Pronghorn Hunting in Colorado GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties

The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands.

GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties


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Access Notes

Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
Local Gov't
State Gov't
Indian Reservation
State Wildlife/Wilderness Areas
National Park Service
Army Corps
Other Federal Land

Land Ownership

Bounded on N by US Highway 40 and I-70; on E by County Highway 74 and Jefferson County Road 73; on S by US Highway 285, N Turkey Creek-Elk Creek divide and Pike-Arapaho National Forest boundary; on W by Continental Divide. (See unit 391.)

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.


Jefferson, Clear Creek, Park


369 Square Miles (236,178 Acres)

Land Ownership

32% Private, 68% Public, 61% USFS, 3% State, 16% Wilderness


39.6643, -105.6004


There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Pronghorn Notes

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.

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 area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Unit Elevation Profile

HuntScore generates thousands of synthetic hikes in the unit to create an elevation profile. This profile is what you can expect to experience within a 2 mile hike from a road or trail in this unit.

Elevation in this unit ranges from 6735' to 14196' with a median elevation of 8652'. If you are preparing to hunt this unit you should train for hiking up and down slopes of 12.6%.

Distribution of Slopes From Hikes
Common Slope

This is typical incline or decline experienced while hiking from a road or trail in the unit

Elevation Range
Max Elevation: 14196'
Median Elevation: 8652'
Min Elevation: 6735'

Common Elevation Profiles

Pronghorn Over The Counter Hunts (2022)

Below are OTC hunts available for GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties.
Residency Species Deer Sex Manner Season Type Dates Notes
08/15/2022 - 09/20/2022 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39*, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46*, 47, 51, 52, 53, 54, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 84, 85, 86, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 191, 231, 361, 371, 421, 444, 461, 471, 511, 521, 591, 691, 711, 741, 751, 771, 851 except on Bosque del Oso SWA, 861 and 951; These are either-sex licenses. Hunting is for bucks only from Aug. 15â??31. If you do not harvest a buck during that time, you can hunt either sex from Sept. 1â??20. Only legal handheld bows are allowed in archery season

Pronghorn Harvest Stats (2018)

Total Hunters
Total Harvest
Harvest Male
Harvest Female
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth Success Rate Days Hunter
N/A 2 0
0% 1
N/A 2 0
0% 1
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.

Harvests Trends

Overall harvests trends are broken down by hunt_code, manner, season, sex, type, and species of deer (if applicable) to the extent state wildlife managers provide such data.

Total Harvest

Success Rate

Avg. Days Hunted

Weather Insights

Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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The probability of precipitation is the likelihood of experience rain, snow, hail, etc... on a given day within the month. A good trick is to invert the probability to estimate how many days will pass, on average, between precipitation events. Hover or click a month to see how many days will pass between precipitation events.

Use the average and maximum precipitation events to set expetations for what rain gear to bring. Also remember that water availability can influence wildlife patterns, so be sure to check out the current weather patterns leading up to your hunt.


Each month of the year brings it's own challenges for weather. Select a month to see what you can expect and how to prepare for extreme events.

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