Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 60 - Mesa and Montrose Counties

The elk population is healthy, but success is dependent on the weather in Utah. Harvest success is better in the later seasons and away from roads, with animals being found near Carpenter Ridge, Buckeye Reservoir, and John Brown Canyon.

GMU 60 - Mesa and Montrose Counties
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
20
 
20
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
83
 
83
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
13
 
13
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
50
 
50
77
HuntScore

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Bounded on N and E by Dolores River; on S by County Highway 90; on W by Utah.

The GMU is primarily BLM land.

County

Mesa, Montrose

Size

215 Square Miles (137,887 Acres)

Land Ownership

18% Private, 83% Public, 18% USFS, 65% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.5300, -108.9765

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 6 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The elk population is healthy, but success is dependent on the weather in Utah. Harvest success is better in the later seasons and away from roads, with animals being found near Carpenter Ridge, Buckeye Reservoir, and John Brown Canyon.

This unit along the Utah line is primarily winter range. Big game migrate in from Utah; harvest success depends on the weather. Because of migration patterns, population estimates for this GMU are not possible.

Chronic wasting disease has been found in deer and elk in Utah

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.

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from 4,500 feet along the Dolores River to 8,600 feet near the Utah line

Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
255
Licenses Drawn
203
Licenses Surplus
52
Resident Quota
148
Nonresident Quota
55
Landowner Quota
21
Youth Quota
21
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EM060O1M
M
M
O1
EM060O1R
M
R
O1
EF060P5R
F
R
P5
EF060O4R
F
R
O4
EF060O3R
F
R
O3
EF060O2R
F
R
O2
EF060O1R
F
R
O1
EF060O1M
F
M
O1
EE060P1R
E
R
P1
EE060P4R
E
R
P4
EE060O4R
E
R
O4
HuntScore Tip: Ninety to ninety-five percent of Colorado's GMUs require no preference points - or just a single preference point - in order to draw a limited license in those units.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
414
Total Harvest
81
Harvest Male
52
Harvest Female
29
20%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 44 3
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 414 81
M
M
N/A
N/A 17 0
R
O3
LL
F
12 0
R
P0
N/A
N/A 47 10
R
O4
N/A
N/A 60 7
R
O4
LL
F
4 0
R
O4
LL
E
47 7
R
O3
N/A
N/A 104 17
R
O2
N/A
N/A 89 22
R
O2
LL
F
10 3
R
O1
LL
F
10 0
R
O1
LL
M
39 10
R
O1
N/A
N/A 53 10
R
EP
PLO
N/A 34 10
R
D
R
N/A 13 12
R
R
N/A
N/A 353 78
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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