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
78
 
78
Success
23
 
23
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
68
 
68
Room to Breathe
99
 
99
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

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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 (2020)


Total Quota
2,315
Licenses Drawn
1,736
Licenses Surplus
579
Resident Quota
772
Nonresident Quota
964
Landowner Quota
132
Youth Quota
132
66.5%
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
EF070O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
75
EE070O1M
E
M
O1
LL
34.7%
70
EE070O4R
E
R
O4
LL
29.9%
62
EE070P1A
E
A
P1
LL
100%
78
EE070P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
77
EE070P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
74
EF070O1A
F
A
O1
LL
100%
78
EF070P2R
F
R
P2
LL
84.5%
79
EF070O2R
F
R
O2
LL
71.4%
77
EF070O3R
F
R
O3
LL
82.6%
77
EF070O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
75
EF070P3R
F
R
P3
LL
84.5%
73
EF070P4R
F
R
P4
LL
84.5%
73
EF070P5R
F
R
P5
LL
39.2%
76
EM070O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
73
EE070O1R
E
R
O1
LL
42.6%
74
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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 Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 886 143
89
54
0
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 3798 874
491
358
0
M
M
N/A
N/A 197 57
34
19
0
R
O3
LL
F
186 35
0
28
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 102 42
0
38
0
R
P0
N/A
N/A 534 230
67
149
0
R
O4
LL
F
75 13
0
13
0
R
O4
N/A
N/A 196 53
16
37
0
R
O4
LL
E
37 12
5
7
0
R
O2
LL
F
161 24
0
24
0
R
O3
N/A
N/A 991 183
114
57
0
R
O2
N/A
N/A 884 200
142
53
0
R
O1
N/A
N/A 541 196
96
100
0
R
O1
LL
E
389 104
40
64
0
R
D
R
N/A 1 0
0
0
0
R
ALL
N/A
N/A 102 42
0
38
0
R
R
N/A
N/A 2715 674
368
285
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.

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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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