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


Ease of Drawing
84
 
84
Success
18
 
18
Trophy Potential
37
 
37
Public Access
80
 
80
Ease of Terrain
35
 
35
Room to Breathe
62
 
62
Opportunity
69
 
69
Convenience
98
 
98
Ease of Effort
63
 
63
80
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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 (266,435 Acres)

Land Ownership

20% Private, 80% Public, 45% USFS, 29% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.6844, -107.6480

Amenities

There are 4 hospitals, 20 hotels, 17 campgrounds, and 10 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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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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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 Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
2,290
Licenses Drawn
1,744
Licenses Surplus
546
Resident Quota
1,075
Nonresident Quota
669
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
151
85%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE033O1A
E
A
O1
EE033O1M
E
M
O1
EE033P4R
E
R
P4
EF033O1M
F
M
O1
EF033O2R
F
R
O2
EF033P5R
F
R
P5
EM033O4R
M
R
O4
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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
7,310
Total Harvest
1,077
Harvest Male
669
Harvest Female
392
20.5%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
2451 346
R
O1
376 140
R
LP
20 10
R
O4
101 5
R
O3
262 30
R
O2
517 62
R
O1
269 10
R
O4
98 4
M
O1
104 12
R
L0
20 10
A
O1
602 97
R
O4
221 14
R
O3
607 66
R
O2
934 102
R
O1
662 150
R
P0
59 15
RR
D
7 4
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.