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
77
 
77
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
37
 
37
Public Access
8
 
8
Ease of Terrain
84
 
84
Room to Breathe
9
 
9
Opportunity
16
 
16
Convenience
8
 
8
Ease of Effort
32
 
32
56
HuntScore

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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

433 Square Miles (276,819 Acres)

Land Ownership

54% Private, 8% Public, 4% BLM, 4% State, 38% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.1420, -108.0967

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 0 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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
175
Licenses Drawn
105
Licenses Surplus
70
Resident Quota
67
Nonresident Quota
38
Landowner Quota
16
Youth Quota
16
31.1%
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 Notes
EM741O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF741P5R
F
R
P5
LL
17.9%
0
EF741O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF741O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
EF741O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
0
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
362
Total Harvest
97
Harvest Male
72
Harvest Female
21
27%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 66 8
8
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 362 97
72
21
0
M
M
N/A 7 3
3
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 1 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 47 28
28
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
24 17
17
0
0
R
O2
N/A 95 21
21
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
11 0
0
0
0
R
O3
N/A 64 14
12
2
0
R
O3
LL
F
6 2
0
2
0
R
O4
N/A 55 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
M
45 0
0
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 86 38
15
19
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 27 23
0
19
0
R
R
N/A 289 86
61
21
0
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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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