Deer Hunting in Colorado GMU 7 - Larimer County

Deer summer range generally from elevations of 5,000 to 11,500 feet. The higher range usually becomes available to deer as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of deer winter at elevations below 8,000 feet.

GMU 7 - Larimer County

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
88
 
88
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
78
 
78
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
67
 
67
Convenience
20
 
20
Ease of Effort
51
 
51
72
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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by County Road 103 (Laramie River Road); on S by County Highway 14; on W by Larimer-Jackson County line.

There are many wilderness areas here that can only be reached by foot or horseÓno vehicle access. Hunters must know where they are in this area as there are many public lands locked on all sides by private land. Donftt risk access unless you have received permission well in advance of the hunt. Elk habitat is spread across a wide range of land ownership categories.

The largest single land manager is the United States Forest Service (USFS), followed closely by private landowners. The vast majority of USFS land is National Forest or designated wilderness. There are 4 USFS wilderness areas in the DAU; Cache La Poudre Wilderness (14 sq. mi.), Comanche Peak Wilderness (96 sq.

mi. in E-4), Neota Wilderness (15 sq. mi.) and Rawah Wilderness (113 sq. mi.).

There are some small areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Among state lands, those managed as State Wildlife Areas (C) or State Land Board holdings account for almost all of the total area. Many of these state properties provide elk hunting opportunities. Outside of private land, USFS, BLM and C lands receive almost all elk hunting pressure.

Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and southwestern portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek).

County

Larimer

Size

243 Square Miles (155,767 Acres)

Land Ownership

13% Private, 87% Public, 79% USFS, 7% BLM, 1% State, 47% Wilderness, 1% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

40.8149, -105.9911

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 16 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Deer Notes


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Deer summer range generally from elevations of 5,000 to 11,500 feet. The higher range usually becomes available to deer as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of deer winter at elevations below 8,000 feet. Many west and south-facing slopes are typically clear of snow all year, with occasional spring and late winter storms depositing accumulations which quickly melt off.

Weather-related winter deer mortality is usually not a factor in this area. Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and south-western portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek). In most unitss in Colorado, mule deer and white-tailed deer are managed together, with population estimates, harvest and licensing focusing on the entire deer herd, with no species distinctions. In these GMUfts mule deer are by far the predominant species; however occasional whitetailed deer have historically been observed in the area for at least the last 30-40 years.

In recent years however, localized white-tailed deer herds have become established in the area, most notably in the Laramie River drainage, the area surrounding Fort Collins and in some drainages of the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River. These small localized herds are currently not a large concern for hybridization or competition with mule deer, but any expansion will be evaluated. Since white-tailed deer are harvested along with mule deer on general deer licenses, harvest pressure and habitat may act together to limit their range.

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

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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from 12,795 feet at the highest point in the southwestern part of the area to 4,921 feet along the eastern edge near Fort Collins. This area covers much of the northern part of the Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest. The overall climate in this area is relatively dry with low humidity. Climate varies across the area as a function of elevation.

The higher elevation portions in the west experience a harsher climate, with long, cold winters, abundant snowfall, and short, cool summers.

Deer Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
3,085
Licenses Drawn
3,050
Licenses Surplus
35
Resident Quota
2,734
Nonresident Quota
247
Landowner Quota
860
Youth Quota
248
86.4%
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
DM006E1R
M
R
E1
LL
22.5%
58 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6
DM007O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
DM007O3R
M
R
O3
LL
85.5%
81 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
DM007O2R
M
R
O2
LL
74.5%
80 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
DM007O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
DF007O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
DF007O2R
F
R
O2
LL
68.3%
78 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
DF007O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
75 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
DE007O1A
E
A
O1
LL
97.3%
75 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
HuntScore Tip: Ninety to ninety-five percent of Colorado's GMUs require no preference points - or just a single preference point - in order to draw a limited license in those units.

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Deer Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
1,037
Total Harvest
170
Harvest Male
70
Harvest Female
94
16%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Deer Species Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
LL
N/A N/A 330 54
20
34
0
ALL
ALL
LL
N/A N/A 1037 170
70
94
0
Any
D
LL
N/A N/A 3 3
0
3
0
M
M
LL
N/A N/A 194 53
18
35
0
R
EL
LL
N/A N/A 7 2
2
0
0
R
HR
LL
N/A N/A 7 2
2
0
0
R
O2
LL
N/A N/A 279 25
7
12
0
R
O3
LL
N/A N/A 165 19
9
10
0
R
O4
LL
N/A N/A 59 14
14
0
0
R
R
LL
N/A N/A 513 63
32
25
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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