Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 64 - Delta and Montrose Counties

After declining after tough winters during 2008 and 2009, the deer population appears to have stabilized. Consequently, license numbers have been increase slightly for this year. The buck-to-doe ratio is showing noticeable improvement.

GMU 64 - Delta and Montrose Counties

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
66
 
66
Success
40
 
40
Trophy Potential
91
 
91
Public Access
37
 
37
Ease of Terrain
90
 
90
Room to Breathe
6
 
6
Opportunity
49
 
49
Convenience
20
 
20
Ease of Effort
58
 
58
57
HuntScore

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Bounded on N and E by County Highway 92 to the Gunnison River and Morrow Point Reservoir; on E by Big Blue Creek; on S and W by US Highway 50.

Most of this unit is on private land or part of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where hunting is prohibited.

County

Delta, Montrose

Size

269 Square Miles (172,256 Acres)

Land Ownership

57% Private, 43% Public, 37% BLM, 8% Wilderness, 6% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

38.5887, -107.8126

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 4 hotels, 3 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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After declining after tough winters during 2008 and 2009, the deer population appears to have stabilized. Consequently, license numbers have been increase slightly for this year. The buck-to-doe ratio is showing noticeable improvement. Abundant spring moisture should help the northern area of this area that is notoriously dry.

For the best bucks, hunt at high elevations early. Go lower as the season progresses. Deer move lower and to private land as hunting pressure increases. During the second season, deer favor aspen/oak brush/ serviceberry areas; they move lower to piñon/juniper during the third season.

Access is relatively easy in the lower terrain, but rewards can be great for hunters willing to go into higher and more challenging terrain.

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


These units include some of the most diverse terrain in Colorado, from 4,700 feet in the dry desert lands near Delta to 14,309-foot Uncompahgre Peak. Warm weather at the low elevations will cause meat to spoil very quickly, so be prepared to pack out fast. Weather is variable and unpredictable at the higher elevations.

Deer Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,180
Licenses Drawn
1,176
Licenses Surplus
4
Resident Quota
646
Nonresident Quota
349
Landowner Quota
244
Youth Quota
8
65.2%
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
DM064P3R
M
R
P3
LL
51.6%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064P2R
M
R
P2
LL
86%
72 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O4R
M
R
O4
LL
13.7%
56 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O3R
M
R
O3
LL
68.8%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O2R
M
R
O2
LL
92.6%
78 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O1M
M
M
O1
LL
63.2%
65 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DM064O1A
M
A
O1
LL
53.4%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
DE064P6R
E
R
P6
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65; 64, 65 – Those portions bounded on the north by the unit boundary; on the east by 2200 Rd, F Rd, Peach Valley Rd, Selig Canal, Loutsenhizer Canal, AB Lateral Canal, Landfill Rd, AB Lateral Canal, South Canal and West Canal; on the west by the unit boundary.
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
473
Total Harvest
167
Harvest Male
152
Harvest Female
15
35%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 32 9
9
0
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 473 167
152
15
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 21 15
0
15
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 14 4
4
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 198 91
91
0
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 194 42
42
0
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 14 6
6
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 427 154
139
15
0
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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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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