Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 62 - Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

The highest success rate for bull hunters occurs during first season, but expect hunting pressure there. Animals usually move to lower elevation private lands as hunting pressure increases.

GMU 62 - Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
65
 
65
Success
15
 
15
Trophy Potential
44
 
44
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
86
 
86
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
10
 
10
Convenience
29
 
29
Ease of Effort
41
 
41
67
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 141; on E by County Highway 50 and 550; on S by County Highway 62; on W by Dave Wood Road and US Forest Service Road 402 (Divide Road).

Numerous roads provide easy access to the plateau, but many canyons are accessible only by foot and on horseback.

County

Delta, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray

Size

1,249 Square Miles (799,240 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 29% USFS, 40% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.5364, -108.2176

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 5 hotels, 4 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The highest success rate for bull hunters occurs during first season, but expect hunting pressure there. Animals usually move to lower elevation private lands as hunting pressure increases. The elk population is declining and licenses have been reduced for these units. Elk are widely distributed, but hunting pressure during the early seasons appears to be forcing animals from the unit, an over-the-counter unit, to GMU 61 which is a totally limited unit.

Elk also move into the canyons and onto private property. It's still recommended that hunters start at high elevation, especially in the early seasons. But those who venture into the tough canyon terrain could be reward. Be sure to stay on public lands in the canyon areas.

Hunters should also move well away from roads. Be sure that you are hunting on the northeast side of the divide road.

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, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The Uncompahgre Plateau is a broad structural uplift within the Colorado Plateau physiographic province. The Uncompahgre Plateau consists of a relatively flat 9,000 Ò 9,800 foot summit that runs northwest from Ridgway to the Unaweep Canyon. The summit drops off quickly on the Unit 61 side and more gradually slopes downward on the Unit 62 side. Both sides of the Uncompahgre Plateau are incised by deep canyons separated by relatively flat mesas that typically run perpendicular to the main summit ridge and end at the San Miguel, Dolores, Gunnison or Uncompahgre Rivers.

The elevation in this area ranges from 4,570 feet along the Dolores River near Gateway to 10,338 feet at the summit of Horsefly Peak near the southeast end of the Plateau. At elevations below approximately 6,500 ft near the Dolores, San Miguel, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers, a high desert plant community is the predominant, extant vegetation type. Important plant species of this community include four-wing saltbush, shadscale saltbush, black sagebrush, winterfat, broom snakeweed, rabbitbrush, greasewood, and, in the Gateway area, black brush. Elevations between approximately 6,000-7,500 ft, are characterized by piñon pine and Utah juniper woodlands and grassland/shrub (e.g., basin big sagebrush, black sagebrush, Wyoming/mountain big sagebrush, mountain mahogony, Indian ricegrass).

The piñon-juniper type covers approximately 40% of this area and is the predominant plant community. From approximately 7,500 to 8,500 ft, ponderosa pine/mountain shrub (e.g., Gambel oak, serviceberry, mountain mahogany, mountain big sagebrush, silver sagebrush, snowberry, manzanita) is the dominant vegetation type. Elevations above 8,500 ft are generally characterized by aspen forests and a mixed spruce-fir complex (aspen, Douglas fir, sub-alpine fir and Engleman spruce). Common plant species found in lowland riparian areas on the Uncompahgre Plateau include narrowleaf cottonwood, coyote willow, chokecherry, tamarisk, and boxelder.

In higher elevation riparian areas characteristic species include thinleaf alder, birches, willows, and blue spruce. Agricultural areas and cultivated croplands within the area occur primarily in the Uncompahgre Valley between Montrose and Delta.and in the other major river valleys surrounding the Plateau

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
1,595
Licenses Drawn
1,413
Licenses Surplus
182
Resident Quota
916
Nonresident Quota
497
Landowner Quota
144
Youth Quota
144
72.6%
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
EF062O2R
F
R
O2
LL
37.3%
64
EE062P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
75
EE062P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
75
EF062O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
75
EF062O1R
F
R
O1
LL
44.1%
64
EF062P2R
F
R
P2
LL
100%
77
EF062O4R
F
R
O4
LL
71.4%
70
EF062O3R
F
R
O3
LL
71.4%
69
EF062P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
77
EF062P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
77
EM062O1M
M
M
O1
LL
69.7%
69
EM062O1R
M
R
O1
LL
83.3%
76
EE062O4R
E
R
O4
LL
94.3%
74
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
4,857
Total Harvest
620
Harvest Male
439
Harvest Female
158
13%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1724 176
125
48
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 4857 620
439
158
0
M
M
N/A 173 26
19
7
0
R
D
R
N/A 12 6
1
5
0
R
O1
N/A 386 99
68
23
0
R
O1
LL
F
55 15
0
10
0
R
O1
LL
M
266 45
45
0
0
R
O2
N/A 1431 199
161
35
0
R
O2
LL
F
87 24
0
24
0
R
O3
N/A 929 74
52
15
0
R
O3
LL
F
85 9
0
4
0
R
O4
N/A 202 40
13
25
0
R
O4
LL
E
93 17
3
14
0
R
O4
LL
F
6 0
0
0
0
R
P0
N/A 291 89
33
46
0
R
R
N/A 2960 418
295
103
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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