Shiras Moose Hunting in Colorado GMU 74 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development.

GMU 74 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
1
 
1
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
51
 
51
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
99
 
99
Opportunity
1
 
1
Convenience
67
 
67
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
45
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Ouray-San Juan County line; on E by San Juan-Hinsdale County line and Animas River; on S by US Highway 160; on W by Montezuma-La Plata County line, Dolores-San Juan County line, San Miguel-San Juan County line and Ouray-San Juan County line.

Public land is abundant in GMU 74 with much of it quite remote. Where road access is good expect hunting pressure.

County

La Plata, San Juan

Size

533 Square Miles (341,323 Acres)

Land Ownership

14% Private, 86% Public, 76% USFS, 7% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

37.6145, -107.8607

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 15 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Shiras Moose 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


Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development. This area is in the Colorado Plateau Ecoregion, which consists of shrublands and forests. Vegetation types include: alpine over 12,000 feet elevation; spruce/fir stands down to 10,000 feet; Gambel oak, serviceberry, and ponderosa pine above 6,500 feet; and piñon/juniper/sagebrush and agricultural fields below 6,500 feet.

Shiras-moose Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1
Licenses Drawn
1
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
1
Nonresident Quota
0
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
0.9%
Average Draw Odds
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Shiras-moose Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
1
Total Harvest
1
Harvest Male
1
Harvest Female
0
100%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
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Gear Recommendations for Shiras-moose Hunting From logo


Footwear

Lacrosse Aerohead Sport 3.5mm Rubber Hunting Boots-Optifade Waterfowl Marsh-8

Lacrosse Aerohead Sport 3.5mm Rubber Hunting Boots-Optifade Waterfowl Marsh-8

The AeroHead Sport completely changes what a rubber hunting boot can be by replacing the rubber shell with one made of extremely durable, lightweight and insulating polyurethane. Designed for optimal fit and flexibility, the waterproof AeroHead Sport is built for ultimate comfort and will keep hunters light on their feet. Its Brush Tuff material stands up to unforgiving brush and briers while an abrasion resistant shin guard offers extra protection without added bulk.FeaturesAeroform Shell: Made of the same material used to insulate refrigerators and freezers, their polyurethane AeroForm Shell wraps the entire foot for cushioning comfort and warmth. It is ultra-light and flexible and won't crack, tear or fade.Brush Tuff: A unique combination of spandex and Lycra is layered over neoprene for extra durability.Flexible Neoprene: Not only does this create a more comfortable waterproof boot, it can easily be rolled down to keep you cooler when the temperature rises and dry quicker when it's time to take them off.GORE Optifade Marsh: Complete your Sitka Gear system with the only boots to use GORE Optifade Concealment. This pattern is designed around avian vision instead of human eyesight, preventing prey from ever recognizing you as a predator. The Marsh pattern is optimized to perform in the high contrast environment of waterfowl hunting.Comfort Liner: Quick drying and moisture wicking, their jersey knit liner will keep your feet dry and comfortable.Neoprene Gusset: Durable, neoprene gusset accommodates different calf sizes and makes it easy to slide the boot on and off.Aero Sport Outsole: This all-season outsole with non-loading tread is built to take on the rugged outdoors.

Optics

Vortex Fury HD 5000 Laser Rangefinder Binocular - 10x42-Green-10x42

Vortex Fury HD 5000 Laser Rangefinder Binocular - 10x42-Green-10x42

Two of the most important pieces of hunting gear combined into one powerful, long-ranging unit, Fury(R) HD 5000 rangefinding binoculars make glassing and ranging ultra-fast and efficient. Right-side button controls make one-handed manipulation of both functions quick and easy, cutting down on set up time in the field. And don't forget-these Fury(R) HD 5000 binoculars join all other Vortex(R) products in that they are completely covered by our unbeatable VIP Warranty, and that includes electronic components!Optical FeaturesHD Optical: System Optimized with select glass elements to deliver exceptional resolution, cut chromatic aberration and provide outstanding color fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and light transmission.XR(TM) Fully Multi-Coated: Proprietary coatings increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.Dielectric Coating: Multi-layer prism coatings provide bright, clear, color-accurate images.Phase Correction: Coating on roof prism models enhances resolution and contrast.Convenience FeaturesMulti-Position: Eyecups Twists to precise, intermediate settings for a customized, comfortable fit with or without eyeglasses.apered Eyecups: Fit naturally for greater viewing comfort.Diopter: Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located on right eyepiece.Center Focus Wheel: Adjusts the focus of both binocular barrels at the same time.Right Side Controls: Simple to use and easily manipulated with a single hand - leaving your other hand free to hold your bow, rifle, or other important piece of equipment.Tripod Adaptable: Compatible with a tripod adapter, allowing use on a tripod or car window mount.Performance FeaturesHCD: Horizontal Component Distance (HCD) mode for angle compensated ranging.LOS: Line of Sight (LOS) mode displays actual line of sight range.Scan: This feature displays continual distance readings when panning across a landscape or tracking a moving animal.Best Mode: Displays the strongest range result. Intended to be the primary mode.Last Mode: Displays the furthest distance when ranging/panning/scanning. Ideal for ranging targets behind potential obstructive objects in the foreground - like brush, trees and rocks.Easy-To-Use: Menu Intuitive, easy-to-use menus feature a simple, clean illuminated display.Ranging Format: Range in yards or meters.