Shiras Moose Hunting in Colorado GMU 481 - Chaffee County

14,419 on Mt. Harvard to 7,710 near Nathrop; Broad, level valley bottom, changing rapidly to steep, rough mountains. The western border of the area is alpine tundra (above 11,500ft) and is characterized by sedges, forbs and stunted willows.

GMU 481 - Chaffee County

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
100
 
100
Trophy Potential
52
 
52
Public Access
80
 
80
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
15
 
15
Ease of Effort
30
 
30
74
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Bounded on N by South Fork of Clear Creek and Clear Creek; on E by Arkansas River; on S by Chalk Creek and Tincup Pass Road from St. Elmo; on W by Continental Divide.

The access for this unit is fair. Public roads, trails provide limited access to public lands. Considerable wilderness with trails that are foot or horseback only.

County

Chaffee

Size

283 Square Miles (180,847 Acres)

Land Ownership

20% Private, 80% Public, 75% USFS, 1% BLM, 4% State, 31% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.8487, -106.2787

Amenities

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

Shiras Moose Notes


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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


14,419 on Mt. Harvard to 7,710 near Nathrop; Broad, level valley bottom, changing rapidly to steep, rough 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

Shiras-moose Harvest Stats (2018)


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
R
N/A 1 1
1
0
0
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