Mountain Lion Hunting in Colorado GMU 79 - Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties

The San Luis Valley is a vast 8,000-square-mile area that provides a wide variety of terrain at elevations that range from 7,500 feet to 14,000 feet. The rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains define the valley's east side.

GMU 79 - Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties

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83
Ease of Terrain
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Room to Breathe
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Opportunity
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Convenience
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75
Ease of Effort
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71
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Forest Service trails 787 and 796, US Forest Service roads 676 and 675, Saguache County Roads 41G and G; on E by US Highway 285; on S by US Highway 160; on W by County Highway 149, US Forest Service roads 600 and 600-3A and La Garita Driveway (ATV trail).

GMU 79 contains some private land, there is plenty of public land in this unit. Throughout the area, access varies from moderate to very difficult. Hunting can be good for those willing to go into tough terrain. Hunting is also challenging because animals can move quickly to large areas of private land, and onto Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Baca National Wildlife Refuge where hunting is prohibited.

You must have permission to hunt on private land. Trespassing is a significant issue in the valley.

County

Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

Size

507 Square Miles (324,766 Acres)

Land Ownership

37% Private, 63% Public, 55% USFS, 6% BLM, 2% State, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

37.7779, -106.4420

Amenities

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

Mountain Lion Notes


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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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


The San Luis Valley is a vast 8,000-square-mile area that provides a wide variety of terrain at elevations that range from 7,500 feet to 14,000 feet. The rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains define the valleyfts east side. The middle of the valley is flat farm land that is privately owned. The Rio Grande and the Conejos River provide long riparian areas that cut through high-elevation alpine forests to lower elevation cottonwood and willow stands.

The west is bordered by the Rio Grande National Forest and the San Juan mountain range.

Mountain-lion Harvest Stats (2014)


Total Hunters
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Total Harvest
1
Harvest Male
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Harvest Female
1
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Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
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N/A 1
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1
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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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