Mountain Lion Hunting in Colorado GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country.

GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
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Success
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Trophy Potential
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Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
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Opportunity
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Convenience
48
 
48
Ease of Effort
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57
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 40; on E by Muddy Creek-Yampa River divide (Gore Range Divide) and Canyon Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 131.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas. Sarvis Creek Wilderness Areas access is restricted to non-vehicle methods.

County

Routt, Grand, Eagle

Size

457 Square Miles (292,334 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 65% Public, 51% USFS, 10% BLM, 4% State, 51% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.1422, -106.7344

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 17 hotels, 8 campgrounds, and 1 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


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country. The Gore Range, north of the Colorado River, is a long ridge (10,000 feet elevation) that runs north to Rabbit Ears Pass.

The landscape north of Gore Pass Highway is heavily timbered, primarily with lodgepole pine, aspen, Engelmann spruce and sub-alpine fir. The terrain is not rugged by Colorado standards. South of Gore Pass the elevation drops rapidly into piñon and juniper habitat. There are several major geographical features besides the Gore Range in this area.

They are: Thorpe Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, Green Ridge, Black Mountain, Congor Mesa, and Yarmony Mountain. The main drainages in the Yampa River drainage are Harrison Creek, Green Creek, Sarvis Creek, Silver Creek, and Morrison Creek. The main drainages in the Colorado River drainage are Muddy Creek, Blacktail Creek, Rock Creek, and Egeria Creek. The highest elevation is Red Dirt Peak (10,811ft.) on Gore Divide and the lowest is the Colorado River at State Bridge (6,744 ft.)

Gear Recommendations for Mountain-lion Hunting From logo


Optics

Leupold RX1600i TBR/W 6x Laser Rangefinder-Black

Leupold RX1600i TBR/W 6x Laser Rangefinder-Black

The RX(R)-1600i TBR/W with DNA is a workhorse ready for any hunt. It delivers the farthest, most accurate ranging in its class - out to 1,600 yards - and uses our True Ballistic Range/Wind for greater first-shot success. It doesn't matter if you're carrying a rifle or a bow this season, you'll want to carry an RX-1600i TBR/W, too.Key Features:Armor coated and ruggedDNA (Digitally Enhanced Accuracy)Quick Setup MenuCR2 Lithium BatterySelect from 3 different reticles: Plus Point(TM), Duplex, and Duplex with Plus PointBuilt in Inclinometer Fully MulticoatedScan Mode (RX)Trophy Scale (RX)OLED DisplayTrue Ballistic Range with Wind (TBR/W)______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy)The next generation rangefinder engine with DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) delivers increased accuracy, speed and range.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Built-In Inclinometer (TBR Models Only)The RX series rangefinders have a built-in inclinometer with TBR that can calculate the ballistic range to your target, then display it as a holdover aim point, an MOA adjustment, a Milliradian adjustment, or the equivalent horizontal distance.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Trophy Scale (RX)Select RX models let you instantly and accurately judge the width and/or height of a target using the Trophy Scale feature. Once the baseline Trophy Scale value has been saved, the Trophy Scale bracketing system will automatically adjust to changing distances to the target. Trophy Scale(TM) lets you know if your target measures up.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________OLED DisplayLeupolds OLED display delivers more light to the users eye while also providing an extremely bright display with easy to read numbers and letters. This is important when trying to range smaller objects and objects far away. You can't range what you can't see.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________True Ballistic Range with Wind (TBR/W)TBR/W technology takes into account the angle of your shot and your rifle's ballistics to put you dead on. Line-of-sight measurements won't put you on target and any other rangefinder won't give you accurate ranges because they use basic trigonometry to calculate the distances instead of true ballistics. TBR/W is also the easiest way to account for wind out to distances of 800 yards. It generates a hold point for a 10-mph wind at a 90 degree angle to your direction of aim.