Colorado Unit 301 Hunting Information

Overview of GMU 301 Hunting Facts

Boasted as one of Colorado’s top units, Unit 301 has plenty of bang for your buck! Nestled in the northwestern territory of Colorado in Moffat County, this unit has some of the highest success rates in the state, especially for mule deer and antelope. The healthy herd numbers combined with the mild terrain continues to attract hunters every year! For more Colorado Unit 301 hunting information, check out the Info for Cities Near Unit 301 section on the right.

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Unit 301 Species Hunting Info

  • Mule Deer Sihouette Unit 301 Mule Deer
  • Elk Silhouette        Unit 301 Elk       
  • Pronghorn Siohouette Unit 301 Antelope

INFO: Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 301

Mule deer tags in Unit 301 Colorado are some of the most sought after tags in the state. Archery and muzzleloader seasons for Unit 301 are also valid in Units 3, 4, 5, 214, and 441 and give hunters the option to purchase an add-on bear tag. Mule deer inhabit the unit and the herd concentration is high, giving hunters the opportunity to be selective when choosing the right buck to shoot.

SUCCESS RATES for Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 301

5 Year Estimated Average for Deer
Archery 60%
Muzzle Loader 50%
2nd Rifle 65%
3rd Rifle 70%
4th Rifle 70%

Mule Deer TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 301 Colorado

Average Quality 140″ – 160″
Trophy Potential 170″+
Buck to Doe Ratio 34:100

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INFO: Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 301

A large resident elk herd inhabits Unit 301, mostly accessible in the later seasons when the temperatures drop. The elk tags are available for purchase OTC for archery, 2nd rifle and 3rd rifle seasons. This accessibility does drive up hunting pressure, but do not let that get you down. There is plenty of space to spread out, but do be mindful of private land ownership.

SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 301

5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Archery 22%
Muzzle Loader Unavailable
1st Rifle 30%
2nd Rifle 15%
3rd Rifle 20%
4th Rifle 15%

Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 301 Colorado

Average Quality 260″ – 300″
Trophy Potential 300″+
Bull to Cow Ratio 19:100

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INFO: Antelope Hunting in Colorado Unit 301

The high success rates for antelope in Unit 301 Colorado makes this unit a favorite for hunting pronghorn. The semi-arid climate makes for excruciating summers for the antelope creating a great hunting opportunity for hunters! Herds can be found at water sources as means to beat the heat, which provides the best situation for sitting in a nearby blind or stand. Decoy hunting has proven successful, especially during the rut.

SUCCESS RATES for Antelope Hunting in Colorado Unit 301

5 Year Estimated Average for Antelope
Archery 55%
Muzzle Loader 80%
Rifle 80%

Antelope TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 301 Colorado

Average Quality 70″ – 75″
Trophy Potential 75″+
Buck to Doe Ratio 39:100

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Available Hunts for Colorado Unit 301

Info For Cities Near Unit 301

Lay of the Land in Unit 301

Total Acreage: 235,000 acres over 367 square miles

Total Public Land: 37,000 acres or 15%

Land Ownership Mix: 85% Private; 15% Public; BLM: 27,328 acres; State: 1,856 acres

Species: Black Bear, Elk, Mule Deer, Moose, Pronghorn

Elevation Variances: 6,100 ft. to 7,500 ft.

Terrain Difficulty Overall: Mild to Moderate

Land Coverage/Vegetation: Land cover includes 40% evergreen forest, 32% grassland, 11.5% shrub/scrub, and 9% deciduous forest

Unit 301 Boundaries: (Moffat County Colorado) bounded on North by Moffat County Roads 5, 158, 3 and 108; on East by Colorado 13/789; on South by Yampa River; on West by Moffat County Road 17

Colorado Unit 301 Topo Map

Terrain in GMU 301 CO

The terrain of Colorado GMU 301 has enough versatility that hunters can expect an ease of travel appropriate for their physical abilities, which greatly improves the enjoyment of the hunt. This is a dry unit consisting of rocky hillsides, ravines, ridges and shrub-covered flats. The ridges help hunters find the perfect vantage point for glassing herds at first and last light.

Vegetation in GMU Unit 301 CO

Depending on the elevation you are hunting, the vegetation of Unit 301 Colorado will vary. Coniferous forests cover the higher elevations with a blend of spruces and firs. Colorado Unit 301 is a winter haven for migratory herds. The pinyon-juniper and sagebrush, combined with several other varieties of shrubbery and small foliage provides an ideal source of nutrition in the winter for the big game that migrate here.

Access Points in GMU 301

US Route 40 runs horizontally through the midsection of the unit and connects with Co-13 in Craig. Co-13 winds along the eastern border of the unit and small roads weave throughout the unit, but four-wheel drive is recommended. The smaller roads can be washed out or impassable after wet weather conditions.