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

Scores


Ease of Drawing
98
 
98
Success
16
 
16
Trophy Potential
44
 
44
Public Access
83
 
83
Ease of Terrain
64
 
64
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
12
 
12
Convenience
4
 
4
Ease of Effort
50
 
50
72
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

38.4908, -108.9686

Amenities

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

State Agency Website

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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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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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%
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
EM060O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
75
EM060O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
78
EF060P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
78
EF060O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
75
EF060O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
75
EF060O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
73
EF060O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
73
EF060O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
75
EE060P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
73
EE060P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
73
EE060O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
78
HuntScore Tip: Over-the-counter with caps licenses are licenses that are sold over-the-counter but limited in number and only available as first-come first-served. You snooze - you loose.

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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 44 3
3
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 414 81
52
29
0
M
M
N/A 17 0
0
0
0
R
O3
N/A 104 17
17
0
0
R
P0
N/A 47 10
0
10
0
R
O4
LL
E
47 7
3
4
0
R
O4
LL
F
4 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 60 7
3
4
0
R
O3
LL
F
12 0
0
0
0
R
O2
N/A 89 22
19
3
0
R
O2
LL
F
10 3
0
3
0
R
O1
LL
F
10 0
0
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
39 10
10
0
0
R
O1
N/A 53 10
10
0
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 34 10
0
10
0
R
D
R
N/A 13 12
0
12
0
R
R
N/A 353 78
49
29
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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