Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 75 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

Deer hunting will be good in these units. The areas with the best deer hunting on public lands are: the HD Mountains, the Piedra River, Florida River and Los Pinos drainages, and lands southeast of Pagosa Springs.

GMU 75 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
84
 
84
Success
42
 
42
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
44
 
44
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
33
 
33
Opportunity
37
 
37
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
0
 
N/A
57
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N and E by Hinsdale-San Juan County line, Continental Divide, Los Pinos River-Florida River divide, La Plata County Road 240 (Pine River-Florida River Road), Bayfield-Vallecito Road and Los Pinos River; on S by New Mexico; on W by Animas River.

Public land and road access is good at mid to high elevations in these units which lie between Durango and Wolf Creek Pass. South of U.S. Highway 160 much of the land is privately owned or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. To access pockets of public land within the Southern Ute boundaries you MUST obtain a crossing permit ($25) from the tribe.

Call (970)563-0125 for information. Hunting is not allowed on tribal lands.

County

La Plata, San Juan

Size

578 Square Miles (369,668 Acres)

Land Ownership

42% Private, 44% Public, 35% USFS, 8% BLM, 1% State, 14% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.4759, -107.7092

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 4 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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After a few years of cutting licenses the population appears to be stable with a good buck-to-doe ratio. Deer hunting will be good in these units. The areas with the best deer hunting on public lands are: the HD Mountains, the Piedra River, Florida River and Los Pinos drainages, and lands southeast of Pagosa Springs. A large percentage of the deer in these units initiate north-to-south migration in mid-October.

After the first week of November deer are typically on winter range. Much of the winter range occupied by this herd is on private land or tribal property

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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Other Species in Unit

Elk, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey, Shiras Moose,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,500 feet to more than 12,000 feet. Weather can change quickly and be severe.

Deer Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
2,090
Licenses Drawn
1,982
Licenses Surplus
49
Resident Quota
1,271
Nonresident Quota
712
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
75
79.5%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
DE075O1A
E
A
O1
DF075O1M
F
M
O1
DF075O2R
F
R
O2
DF075P2R
F
R
P2
DF075P5R
F
R
P5
DM075O1M
M
M
O1
DM075O2R
M
R
O2
DM075O3R
M
R
O3
DM075O4R
M
R
O4
DM075P2R
M
R
P2
DM075P4R
M
R
P4
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,256
Total Harvest
514
Harvest Male
376
Harvest Female
138
41%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
1256 514
R
R
959 413
R
EL
99 70
R
O2
406 166
R
O3
331 121
R
O4
123 56
A
A
173 69
M
M
124 32
HuntScore Tip: There are no altler point restrictions for deer, but antlers must be at least 5 inches long.