Mountain Lion Hunting in Colorado GMU 561 - Chaffee and Saguache Counties

The elevation in this area ranges from 13,944 feet on Mount Ouray to 7,036 feet near Salida. The terrain is Steep to moderately steep mountains.

GMU 561 - Chaffee and Saguache Counties


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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by US Highway 285; on S by the Arkansas River-Rio Grande drainage divide; on W by Continental Divide.

Access is good with 90 percent of the unit being public.


Chaffee, Saguache


128 Square Miles (81,884 Acres)

Land Ownership

9% Private, 91% Public, 84% USFS, 6% BLM, 1% State


38.4564, -106.1958


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 elevation in this area ranges from 13,944 feet on Mount Ouray to 7,036 feet near Salida. The terrain is Steep to moderately steep mountains. 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 (2014)

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Total Harvest
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Harvest Female
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
N/A 3
HuntScore Tip: Total Hunters and Percent Success cannot be calculated for the November-March Lion Season because the number of hunters who participated in the season is unknown.

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Weather Insights

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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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