Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 63 - Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose Counties

If there is no snow, elk will likely be scattered throughout the high elevation landscape. Hunters will be most successful by walking along transition areas up high. When snow falls in November, herds move quickly to lower elevations on the western ends o

GMU 63 - Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
86
 
86
Success
19
 
19
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
49
 
49
Ease of Terrain
76
 
76
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
25
 
25
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
43
 
43
61
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by County Highway 92; on E by County Highway 92, Delta-Montrose County line, Smith Fork-Dyer Creek divide, Smith Fork-Curecanti Creek divide, Curecanti Pass and Curecanti Creek; on S and W by Gunnison River.

These GMUs contain abundant public land. Access is easier for GMU 63, but be sure to study the map closely to avoid trespassing. West of Highway 92 most of the land is private. Motorized travel is limited to designated routes.

County

Delta, Gunnison, Montrose

Size

335 Square Miles (214,617 Acres)

Land Ownership

43% Private, 49% Public, 25% USFS, 24% BLM, 8% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

38.6245, -107.6151

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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The elk population in these units is stable with a good number of bulls. To keep the herd stable, the number of cow licenses in these units is generous at 1,710, the same as in 2014. If there is no snow, elk will likely be scattered throughout the high elevation landscape. Hunters will be most successful by walking along transition areas up high.

When snow falls in November, herds move quickly to lower elevations on the western ends of the unit. Hunters should be aware of private land and national park boundaries, particularly west of Highway 92. Expect heavy pressure in the Black Mesa area.

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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Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


Winter weather is almost guaranteed during any season in this area which includes the high country of the West Elk Wilderness. Altitude ranges from 5,400 feet near Hotchkiss to more than 12,000 feet in the wilderness. The range in elevations and the topography create volatile weather at all times of year.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
650
Licenses Drawn
503
Licenses Surplus
147
Resident Quota
326
Nonresident Quota
177
Landowner Quota
69
Youth Quota
69
70.8%
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
EM063O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EM063O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
0
EM063O1M
M
M
O1
LL
53.8%
0
EF063P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
EF063O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF063O2R
F
R
O2
LL
60.6%
0
EF063O3R
F
R
O3
LL
68.2%
0
EF063O1R
F
R
O1
LL
66.7%
0
EF063O1M
F
M
O1
LL
83.3%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
1,574
Total Harvest
307
Harvest Male
114
Harvest Female
173
20%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 480 73
40
29
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1574 307
114
173
0
M
M
N/A 55 4
4
0
0
R
O3
N/A 212 25
12
8
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 771 29
0
29
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 170 69
0
61
0
R
PLO
N/A 296 110
4
95
0
R
O4
LL
F
26 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 65 6
3
0
0
R
O4
LL
M
12 3
3
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
72 23
0
23
0
R
O3
LL
F
45 13
0
8
0
R
ALL
N/A 771 29
0
29
0
R
O2
N/A 291 52
29
23
0
R
O1
LL
F
62 18
0
18
0
R
O1
N/A 272 44
44
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
140 22
22
0
0
R
O1
N/A 230 49
26
23
0
R
R
N/A 1039 230
70
144
0
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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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