Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 751 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and San Juan Counties

Hunters must be prepared to walk into remote and forested areas. Do not expect to see elk from roads or areas open to OHVs. In early seasons, stick to cool areas on north-facing slopes in the spruce/fir and aspen forests.

GMU 751 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and San Juan Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
86
 
86
Success
16
 
16
Trophy Potential
35
 
35
Public Access
72
 
72
Ease of Terrain
77
 
77
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
17
 
17
Convenience
20
 
20
Ease of Effort
49
 
49
67
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Continental Divide; on E by Los Pinos River-Piedra River divide; on S by New Mexico; on W by Los Pinos River, County Roads 501 (Bayfield-Vallecito Road), 240 (Pine River-Florida River Road) and Los Pinos River-Florida River divide.

Public land and road access is good at mid to high elevations in these units which lie between Durango and Wolf Creek Pass. South of U.S. Highway 160 much of the land is privately owned or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. To access pockets of public land within the Southern Ute boundaries you MUST obtain a crossing permit ($25) from the tribe.

Call (970)563-0125 for information. Hunting is not allowed on tribal lands.

County

Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, San Juan

Size

416 Square Miles (266,038 Acres)

Land Ownership

20% Private, 72% Public, 70% USFS, 2% BLM, 7% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.4001, -107.5060

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 4 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The objective is to increase the population. Even though cow licenses were cut the previous few years this herd is not growing. CPW is watching this population closely and working on management strategies. Hunters must be prepared to walk into remote and forested areas.

Do not expect to see elk from roads or areas open to OHVs. In early seasons, stick to cool areas on north-facing slopes in the spruce/fir and aspen forests. Elk move to lower elevations when snow accumulation is significant. In late seasons, ponderosa pine forests and oak brush can be productive.

The wilderness area boundary north of Pagosa often holds elk when snow pushes them down. Areas south of Pagosa Springs and east of Highway 84 can provide good hunting as snow begins to accumulate. Access on Mill Creek Rd (FS 302), Rio Blanco Rd (FS 657) and Buckles Lake Rd (FS 663). Hunters who don't mind working in rough country can be successful in the hills on either side of the Piedra River north of Highway 160.

The Missionary Ridge Road (FS Rd 682) and Beaver Meadows Rd (FS 135) provide access into good elk country in GMUs 75-751 as does the Mosca Road (FS 631) and FS Road 634 in GMU 77.

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.

Management Plan

Elk Management Plan

State Agency Website

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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,500 feet to more than 12,000 feet. Weather can change quickly and be severe.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
25
Licenses Drawn
25
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
24
Nonresident Quota
1
Landowner Quota
4
Youth Quota
4
38.5%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EF751P5R
F
R
P5
LL
38.5%
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
2,244
Total Harvest
553
Harvest Male
404
Harvest Female
140
24.6%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 253 27
25
2
0
R
ALL
N/A 23 17
0
14
0
R
D
R
N/A 24 16
0
16
0
R
O1
N/A 148 35
33
2
0
R
O1
LL
F
10 2
0
2
0
R
O1
LL
M
138 33
33
0
0
R
O2
N/A 299 83
75
8
0
R
O2
LL
F
13 8
0
8
0
R
O3
N/A 344 65
55
10
0
R
O3
LL
F
27 10
0
10
0
R
O4
LL
F
6 2
0
2
0
R
O4
LL
M
35 8
8
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 39 21
4
14
0
R
R
N/A 885 226
171
52
0
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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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