Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 73 - Montezuma County

The elk population is holding steady and herds are at objective levels. Animals are distributed widely throughout the eastern portion of these units. Elk will move quickly into thick aspen, evergreens and rugged terrain with hunting pressure.

GMU 73 - Montezuma County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
53
 
53
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
47
 
47
Ease of Terrain
40
 
40
Room to Breathe
98
 
98
Opportunity
25
 
25
Convenience
98
 
98
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
64
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by County Highway 184 and 145 and Bear Creek; on E by Montezuma-La Plata County line; on S by New Mexico; on W by US Highway 491.

There is good vehicle access in these areas. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands. The southern half of units 72 and 73 is tribal land. Hunting by non-tribal members is prohibited.

County

Montezuma

Size

892 Square Miles (571,039 Acres)

Land Ownership

31% Private, 69% Public, 32% USFS, 13% BLM, 1% State, 2% NPS, 20% Indian, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

37.2947, -108.4017

Amenities

There are 6 hospitals, 20 hotels, 13 campgrounds, and 10 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The elk population is holding steady and herds are at objective levels. Animals are distributed widely throughout the eastern portion of these units. Elk will move quickly into thick aspen, evergreens and rugged terrain with hunting pressure. Hunt the edges of timbered areas slowly at first light and at sundown when elk are most active.

The opportunity to see a mature bull is only fair. There are many young bulls in this unit, so be careful not to shoot a spike. Hunt away from roads and OHV trails for the best chance of success.

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.

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
60
Licenses Drawn
29
Licenses Surplus
31
Resident Quota
26
Nonresident Quota
3
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
10
53.9%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF073O2R
F
R
O2
EF073P5R
F
R
P5
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
852
Total Harvest
73
Harvest Male
51
Harvest Female
15
9%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O1
69 0
R
O3
1 0
R
O2
9 2
R
O1
22 0
R
O4
17 0
R
P0
35 3
M
M
63 18
A
A
325 30
R
O4
22 3
R
O3
134 8
R
O1
91 0
ALL
ALL
852 73
R
EP
30 0
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.