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
51
 
51
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
73
 
73
Public Access
91
 
91
Ease of Terrain
65
 
65
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
28
 
28
Convenience
5
 
5
Ease of Effort
43
 
43
58
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 horsebac... Create a free account to read the rest of this access note!

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.

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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... Create a free account to read the rest of this elk hunting note!

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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.

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey, Pronghorn,

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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 condit... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2020)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
3,595
Licenses Drawn
2,203
Licenses Surplus
1,392
Resident Quota
1,094
Nonresident Quota
1,109
Landowner Quota
52
Youth Quota
52
51.2%
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
EF071P1R
F
R
P1
LL
100%
72
EF071O1M
F
M
O1
LL
26.5%
67
EF071O1A
F
A
O1
LL
100%
71
EF071O1R
F
R
O1
LL
9.5%
61
EF071O2R
F
R
O2
LL
7.6%
61
EF071O3R
F
R
O3
LL
7.6%
58
EM071O4R
M
R
O4
LL
84.3%
78
EF071O4R
F
R
O4
LL
7.6%
58
EF071P4R
F
R
P4
LL
54.1%
64
EM071O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
70
EM071O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
70
EM071O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
71
EM071P1R
M
R
P1
LL
100%
76
EM071P4R
M
R
P4
LL
100%
74
EE071P1A
E
A
P1
LL
100%
73
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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
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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Average Temps

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