Mountain Lion Hunting in Colorado GMU 521 - Gunnison and Delta Counties

The Grand Mesa is heavily forested and offers a wide variety of terrain: from the spruce, fir and aspen forests up to 11,000 feet, to the piñonjuniper woodlands at about 4,800 feet.

GMU 521 - Gunnison and Delta Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
N/A
Success
71
 
71
Trophy Potential
32
 
32
Public Access
89
 
89
Ease of Terrain
69
 
69
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
N/A
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
70
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Bounded on N by Delta-Mesa County line and Gunnison-Mesa County line; on E by Gunnison-Pitkin County line, White River-Gunnison National Forest boundary and Ruby Range Summit; on S by Gunnison County Road 12 (Kebler Pass Road), N Fork of Gunnison River; on W by Jay Creek, West Reservoir No. 1, Overland Ditch and Grand Mesa-Gunnison National Forest boundary.

Motorized access is good but roads can become muddy. Hunters should obtain maps to avoid trespassing or unintentionally crossing private land. Respect motorized closures on public lands. The lower elevations are mainly private.

County

Gunnison, Delta

Size

508 Square Miles (324,934 Acres)

Land Ownership

25% Private, 75% Public, 68% USFS, 8% BLM, 13% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.0305, -107.4464

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 0 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


The Grand Mesa is heavily forested and offers a wide variety of terrain: from the spruce, fir and aspen forests up to 11,000 feet, to the piñonjuniper woodlands at about 4,800 feet.

Mountain-lion Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
14
Harvest Male
8
Harvest Female
6
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
N/A 0 7
4
3
0
NM
N/A 0 7
4
3
0
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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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