Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 65 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

Hunting prospects are generally very good. Because of the extent of wilderness area in these units, elk find plenty of lush meadows for summer grazing. The elk will stay high until hunting pressure or weather force them down.

GMU 65 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
22
 
22
Trophy Potential
36
 
36
Public Access
52
 
52
Ease of Terrain
74
 
74
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
42
 
42
Convenience
94
 
94
Ease of Effort
49
 
49
66
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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by Big Blue Creek-Cimarron Creek divide; on S by Ouray-San Juan County line; on W by Ouray-San Miguel Countyline, County Highway 62 and County Highway 550.

Parts of GMU 65 are easily accessible by road, so hunting pressure near roads is significant. Hunters must be willing to walk well away from roads if they expect to be successful. The Uncompahgre and Mount Sneffels wilderness areas at the south end of GMU 65 offer challenging terrain but good hunting potential.

County

Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray

Size

607 Square Miles (388,391 Acres)

Land Ownership

48% Private, 52% Public, 39% USFS, 10% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.2076, -107.6488

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 24 hotels, 6 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The population is slightly above objective and increasing. Hunting prospects are generally very good. Because of the extent of wilderness area in these units, elk find plenty of lush meadows for summer grazing. The elk will stay high until hunting pressure or weather force them down.

If you hunt in the wilderness areas, be aware that they are bordered by numerous private ranchesÑespecially near Ridgway and Dallas Divide. Elk will move to private land quickly, so know your location. Try the Cimarron and Billy Creek state wildlife areas in later seasons or after snow has pushed the elk down.

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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


These units include some of the most diverse terrain in Colorado, from 4,700 feet in the dry desert lands near Delta to 14,309-foot Uncompahgre Peak. Warm weather at the low elevations will cause meat to spoil very quickly, so be prepared to pack out fast. Weather is variable and unpredictable at the higher elevations.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,183
Total Harvest
620
Harvest Male
305
Harvest Female
294
19%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1075 107
77
26
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3183 620
305
294
0
M
M
N/A 133 20
9
11
0
R
D
R
N/A 29 23
0
23
0
R
O1
N/A 526 140
76
52
0
R
O1
LL
E
306 93
46
37
0
R
O1
LL
F
118 10
0
8
0
R
O2
N/A 724 160
89
71
0
R
O2
LL
F
192 42
0
42
0
R
O3
N/A 465 108
50
58
0
R
O3
LL
F
148 39
0
39
0
R
O4
N/A 231 62
4
53
0
R
O4
LL
E
62 15
4
11
0
R
O4
LL
F
84 21
0
16
0
R
PLO
N/A 306 111
30
81
0
R
R
N/A 1975 493
219
257
0
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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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