Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 33 - Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

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, and evergreen

GMU 33 - Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
81
 
81
100
Success
28
 
28
5
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
5
Public Access
75
 
75
80
Ease of Terrain
77
 
77
35
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
42
Opportunity
70
 
70
6
Convenience
19
 
19
98
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
63
66
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Bounded on N by White-Colorado River divide; on E by Canyon Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 13/789.

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

Garfield, Rio Blanco

Size

416 Square Miles (266,311 Acres)

Land Ownership

25% Private, 75% Public, 45% USFS, 28% BLM, 1% State, 1% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

39.6887, -107.6403

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 7 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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Management Plan

Elk Management Plan

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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
14,340
Licenses Drawn
9,677
Licenses Surplus
4,663
Resident Quota
5,448
Nonresident Quota
4,229
Landowner Quota
1,104
Youth Quota
1,104
88.9%
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
EE033O1A
E
A
O1
LL
63.6%
72 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
EF011O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
71 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;
EM011O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EE012P1M
E
M
P1
LL
94.3%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 23, 24, 33;
EF012P1M
F
M
P1
LL
100%
70 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 23, 24, 33;
EF033O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
74 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
EE033O1M
E
M
O1
LL
30.6%
63 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
EE033P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
74
EF033O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
81
EF033O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
81
EF033O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
81
EF033P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
78
EM033O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
79
EE011P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
2,930
Total Harvest
348
Harvest Male
180
Harvest Female
134
12%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 580 73
52
17
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 2930 348
180
134
0
M
M
N/A 124 33
11
20
0
R
O3
LL
F
239 52
0
46
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 70 11
0
11
0
R
PLO
N/A 99 14
0
14
0
R
O4
LL
F
73 12
0
8
0
R
O4
N/A 183 22
7
11
0
R
O4
LL
M
97 7
7
0
0
R
O2
N/A 834 89
42
29
0
R
O3
N/A 612 90
38
46
0
R
ALL
N/A 70 11
0
11
0
R
O2
LL
F
418 47
0
29
0
R
O1
LL
F
198 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 527 30
30
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
313 30
30
0
0
R
R
N/A 2226 242
117
97
0
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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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