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
21
 
21
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
38
 
38
Ease of Terrain
65
 
65
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
46
 
46
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
63
HuntScore

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

277 Square Miles (177,236 Acres)

Land Ownership

62% Private, 38% Public, 38% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.5644, -108.0337

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 0 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

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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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
450
Licenses Drawn
147
Licenses Surplus
303
Resident Quota
120
Nonresident Quota
27
Landowner Quota
69
Youth Quota
69
100%
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
EF032O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
72
EF032O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
72
EF032O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
72
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
876
Total Harvest
176
Harvest Male
120
Harvest Female
41
20%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 285 60
51
9
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 876 176
120
41
0
M
M
N/A 71 27
23
4
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 37 12
0
12
0
R
O1
N/A 57 12
12
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
57 12
12
0
0
R
O2
N/A 212 35
22
3
0
R
O2
LL
F
67 13
0
3
0
R
O3
N/A 154 24
8
11
0
R
O3
LL
F
42 16
0
11
0
R
O4
N/A 60 6
4
2
0
R
O4
LL
F
24 2
0
2
0
R
O4
LL
M
36 4
4
0
0
R
P0
N/A 37 12
0
12
0
R
R
N/A 520 89
46
28
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


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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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