Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 32 - Garfield County

Good cow hunting opportunities. The best hunting is in remote areas, mostly at high elevations, where the elk tend to hold up in pockets of green timber and aspen.

GMU 32 - Garfield County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
65
 
65
Room to Breathe
87
 
87
Opportunity
95
 
95
Convenience
65
 
65
Ease of Effort
63
 
63
92
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Parachute Creek-Piceance Creek divide; on E by County Highway 13/789; on S by Colorado River; on W by Kelly Gulch and Roan Creek-Parachute Creek divide.

Rains bring muddy roads. High elevation snows make roads impassible without chains. 75% of area is BLM land. There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV.

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County

Garfield

Size

301 Square Miles (192,815 Acres)

Land Ownership

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

Latitude/Longitude

39.5574, -108.0321

Amenities

There are 3 hospitals, 19 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 8 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Good cow hunting opportunities. The best hunting is in remote areas, mostly at high elevations, where the elk tend to hold up in pockets of green timber and aspen. Hunting pressure will push some bulls into the large expanses of piñon-juniper. If snow and hunting pressure are sufficient, some elk will move into the Little Hills and Dry Fork area of Piceance later in the seasons.

Most of the GMU 32 elk move into GMU 22 to winter. Elk normally concentrate on the north side of Douglas Pass during the archery, muzzleloader, and early rifle seasons

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, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Piñon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons. Some areas are steep and rugged, especially in southern portion.

Elk Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
150
Licenses Drawn
33
Licenses Surplus
117
Resident Quota
23
Nonresident Quota
10
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
23
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF032O2R
F
R
O2
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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
1,951
Total Harvest
439
Harvest Male
227
Harvest Female
193
26.8%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
630 141
R
P0
61 12
R
O1
130 26
R
O2
231 48
R
O3
138 30
R
O4
76 33
A
O1
264 50
M
O1
28 9
R
O1
108 16
R
O4
13 9
R
O1
12 0
R
O2
78 15
R
O3
64 22
R
O4
63 24
R
EP
51 2
RR
D
4 2
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.