Mountain Lion Hunting in Colorado GMU 74 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development.

GMU 74 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
0
N/A
Success
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Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
51
 
51
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
0
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Opportunity
0
N/A
Convenience
67
 
67
Ease of Effort
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52
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Ouray-San Juan County line; on E by San Juan-Hinsdale County line and Animas River; on S by US Highway 160; on W by Montezuma-La Plata County line, Dolores-San Juan County line, San Miguel-San Juan County line and Ouray-San Juan County line.

Public land is abundant in GMU 74 with much of it quite remote. Where road access is good expect hunting pressure.

County

La Plata, San Juan

Size

533 Square Miles (341,323 Acres)

Land Ownership

14% Private, 86% Public, 76% USFS, 7% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

37.6145, -107.8607

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 15 campgrounds, and 2 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


Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development. This area is in the Colorado Plateau Ecoregion, which consists of shrublands and forests. Vegetation types include: alpine over 12,000 feet elevation; spruce/fir stands down to 10,000 feet; Gambel oak, serviceberry, and ponderosa pine above 6,500 feet; and piñon/juniper/sagebrush and agricultural fields below 6,500 feet.