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


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
23
 
23
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
91
 
91
Opportunity
16
 
16
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
72
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

38.0806, -108.6090

Amenities

There are 2 hospitals, 12 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 2 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

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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 Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1,755
Licenses Drawn
1,649
Licenses Surplus
106
Resident Quota
925
Nonresident Quota
724
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
137
88.7%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF070O2R
F
R
O2
EF070P2R
F
R
P2
EF070O4R
F
R
O4
EF070O3R
F
R
O3
EE070O4R
E
R
O4
EF070O1M
F
M
O1
EE070P4R
E
R
P4
EE070P1R
E
R
P1
EE070O1R
E
R
O1
EE070O1M
E
M
O1
EF070P5R
F
R
P5
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
3,798
Total Harvest
874
Harvest Male
491
Harvest Female
358
23%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
M
M
197 57
R
LP
102 42
R
O4
37 12
R
O1
389 104
R
O4
75 13
R
O3
186 35
R
O2
161 24
R
O3
991 183
A
A
886 143
R
O4
196 53
R
O2
884 200
R
O1
541 196
R
P0
534 230
R
ALL
102 42
R
R
2715 674
ALL
ALL
3798 874
R
D
1 0
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.