Mountain Lion Hunting in Colorado GMU 63 - Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose Counties

Winter weather is almost guaranteed during any season in this area which includes the high country of the West Elk Wilderness. Altitude ranges from 5,400 feet near Hotchkiss to more than 12,000 feet in the wilderness.

GMU 63 - Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
N/A
Success
71
 
71
Trophy Potential
63
 
63
Public Access
57
 
57
Ease of Terrain
80
 
80
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
N/A
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
65
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 92; on E by County Highway 92, Delta-Montrose County line, Smith Fork-Dyer Creek divide, Smith Fork-Curecanti Creek divide, Curecanti Pass and Curecanti Creek; on S and W by Gunnison River.

These GMUs contain abundant public land. Access is easier for GMU 63, but be sure to study the map closely to avoid trespassing. West of Highway 92 most of the land is private. Motorized travel is limited to designated routes.

County

Delta, Gunnison, Montrose

Size

369 Square Miles (236,199 Acres)

Land Ownership

44% Private, 56% Public, 25% USFS, 24% BLM, 8% Wilderness, 8% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

38.6245, -107.6149

Amenities

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

Mountain Lion 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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


Winter weather is almost guaranteed during any season in this area which includes the high country of the West Elk Wilderness. Altitude ranges from 5,400 feet near Hotchkiss to more than 12,000 feet in the wilderness. The range in elevations and the topography create volatile weather at all times of year.

Mountain-lion Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
10
Harvest Male
6
Harvest Female
4
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
N/A 0 5
3
2
0
NM
N/A 0 5
3
2
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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