Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 70 - Dolores, Montrose, and San Miguel Counties

The elk population is holding steady and herds are at objective levels. You'll find them distributed widely throughout the eastern portion of the unit. Elk will move quickly into thick aspen, evergreens and rugged terrain with hunting pressure.

GMU 70 - Dolores, Montrose, and San Miguel Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
78
 
78
Success
23
 
23
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
68
 
68
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
14
 
14
Convenience
52
 
52
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
70
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 90, Dolores River, San Miguel River, and County Highway 62; on E by Ouray-San Miguel County line and San Miguel-San Juan County line; on S by San Miguel-Dolores County line, Disappointment Creek, Dolores River and Summit Canyon Creek; on W by Utah.

There is good vehicle access in these areas. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands.

County

Dolores, Montrose, San Miguel

Size

1,361 Square Miles (871,086 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 16% USFS, 49% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.0620, -108.4682

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 5 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The elk population is holding steady and herds are at objective levels. You'll find them distributed widely throughout the eastern portion of the unit. Elk will move quickly into thick aspen, evergreens and rugged terrain with hunting pressure. Hunt the edges of timbered areas slowly at first light and at sundown when elk are most active.

The opportunity to see a mature bull is only fair. There are many young bulls in this unit, so be careful not to shoot a spike. Hunt away from roads and OHV trails for the best chance of success.

HuntScore Tip

Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.

State Agency Website

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Other Species in Unit

Deer, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions. Most of unit 72 and the western sections of 70 and 711 is desert terrain and not productive for elk.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,455
Licenses Drawn
1,425
Licenses Surplus
30
Resident Quota
608
Nonresident Quota
817
Landowner Quota
93
Youth Quota
93
59.5%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into quotas, drawing odds, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EF070P3R
F
R
P3
LL
76.7%
0
EF070O3R
F
R
O3
LL
54.1%
0
EF070O4R
F
R
O4
LL
40%
0
EF070P2R
F
R
P2
LL
76.7%
0
EM070O1R
M
R
O1
LL
53.2%
0
EF070P4R
F
R
P4
LL
76.7%
0
EF070P5R
F
R
P5
LL
17.2%
0
EM070O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
0
EM070O1M
M
M
O1
LL
41.1%
0
EM070O4R
M
R
O4
LL
53.3%
0
EF070O2R
F
R
O2
LL
42.7%
0
HuntScore Tip: You are able to receive a refund for your license as long as the season has not started. You would have to fill out the License Refund Application or Preference Point Restoration form and return the license and carcass tag with the application to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Preference Points will be restored to the pre-draw level, and you will not receive a preference point for that year.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,127
Total Harvest
813
Harvest Male
554
Harvest Female
255
26%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 880 152
128
22
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3127 813
554
255
0
R
ALL
N/A 29 19
0
19
0
R
O1
N/A 321 167
103
64
0
R
O1
LL
E
186 83
44
39
0
R
O2
N/A 899 210
160
50
0
R
O2
LL
F
87 20
0
20
0
R
O3
N/A 793 189
132
57
0
R
O3
LL
F
84 32
0
32
0
R
O4
LL
E
35 13
5
8
0
R
O4
LL
F
12 4
0
2
0
R
PLO
N/A 487 249
124
125
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 29 19
0
19
0
R
R
N/A 2152 635
418
215
0
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.

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Weather Insights


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Average Temps

Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used. Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters. If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.

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