Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 22 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Good cow hunting opportunities exist in this unit. The best hunting is in remote areas, mostly at high elevations, where the elk tend to hold up in pockets of green timber and aspen. Check out the Texas Mountain area and Rat Hole Ridge.

GMU 22 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
83
 
83
Success
21
 
21
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
73
 
73
Ease of Terrain
69
 
69
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
27
 
27
Convenience
12
 
12
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
63
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by White River; on E by County Highway 13/789; on S by White River-Colorado River divide; on W by Rio Blanco County Roads 26, 103, Monument Gulch Road, County Highway 64 and Monument Gulch.

Rains bring muddy roads. High elevation snows make roads impassible without chains. 75% of area is BLM land. There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV.

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County

Rio Blanco, Garfield

Size

913 Square Miles (584,184 Acres)

Land Ownership

27% Private, 73% Public, 70% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.8864, -108.2824

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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Good cow hunting opportunities exist in this unit. The best hunting is in remote areas, mostly at high elevations, where the elk tend to hold up in pockets of green timber and aspen. Check out the Texas Mountain area and Rat Hole Ridge. Hunting pressure will push some bulls into the large expanses of piñon-juniper.

If snow and hunting pressure are sufficient, some elk will move into the Little Hills and Dry Fork area of Piceance later in the seasons. Most of the GMU 32 elk move into GMU 22 to winter. Elk normally concentrate on the north side of Douglas Pass during the archery, muzzleloader, and early rifle seasons. Movement of large numbers of elk into GMU-30 generally does not occur until early November.

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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.

Management Plan

Elk Management Plan

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Photos and Terrain Notes


piñon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons. Some areas are steep and rugged, especially in southern portion.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,350
Licenses Drawn
1,258
Licenses Surplus
92
Resident Quota
867
Nonresident Quota
391
Landowner Quota
203
Youth Quota
203
73.3%
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
EF022P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
EF022O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF022O3R
F
R
O3
LL
73.9%
0
EF022O2R
F
R
O2
LL
73.9%
0
EF022L1R
F
R
L1
LL
57.1%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
2,909
Total Harvest
644
Harvest Male
314
Harvest Female
300
22%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 601 63
43
20
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 2909 644
314
300
0
M
M
N/A 101 14
5
9
0
R
O3
N/A 632 129
95
27
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 154 91
0
91
0
R
PLO
N/A 184 112
21
91
0
R
O4
LL
F
89 36
0
30
0
R
O4
LL
M
121 20
20
0
0
R
O4
N/A 210 56
20
30
0
R
O3
LL
F
148 34
0
27
0
R
O2
N/A 781 155
80
63
0
R
O2
LL
F
209 75
0
63
0
R
ALL
N/A 88 43
0
39
0
R
O1
N/A 327 83
71
12
0
R
O1
LL
F
34 12
0
12
0
R
O1
LL
M
263 50
50
0
0
R
L0
N/A 88 43
0
39
0
R
D
R
N/A 15 10
0
9
0
R
R
N/A 2207 567
266
271
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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Weather Insights


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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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