Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 711 - Dolores, Montezuma, and San Miguel Counties

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 711 - Dolores, Montezuma, and San Miguel Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
47
 
47
Success
23
 
23
Trophy Potential
74
 
74
Public Access
60
 
60
Ease of Terrain
86
 
86
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
18
 
18
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
52
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Summit Canyon Creek, Dolores River and Disappointment Creek; on E by US Forest Service Road 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road); on E and S by County Highway 145; on S by County Highway 184; on W by US Highway491 and Utah.

There is good vehicle access in these areas. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands.

County

Dolores, Montezuma, San Miguel

Size

819 Square Miles (524,121 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 36% USFS, 23% BLM, 1% State, 2% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

37.7626, -108.6895

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 0 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. This unit becomes a better hunt option as the season progresses.

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, Pronghorn, 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. Most of unit 72 and the western sections of 70 and 711 is desert terrain and not productive for elk.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
4,490
Licenses Drawn
4,472
Licenses Surplus
18
Resident Quota
1,999
Nonresident Quota
2,473
Landowner Quota
74
Youth Quota
74
63.1%
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
EF071O1R
F
R
O1
LL
10.6%
54 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071P4R
F
R
P4
LL
34.5%
58 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071P4R
F
R
P4
LL
34.5%
58 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071P1R
F
R
P1
LL
71.4%
62 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071P1R
F
R
P1
LL
71.4%
62 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071O1A
F
A
O1
LL
71.9%
66 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071O1R
F
R
O1
LL
10.6%
54 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071O1M
F
M
O1
LL
19.9%
55 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071O1M
F
M
O1
LL
19.9%
55 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EF071O1A
F
A
O1
LL
71.9%
66 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EE071P1A
E
A
P1
LL
100%
71 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EF072P5R
F
R
P5
LL
42.6%
58 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 72
EM071O1M
M
M
O1
LL
76.4%
70 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071O1M
M
M
O1
LL
76.4%
70 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071O1R
M
R
O1
LL
96.5%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071O1R
M
R
O1
LL
96.5%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071O4R
M
R
O4
LL
91.5%
66 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071O4R
M
R
O4
LL
91.5%
66 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071P1R
M
R
P1
LL
100%
69 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071P1R
M
R
P1
LL
100%
69 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071P4R
M
R
P4
LL
100%
68 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EM071P4R
M
R
P4
LL
100%
68 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
EF072P5R
F
R
P5
LL
42.6%
58 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 72
EF711O2R
F
R
O2
LL
2.2%
55
EF711O3R
F
R
O3
LL
2.2%
54
EF711O4R
F
R
O4
LL
9.4%
55
EE071P1A
E
A
P1
LL
100%
71 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
1,744
Total Harvest
251
Harvest Male
218
Harvest Female
30
14%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 250 37
34
3
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 1744 251
218
30
0
M
M
NA
N/A 56 18
18
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
13 8
0
8
0
R
O1
LL
M
146 0
0
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 170 16
6
10
0
R
O2
LL
F
3 2
0
2
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 597 106
104
2
0
R
O3
LL
F
5 5
0
5
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 597 58
53
5
0
R
O4
LL
F
10 5
0
5
0
R
O4
LL
M
42 3
3
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 71 16
3
10
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 33 16
6
7
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 3 0
0
0
0
R
R
NA
N/A 1438 196
166
27
0
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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