Mountain Lion Hunting in Colorado GMU 56 - Chaffee County

The elevation in this area ranges from From 14,269 feet on Mt. Antero to 7,054 feet near Salida. The terrain is . Steep to moderately steep mountains with some level areas at low elevations.

GMU 56 - Chaffee County

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
N/A
Success
68
 
68
Trophy Potential
60
 
60
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
83
 
83
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
N/A
Convenience
24
 
24
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
69
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Bounded on N by Chalk Creek and Tincup Pass Road; on E by Arkansas River and County Highway 291; on S by US Highway 50; on W by Continental Divide.

The access for this unit is good to public lands.

County

Chaffee

Size

238 Square Miles (152,171 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 61% USFS, 6% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.6301, -106.2087

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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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 elevation in this area ranges from From 14,269 feet on Mt. Antero to 7,054 feet near Salida. The terrain is. Steep to moderately steep mountains with some level areas at low elevations.

The vegetation consists of Grassy, brushy slopes in low areas to spruce/fir to alpine tundra. The western border of the area is alpine tundra (above 11,500ft) and is characterized by sedges, forbs and stunted willows. As the elevation drops, the next ecosystem is subalpine forest (9,000ft-11,500ft) dominated by subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, aspen and bristlecone pine. The montane forest (5,600ft- 9,000), contains primarily ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, and aspen.

The semidesert shrubland areas (7,000ft-8,000ft), support sagebrush, rabbitbrush, mountain mahogany, grasses and numerous forbs. The piñonjuniper woodlands (6,800ft-8,000ft), contain primarily piñon pine, juniper, mountain mahogany, rabbitbrush, forbs and cactus. The riparian ecosystems extend along all of the drainages and include narrowleaf cottonwood, willow, cinquefoil, current and forbs and grasses. Agricultural cropland in the area consists mainly of native grass and alfalfa hay fields in the Arkansas River valley bottom and along tributaries

Mountain-lion Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
6
Harvest Male
4
Harvest Female
2
0%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
N/A 0 3
2
1
0
NM
N/A 0 3
2
1
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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