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

Scores


Ease of Drawing
83
 
83
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
68
 
68
Opportunity
58
 
58
Convenience
59
 
59
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
79
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

268 Square Miles (171,573 Acres)

Land Ownership

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

Latitude/Longitude

39.7779, -106.8556

Amenities

There are 3 hospitals, 20 hotels, 4 campgrounds, and 2 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

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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 (2019)


Total Quota
900
Licenses Drawn
760
Licenses Surplus
140
Resident Quota
554
Nonresident Quota
206
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
71
86%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF035O1R
F
R
O1
EF035P5R
F
R
P5
EF035O2R
F
R
O2
EE035O1R
E
R
O1
EF035O1M
F
M
O1
EF035L1R
F
R
L1
EE035P1R
E
R
P1
EE035O4R
E
R
O4
EM035O1M
M
M
O1
HuntScore Tip: Over-the-counter with caps licenses are licenses that are sold over-the-counter but limited in number and only available as first-come first-served. You snooze - you loose.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
879
Total Harvest
195
Harvest Male
80
Harvest Female
106
33.2%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
L0
3 3
R
P0
50 9
R
O1
168 63
R
O2
214 16
R
O4
34 6
M
M
87 13
R
O1
45 20
R
O2
53 6
R
O3
41 4
R
O1
110 40
R
O4
34 6
R
EP
37 6
R
L0
3 3
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.