Colorado Unit 70 Hunting Information

Overview of CO GMU 70 Hunting Facts

Situated in the southwestern territory of Colorado in Dolores, Montrose and San Miguel counties, Unit 70 offers promise to hunters everywhere that success and experience can be found here. Whether you’re hunting mule deer or elk, both have a thriving population in Unit 70. This unit offers approximately 679,000 acres (70%) of public land for hunters to explore, scout and ultimately, harvest wildlife. Conveniently located in the northern territory of the unit in Norwood, stands a US Forest Service Office. The presence of the Uncompahgre National Forest, Lizard Head Wilderness and Mount Sneffels Wilderness offers a backwoods setting for your hunting trip to Unit 70 Colorado. The wildlife find the landscape appealing and the majority tend to inhabit the unit year-round, since their needs are met with the abundance of resources. The availability of unlimited elk tags in 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons increases the hunting pressure in this unit. For more Colorado Unit 3 hunting information, check out the Info for Cities Near Unit 70 section on the right.

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CO Unit 70 Species Hunting Info

INFO: Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 70

Mule Deer in Unit 70 boast a healthy population with large numbers of deer. The potential for a trophy buck is definitely there, as trophy bucks are pulled from this unit every year. When you’ve finally drawn or purchased a tag for this unit, the regulations for each season are very consistent – Buck-only tags that are valid exclusively in Unit 70. As an add-on to your mule deer tag, a bear tag can be purchased over-the-counter. As is common with deer, they will be active in the higher elevations in the warmer months and will descend into lower altitudes as the weather gets cold. Plan accordingly to this philosophy when mapping your route.

SUCCESS RATES for Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 70

5 Year Estimated Average for Deer
Archery 25%
Muzzle Loader 30%
2nd Rifle 55%
3rd Rifle 60%
4th Rifle 65%

Mule Deer TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 70 Colorado

Average Quality 150″ – 170″
Trophy Potential 180″+
Buck to Doe Ratio 23:100

Colorado Unit 70 Mule Deer Hunting FORUM Coming Soon!

INFO: Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 70

When hunting elk in Unit 70 Colorado, bear in mind that the wildlife will begin feeling pressured as rifle season ramps up due to the OTC tags for 2nd and 3rd rifle season. That being said, the elk are notorious for retreating into nooks and crannies wherever they can find them to feel safe and secure. Hunters that are willing and able to venture off of the beaten path will have great success in locating the pressured elk. If you are not interested in hunting 2nd and 3rd rifle season with an OTC tag, there are tags available for draw-only. Archery, Muzzleloader, 1st and 4th Rifle seasons have “either-sex” tags available for draw that are valid in Unit 70 only. Cow tags for 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons are draw-only, as opposed to the bull tags for these seasons, which are OTC. For archery and muzzleloader seasons, an OTC add-on bear tag is available for purchase. This is only honored as an add-on tag, not as a stand-alone tag. You must first furnish a current season deer tag in order to qualify for an OTC bear tag.

SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 70

5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Archery 15%
Muzzle Loader 25%
1st Rifle 35%
2nd Rifle 20%
3rd Rifle 15%
4th Rifle 30%

Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 70 Colorado

Trophy Potential 300+
Bull to Cow Ratio 16:100

Colorado Unit 70 Elk Hunting FORUM Coming Soon!