Pronghorn Hunting in Colorado GMU 79 - Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties

The San Luis Valley is a vast 8,000-square-mile area that provides a wide variety of terrain at elevations that range from 7,500 feet to 14,000 feet. The rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains define the valley's east side.

GMU 79 - Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
12
 
12
Success
73
 
73
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
63
 
63
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
9
 
9
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
67
 
67
61
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Forest Service trails 787 and 796, US Forest Service roads 676 and 675, Saguache County Roads 41G and G; on E by US Highway 285; on S by US Highway 160; on W by County Highway 149, US Forest Service roads 600 and 600-3A and La Garita Driveway (ATV trail).

GMU 79 contains some private land, there is plenty of public land in this unit. Throughout the area, access varies from moderate to very difficult. Hunting can be good for those willing to go into tough terrain. Hunting is also challenging because animals can move quickly to large areas of private land, and onto Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Baca National Wildlife Refuge where hunting is prohibited.

You must have permission to hunt on private land. Trespassing is a significant issue in the valley.

County

Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

Size

457 Square Miles (292,294 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 63% Public, 55% USFS, 6% BLM, 2% State

Latitude/Longitude

37.7760, -106.4879

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 20 hotels, 13 campgrounds, and 6 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Pronghorn Notes


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HuntScore Tip

Many units in pronghorn country are located on private land. However, many have been rated as good access locations. Landowners are more likely to give you permission to hunt pronghorn than deer.

Management Plan

Pronghorn Management Plan

State Agency Website

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Other Species in Unit

Deer, Elk, Shiras Moose, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The San Luis Valley is a vast 8,000-square-mile area that provides a wide variety of terrain at elevations that range from 7,500 feet to 14,000 feet. The rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains define the valleyfts east side. The middle of the valley is flat farm land that is privately owned. The Rio Grande and the Conejos River provide long riparian areas that cut through high-elevation alpine forests to lower elevation cottonwood and willow stands.

The west is bordered by the Rio Grande National Forest and the San Juan mountain range.

Pronghorn Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
45
Licenses Drawn
45
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
36
Nonresident Quota
9
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
3
38.1%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
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F
R
P5
AM079O1A
M
A
O1
AM079O1R
M
R
O1
HuntScore Tip: If you have not held a big game, small game, annual fishing or combo license in the previous year when applying for a preference point, you will be charged a preference point fee of $30 or $40 based on species and residency.

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Pronghorn Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
38
Total Harvest
27
Harvest Male
14
Harvest Female
13
71%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
38 27
R
AR
35 27
R
R
32 24
A
A
3 0
R
P0
16 10
R
D
3 3
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.