Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 741 - La Plata County

Elk have survived by knowing how to avoid hunters. Concentrate on rugged terrain away from other hunters. Weather often dictates the success rate in this area.

GMU 741 - La Plata County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
98
 
98
Success
23
 
23
Trophy Potential
31
 
31
Public Access
51
 
51
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
88
 
88
Opportunity
66
 
66
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
80
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 160; on E by Animas River; on S by New Mexico; on W by Montezuma-La Plata County line.

Most of the land in GMU 741 is private or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Only members of the tribe can hunt on the reservation. The Bureau of Reclamation owns the property around Nighthorse Reservoir near Durangp and currently hunting is not allowed. Hunting is allowed on the 3,000 acres owned by CPW in the adjacent Bodo State Wildlife Area.

County

La Plata

Size

484 Square Miles (309,830 Acres)

Land Ownership

32% Private, 68% Public, 42% USFS, 5% BLM, 17% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.1695, -108.1131

Amenities

There are 14 hospitals, 20 hotels, 9 campgrounds, and 11 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The elk herd is below objective but the population is stable and increasing slightly. CPW is working to increase the population and has reduced cow harvest in this unit over the past several years. This has been done by decreasing cow and either-sex licenses. They have survived by knowing how to avoid hunters.

Concentrate on rugged terrain away from other hunters. Weather often dictates the success rate in this area.

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, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey, Pronghorn,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,000 feet near the New Mexico border to more than 12,000 feet near Silverton. An abundance of vegetation provides good summer range, but winter range is declining because of development. This area is in the Colorado Plateau Ecoregion, which consists of shrublands and forests. Vegetation types include: alpine over 12,000 feet elevation; spruce/fir stands down to 10,000 feet; Gambel oak, serviceberry, and ponderosa pine above 6,500 feet; and piñon/juniper/sagebrush and agricultural fields below 6,500 feet.

Elk Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
225
Licenses Drawn
136
Licenses Surplus
89
Resident Quota
104
Nonresident Quota
32
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
23
95.8%
Average 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
EF741O2R
F
R
O2
EF741P5R
F
R
P5
EM741O4R
M
R
O4
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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
839
Total Harvest
223
Harvest Male
117
Harvest Female
106
26.5%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
293 78
R
P0
95 44
R
O1
22 16
R
O2
97 13
R
O3
89 16
R
O4
12 0
A
O1
101 12
M
O1
5 2
R
O1
9 5
R
O2
14 0
R
O3
26 4
R
O4
3 0
R
EP
73 33
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.