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
20
 
20
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
38
 
38
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
70
 
70
Opportunity
49
 
49
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
45
 
45
65
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

39.5573, -107.9977

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 (2019)


Total Quota
150
Licenses Drawn
59
Licenses Surplus
91
Resident Quota
42
Nonresident Quota
17
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
23
100%
Average Draw Odds
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EF032O2R
F
R
O2
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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 Hunters Harvest
M
M
71 27
R
O4
24 2
R
O3
42 16
R
O2
67 13
R
O4
36 4
R
O1
57 12
R
O2
212 35
A
A
285 60
R
O4
60 6
R
O3
154 24
R
O1
57 12
R
P0
37 12
R
R
520 89
ALL
ALL
876 176
R
EP
37 12
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.