccessful in drawing a license for your first-choice hunt or when you purchase a point through the application process. Many hunters collect points and also hunt each year. Researching the number of points required for the GMUs you want to hunt is useful before applying.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
2,299
Total Harvest
1,556
Harvest Male
1,113
Harvest Female
418
68%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 71 35
14
21
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 2299 1556
1113
418
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 14 3
3
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 729 474
389
85
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 1353 933
603
305
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 51 35
35
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 2214 1518
1096
397
0
R
W0
LL
N/A N/A 81 776
69
7
0
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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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