Many Boone and Crockett records have been brought in by Dolores-based hunters. According to American Hunter, the best bet for mule deer is in Montezuma County.
In addition to trophy mule deer, Southwest Colorado also has one of the largest elk herds in the state. Most big game hunting is done on private lands or in National Forest areas.
Drop camps are available as well as horse and tack rentals, and there are many licensed outfitters/guides in the area. Small game, waterfowl, and Merriam turkey hunting are also available in Mesa Verde Country®.
Hunting seasons and license fees as well as hunting regulations and up-to-date information about hunting in Southwest Colorado is available from the Colorado Department of Wildlife website.