Colorado Unit 33 Hunting Information

Overview of CO GMU 33 Hunting Facts

Colorado Hunting Unit 33, located on the western side of Colorado by New Castle and Silt, is generous with tags providing ample opportunities for hunters. The elk tags are sold on an OTC basis. Whereas, the mule deer tags are a draw system, but some tags are drawn at “0” points. Also catering to its hunters, Unit 33 has 3 state offices located within its boundaries. The BLM Field Office is located in the southern part of the unit in Silt. The CPW Office in Glenwood Springs is resting in the southeastern corner of the unit. In the southwestern corner of the unit in Rifle, the Forest Service office can be found. These 3 state offices are each a valuable resource for finding hunting information for Colorado Unit 33, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. Unit 33 is most recently described as maintaining a large elk population and its deer population is making a huge comeback. If you have no access to private land in Unit 33, you are in luck! This unit possesses over 200,000 acres of public land, which is roughly 75% of the total unit acreage.  For more Colorado Unit 33 hunting information,  check out the Info for Cities Near Unit 33 section on the right.

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CO Unit 33 Species Hunting Info

INFO: Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 33

When planning a mule deer hunting trip in Colorado unit 33, make sure you pack your binoculars since glassing is a huge advantage to hunting this unit. There are higher elevation areas that overlook the valleys and open areas where deer can be found. Dawn and dusk are those prime opportunities for glassing the herds. The average quality deer in Colorado unit 33 ranges from 140” to 160” with the trophy potential measuring 170” and up.

SUCCESS RATES for Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 33

5 Year Estimated Average for Deer
Archery 20%
Muzzle Loader 30%
2nd Rifle 30%
3rd Rifle 40%
4th Rifle 60%

Mule Deer TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 33 Colorado

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

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INFO: Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 33

When it comes to elk hunting, Unit 33 has very specific rules on legal bulls. In addition to several other units in Colorado, Unit 33 has antler restrictions. In all seasons, the bull elk must have four points or more on one antler OR or a brow tine of at least 5 inches long. The elk population in Unit 33 is more densely populated than the deer population. If you plan on hunting a private ranch, be sure to read up on what their rules and regulations are since all ranches’ rules are not the same. The evergreen landscape of the higher elevations provides cover for the elk during the summer months. However, when the snow begins to fall and the elk begin migrating into the lower altitudes, the elk can be spotted descending from the mountains. The average quality elk in Unit 33 averages between 260” and 300” with the trophy potential measurement being 300” and up.

SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 33

5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Archery 15%
Muzzle Loader 15%
1st Rifle 20%
2nd Rifle 12%
3rd Rifle 10%
4th Rifle 8%

Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 33 Colorado

Average Quality 260″-300″
Trophy Potential 300″+
Bull to Cow Ratio 26:100

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INFO: Antelope Hunting in Colorado Unit 33

As with the elk tags, Unit 33 sells OTC antelope tags. The antelope are located sparsely throughout the unit, populating nearly 15% of grassland in Unit 33. The antelope season lasts an entire month so there is plenty of opportunity for hunters, especially since the Unit 33 antelope tag is valid in several other units.

SUCCESS RATES for Antelope Hunting in Colorado Unit 33

5 Year Estimated Average for Antelope
Archery 71%
Muzzle Loader 65%
2nd Rifle 80%

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