Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 521 - Gunnison and Delta Counties

The herd is growing, well distributed and hunting is rated as good. Most elk will be at higher elevations during the early seasons above 8,500 feet in thick timber and oak brush. Distribution changes in relation to weather and hunting pressure.

GMU 521 - Gunnison and Delta Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
56
 
56
Success
28
 
28
Trophy Potential
63
 
63
Public Access
89
 
89
Ease of Terrain
69
 
69
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
30
 
30
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
43
 
43
58
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Delta-Mesa County line and Gunnison-Mesa County line; on E by Gunnison-Pitkin County line, White River-Gunnison National Forest boundary and Ruby Range Summit; on S by Gunnison County Road 12 (Kebler Pass Road), N Fork of Gunnison River; on W by Jay Creek, West Reservoir No. 1, Overland Ditch and Grand Mesa-Gunnison National Forest boundary.

Motorized access is good but roads can become muddy. Hunters should obtain maps to avoid trespassing or unintentionally crossing private land. Respect motorized closures on public lands. The lower elevations are mainly private.

County

Gunnison, Delta

Size

508 Square Miles (324,934 Acres)

Land Ownership

25% Private, 75% Public, 68% USFS, 8% BLM, 13% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.0305, -107.4464

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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The herd is growing, well distributed and hunting is rated as good. Most elk will be at higher elevations during the early seasons above 8,500 feet in thick timber and oak brush. Distribution changes in relation to weather and hunting pressure. So, hunters should be prepared to adapt to conditions.

Elk will generally move into more remote areas in response to pressure. Successful hunters generally stay well away from motorized access areas. These units are managed for hunting opportunity, so most bulls are young. Hunting pressure is lowest during the limited first season.

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


The Grand Mesa is heavily forested and offers a wide variety of terrain: from the spruce, fir and aspen forests up to 11,000 feet, to the piñonjuniper woodlands at about 4,800 feet.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
4,285
Licenses Drawn
3,967
Licenses Surplus
318
Resident Quota
1,871
Nonresident Quota
2,096
Landowner Quota
29
Youth Quota
29
77.3%
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
EM041O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EE041P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EE041P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
71 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EE041P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
71 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EM041O1M
M
M
O1
LL
79.6%
70 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EM041O1M
M
M
O1
LL
79.6%
70 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EF521O4R
F
R
O4
LL
10.9%
60
EM041O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EM041O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EM041O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EF521O1R
F
R
O1
LL
46.3%
68
EF521O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
78
EF521O3R
F
R
O3
LL
10.9%
60
EF521O2R
F
R
O2
LL
10.9%
61
EE041P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
2,887
Total Harvest
305
Harvest Male
230
Harvest Female
66
11%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 1498 156
102
45
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 2887 305
230
66
0
M
M
NA
N/A 131 6
6
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 5 3
0
3
0
R
O1
LL
F
45 5
0
5
0
R
O1
LL
M
263 37
37
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 332 56
51
5
0
R
O2
LL
F
13 2
0
2
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 639 42
40
2
0
R
O3
LL
F
6 0
0
0
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 234 31
31
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
3 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
M
15 0
0
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 48 11
0
11
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 54 25
14
11
0
R
R
NA
N/A 1258 143
122
21
0
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Average Temps

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