Colorado Unit 45 Hunting Information

Overview of CO GMU 45 Hunting Facts

Located in Eagle and Pitkin counties, unit 45 offers an expanse of public land for hunters to permeate and make use of. To be more specific, the unit is 90% made up of public land or approximately 195,000 acres. With White River National Forest in the northeast territory and Holy Cross Wilderness Area in the western territory, unit 45 provides a flawless setting for hunting big game. The Forest Service Office in Minturn is an available resource for hunting information for Colorado Unit 45. The inclusion of OTC elk (bull) tags for 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons embraces a larger hunting crowd. However, being that this unit has such a large amount of public land, there is more room for which hunters can space out.

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CO Unit 45 Species Hunting Info

INFO: Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 45

Mule deer tags drawn for unit 45 are also legally accepted in units 35, 36, and 361, except for the early rifle season for Holy Cross Wilderness which encompasses units 44, 45, and 444. Being that this unit is primarily of higher altitude, the mule deer herds tend to stick around in the early seasons. But, at the first signs of winter, they will descend from the mountainous region into the lower-lying areas. The legendary mule deer taken from unit 45 stands testament to the trophy capabilities of this area. The average quality mule deer in Colorado unit 45 ranges from 150” to 170” with the trophy potential measuring at 170” and up.

SUCCESS RATES for Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 45

5 Year Estimated Average for Deer
`Archery 15%
Muzzle Loader 30%
Early Rifle unavailable
2nd Rifle 40%
3rd Rifle 30%
4th Rifle unavailable

Mule Deer TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 45 Colorado

Average Quality 150″ – 170″
Trophy Potential 170″
Buck to Doe Ratio 30:100

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INFO: Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 45

The tags drawn for elk in unit 45 will also be valid in units 44, 47, and 444. There are some specific sets of rules when it comes to the elk tags drawn in unit 45. For example, archery season is a bull-only hunt. Muzzleloader is a limited draw for either sex tag. While 2nd and 3rd rifle bull tags are OTC, the cow tags for 2nd and 3rd rifle are a limited draw. 4th rifle season is a limited draw for either sex. As with the mule deer, elk are going to be more active in unit 45 during the early seasons since the forage is still in season for them to feed on. As the winter ramps up, they will descend into lower elevations. The trophy potential measures 300” and above.

SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 45

5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Archery 90%
Muzzle Loader 85%
Early Rifle 92%

Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 45 Colorado

Average Quality 330″ – 360″
Trophy Potential 360″ – 400″
Bull to Cow Ratio 20:100

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INFO: Antelope Hunting in Colorado Unit 45

Whether you are exclusively hunting antelope or purchased an OTC tag to complement your deer or elk hunt, Unit 45 Colorado provides the adventure you never knew you needed. Being that the vegetation varies depending on elevation, a topographic map will be your best friend in determining where the pronghorn can be found. The lower elevation areas are concentrated primarily in the northwestern area of the unit. There are several creeks that supply water to the wildlife that inhabit the unit. Antelope cannot live without water, so the water sources are a good place to start. The lower elevation areas also include dry pastureland with assorted types of hay and grasses that attract and satisfy antelope.

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Info for Cities Near CO GMU 45

Lay of the Land in CO Unit 45

Total Acreage: 1,190 sq. miles or 763,000 acres

Total Public Land: 687,000 acres

Land Ownership Mix: 10% Private; 90% Public; USFS: 190,656 acres; USFS Wilderness: 72,576 acres

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