Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 71 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

The elk population is holding steady and herds are at objective levels. Animals are distributed widely throughout the eastern portion of the unit. Elk will move quickly into thick aspen, evergreens, and rugged terrain with hunting pressure.

GMU 71 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
61
 
61
Success
9
 
9
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
84
 
84
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
27
 
27
Opportunity
35
 
35
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
45
 
45
59
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Disappointment Creek and Dolores-San Miguel County line; on E by Dolores-San Juan County line, Montezuma-La Plata County line and Bear Creek; on S by County Highway 145; on W by US Forest Service Road 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road).

There is good vehicle access in this unit. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands. An exception is the Lizard Head Wilderness Area, GMU 71, which is accessible by foot and horseback only.

County

Dolores, Montezuma

Size

467 Square Miles (298,849 Acres)

Land Ownership

15% Private, 84% Public, 84% USFS

Latitude/Longitude

37.6527, -108.1778

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 12 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The elk population is holding steady and herds are at objective levels. Animals are distributed widely throughout the eastern portion of the unit. Elk will move quickly into thick aspen, evergreens, and rugged terrain with hunting pressure. Hunt the edges of timbered areas slowly at first light and at sundown when elk are most active.

The opportunity to see a mature bull is only fair. There are many young bulls in this unit, so be careful not to shoot a spike. Hunt away from roads and OHV trails for the best chance of success. Generally, this unit is better early in the season, but will hold elk on south-facing slopes during the later seasons.

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, Pronghorn,

Photos and Terrain Notes


With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1,525
Licenses Drawn
1,488
Licenses Surplus
37
Resident Quota
856
Nonresident Quota
632
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
35
69%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF071O1M
F
M
O1
EF071O1R
F
R
O1
EF071O2R
F
R
O2
EF071P1R
F
R
P1
EF071P4R
F
R
P4
EM071O1M
M
M
O1
EM071O1R
M
R
O1
EM071O4R
M
R
O4
EM071P1R
M
R
P1
EM071P4R
M
R
P4
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
3,330
Total Harvest
293
Harvest Male
243
Harvest Female
42
9%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
M
M
226 42
R
O3
23 2
R
O2
40 10
R
O1
47 3
R
O4
46 0
R
O1
441 31
R
O3
528 33
A
A
1264 105
R
O4
60 2
R
O2
722 63
R
O1
530 48
R
P0
55 16
R
R
1840 146
ALL
ALL
3330 293
R
O4
1 0
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.