Colorado Unit 711 Hunting Information

Overview of GMU 711 Hunting Facts

Located within the boundaries of San Miguel, Dolores and Montezuma counties, Colorado Unit 711 offers more than its fair share of successful hunts. With the presence of San Juan National Forest, McPhee Reservoir, Disappointment Creek and Disappointment Valley, there is no shortage of places to hunt. In fact, tags that are drawn for this unit are also available in other units, adding to the amount of ground you can cover. For more Colorado Unit 711 hunting information, check out the Info for Cities Near Unit 711 section on the right.

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Unit 711 Species Hunting Info

  • Mule Deer Sihouette Unit 711 Mule Deer
  • Elk Silhouette        Unit 711 Elk       

INFO: Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 711

According to recent statistics, the deer population density is good further fueling your chances of a successful hunt. The lower elevations of this unit make it an ideal winter habitat for deer from surrounding units. In addition to migratory deer herds, there are numerous resident mule deer that live year-round in the unit. Archery and muzzleloader seasons give you the option to purchase an add-on bear tag, if you draw a mule deer tag for one of these seasons.

SUCCESS RATES for Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado Unit 711

5 Year Estimated Average for Deer
Archery 35%
Muzzle Loader 32%
2nd Rifle 45%
3rd Rifle 50%
4th Rifle 70%

Mule Deer TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 711 Colorado

Average Quality 140″ – 160″
Trophy Potential 180″+
Buck to Doe Ratio 23:100

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INFO: Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 711

With the majority of vegetation in Unit 711 Colorado being thick evergreen forests, elk can maintain their elusiveness as they are masters of hiding. This may pose a challenge if you are not able to hike to the higher elevations to glass from above. Elk can also be found in the warmer months at natural water sources. Hunters can use this as a prime opportunity to pop up a blind and wait on them. Bugling is always a proven method of drawing them in during the rut. Whether you are going to wait on the elk or call the elk, Unit 711 has proven it can be done here.

SUCCESS RATES for Elk Hunting in Colorado Unit 711

5 Year Estimated Average for Elk
Archery 18%
Muzzle Loader 20%
1st Rifle 30%
2nd Rifle 15%
3rd Rifle 10%
4th Rifle 30%

Elk TROPHY QUALITY for Unit 711 Colorado

Average Quality 260″ – 280″
Trophy Potential 300″+
Bull to Cow Ratio 16:100

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Info For Cities Near Unit 711

Lay of the Land in Unit 711

Total Acreage: 524,000 acres over 819 square miles

Total Public Land: 326,000 acres or 62%

Land Ownership Mix: 38% Private; 62% Public; USFS: 188,608 acres; BLM: 118,336 acres; State: 3,328 acres; Other Govt Owned: 10,496 acres

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

Elevation Variances: 6,771 ft. to 8,770 ft.

Terrain Difficulty Overall: Mild to Moderate

Land Coverage/Vegetation: Land cover includes 41% evergreen forest, 27% shrub/scrub, and 17% deciduous forest

Unit 711 Boundaries: (Dolores, Montezuma, San Miguel County Colorado) bounded on North by Summit Canyon Creek, Dolores River and Disappointment Creek; on East by United States Forest Service Road 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road); on East and South by Colorado 145; on South by Colorado 184; on West by US-South Highway 491 and Utah

Colorado Unit 711 Topo Map

Terrain in GMU 711 CO

The terrain of Colorado GMU 711 is best described as manageable for hunters of varying physical capabilities. Aside from the dense evergreen forests of the mountains, there are rolling hills, canyons and wetlands. Some areas of Unit 711 can be labeled as rugged, but these areas can be worked around. When planning a hunt to Unit 711 Colorado, consult a topographic map to be clear of the characteristics of the landscape.

Vegetation in GMU Unit 711 CO

Colorado Unit 711 contains vegetative variety depending on the specific elevations. Foothills and low elevations are covered in shrubbery and pinyon-juniper, primarily. Evergreen forests occupy the higher elevations containing a blend of firs, spruces and aspens. The lower elevations provide an ideal winter diet for wildlife to feed on until spring.

Access Points in GMU 711

SH-141 runs vertically through the unit on the western side. US 491 winds along the south and southwestern border of Unit 711 Colorado. Hwy 184 travels along the south boundary line. Branching from these main highways are a network of county roads that provide vehicular access to the hunting areas.