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
35
 
35
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
85
 
85
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
21
 
21
Convenience
3
 
3
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
49
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 (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
2,460
Licenses Drawn
2,455
Licenses Surplus
5
Resident Quota
1,138
Nonresident Quota
1,317
Landowner Quota
40
Youth Quota
40
48.8%
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
EM071O1M
M
M
O1
LL
77.3%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EF071O1A
F
A
O1
LL
94.3%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EF071O1M
F
M
O1
LL
17.3%
53 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EF071O1R
F
R
O1
LL
9.1%
52 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EF071P1R
F
R
P1
LL
47.6%
57 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711; 711 private land only
EF071P4R
F
R
P4
LL
44.4%
57 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711; 711 private land only
EM071O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EM071P1R
M
R
P1
LL
100%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711; 711 private land only
EM071O1R
M
R
O1
LL
85.3%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EM071O4R
M
R
O4
LL
59.5%
61 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
EM071P4R
M
R
P4
LL
100%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711; 711 private land only
EF072P5R
F
R
P5
LL
31.3%
57 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 72, 711; 711 - South and west of the Dolores River within Dolores County
EF711O2R
F
R
O2
LL
1.7%
57
EF711O3R
F
R
O3
LL
1.7%
53
EF711O4R
F
R
O4
LL
8.3%
57
EE071P1A
E
A
P1
LL
100%
69 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 71, 72, 73, 711;
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
1,735
Total Harvest
257
Harvest Male
212
Harvest Female
43
15%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 343 69
63
6
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1735 257
212
43
0
M
M
N/A 77 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 137 20
20
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
10 0
0
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
104 12
12
0
0
R
O2
N/A 479 67
59
8
0
R
O2
LL
F
12 8
0
8
0
R
O3
N/A 627 69
59
10
0
R
O3
LL
F
12 10
0
10
0
R
O4
N/A 772 32
11
19
0
R
O4
LL
F
10 8
0
8
0
R
O4
LL
M
32 9
9
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 87 42
23
17
0
R
R
N/A 1315 188
149
37
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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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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