Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 30 - Garfield and Mesa Counties

GMU 30 - Garfield and Mesa Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
29
 
29
Success
33
 
33
Trophy Potential
91
 
91
Public Access
74
 
74
Ease of Terrain
95
 
95
Room to Breathe
37
 
37
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
42
 
42
59
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by West Salt Creek-Bitter Creek divide, Evacuation Creek-Salt Creek divide and Douglas Creek-Salt Creek divide; on E by East Salt Creek-Roan Creek divide, Big Salt Wash-Roan Creek and Little Salt Wash-Roan Creek divides, and Bookcliffs; on S by Colorado River; on W by Utah.

Rains bring muddy roads. High elevation snows make roads impassible without chains.

75% of area is BLM land.

There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV. Get maps and study BLM access points.

County

Garfield, Mesa

Size

867 Square Miles (554,932 Acres)

Land Ownership

26% Private, 74% Public, 74% BLM, 4% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.3330, -108.7707

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 39 campgrounds, and 6 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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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, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Pinyon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons. Some areas are steep & rugged, especially in southern portion.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
390
Licenses Drawn
328
Licenses Surplus
62
Resident Quota
199
Nonresident Quota
74
Landowner Quota
88
Youth Quota
24
29.3%
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
DM021O1M
M
M
O1
LL
21.9%
69 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21, 30;
DM021O1A
M
A
O1
LL
24.7%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21, 30;
DM030O3R
M
R
O3
LL
25.1%
71
DM030O2R
M
R
O2
LL
39.1%
76
DF030P5A
F
A
P5
LL
100%
83 that portion south of the Highline Canal and east of West Salt Creek
DF030O3R
F
R
O3
LL
43.5%
70
DF030O2R
F
R
O2
LL
19.2%
67
DE030P5A
E
A
P5
LL
100%
82 that portion south of the Highline Canal and east of West Salt Creek
DM004P5A
M
A
P5
LL
41.7%
67 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 4, 13, 301, 29, 30, 31, 32, 25, 26, 27, 34, 36; – Those portions not within Craig city limits in the following townships, ranges, and sections: • T6N R90W Sections 5, 6 • T6N R91W Sections 1, 2, 3 • T7N R90W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections
DF004P5A
F
A
P5
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 4, 13, 301, 29, 30, 31, 32, 25, 26, 27, 34, 36; – Those portions not within Craig city limits in the following townships, ranges, and sections: • T6N R90W Sections 5, 6 • T6N R91W Sections 1, 2, 3 • T7N R90W Sections; • T7N R91 W Sections
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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
253
Total Harvest
96
Harvest Male
68
Harvest Female
25
38%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 71 17
8
9
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 253 96
68
25
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 8 3
0
2
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 9 3
3
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 100 30
23
7
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 65 43
34
7
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 173 76
57
16
0
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.

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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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