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
77
 
77
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
68
 
68
Ease of Terrain
65
 
65
Room to Breathe
87
 
87
Opportunity
19
 
19
Convenience
18
 
18
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
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

238 Square Miles (152,374 Acres)

Land Ownership

31% Private, 69% Public, 25% USFS, 41% BLM, 2% State, 1% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

38.5299, -108.9304

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 (2019)


Total Quota
235
Licenses Drawn
177
Licenses Surplus
58
Resident Quota
110
Nonresident Quota
67
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
18
78.8%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF060O2R
F
R
O2
EM060O1M
M
M
O1
EF060P5R
F
R
P5
EF060O3R
F
R
O3
EE060O4R
E
R
O4
EF060O1R
F
R
O1
EF060O1M
F
M
O1
EE060P4R
E
R
P4
EE060P1R
E
R
P1
EM060O1R
M
R
O1
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 (2018)


Total Hunters
535
Total Harvest
180
Harvest Male
112
Harvest Female
54
31.9%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
P0
44 27
R
O1
50 28
R
O2
82 11
R
O3
118 27
R
O4
51 17
A
A
33 0
M
M
10 2
R
O1
40 26
R
O1
8 0
R
O2
6 1
R
O3
10 3
R
O4
6 2
R
O4
40 13
R
EP
37 23
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.