Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 771 - Archileta County

Hunters must be prepared to walk into remote and forested areas. Do not expect to see elk from roads or areas open to OHVs. In early seasons stick to cool areas on north-facing slopes in the spruce/fir and aspen forests.

GMU 771 - Archileta County

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
14
 
14
Trophy Potential
35
 
35
Public Access
20
 
20
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
32
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 160; on E by San Juan River; on S by New Mexico; on W by Los Pinos River-Piedra River divide.

Public land and road access is good at mid to high elevations in these units which lie between Durango and Wolf Creek Pass. South of U.S. Highway 160 much of the land is privately owned or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. To access pockets of public land within the Southern Ute boundaries you MUST obtain a crossing permit ($25) from the tribe.

Call (970)563-0125 for information. Hunting is not allowed on tribal lands.

County

Archileta

Size

327 Square Miles (209,488 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 20% Public, 18% USFS, 2% BLM, 45% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.1224, -107.2739

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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The objective is to increase the population. Even though cow licenses were cut the previous few years this herd is not growing. CPW is watching this population closely and working on management strategies. Hunters must be prepared to walk into remote and forested areas.

Do not expect to see elk from roads or areas open to OHVs. In early seasons stick to cool areas on north-facing slopes in the spruce/fir and aspen forests. Elk move to lower elevations when snow accumulation is significant. In late seasons, ponderosa pine forests and oak brush can be productive.

The wilderness area boundary north of Pagosa often holds elk when snow pushes them down. Areas south of Pagosa Springs and east of Highway 84 can provide good hunting as snow begins to accumulate. Access on Mill Creek Rd (FS 302), Rio Blanco Rd (FS 657) and Buckles Lake Rd (FS 663). Hunters who don't mind working in rough country can be successful in the hills on either side of the Piedra River north of Highway 160.

The Missionary Ridge Road (FS Rd 682) and Beaver Meadows Rd (FS 135) provide access into good elk country in GMUs 75-751 as does the Mosca Road (FS 631) and FS Road 634 in GMU 77.

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


Elevations range from about 6,500 feet to more than 12,000 feet. Weather can change quickly and be severe.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,389
Total Harvest
534
Harvest Male
499
Harvest Female
35
15.5%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 961 113
97
16
0
A
A
N/A 103 2
2
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 2826 448
421
27
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 563 86
78
8
0
M
M
N/A 231 61
59
2
0
M
M
N/A 16 3
3
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
7 5
0
5
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 3 0
0
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 20 7
4
3
0
R
O4
LL
M
8 4
4
0
0
R
O4
N/A 17 7
4
3
0
R
O4
N/A 39 7
7
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
12 5
0
5
0
R
O2
LL
F
11 0
0
0
0
R
O3
N/A 439 58
53
5
0
R
O3
N/A 241 34
29
5
0
R
O2
N/A 137 25
25
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
16 4
0
4
0
R
O2
N/A 727 109
105
4
0
R
O1
LL
M
34 11
11
0
0
R
O1
N/A 40 15
15
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 6 0
0
0
0
R
R
N/A 444 81
73
8
0
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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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