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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
50
 
50
Success
30
 
30
Trophy Potential
73
 
73
Public Access
84
 
84
Ease of Terrain
67
 
67
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
39
 
39
Convenience
5
 
5
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
57
HuntScore

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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

520 Square Miles (332,837 Acres)

Land Ownership

15% Private, 85% Public, 84% USFS, 1% State, 6% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

37.6891, -108.1687

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 4 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.

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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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
2,440
Licenses Drawn
2,435
Licenses Surplus
5
Resident Quota
1,115
Nonresident Quota
1,320
Landowner Quota
37
Youth Quota
37
47.5%
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
EF071O4R
F
R
O4
LL
2.1%
57
EF071O1A
F
A
O1
LL
94.3%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EF071O1M
F
M
O1
LL
17.3%
53 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EF071O1R
F
R
O1
LL
9.1%
50 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EF071O2R
F
R
O2
LL
2.1%
60
EF071O3R
F
R
O3
LL
2.1%
57
EM071O1R
M
R
O1
LL
85.3%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EF071P1R
F
R
P1
LL
47.6%
63 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711; 711 private land only
EF071P4R
F
R
P4
LL
44.4%
55 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711; 711 private land only
EM071O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
64 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EM071O1M
M
M
O1
LL
77.3%
65 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EM071O4R
M
R
O4
LL
59.5%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EM071P1R
M
R
P1
LL
100%
65 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711; 711 private land only
EM071P4R
M
R
P4
LL
100%
63 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711; 711 private land only
EE071P1A
E
A
P1
LL
100%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
2,614
Total Harvest
517
Harvest Male
495
Harvest Female
22
19.8%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
R
O1
N/A 429 100
100
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
26 0
0
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
359 80
80
0
0
R
O4
LL
M
26 5
5
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 140 58
45
13
0
R
R
N/A 1634 274
265
9
0
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Average Temps

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