Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 24 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Generally, this unit is considered very good elk hunting. They are generally at higher elevations in the eastern portions the unit during early seasons, and move west to lower elevations (and private lands) as hunting pressure and snow depth increase. Try

GMU 24 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
85
 
85
Success
32
 
32
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
93
 
93
Ease of Terrain
67
 
67
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
82
 
82
Convenience
13
 
13
Ease of Effort
55
 
55
71
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Bounded on N by Williams Fork River-White River divide; on E by White River-Yampa River divide and White River-Colorado River divide; on S by S Fork of White River-Colorado River divide; on W by US Forest Service Primary Forest Road 245 and Rio Blanco County Roads 17 (Buford-Newcastle Road), 8 and US Forest Service 250.

Expect mild weather with light snow in the 1st season, with roads becoming impassable in the upper half of the area by the 3rd season. The high country in GMU 24 is prone to heavy snowstorms in late seasons. Heavy snowstorms can strand hunters on Flattops after 1st season. While there is a great deal of public land, hunting pressure is heavy especially in northern half of GMUs 23 and 24.

4WD is necessary on all but the few main paved roads. Half of the area is roadless - which makes for very good hunting if you can walk or pack in. You may encounter heavy ATV traffic in GMUs 12, 23 and 33. Hunters in GMU 25 and 26 can gain access using Forest Service Road 610 (Stump Park Rd) or USFS Road 613 (Crescent Lake Rd).

County

Rio Blanco, Garfield

Size

439 Square Miles (280,906 Acres)

Land Ownership

7% Private, 93% Public, 92% USFS, 1% BLM, 51% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.9588, -107.4023

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 10 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Generally, this unit is considered very good elk hunting. They are generally at higher elevations in the eastern portions the unit during early seasons, and move west to lower elevations (and private lands) as hunting pressure and snow depth increase. Try the abundant public lands in the eastern part of the unit early on. Because of access roads, hunting pressure is high on Sleepy Cat, Lost Park and Sand Peak.

The Flattops Wilderness Area offers good hunting, but travel is limited to walking or horseback and the potential for heavy snowfall means hunters must be prepared. Successful hunters avoid the main roads and hunt the dark timber and deeper canyons. Jensen State Wildlife Area is good during most seasons. Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area is good during 3rd and 4th rifle seasons.

Both properties are limited to foot or horseback travel.

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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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Photos and Terrain Notes


White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, evergreens and alpine tundra.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
20,150
Licenses Drawn
14,758
Licenses Surplus
5,392
Resident Quota
8,507
Nonresident Quota
6,251
Landowner Quota
1,808
Youth Quota
1,808
85.2%
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
EF033O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 33, 23, 24; 23 south of the White River, and 24 south of the North Fork of the White River
EE012P1M
E
M
P1
LL
94.3%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 23, 24, 33;
EF011O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
70 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EF011O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
75 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 33, 131, 211;
EF011P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
75 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 211;
EM011O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EE012O1A
E
A
O1
LL
51.8%
69 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 23, 24; 23 north of the White River, and 24 north of the North Fork of the White River
EE012O1M
E
M
O1
LL
26.5%
60 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 23, 24; 23 north of the White River, and 24 north of the North Fork of the White River
EF012O1M
F
M
O1
LL
75.2%
68 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 12, 23, 24; 23 north of the White River, and 24 north of the North Fork of the White River
EE033O1M
E
M
O1
LL
30.6%
62 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 33, 23, 24; 23 south of the White River, and 24 south of the North Fork of the White River
EF012O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
69 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 23, 24;
EF012O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
67 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 23, 24;
EF012P1M
F
M
P1
LL
100%
69 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 23, 24, 33;
EM012O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 23, 24;
EF023P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
75 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 23, 24;
EE033O1A
E
A
O1
LL
63.6%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 33, 23, 24; 23 south of the White River, and 24 south of the North Fork of the White River
EE011P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
4,247
Total Harvest
608
Harvest Male
368
Harvest Female
210
14%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 495 75
65
10
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 4247 608
368
210
0
M
M
N/A 82 8
3
3
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 11 4
0
4
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 9 0
0
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 20 4
0
4
0
R
O4
LL
M
116 8
8
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
206 66
0
66
0
R
O4
N/A 322 74
8
66
0
R
O3
N/A 585 51
32
19
0
R
O3
LL
F
235 19
0
19
0
R
O2
LL
F
491 51
0
42
0
R
O2
N/A 1333 131
80
42
0
R
O1
LL
M
933 180
180
0
0
R
O1
N/A 1410 265
180
66
0
R
O1
LL
F
477 85
0
66
0
R
ALL
N/A 11 4
0
4
0
R
R
N/A 3670 525
300
197
0
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Average Temps

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