Pronghorn Hunting in Colorado GMU 62 - Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

The Uncompahgre Plateau is a broad structural uplift within the Colorado Plateau physiographic province. The Uncompahgre Plateau consists of a relatively flat 9,000 - 9,800 foot summit that runs northwest from Ridgway to the Unaweep Canyon.

GMU 62 - Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
75
 
75
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
87
 
87
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
23
 
23
Ease of Effort
80
 
80
72
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by County Highway 141; on E by County Highway 50 and 550; on S by County Highway 62; on W by Dave Wood Road and US Forest Service Road 402 (Divide Road).

Numerous roads provide easy access to the plateau, but many canyons are accessible only by foot and on horseback.

County

Delta, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray

Size

1,376 Square Miles (880,842 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 28% USFS, 39% BLM, 1% State, 9% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.5362, -108.2167

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 5 hotels, 4 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Pronghorn Notes


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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.

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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


The Uncompahgre Plateau is a broad structural uplift within the Colorado Plateau physiographic province. The Uncompahgre Plateau consists of a relatively flat 9,000 Ò 9,800 foot summit that runs northwest from Ridgway to the Unaweep Canyon. The summit drops off quickly on the Unit 61 side and more gradually slopes downward on the Unit 62 side. Both sides of the Uncompahgre Plateau are incised by deep canyons separated by relatively flat mesas that typically run perpendicular to the main summit ridge and end at the San Miguel, Dolores, Gunnison or Uncompahgre Rivers.

The elevation in this area ranges from 4,570 feet along the Dolores River near Gateway to 10,338 feet at the summit of Horsefly Peak near the southeast end of the Plateau. At elevations below approximately 6,500 ft near the Dolores, San Miguel, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers, a high desert plant community is the predominant, extant vegetation type. Important plant species of this community include four-wing saltbush, shadscale saltbush, black sagebrush, winterfat, broom snakeweed, rabbitbrush, greasewood, and, in the Gateway area, black brush. Elevations between approximately 6,000-7,500 ft, are characterized by piñon pine and Utah juniper woodlands and grassland/shrub (e.g., basin big sagebrush, black sagebrush, Wyoming/mountain big sagebrush, mountain mahogony, Indian ricegrass).

The piñon-juniper type covers approximately 40% of this area and is the predominant plant community. From approximately 7,500 to 8,500 ft, ponderosa pine/mountain shrub (e.g., Gambel oak, serviceberry, mountain mahogany, mountain big sagebrush, silver sagebrush, snowberry, manzanita) is the dominant vegetation type. Elevations above 8,500 ft are generally characterized by aspen forests and a mixed spruce-fir complex (aspen, Douglas fir, sub-alpine fir and Engleman spruce). Common plant species found in lowland riparian areas on the Uncompahgre Plateau include narrowleaf cottonwood, coyote willow, chokecherry, tamarisk, and boxelder.

In higher elevation riparian areas characteristic species include thinleaf alder, birches, willows, and blue spruce. Agricultural areas and cultivated croplands within the area occur primarily in the Uncompahgre Valley between Montrose and Delta.and in the other major river valleys surrounding the Plateau

Pronghorn Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1
Total Harvest
1
Harvest Male
1
Harvest Female
0
100%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
N/A 1 1
1
0
0
R
AR
N/A 1 1
1
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 1 1
1
0
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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