Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 35 - Eagle County

As hunting pressure increases, they seek the deeper canyons and dark timber areas way from roads. Concentrating on the large stands of dark timber and the larger wilderness areas will increase your chance of finding a big bull on public lands.

GMU 35 - Eagle County
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
67
 
67
Success
12
 
12
Trophy Potential
37
 
37
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
68
 
68
Room to Breathe
28
 
28
Opportunity
36
 
36
Convenience
6
 
6
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
58
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Colorado River; on E by County Highway 131; on S by Eagle River; on W by Colorado River.

GMUs 35 and 44 have some public access. However, the northern part of GMU 44 between Edwards and Eagle is primarily private property with no hunting allowed.

County

Eagle

Size

248 Square Miles (158,420 Acres)

Land Ownership

29% Private, 71% Public, 70% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.7668, -106.8467

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 2 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are scattered from about 7,000ft to above timberline. As hunting pressure increases, they seek the deeper canyons and dark timber areas way from roads. Concentrating on the large stands of dark timber and the larger wilderness areas will increase your chance of finding a big bull on public lands. Large blocks of private land in GMUs 35 and 36 provide refuge areas and can make hunting difficult.

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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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Shiras Moose, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevation climbs from 6,000ft with sage and piñon to over 14,000ft with alpine vegetation starting at 10,500ft.

Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
1,025
Licenses Drawn
910
Licenses Surplus
115
Resident Quota
723
Nonresident Quota
187
Landowner Quota
89
Youth Quota
89
69.4%
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
EF035P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
77
EM035O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
79
EF035O4R
F
R
O4
LL
75.8%
74
EF035O3R
F
R
O3
LL
75.8%
74
EF035O2R
F
R
O2
LL
75.8%
77
EF035O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
78
EF035O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
79
EF035L1R
F
R
L1
LL
7.1%
58
EE035P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
74
EE035O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
75
EE035O1R
E
R
O1
LL
67.3%
73
HuntScore Tip: Ninety to ninety-five percent of Colorado's GMUs require no preference points - or just a single preference point - in order to draw a limited license in those units.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,070
Total Harvest
132
Harvest Male
87
Harvest Female
45
12%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 202 17
17
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 1070 132
87
45
0
M
M
N/A
N/A 119 9
9
0
0
R
P0
N/A
N/A 40 18
6
12
0
R
O4
LL
F
10 3
0
3
0
R
O4
LL
E
34 3
0
3
0
R
O4
N/A
N/A 44 6
0
6
0
R
O3
LL
F
59 8
0
8
0
R
O3
N/A
N/A 249 40
32
8
0
R
O2
LL
F
64 3
0
3
0
R
O2
N/A
N/A 267 18
15
3
0
R
O1
LL
E
80 12
8
4
0
R
O1
LL
F
61 8
0
8
0
R
O1
N/A
N/A 158 26
14
12
0
R
L0
N/A
N/A 8 4
0
4
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 23 12
0
12
0
R
ALL
N/A
N/A 8 4
0
4
0
R
R
N/A
N/A 749 106
61
45
0
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.

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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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